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Email marketing: What Is It?

Definition and Email Marketing Examples

By King EdmondPublished 3 months ago 6 min read
Email marketing: What Is It?
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Email marketing is the practice of promoting goods and services via email while cultivating connections with future customers and clients. In essence, it is direct mail that is sent electronically rather than via mail carrier.

Learn about the benefits of email marketing, how to execute it correctly, and how it stacks up against various other marketing strategies.

Email marketing: What Is It?

Aside from order confirmations and direct responses to consumer inquiries, every email a business sends out might be categorized as email marketing. Internet marketing, which includes online marketing through websites, social media, blogs, and more, includes email marketing as one of its subsets.

Email marketing might include newsletters with company information, sales incentives, and subscriber-only offers. In the midst of a natural disaster or business controversy, marketing emails may also aim to communicate a general message on the company's behalf.

Email marketing, at its best, enables companies to update customers and target audiences with specific marketing messages. The worst case scenario for this type of marketing is the constant annoyance of spam emails that drive clients away.

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The Workings of Email Marketing

An email marketing campaign is simple to start up and monitor, which makes it affordable for small firms. You can incorporate a newsletter subscription form into your website,as an example. You can send newsletters to an expanding audience as more individuals sign up. Customers can get the newsletter through your social media profiles as well.


Cost and simplicity are email marketing's two main benefits. Email marketing is less expensive than other forms of marketing when it comes to promoting your business and its goods and services.

An easy and efficient approach to share information about your business, forthcoming events, and exclusive deals is through a regular newsletter. Scheduling automated promotional emails for consumers who haven't recently made a purchase is also made simple by email software.

Email marketing enables you to target specific groups of customers or even individuals. Offering special birthday deals on merchandise or services to individual customers is one way to accomplish this.

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For example, a restaurant may send an email to customers on their birthdays offering 50% off an entree. This type of personalization assists a company in developing and maintaining a relationship with a customer, which can lead to increased sales and customer loyalty.

Email Marketing Is Still Effective

It's easy to dismiss email in the age of social media. However, statistical evidence suggests that it remains an important component of marketing efforts. As an example: According to experts at the email marketing company Litmus, email marketing returns an average of $42 for every $1 spent. 1 According to one survey, email influenced 59% of respondents' purchasing decisions. 2 According to a 2019 study of more than 1 billion shopping sessions, email marketing has a conversion rate of 2.3%, compared to 1% for social media. 3 Customers are more likely to see an email than social media, which is a significant advantage of email over social media. Simply posting something on social media does not guarantee that everyone who should see it will. An email, on the other hand, will remain in an inbox until it is read (or deleted).

Email marketing should ideally complement social media marketing. Including social media "Like" or "Share" buttons in your marketing emails gives customers another way to interact with your brand. Emails can include snippets of positive reviews from social media fans, and social media posts can direct customers to your email newsletters.


If done correctly, email marketing can significantly increase your income. It's an excellent way to encourage people to visit (and return to) your website or blog. More traffic usually means more money.

Email Marketing Techniques

Effective email marketing necessitates time and effort. Here are some tips for getting the most out of your email marketing campaigns.

Create Your Own List

Sending an unsolicited email will only turn off the majority of the people you were hoping to convert into customers. Make it clear when customers opt in to receive your emails, whether through your website, in-store, or at an event.

Obey the Law

Email marketers must follow the CAN-SPAM Act's rules. These guidelines include using a non-deceptive subject line, providing a clear way to unsubscribe, and including your name and address at the bottom of emails.

Change Up Your Messages

Don't just send out buy ads all the time. Use your emails to establish rapport with customers by sharing your expertise or that of others, providing them with useful tips and insights. Share information that will educate them about you and your company.

Consider Your Subscribers

Take good care of your list. Remember that the people you're communicating with have put their trust in you; they deserve your respect. Make them feel special if you want to convert them from customers to fans and even evangelists for your brand.

Maintain a Schedule

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If you're sending out a newsletter, stick to a schedule. Sending emails on the same day (or days) each week will benefit your subscribers.

Know what to expect from you and when to expect it.

Optimize for Mobile According to studies conducted by marketing analysts at the company Litmus, just under half of all emails are opened on mobile devices.

That is, if your email does not display correctly on mobile platforms, half of your audience will believe you do not understand how to properly craft an email.

  • Important Takeaways
  • The use of email to promote a company's products and services or to connect with customers is known as email marketing.
  • When done correctly, email marketing can be a powerful sales driver.
  • When done incorrectly, email marketing can come across as spam, which irritates customers.
  • The best marketing emails are optimized for mobile devices, respect customers, and adhere to a consistent schedule while varying the messaging.

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About the Creator

King Edmond

King can usually be found reading a book, and that book will more likely than not be a psychological thriller. Writing a novel was always on her bucket list, and eventually, with Until I Met Her, it became a reality.

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