Did you know that email marketing using double opt-in email blasts is more cost effective than website marketing?
Better yet, when you combine your website with email marketing you get a synergy effect and this is an most cost effective way to market online. Throw in some social networking a la Facebook or LinkedIn and you can even sell ice to Eskimos.
Before we go any further - we do not condone spamming in any shape or form. Do not purchase any email lists and then send out emails to those lists. Only use DOUBLE OPT-IN EMAIL MARKETING.
Lets focus on how to create EMAIL BLASTS. Here are some very basic tips that you can follow.
TOP TEN EMAIL BLAST TIPS
DO NOT USE OUTLOOK! Do not use any email software! Sign up for an EMAIL SERVICE where you can create professional looking email campaigns and track the effectiveness and the results.
Many email blast services offer nonprofits FREE or reduced price services. Some even offer free entry level services for commercial use; these are usually limited to a certain number of recipients.
Use DOUBLE OPT-IN mailing lists. Let your users sign up for the service, and DO NOT SPAM.
Create an email template that matches the style of your website. This will reinforce your identity and branding.
KISS (Keep it Short and Simple). If you have long articles only include the entry paragraph. Then link to your website for the full article. Also try to cover no more than 3 or 4 subjects per email blast.
Think VISUAL. Have at least one image to accompany each article
Include all your pertinent contact infos in every email.
Give your readers something for nothing - a discount, a freebie, some free tips, free advice, etc.
Do not send out too many emails. Monthly is good.
Add a sign up form to your website and let your visitors sign up for your email news.
Ready to start your email campaign? Some of the most popular email blast services are:
Free for up to 1000 contacts with up to 6000 emails a month