Whether you already have a list of subscribers or are starting from scratch, email marketing services can help. All of the services we cover let you add contacts manually using copy and paste or by uploading CSV or Microsoft Excel files. Some integrate with third-party software enabling you to import Gmail and other webmail contacts, Salesforce (75.00 Per User Per Month and Up at Salesforce.com) and other CRM data, or other software where you might have contacts stored. Depending on the size and location of your list, third-party integration could be key. Verify whether you can export contacts as well (and how easy it is to do so) should you leave the service. Managing users who unsubscribe should also be easy so you're not accidentally contacting anyone who has opted out of your newsletters.
How do you calculate list growth?
Like the aforementioned SendInBlue, Mailjet is based in Paris, France, and also used to focus on transactional emails. Their recent foray into the world of email marketing seems logical enough, and the editor works great for such a relatively new product. You can still send transactional emails, and also send SMS. Plus, there are some surprisingly advanced features such as automations, A/B testing, sub-accounts (e.g. for agencies) and team collaboration.
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"Think about what information is most valuable for your list and how to capture it in the briefest way possible," Turnbull says. "For example, if geographic location is needed, consider prompting only for zip code instead of street address or phone number." An email address is the only prompt you need, but if you do ask for additional information, he recommends you consider making it optional and give some reason or additional incentive for doing so. "You can also get more info later, either directly or indirectly, after they sign up," he explains.
"Spray and pray emails will never perform as well as tailored emails to particular contact segments," Turnbull says. He recommends segmentation for creating targeted email campaigns based on behavioral information or other contact data you know about each recipient. Doing so also helps to "determine&the right tactic for each segment," he adds. This can be done through A/B testing, which tracks the performance of two or more entirely different versions of an email message. "You can try a soft-sell message to your most active subscribers while offering a significant discount to those that are less active or haven't clicked lately," he explains.