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Getting the Most From Your Email Marketing Budget: 5 Critical Areas to Invest In

by Karen Talavera

05 31, 2016 | Posted in Audience & List Growth, Creative, Email Lists, Email Marketing, Marketing Automation, Marketing Vision, Metrics | Measuring Results, Strategy | 2 comments

Email Marketing Investments that pay off

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With endless approaches christened “best practices” and infinite blog posts on the latest email optimization tactics, it can be difficult to determine where it’s worth investing your email marketing money and manpower. Questions like these abound:
  • Does my company need abandoned cart/browse campaigns if we’re not an ecommerce or retail marketer?
  • Are reactivation campaigns worth it, or should I just cull unresponsive subscribers from our list?
  • How much marketing automation do I need? Do I need an ESP or MA platform?
  • Do multi-touch campaigns (like a welcome series) outperform single message-campaigns? Is the extra effort to create a series worth it?
  • Would my company benefit from reputation management and delivery services? What’s it worth?
  • Does dynamic content really pay off?
. . . and the list goes on. It’s often said  

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Planning Your 2016 Email Program? Here’s a Step-by-Step Process for Success

by Karen Talavera

12 07, 2015 | Posted in Email Marketing, Messaging Strategy, Resources for Getting It Done, Response Improvement | 0 comments

Building Your 2016 Email Program Step by Step

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If yours is like the majority of companies reliant on email marketing to nurture leads, generate sales and grow revenue, you’re not sending fewer messages, you’re sending more. As programs become more sophisticated, they also become more complex, and that complexity bleeds over into both planning and scheduling. Which campaigns and messages deserve top priority? What’s more important – broadly targeted one-to-many foundational programs or automated, triggered 1:1 campaigns? What about the mix of promotion vs. content over an extended period? These questions and more are just the tip of the iceberg email marketers face when building their annual plans. The answers aren’t always easy and are different for every industry and marketer, but there is a process for success  

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Holiday Email Marketing Tips for the Non-Retailer

by Karen Talavera

11 25, 2015 | Posted in Email Marketing, Messaging Strategy, Targeting & Segmentation | 0 comments

Holiday Email Marketing Tips

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If yours is a retail or e-tail business revving up your holiday email marketing engines, this advice is not for you (but good luck and Godspeed!) If on the other hand you’re in the same camp as non-retailers - your email messages running the risk of being stampeded by the crushing annual blow of “buy now” retail promotional messages to consumer inboxes from September through December - read on. Although some non-retail sectors (travel and hospitality among them) experience an uptick during the holiday season, most can’t count on the lion’s share of their annual revenues to cascade in during Q4. Still, that doesn’t mean we don’t have sales and marketing goals to reach; goals that email carries a lot of weight for. So how do you break from the retail holiday marketing pack during the busy season and what (if anything holiday-related) type of email should you send?  

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Email Marketing Automation Strategies, Secrets and Lies

by Karen Talavera

08 25, 2014 | Posted in Email Marketing | 0 comments

Email automation, the ability to program email campaigns based on behavioral, date or other triggers, is a known revenue-producing powerhouse often generating three to ten-times the ROI of broadcast email. However, it's almost always easier imagined than done. In the following interview, I share several thoughts on email automation with Skip Fidura, Client Services Director of ESP dotMailer, on the challenges and conversations faced by email marketers when it comes to making triggered email programs a reality.  

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Three Email Marketing Improvement Challenges for 2014

by Karen Talavera

04 08, 2014 | Posted in Email Lists, Email Marketing, Marketing Vision, Messaging Strategy | 1 comments

With the first quarter of the year behind us already, what will you do to maximize email marketing’s contribution to your bottom line from here on out? Although raising email open and click-through rates seems to be forever on the agenda, there’s a lot more to creating a successful program than focusing on boosting response and engagement. Here are three worthy challenges to put in place for the remainder of your marketing and business year that will have you  

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4 Content Marketing Approaches for Email Fun and Profit

by Karen Talavera

02 12, 2014 | Posted in Content Marketing, Email Marketing, Messaging Strategy, Response Improvement | 0 comments

This month I thought I'd share a webinar I recently presented for BrightTALK: 4 Content Marketing Approaches Every Email Program Can Profit From.  

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A Blueprint for Email Messaging Strategy Success

by Karen Talavera

01 31, 2014 | Posted in Content Marketing, Email Marketing, Messaging Strategy, Resources for Getting It Done | 4 comments

As a marketing channel, email is coming off a banner year! 2013 boasts some of the most significant investment and acquisition activity in the industry’s 20-year history (Salesforce.com acquired ExactTarget for almost $3 billion, Oracle offered $1.58 billion for Responsys). Despite the occasional sensational headline to the contrary, email marketing’s use and popularity continues to grow and technical innovations abound.  

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Three Ways to Make Email Your Marketing Star

by Karen Talavera

03 14, 2013 | Posted in Email Marketing, Marketing Vision, Messaging Strategy | 0 comments

3 Ways to Make Email Your Marketing StarAs marketing channels go, email has always excelled at developing customer relationships. The key to thousands of successful email programs lies not in using the channel as a low-cost broadcasting medium, but as a relationship-building conduit. Email shines brightest when message purpose, timing, offers and value are matched to distinct customer relationship stages. Designing an email program to fit customer relationship stages is often compared to dating. New relationships begin cautiously, with each party sharing limited information until mutual trust is built, then expanding their level of intimacy over time. Just as we don’t jump from first date to marriage, neither should your email marketing program ask too much too soon from your customers.  

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Why Email is a 2013 Marketing Essential & 5 More Email Results-Boosters

by Karen Talavera

01 14, 2013 | Posted in Email Marketing, Marketing Vision, Messaging Strategy, Response Improvement | 0 comments

5 Email Results Boosters for 2013 If you’re like a growing majority of businesses, you've discovered email as the “go to” channel for rapidly accelerating leads into sales, increasing customer engagement and generating revenue on demand.  Enterprises of all kinds engage in email marketing not only because it works, but because it works phenomenally well and fast. There is simply no doubt that email marketing is thriving when you consider these compelling facts:  

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The Permission vs. Relevancy Debate: Navigating the Murky Waters of Email Append

by Karen Talavera

07 31, 2012 | Posted in Customer Loyalty, Email Lists, Email Marketing | 1 comments

Navigating the Murky Waters of Email Append There’s an ongoing debate over the role of permission in sending marketing email to customers you have a pre-existing business relationship with. Although in recent years opt-in list building practices have clearly been on the rise, there is still no clear legal mandate for opt-in as a standard email marketing practice in the US and many countries.  

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