Next up is building an email newsletter. The best services offer several ways to do this; you can import your own HTML, start from scratch, or use a predesigned template. Most of these services have drag-and-drop UIs that let you choose exactly the elements you want to include, as well as image libraries in which you can store assets such as your logo or company photos. Tools that let you test your emails for spam are also essential since there are some seemingly innocuous terms that may send up red flags and drop all of your hard work into your subscribers' junk folders or, worse, get your emails banned before they ever reach their recipients.
Videos are one of the most effective forms of marketing, but most email hosts do not allow users to send videos within the body of emails. The good news is, BombBomb is a platform where you can easily create and send videos via email and that’s compatible with all email service providers, giving businesses a cost-effective way of increasing response rates and engagement.
More and more emails are being opened on mobile devices, many of which don’t show fancy formatting, colors, or graphics. That doesn’t mean you can ignore the HTML version of your newsletter: always choose the Drag and Drop Editor in MailChimp so you can develop your own look into a unique template you can use over and over. Keep it clean, simple, and easy to read (remember, columns and colors show up differently on every screen!).
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A self-described all-in-one marketing platform, ActiveCampaign’s main goal is to help you send fewer emails with better results. To that end, the American provider clearly focuses on automations. None of the other tools we’ve tested come near them in that field. With ActiveCampaign, you can automate everything based on your website visitors’ behavior with complex if/when/then logic. The CRM also makes it easy to manage sales directly from the backend.
"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.