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Stop just reading about email marketing trends and start implementing them!

Email Marketing Trends You Know Them Now Implement Them Online

The year 2020 is just around the corner and before you know it, it will be here! It is a date of almost legendary proportions and for many years it has been a landmark date in terms of strategy planning for many blue chip corporates. I suppose the same could be said of email marketing trends for 2020… but let’s look at 2019 first!

Working in a digital environment, you know it is highly dynamic and that you need to be on your toes, constantly adjusting and adapting. But, looking at what other bloggers and experts are saying about email trends, I definitely get the feeling that there is some more of the same. So, my message is – its time to implement!

So, stop planning…stop referring to the 2020 strategy and let’s rather implement, implement, implement and get on with it. Do it, just do it! stop talking about it, stop thinking about it, stop researching trends, stop looking for reasons not to do it and just start doing it!

Email still plays a key role in digital communication.

Companies are trying to gather more data and insights into their customers, using the latest technology at their disposal and identifying the best ways to communicate information, offers and real time information to their customer base. There is a clear platform that has been consistently growing in popularity and relevance in digital communication and that is email.

There are about 2.8 billion people worldwide using email with anticipated volumes of about 245 billion emails sent per day. [note: www.radicati.com]

Email is finally getting new found respect, which will continue into the future as Chief Marketing Officers get more serious about what email can offer and how it can contribute to relationship building and measuring immediate ROI and lifetime value.

At a high level, email marketing provides such a great ROI with figures of up to $44 for every $1 spent – who can argue with that? There is so much incredible info about why email is such a great channel to use, but I will save that for another blog post.

I think we can all agree that email and email marketing is an effective tool to communicate with your customers. There are many trends and discussions from leading email experts. I have chosen to combine a few and explain why I believe they should be implemented sooner than later…

Email marketing trends you need to implement now!

1. Personalization, and by that I mean hyper-personalization, and oh….automation

Personalization, hyper-personalization and automation are not new trends or a revelation!

Personalization needs to evolve from simply addressing your customer by their first name, to using real time data, database segmentation and dynamic content. These are the tools of hyper personalization and automation which help break through the clutter by enabling more targeted and relevant customer communication, which ultimately improves your conversion rates and ROI.

2. Automation…. AI… and triggered emails

This has to be incorporated into your digital communication strategy…now! It should form part of your Customer Lifecycle Management Program. The easiest way to get this going, is to work on your onboarding strategy and at the very least, focus on your ’welcome email,’ which creates the right first impression for your new customer.

Your triggered emails should be executed based on your customer’s behavior and/or interaction with your brand, website, or company for example.

Triggered email communications are way more successful than the ‘spray and pray’ approach, where you blast a campaign hoping it appeals to everyone in your database.

Over 75% of email revenue is generated by triggered campaigns [www.campaignmonitor.com]

Making use of Artificial Intelligence helps to make these automated / triggered emails more meaningful and relevant, by communicating the right offer and message at the right time, when the customer expects it.

3. Text and interactive emails

Let me continue by contradicting myself…

There is likely to be a shift in the way that marketers design their emails to achieve more authenticity and interaction with their targeted customer base. In the past the trend has been to fill the emails with lots of graphics to grab the customers attention. I see a change coming and it is going to be more text oriented type emails [or plain-text in our old lingo]. This will create a sense of authenticity, a personal message from the company / brand  that is less ‘salesy’. Couple this with AI, hype-personalization, automation and triggered emails and the result will be short, relevant, easy to read, personal plain text email that should have a lasting impact on the customer.

Contradicting myself, [because it’s nearly 2020 and I can], we can look to go completely the other way and that is to design emails that are far more interactive. By including a poll, a quiz, survey, games, competitions, GIFs, VUE GIFS (think 3D) into your emails, which can then drive more engagement with your customer base and ultimately lead to conversions.

There are many experts you can follow and blogs you can read, but my feeling is that the same trends are being spoken about each year. This is not a problem, as it shows the relevance of the trends and confirms that they are here to stay. Now that you have been reminded of the trends (once again), there is only one thing left to do…implement them! To steal a well know phrase – “Just Do It!”

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Ross Sibbald

Ross Sibbald

Commercial Director, South Africa

Ross is the Commercial Director at Striata for the African region. Ross is focused on leveraging the power of digital communication to achieve the desired results for his clients.

Ross began his career as a lecturer educating the next generation on marketing strategy. He was deputy HOD in the marketing department at the Durban University of Technology and also lectured at private colleges and various Business Schools. Keeping abreast of the market, Ross managed an IMM franchise (3 years) during his tenure as a lecturer.

Before joining Striata, Ross was a partner and director for an online property valuation company. He then joined Striata in 2010 as an Email Marketing Strategist, and was promoted to Head of Email Marketing in 2012. In March 2014, Ross moved to ABSA where he was acting Head: Digital Commercialize. His focus was on managing the various Commercialize teams with the goal of increasing the Bank’s digitally active customer base, increasing online sales via digital channels, driving revenue opportunities across digital channels and taking innovative digital products to market.

In Sept 2015, Ross returned to Striata to head up its newly formed digital communications agency.

Ross holds an Honors degree in Marketing (Technikon Natal).

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