Three short years ago in 2014, email marketing was the predominant marketing tool, responsible for over a quarter of all Black Friday sales, irrespective of industry or sector. Quite simply, if your company was not engaged in email marketing, you were leaving thousands of dollars on the table.
With the advent of video, beautifully designed websites, and other promotional tools you could be forgiven for thinking that email marketing was a thing of the past, but you would be making a huge error of judgment. Email marketing is as profitable today as it ever was, ask yourself how often you check your email? Well over 90% of people check their email at least once a day, EVERY day, with the majority of people using it much much more.
Let’s examine the ROI that email marketing provides, which might make you even more excited. The average ROI is $44.25 back for every $1 spent. That is a stunning rate and one that is hard to match with most other forms of marketing. With those statistics, it might then surprise you that many e-commerce businesses have given up on email as a strategy. This is a serious mistake, as they are literally throwing away sales, revenue, and information.
If you own or work for a business that has let their email marketing campaigns wither and die you need to read the rest of this article immediately!
Reasons Why Email Marketing Just Plain Works
1. Using Email Helps To Increase Your Sales
Building a list of email addresses is one of the best ways to increase your sales volume, anywhere in the region of about 25%. There are very few business owners that can afford to throw away a quarter of their sales, so you need to ensure your email strategy is perfected immediately.
Every time you launch a new product or promotion, you should email your previous customers. Otherwise, you are simply relying on them remembering your company, and visiting your site randomly. This is not a good strategy, and the chances of them visiting your site regularly are relatively slim.
With email marketing you are in control, that list belongs to you; you are not battling with a Facebook algorithm or search engine decisions. Any email you send lands directly to your customer’s inbox; email is the perfect marketing tool, so use it sensibly and deliberately.
2. Email Marketing Reduces Cart Abandonment
Cart Abandonment is one of the most frustrating challenges facing online retailers today. You have managed to get a customer to your site, convinced them to place items in the cart, and then when the time comes to pay for the items, for reasons unknown to you, they leave the site without completing the sale.
If that potential customer was a one time visitor to your site, you have no way of connecting with them again to do some follow up, That sale is as good as lost, unless of course they are on your email list, and were logged in at the time. A quick email to a customer who has abandoned their cart might prompt them to return and complete the purchase; it also provides the retailer with the perfect opportunity to deliver outstanding customer service. This tip alone could easily save 50 percent of your lost sales, and potentially if your customer service is good enough increase sales in the future.
3. Email Gives You Unprecedented Access To Your Customers For Market Research
Imagine if you were able to conduct research with your customers before spending a lot of money on your inventory. Perhaps you could ask them which colors they preferred, maybe show them ten different items, and ask them to rank them in their preferred order. Before the internet, this would have been a long, expensive and cumbersome experience.
Now due to the brilliance of email, you can conduct that research with your own customers virtually free of charge. And what is even more exciting is that the customers are actually telling you what they want before you order, which should reduce the amount of wasted inventory you have to buy.
Many customers also enjoy this process and feel a part of the store community, where their opinions are valued and respected. Once the new stock arrives in store, email your customers, who may then be even more impressed and likely to respond. Any of the reasons above have the potential to increase your business, but all of them put together can make a significant difference to your bottom line.
As Anik Singal from Inbox Blueprint stated last week: “Email marketing in 2017 is not dead, in fact, if anything it’s more important than ever”.