This simple chart and the explanations of these steps on the next page show you how easy email marketing is from your point-of-view:
An Explanation of the Steps in the Flowchart
Yes, there is a big difference between sending normal emails to your clients and using professional email marketing software. So let's get some terms down that every email marketer should know:
1. Get Subscribers
Customers, clients or prospects give you permission to email them because they want to get information from you. Let's call them subscribers
2. Organize Your Lists
You organize email lists
of these subscribers based on location, spending patterns or any other category that makes sense to you.
3. Create Your Content
You create or write content to send these clients. This can include text, e-coupons, links, pictures and even video. Let's call these newsletters
4. Schedule Delivery
the email delivery
to some or all of the members of your lists. You may choose to have different newsletters go out at predetermined times.
5. Subscribers Respond (Open & Click-thru)
Customers receive your content in their email inboxes. When they read your newsletters, we call these opens
. They respond to your marketing campaign by coming to your store, performing a click-thru
to your links, etc. Emails that are undeliverable are called bounces
6. Track Your Success Online
You monitor the success of your campaigns with online reports
and make adjustments accordingly. The measuring of all those opens, click-thru activity and bounces is called tracking
7. Refine Your Segments & Refine Your Message
Smart marketers use the visual graphs on opens, bounces and click-thru success to focus on what works and take the time to change what isn't as effective. Each time you create and send an email newsletter, you are sending out a new campaign
to your lists.
When you compare professional email marketing to regular old emails, it's similar to the difference between hand written letters about furniture specials and receiving the IKEA catalog in the mail. And that might lead you to your next question...