Top 10 tips for Email Marketing Email marketing is ideal when you want to reach potential clients or to set-up a communication to your stakeholders, funders or donors. It is can be a very cost-effective solution for charities and social enterprise and allows you to create a regular dialogue with your readers whilst raising awareness of your organisation. 1. Understand your readers It is important to make sure that you provide your readers or subscribers with the information they want. This will improve the click-through rates to your website and encourage people to read your next newsletter rather then select the "unsubscribe" link. 2. Personalise Practice shows that personalised content produces the best results, with better open- and read-rates compared with the one size fits all approach. There are many email marketing software available on the internet that allows you to upload your contacts and personalise them. 3. Do not leave an empty Subject line Always complete the Subject lines, otherwise, your email will not even get delivered or past the spam filters, make it interesting and inspiring. 4. Do not use deceptive Subject lines The Subject line should pertain to the email and be informative enough to encourage the reader to open it whilst not being too long. It should not be in capitals, or contain exclamation marks, otherwise it will not get through the spam filters. 5. Clear From lines The From line should clearly state your company's name or your name. This will allow the reader to easily recognize you and if they know of you or the organization, it will increase the open- and read- rates. 6. Provide a plain text as well as an HTML version Most readers respond better to an HTML email but sometimes complicated HTML emails get blocked by the reader's internet service provider. Plain text, although not blocked as often, is simply not appealing but it is accessible to blind people. So the best is to send your email in both format. Again, many email marketing software allows you to send it both formats and can detect the preferred delivery method of the reader. 7. Unsubscribe link You must provide the reader with the ability to request that you do not send any future emails to that address. These requests must be honoured. Also, it is best practice to get your readers to sign up to receiving your newsletter on a regular basis, this could be re-enforced by giving a permission option included in your email. ______________________________________________________________________ Tel. 01925 212904 Fax. 01925 212904 Email. firstname.lastname@example.org Third Marketing Limited. Company Registered in England and Wales. Company Reg. No 06709876. Top 10 tips for Email Marketing 8. Make it short Just like any web content, people reading your email scan the content to see if anything interests them. Remember, it is harder to read on screen and your readers is probably in a hurry so keep it short, to the point and ensure it is relevant. 9. Be consistent You should be consistent with the frequency with which you send your emails. It can be one a day, once a week, or once a month but make sure you stick to it. The more consistent you are, the more your clients will become familiar at receiving your emails and this will help building your brand. 10. Be creative Last but not least, unless you create a compelling Subject line your email will end up in the Deleted items box. More companies are sending out more emails, therefore less readers are responding to this form of communication. The first point of contact is the Subject line of your emails so spend your time as thinking of something interesting, as with press release, you can include a “call to action”. Third Marketing provides services that are both affordable and sustainable, helping organisations raise awareness among their key audiences, while building their long term marketing and PR capabilities. We are able to provide advice and guidance on how email and on-line communications can be integrated into your marketing mix as a cost-effective solution so why not give us a call today on 01925 212904 or why not sign up to our own e-newsletter by visiting www.thirdmarketing.co.uk. ______________________________________________________________________ Tel. 01925 212904 Fax. 01925 212904 Email. email@example.com Third Marketing Limited. Company Registered in England and Wales. Company Reg. No 06709876.