17 Tips for Successful E-mail Marketing

At the CE Pro Summit, Netsertive outlines the best practices for E-mail marketing campaigns, from which day of the week and what time to send them, and what is the best content to use.

ORLANDO – Mining the E-mails of your existing client base is still one of the best ways to boost business. It can lead to upgrades and referrals. But how can you effectively reach out to customers without spamming them to death? It can be tricky but if you follow some best practices, it can be done.

At the CE Pro Summit in Orlando this week, Jamie Sasser, director of business development, tech solutions, for Netsertive, says the average custom installation company has an E-mail database of 2,000 names. He outlined these 17 best practices for successfully deploying E-mail marketing messages to your clients.

Ultimately, none of these best practices are set in stone. Sasser says you might find other ideas that work better for you.

1. Be Consistent – “Just because you didn’t get the initial response you want, does not mean you should quit,” he says. He cited open rates for some newsletters that can be less than 10 percent, but you have to keep trying… perhaps tweaking the message.

2. Keep E-mail Messages 3 Weeks Apart – “If you send marketing messages to your database more often than every three weeks, you will see an increase in unsubscribes,” he notes.

3. Make the E-mail “From” Somebody – In a perfect world, the E-mail should come from an individual at your custom installation company. If not a person, then it should come from your company name.

4. Use Brand Content in Your Newsletter – Don’t be afraid to use content from some of the manufacturer brands that you carry. Articles about recognized name brands like Sonos, Bose, Lutron and others will often get read more than other content.

5. Be Concise in the Subject Line – “It should be 30 characters or less,” advises Sasser.

6. Include 5 Articles + 1 Video – Sasser recommends five articles in each newsletter, ranging from product content to information on a technology to a personal blog. He also recommends one video in the newsletter because some people prefer to consume information via video.

7. Send at 11 a.m. or 4 p.m. – If you send it first thing in the morning or late in the day, it will get lost in the overnight E-mail. These two times of the day are the best times to hit the send button.

8. Send on Tuesdays or Thursdays – Those two days of the week are best because Monday’s inbox will be filled from the weekend, Wednesday people are full tilt in work mode and Friday they are thinking about the weekend.

9. Be Personal – “It’s a good idea to include a personal message from you to give the E-mail some personality,” says Sasser.

10. Make It Customer-Centric – If it is too technical, then you will lose them.

11. Link to Your Web site – Your goal for each article is to get the recipient to your Web site for more information. Don’t try to include all the details in the newsletter.

12. Check Your Spelling! – Nothing more needs to be said on that one.

13. Have a Clear Call to Action – Use “do” verbs that incite the client to act upon reading the newsletter for a special offer or to get more information.

14. Test It – Make sure you test the E-mail in both HTML and text modes before sending it.

15. Don’t Buy Lists – “Build your own list. Just don’t buy them… no good can come from it,” remarks Sasser.

16. Ask All Customers for Their E-mail – It sounds simple but every prospect and client you touch should go into your database.

17. Analyze! – Look at the metrics on everything. Open rates, click-through rates, which types of articles do better than others, which articles lead to sales.

For more insights into marketing best practices, visit SSI‘s Sales & Marketing (SAMMY) Awards here.

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About the Author


Jason Knott is Chief Content Officer for Emerald Expositions Connected Brands. Jason has covered low-voltage electronics as an editor since 1990, serving as editor and publisher of Security Sales & Integration. He joined CE Pro in 2000 and serves as Editor-in-Chief of that brand. He served as chairman of the Security Industry Association’s Education Committee from 2000-2004 and sat on the board of that association from 1998-2002. He is also a former board member of the Alarm Industry Research and Educational Foundation. He has been a member of the CEDIA Business Working Group since 2010. Jason graduated from the University of Southern California. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Jason at [email protected]

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