Want to run a successful email marketing campaign? Sending a random email to an unknown audience won’t cut it.

Email marketing is a powerful tool when used correctly. Did you know people send 4.3 billion emails each day? It may seem like a saturated field, but marketers report that email marketing is their goto method for acquisition and retention.

The thing is, if you don’t follow best practices, your message can easily get lost in the shuffle of the emails people receive every day. Your goal should be to stand out in an inbox full of offers and envoke engagement from your audience.

To get the best results, your campaign should be carefully planned out and tracked for effectiveness. Here are critical steps to take when running an email campaign.

Identify your goals

You should never make a move without having abtainable goals in mind. Establishing goals may seem overrated, but they serve as a benchmark to see if you are getting the amount of traction you need from your campaigns. It helps to write SMART goals—Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely.

Know and Segment your audience

Your contacts are likely different individuals at different stages in their buying journey with your company. Using a one-size-fits-all content “hose” is not going to benefit anyone.

When you segment your list, you can send out relevant emails to specific parts of your audience. You don’t want to send out a local news story to people in another country. You certainly wouldn’t want to send the same message to a loyal customer that you would send to a new lead.

You can segment your email list by things like:

  • Location
  • Demographic
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Professional title
  • Point in buyer’s journey
  • Past purchases
  • Activity on website

As you plan your campaigns, consider which target you will concentrate on and write your content to fit the audience.

Establish campaign timelines

Your campaigns should be made up of a concise series of related emails. When planning your content, you’ll want to have dates established for sending out the emails and pulling reports.

It’s most effective to time your emails with product releases, seasonal dates, and content publication. Create a content calendar to help create a defined visual of when campaigns will be finalized and published.

As you map out where your scheduled emails fall, you may notice a heavy trend in one area and a hole in another. Filling the gaps can help you create a more robust email marketing strategy that covers all your bases.

Write your email content

Don’t wait until it’s time to send out an email to write the copy. Create all your campaign before you even send out the first email. You can always make changes down the road.

If the goal is to be mindful and strategic with your emails, you want to make sure they all flow together right from the start. Here’s a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Write in your brand voice, staying consistent with other company content.
  • Include images and graphics in a dynamic and mobile-friendly layout.
  • Trim unnecessary language to avoid wasting the reader’s time.
  • Craft a subject line and opening sentence that spark interest.
  • Write with your target audience in mind (not your brand) and personalize your content.
  • Include a singular, clear call-to-action that aligns with the campaign goal.

Test your emails

Don’t just start firing off emails. Test your emails to find formatting problems or coding bugs in the message. Other things to check include:

  • All links and buttons to make sure none are broken or going to the wrong place
  • Image sizes (compressed to load quickly)
  • Grammar and spelling

Testing your emails also helps ensure your content is completely ready to go by the deadline you’ve set in your content calendar. You can then schedule your emails so they are sent out during the best times for your target audience to increase your open rates and click-throughs.

Measure your campaign success

After your messages are sent, what’s the open rate? How many clicks did you get? Choose key metrics that will tell you if you are achieving your specific goals for the campaign or not.

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