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Part III: The Most Effective Email Lead Strategies

Introduction: Closing the Deal with an Email Marketing Campaign

By the time you are sending out email ad campaigns, you hopefully have already accomplished a few promotional goals to increase sales on Shopify:

  1. Creating retargeting ads on Facebook campaigns for effective Facebook marketing
  2. Utilizing Google adwords retargeting to concentrate on likely customers
  3. Keep track of your Shopify sales funnel – what level of awareness do site visitors have of your product?

Simply put, email marketing proposals are one of the final steps in the “sales funnel.”  Generally speaking, it should not be the first time the customer has heard from you!  Email leads can come from retargeting ads on Facebook or Google adwords retargeting, but the key point is they have already been identified and targeted to up your chances closing the deal and increasing your Shopify sales!

While part I and II of our email marketing series focused on the basic framework of email ad campaigns, as well as how to construct an effective email marketing subject line and template.  Part III closes out the series by providing a more in-depth analysis of why some email marketing proposals help increase sales on Shopify, while others get you labelled as “spam” by potential customers.  There are 6 key strategies we discuss below, along with other helpful tips – enjoy!

Have Decisive Intent with Email Marketing Subject Lines

We mentioned a few generic examples of email marketing subject lines in Part II (link here), and just remember that, at this point, folks know you are trying to sell something.  There’s no need to dress it up as “informational” or “telling a story” – it will get old quick.  Cut the point, and present a high-value proposition in the email marketing subject line with clear intent.

We’ve organized some of the best email marketing and lead generation strategies below:

1. Abandoned cart emails

Customers are so used to browsing and leaving open a gazillion tabs that they may have accidentally left your page before purchasing!  Send a friendly reminder with an email marketing subject line like, “Hey!  You Forgot Something 😊.”  It’s a proven method to help increase sales on Shopify

2. Product follow up email

Send an email following up if a product is viewed or purchased.  It shows a level of engagement that makes the customer feel you are doing your best to cater to their interests.  An email marketing subject line could read, “We saw you viewed one of our products, but we think you’ll like this one even more!”

3. Promotional Offer

For any seasonal specialty, have a promotional offer ready – it’s one of the best ways to remain topical and relevant to your audience.  It’s St. Patrick’s Day?  Promo Code “Lucky10.”  It’s Labor Day?  “DayOff10.”  MLK’s birthday?  You know the drill.  Some companies go so far as to send birthday promo codes, which is truly a unique, one-of-a-kind way to connect with your customer base!

4. “Come Back Emails”

What a great way to bring old customers back in: offer a nice coupon discount after the customer has stopped engaging with your website or products for 3-4 months.

5. “Leave a Review for a Coupon” Email

These offers ask the customer to leave a nice review in exchange for a promo code on your next purchase.  A little “You scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours,” type of deal 😉

6. Loyal Customer Appreciation Emails

If your Shopify store data reveals that certain customers have had multiple “purchase” events on your site, and have remained committed to regularly visiting your Shopify site for over a year, consider having a special “Thank you for your loyalty,” promotion for them.  Think about it – with all the options online, they have continued to stick with you!  Reward that the right way, and you will build an audience that feels appreciated and acknowledged for their patronage.  Over time, your Shopify sales will increase dramatically with customer retention marketing strategies like this one.

Segment Your Audience to Who Receives What Email Ads

Don’t blast emails  – segment your audience to the most granular detail.  Some business owners report it took the conversion rate on the email from 11% -> 40% by segmenting the audience.

Ask questions like, “Has this customer purchased before?  How long has it been since they visited the site?  Where did they first hear about us?  When was the lasts time we reached out?”

Make sure customers receive only the most relevant emails to their interests.  How do you surmise where to segment each potential customer?  By reviewing and analyzing previous customer engagement and reported “events” recorded by services like Google Analytics.  You can break down who receives what email based on demographic info, as well.  That way, you can have an email marketing subject line catering specifically to different age brackets or regional locations.’

One more thing – make the email look fun to click on!  Add email gifs and little touches like that, it could help brighten your customers day, and they will thank you for that 😊  Put effort into humanizing the message for each segment of your audience to make the best email ad campaign possible.

Conclusion – Help Managing your Email Ad Campaigns

Analyzing the data to segment your audience – as well as generating creative email marketing subject lines – may seem like a fairly arduous task, but it’s well worth the increased sales on Shopify.  If you feel you could benefit from some online advertising expertise, reach out to try a free demo by Ad360 today!

We are a certified Google partner and can run every facet of your advertising efforts online.  We can balance personalizing your email retargeting ad campaigns while automating the most time-consuming aspects of the process.  Cheers and sell well!

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Part II: Perfect Email Marketing Proposals

Introduction: How Email Marketing is Done

After covering the fundamental importance of email marketing and lead generation in part I, this post focuses on the elements of the best email campaigns. 

  1. What should the writing copy look like?
  2. What tools for lead generation are best?
  3. Persuasion Techniques for the best lead generation ideas

Remember that your customers get inundated with email gifs and newsletters constantly.  So much so that the standard practice is to skip right by them!  You need a way to “hook” yourself in as a store worth spending time and money on.  It’s the only way to increase your sales.

Consider this post the “how to build a lead generation strategy” email marketing kit 😊

Start with Email Marketing Subject Lines

“It’s that time of the season….”

“Lowest price of the year”

“Flash sale next 48 hours!”

“A Special Deal for You”

These are a few examples of basic lead generation email marketing subject lines – you want the customer right away to feel they’re getting a deal that otherwise won’t be available if they miss out.  In a sense, you are creating a sense of immediacy with the time frame that alerts them to potential savings within your email marketing proposal!  The email marketing subject line is your “banner” automatically seen in the email, so make sure it speaks to the desires of your niche audience.

Consider the Lead Generation Funnel – How Many Times Has your Customer Been Contacted?

While email leads are vital for lucrative lead generation strategies, it doesn’t help if the customer has already dismissed emails from your store.  They may even be leaning towards labeling it spam.  It begs the question: “how often email marketing needs to happen for maximum effectiveness?”  Follow your email marketing metrics for each campaign to measure the answer to these crucial sales questions.

Depending on the data you have from that customer, you should be willing to nimbly adjust your email marketing strategy.  Monitor your store’s email marketing metrics to hone strategies for lead generation.  Less than once a month, and customers will forget about store offerings, and you will lose the momentum of your lead generation emails.  More than a few times a week, and you’ll just piss people off – it becomes spam at that point.  The best email ad campaigns aim to reach out once every 1-2 weeks.  It gives your customers time to digest your offers and reassess their value on a regular basis.  The consistent visibility of new deals to niche customer segments is one of the key ways how email marketing is effective. 

Complement your Lead Generation on Social Media

Consider all the ad banners and promotions your customers have seen.  The best email ad campaigns complement lead generation social media.  Like mentioned in Part I, email writing copies usually are follow-ups based on captured data from an earlier ad campaign.  Picture that your stream of advertisements are basically a “conversation” you are having with your most interested customers.  After reviewing what ads captured emails for lead generation, ask yourself, “What would be the next natural part of the conversation if they said ‘Maybe…’  How would I keep the conversation going to hopefully close the deal?”  Build your promotional persuasion techniques from there

Conclusion: Ad360 can Help Build Custom Email Marketing Templates

So, is lead generation worth it?  Yes!  Email campaigns are highly effective when they build on previous customer outreach efforts.  Knowing which customers to add to which email lists, as well as how to design and produce a unique writing copy for each one, can become head-scratching work for an independent business.  Reach out to try a free demo by Ad360 today for help on building your own custom email marketing templates!