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The Dark Horse Entrepreneur | Parent Side Hustles & Digital Marketing Strategies

Mar 30, 2023

Email marketing is an essential tool for small business owners and marketers to connect with their audience, build relationships, and drive conversions. In this episode, Tracy Brinkmann provides five simple steps for successful email campaigns. These steps included building and growing an email list, having a strong email marketing strategy, creating engaging and valuable content, optimizing for mobile devices, and analyzing and refining campaigns.


Building An Email List

To build an email list, the speaker recommended offering lead magnets, using social media and referral programs, and leveraging paid advertising. Segmenting email lists based on demographics, behaviors, and interests is essential for creating targeted and relevant lists. Personalization and automation can be used to create targeted and relevant email lists for each segment, with dynamic content and merge tags used to personalize emails with subscriber information.


Have an Email Strategy


A strong email marketing strategy involves defining goals and objectives, developing a content strategy that aligns with those goals, testing and optimizing campaigns, and staying compliant with email regulations.


Using Email Automations


Tracy also discussed the importance of using automation to create triggered emails, such as abandoned cart emails and welcome email series. By sending targeted emails, businesses can increase their sales and nurture their subscribers. 


Have Relevant & Engaging Email Content


Concise language and consistent brand voice are necessary in creating attention-grabbing headlines and engaging content. Additionally, using paragraphs, bullet points, and subheadings can help break up the text and make it scannable for subscribers.


Testing Email Campaigns


Testing and optimizing email campaigns can improve results and maximize return on investment. AB testing is a powerful strategy for testing different elements like subject lines, call-to-actions, or images. Compliance with email marketing regulations is also emphasized as an essential aspect.


Stay In Compliance With Your Email Marketing


Tracy discussed regulations like the Can Spam Act, GDPR, CASL, and CCPA. Compliance can be achieved by obtaining consent for email addresses, providing transparency on how the data will be used, including an unsubscribe link, optimizing for mobile devices, using personalization and segmentation, and ensuring compliance with regulations.


In summary, email marketing is a powerful tool for small business owners and marketers to connect with their audience, build relationships, and drive conversions. By following the five steps outlined in this conversation, businesses can create successful email campaigns that engage subscribers, increase sales, and build a loyal customer base.