Email marketing may sound very outdated. Especially when compared to ads and marketing done on social media platforms and others, but it actually isn’t. Email marketing, put in simplest terms, is the process of sending promotional emails and newsletters to a selected number of readers (however big or small the number may be).
In Europe, North America, and Asia-Pacific (APAC), email marketing is the most widely used technology for customer engagement.
Here, I give you some of the reasons why you should be doing email marketing in 2022:
Email marketing is the oldest means of communication since the introduction of the internet and has the largest number of users. You can pick up any social media platform and note that the number of Email users exceeds the platform’s user database. This gives you the largest audience possible in the world. According to
The key is to be relevant to the readers. You have tools to manage your audience, which can be a mix of people with different interests and you can cater to the different types by keeping different mailing lists for each type and providing them with the content that is most relevant to them. The preciseness of marketing is much higher in Email marketing than on any other social media platform.
Personalization increases the scope of engagement of an email. As researched by__Yes Lifecycle Marketing__ in 2019, the average email open rate is 20.81%. Although, emails with personalized subject lines generate 50% higher open rates.
The cost of marketing is something that cannot be avoided if you are planning on building your own brand or promoting an existing one. The only other free substitute that you have is social media and they also have algorithms to push paid content to more users. So, your post ends up reaching only a small percentage of the users of the platform. Email marketing will provide you with tools that will charge you very less, if not nothing, to let you manage your different mailing lists and keep a track of everything. Most of them are free or at least have a trial version that allows you to go about your business easily.
To give you an idea, according to__DMA, 2019__, for every $1 you spend on email marketing, you can expect an average return of $42.
Marketing your business using email is based on the consent of your audience. Unlike pushing your content to an audience, without having any idea of their interests, email marketing gives the power in the hands of the audience, allowing them to choose the content they want to receive. This highly affects the engagement ratio of your content and you just receive a better reaction from your audience, most likely because they have chosen to receive emails from you rather than your content being an uninvited guest on their social media feeds homepage.
The__result__of it all is that emails are 40% better at converting (in comparison to Facebook and Twitter) and 49% of consumers would like to receive promotional emails from their favorite brands directly in their inbox. This also builds brand loyalty.
Direct access to your audience is something that you just do not get elsewhere. The very model of Email marketing allows your content to reach your audience more effectively by delivering it directly to an individual’s inbox as compared to the model of the social media platforms that is basically a digital version of putting your post out there for passersby to see as they are strolling.
For perspective, if you have email subscribers, Facebook fans, and followers on Twitter which are each 2000 in number, based on the
435 people will open your email, 120 Facebook fans will see your message and 40 Twitter followers will see your message.
The scalability of Email marketing campaigns is a breeze. You can cater to a huge audience without compromising on quality or putting a strain on your resources. The size of the audience hardly makes a difference here.
It wouldn’t really change the way you manage things if you have 1000 subscribers as compared to 200. The tools available for the management of different mailing lists make it very easy to have everything in one place. The scope of growth dramatically increases when you have the tools available for your growth.
It is safe to say that the use of Emails is not going away anytime soon; which cannot be called true for other means of marketing like social media platforms where the trends change, causing well-established and popular platforms to shut down and be forgotten over time.
Platforms like Orkut and Hi5 were most popular in older times and yet today’s generation would not even have heard of it. The shutting down of these platforms will lead to loss of leads, however, you own your email list which can never be taken away. You are the owner of all that data. The scope of use of this data cannot be undermined. It can be used in the planning of the success of future campaigns too.
Quality of audience is something that is very important to a business. It is better to have an audience of 20 out of which 18 would engage with your content or find it useful rather than having an audience of 100 who wouldn’t find your content relevant to them at all. Emails are used as the standard means of communication by employers, companies, and banks and are one of the very few apps or tools that are used by people even during their work hours. This gives your content the highest accessibility rate to your audience as compared to any other means of marketing.
There was a time when an email used to be a blank page with black words typed in them. It has evolved over time, such that today’s emails not only have pictures, videos, and gifs embedded in them but also allow the users to interact with them directly. These
These are only a few of the very important arguments in favor of email marketing over other means of marketing. The use of emails is huge, even in the B2B world, and is used as the main means of communication for most businesses if not all. Creating a strong email marketing strategy will help you reach and connect with your target audience in a more personalized way and increase sales at an affordable cost. Just as other platforms and media have changed, email marketing tools give your business the ability to reach customers easier than ever.