By: Chris Lewis
As it turns out, we could keep going with all kinds of tips for making successful email campaigns, so the final ones I am writing about now and the last of the "prevalent" ones that we see regularly.
Consider Preview Panes - Many of your email recipients may be viewing your email in a preview pane with graphics turned off. You need to consider this happening and frame your emails appropriately. You may want to start your email with some text first and then add the graphics later down the email. If you email is one big graphic, you may be shooting yourself in the foot.
Emails should be as short as possible - An email needs to have targeted information that hopefully can be scanned quickly by the recipient with the most important issues up top. Don't build up your email like a written a book. You need to write the email so that the first thing they see will be the biggest and the best part of the email with the later info just being details.
Consider mobile devices - Many mobile devices only have a view space of 320 wide. So many people are using mobile devices that you may want to consider forming your email so it will look good in both normal computers and mobile devices. This can be a lot to consider, but depending on the audience you are targeting it is something to consider.
Now obviously every time you send out an email campaign it is hard to consider all the tips and strategies you have and still make the email look good in all circumstances. There is definitely a balance, and there are some things that are more important than others. I find that small tweaks to email marketing strategy can change effectiveness many percentage points. Email Marketing is not a "static" event. Just like any marketing effort, create and then evaluate.
By: Chris Lewis
The choice of the SMTP server you use is as if not more important that the email marketing tool you us. You can create the best looking, most effective email ever but if your SMTP server setup is not set up well then it is like you never sent it.
SMTP servers are the email work-horses of the internet. In the world of amazing technology, it is sometimes hard to be impressed, but I am constantly amazed by the thought and foreknowledge of the whole SMTP server framework. As time has moved on, the SMTP framework has changed, and the biggest change is that of SPAM control. There are to main problem areas we see daily with SMTP servers: How to connect to your SMTP server, and how "good" your SMTP actually functions.
SMTP Connection - The problems that are encountered when connecting to SMTP servers are varied and usually include these:
SMTP Providers - There are specialized companies out there that will act as your SMTP server. They will ensure your emails going out are appropriately make to conform to SPAM rules, they monitor their servers to make sure they are not blocked, and they will help you resolve issues that do come up is there are any problems with email recipients. Now it is true this will cost you some money, but if you add up all the time you or someone you will hire to work on these issues I think the value is there. If you are sending 100,000 emails a month, then the prices are really reasonable. If you send over a million, then that is maybe when you can start thinking of having your own SMTP server, but it really depends on the connectivity, your budget, and your expertise. One of our partners is SMTP.com (http://arialsoftware.smtp.com) and they have been a great partner with us for years. There are others, but I think they are the best, so check them out if this seems like a solution for you.