Creating a good email blast for MSP marketing is a lot easier using data-driven insights. MoreBusiness.com’s sister company, MailerMailer (now owned by j2 Global), ran a big data analysis on over 1 billion email messages sent through its IT marketing automation software and looked at good email blast examples. They uncovered many useful tips that can help you improve your email marketing response rates.
Make a few small tweaks to your email marketing campaigns and you will increase the chances that your contacts will respond to your messaging and buy your antivirus, cybersecurity, data backup, disaster recovery, network management, support and other managed IT services.
1. Include Certain Words in Your Email Subject Line
We looked at email subject lines and found that the ones which have the best open rates tend to talk about news and events and have an element of timeliness. Using words like News, Newsletter, Report, Week, Today and related terms showed an increase in responsiveness.
2. Add Timely News Relating to IT
When your marketing only talks about your company, your products, your services and your projects, people eventually tune out. Email campaigns that don’t provide value are quickly deleted.
Rather than trying a hard sell with promotional emails, use informative IT articles to educate your readers about something that could affect their business. There is no shortage of security alerts or stories of data theft. Share the latest news to create awareness about what could happen if your contact doesn’t have a robust data backup and security solution in place.
Give your contacts a checklist of things to do in case of a bad weather event or power outage. Offer a guide to navigate through the variety of cloud options they have so they feel like they are making an informed decision about their IT.
Include an image to enhance the visual appeal of your newsletter. There are several free stock photo websites so you can find an ideal image.
3. Personalize Your Message Body with the Recipient’s First Name
There is a dramatic uptick in the number of people who open a message when they see their first name in the first few lines of the message preview. Email marketing tools like MailChimp can automatically do a mail merge with your contact list so that every recipient gets a message addressed to them.
Be careful. Too much personalization can be a turn-off so avoid adding personalization information in the email’s subject line. It will result in much lower responsiveness.
4. Include a Specific Call to Action
Instead of including the entire text of what you want your recipients to read, type a teaser that is about 3-4 lines to get your reader interested in your topic. Then, provide a call to action that encourages them to click for details. When you send your campaigns using an email marketing tool, you can track who is opening and reading every component of your message.
This allows you to see who is interested in what. And that tells you who to reach out to for follow up and what topics they found useful so you know how to start your dialog.