The word “automation” conjures visions of cyborgs, machines, AI, robots — in other words, pretty much the opposite of organic or human.
And in the world of email marketing where personalized, customer-centric messaging is a must, the idea of using automation seems rather counterintuitive. In reality, using automation in email marketing enables you to create campaigns that speak to your audience on an even more personal level.
Find out the basics of email marketing automation and why every marketer should use it.
Email marketing automation is a robotic-sounding term for the strategy of making your messaging more personalized and timely — two of the most important aspects of any successful email marketing campaign. Email automation is simply converting the dispatch of email messages from a manual process to an automatic one.
Within email marketing automation, marketers create email workflows that automatically send emails to subscribers once certain triggers have been activated. These workflows consider both the behavior that acts as a trigger along with data about the user behind the email address to create the most relevant and personalized email message. Examples of triggers for a B2B company are …
For a B2C brand, triggers might be …
Marketing automation workflows aren’t just for prospective customers, either. Brands can use workflows to enhance existing customer relationships and encourage the purchase of additional products or services. There also are a few workflows that work well for both B2B and B2C businesses. Here are some examples:
Almost any action an individual takes when engaging with your brand can be tracked and utilized. With this insight, brands can create the kinds of triggers that will deliver the most relevant and meaningful messages with the highest chance of success. Keep in mind that how you set up your triggers should be based on the behavior of your own users. It doesn’t make sense to have a trigger for an action that no one in your database will ever complete.
Pro Tip: You also can create workflows that automatically send emails based on dates, such as holidays and other special occasions like the subscriber’s birthday.
There are five primary reasons every email marketer should use email marketing automation:
Some brands may hesitate to use automated marketing emails for fear their messaging will become less personalized and thus less effective. In reality, email automation software can help you gather more information about your subscribers and actually make your messaging more personalized and thus more effective — as long as you’re using that data the right way, of course.
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