Does email drip marketing work? Or is it just another web annoyance, ala pop-ups or ads.
Drip Email Marketing Does Improve The Conversion Rate
Auto-scheduled, prewritten emails sent to customers or prospects over a predetermined period of time (aka drips) are said to generate 18x more revenue vs. running other types of database marketing campaigns. Let’s explore.
The real benefit of drips is that they build trust. Rather than sending out email blasts, your emails can be personalized and relevant. That are welcoming, educational, product or content specific. Drips must be succinct yet sincere. Touting your value without sounding pretentious.
Lead Nurturing Drips are the most successful. These are personalized campaigns that ‘hand-hold’ prospects or current customers – focusing on listening to needs and desires and then sharing information and solutions until they are ready to buy.
Tips to Running a Positive Drip Marketing Campaign
– Determine the goal. Are you trying to nurture new leads? Push a new product/service to existing customers? Enhancing brand awareness? What CTA are you targeting?
How many drips will be included in the campaign. Determine how many drips or ‘touches’ your campaign will have – most consist of between 4 and 12 emails spaced between 5, 7, or 14 days apart.
Know who to omit from the drip and who to include. Are the right people getting the right message at the right time? What are their pain points? Their goals? Why do business with you? What will get their attention?
On the flip-side, know when to take someone out of the drip. There must be a trigger mechanism that will un-enroll a recipient the moment they’ve completed the desired action the drip intended.
Composing A Drip Marketing Campaign
Create and personalize the content. Your drips cannot be construed as irrelevant or non-specific to your audience. Your content should be personalized and friendly. What’s in it for the recipient should be your mantra.
The second drip should refer to the first drip. Use new messaging that addresses your reader’s pain. Conclude with a request for information regarding some aspect of the recipient’s company.
The third drip should be the shortest. Zero-in on the key reason for your email and conclude with an outright ask for a purchase.
Each drip can be sent anywhere from two days to a week apart. Drip marketing isn’t for everyone. But it can be of great benefit for many companies, especially start-ups. KEY: It must be used properly and be customer-centric.