At 101 we're not simply experts in website and app development. We are also well known for our expertise as a long-established UK email marketing agency. Hundreds of organisations use our powerful email marketing solution: Smart Messenger.
Smart Messenger from 101 is a UK-based email marketing system that's bursting with features to help you make your campaigns a success. Our expert team provides all the training, ongoing support and advice you need to get the most from your campaigns.
To find out more about 101's Smart Messenger email marketing solution, just give us a call on 01603 858250. Our friendly, knowledgeable team are always happy to provide free advice and support.
Whether you're new to email marketing, or ready to boost your email campaign success, our Email Marketing 101 guide is sure to provide some useful tips and advise for email marketers:
What is email marketing?
Done correctly, email marketing is an effective way to connect with your target audience. But what is email marketing?
Good email marketing is not about spamming your marketing database with offers or bland updates. Instead, the content should offer real value to the recipient. A series of well-constructed email campaigns can help you build trust with your audience.
The content of your emails depends on your campaign goals and you need to start with a clear idea of what to write about in your emails. Some emails are welcome messages, thank yous, or inform of an upcoming event or renewal date. Others may be about offers, customer case studies, or news related to your brand or industry.
In email marketing, getting the messaging and timing of your email right is crucial. It's important to be clear about the desired outcome of your campaign. But creating a campaign to get the results you want can feel daunting and challenging.
If you're just getting started with email marketing or have been disappointed with previous campaign results, we're here to help.
Smart Messenger from 101 is a powerful email marketing platform that's fully supported by our team in Norwich. With Smart Messenger, you can set up an easy-to-use email marketing system to meet your needs. We'll provide all the training, ongoing support and advice you need to get the most from your campaigns.
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How can email marketing help my business?
Email marketing is a very efficient and convenient way to reach your target audience. With the right approach, it can also help you build more trust in your brand or organisation.
Conversely, get it wrong, and your email campaign could be damaging to your reputation. For this reason it's important to take the time to plan your campaigns carefully. Always ensure your emails are relevant, informative and timely to be most effective.
If you are new to email marketing, it's useful to get advice from specialist email marketing experts and help is at hand from the Smart Messenger email marketing platform by 101.
With the tips below and practical help from our Smart Messenger experts, you can be up and running with effective email campaigns in no time at all.
Email campaign dos and don’ts:
- Do get your timing right and send your campaign at a time when your audience is most receptive to opening it.
- Do give your email an engaging subject line. This will increase the likelihood of people opening your emails.
- Don't spam your contacts. Your emails should be carefully targeted so they are relevant and useful.
How do I build an email marketing list?
You have decided to want to get started with email marketing, but how do you get an email list together?
It’s more effective to build your own marketing database than buying from list brokers or scouring the internet and LinkedIn for cold contacts.
When someone has actively asked or agreed to be added to your mailing list they will be happy to receive your email and more likely to engage with the content. They will already know you or your organisation so they will be more receptive to your campaigns.
Here are some examples of ways to collect data to grow your marketing database:
- Website sign-up forms
- Event sign-ups
- Social Media sign-up options on your company's profile page
- Encourage recipients to share your email by forwarding to others or sharing via social media
Always be mindful of data protection obligations when inviting people to sign-up to your email list and ensure you are compliant with the regulations. If you are unsure about what you need to do, please speak to us.
We strongly advise against purchasing data. You won’t have an existing connection with the people on bought-in lists and they tend to receive a lot of unsolicited emails. They are highly unlikely to engage with your campaigns and will probably mark you as spam. This is damaging to your brand’s reputation and also impacts your reputation as a Sender. If too many people report your emails as spam, email providers will consign your campaigns to the digital bin!
How To Get More Email Sign Ups
How can I create a great email campaign?
Successful email campaigns usually have some key factors in common and these are outlined below. A well-constructed campaign could help you increase client retention, improve repeat business and boost sales.
With a powerful email marketing tool like Smart Messenger from 101 and personalised advice on how to get the most from your campaigns, your emails can become an effective tool for improving engagement.
Here are some ideas to help get your email campaigns off to a flying start:
Have a clear 'call to action' – keep it simple, with easy-to-see links and concise content that encourages your recipient take the desired action.
Make it relevant – segment your audience into logical groupings based on their interests, industry sector etc and create separate campaigns for each segment to ensure your email content is relevant to them.
Be professional but personal – send your emails from a named person in your team and, when appropriate, include other names and photos in your content. Your contacts will feel happier knowing they’re dealing with real people and not a faceless organisation.
Use links effectively – as well as including prominent call to action links, don’t forget to include links to your social channels so your contacts have other ways to interact with you.
Test before you send – to avoid making silly mistakes in your emails, send several test emails before you launch your campaign. Testing your campaign is easy with a professional email marketing platform like Smart Messenger from 101.
Keep your database current – if your campaigns get a lot of bounces or unsubscribes, your rating with email providers like Gmail will go down and your emails may be marked spam.
Time it right – try to time your campaign to arrive when it’s most likely to be opened and read. The reporting feature in Smart Messenger will help you optimise the timing of your campaigns.
Talk to us – we’d love to hear about your business and what you want to achieve. We are happy to give free advice, whether you are just starting out with email marketing or looking to boost your future campaigns.
What should I write about in my emails?
If you’re wondering what sort of content to create for your email campaigns, bear in mind that good emails are informative, engaging and helpful.
Here are some pointers to get you started:
Find out what your audience wants to know and provide the answers
Build up a bank of content that answers the questions you’re most commonly asked by customers and prospects. Use this content as the basis for individual campaigns that give recipients information they’re likely to find useful.
Share your expertise
Use your company’s expertise and industry knowledge to provide tips, advice and insights that will be of interest to your target market and build trust.
Demonstrate how your business solves problems for people like them
Share case studies and customer testimonials to provide social proof that you provide solutions for businesses and what the benefits have been.
Keep it simple
Remember to keep your email copy clear and concise. Include links to relevant content on your website when you want to give your recipients more detailed information about a topic.
Evaluate your campaign
Use the reporting tools in your email marketing platform to evaluate which emails have been most successful, including the most-clicked links to identify topics which were particularly engaging. Use this knowledge to inform future campaign themes.
Our Smart Messenger team at 101 in Norwich has helped hundreds of clients to get the most from their email campaigns and we are always happy to provide free advice on content development and reporting.
How can I encourage more people to open my emails?
The more people that open your email, the more successful your campaign is likely to be. You can take a few simple steps to improve your email open rate:
Sender Name: The first thing you see when an email arrives is the sender’s name. Choosing a friendly sender name is essential and could mean the difference between someone opening your email or clicking delete. Ideally, choose the name of a person in your team whom the recipient will recognise when the email arrives. Or, if your brand is trusted and well-known, you could use your company name as your ‘friendly sender’ name.
Subject Line: Your email’s subject line needs to be simple, relevant and interesting. Avoid overusing words, terms or symbols that are likely to trigger spam filters to reject your mail such as ‘100% free’, ‘hurry’, ‘last chance’, ‘bargain’, ‘urgent’ or using too many asterisks, pound or dollar signs. It’s worth noting that emojis in subject lines don’t always appear as you might expect, so check how your email looks on different platforms by sending test emails before you publish your campaign.
Pre-header: The pre-header is the snippet of text that appears below the subject line in your recipient’s inbox. Make sure it complements the subject line, rather than repeating it. Keep it short, sweet and relevant, remembering to avoid spammy words and phrases.
Preview Pane: The preview pane reveals the first part of your email, including images and links. Try to outline all the key content of your email within this space. With a highly visible and compelling call to action in this area, your recipients may click and fast-track themselves to your website without ever opening your email fully!
5 Top Tips To Increase Email Open Rates
How can I stop my emails going to spam?
When you’ve invested time and money in growing your marketing database and crafting the perfect campaign, you’ll want to do all you can to ensure your emails reach their recipients and do not get stopped by spam filters.
What is spam?
Email providers use spam filters to protect users from malicious emails that capture personal data and cause harm. Before your campaign reaches your recipients’ inboxes, your email will go through the spam filter of every recipient’s provider. It’s your job to do all you can to ensure it doesn’t get caught up in any of those filters.
Here are some of the most common reasons why your emails may be marked as spam:
- Your campaign lacks proper authentication
- Your recipients have marked your emails as spam
- Your email is not compliant with data protection regulations
- You haven’t followed best practice advice when including images or videos
- The copy in your Subject Line appears untrustworthy to spam filters
- Your email copy appears untrustworthy to spam filters
- You have included bad or questionable links in your campaign
- Your IP address is associated with previous spammy campaigns
When you have a good understanding of what is classed as spam, there is preventative action you can take.
Our Smart Messenger team provides free help and advice on how to prevent your emails from being stopped by spam filters. We also offer email marketing training courses for individuals or teams to help you get to grips with all aspects of this important topic.
Email Marketing Training Course
What are my email marketing obligations under GDPR and the UK Data Protection Act?
Since Brexit, the Data Protection Act 2018 (not the GDPR) controls how personal information is used by organisations and businesses in the UK. It’s important to familiarise yourself with your legal responsibilities with regard to data protection as your email marketing must be compliant with the regulations.
A key obligation for email marketers is to ensure that opting out of receiving emails from you should be as easy for recipients as it was for them to opt in. In practice, this means including an easy-to-find unsubscribe link in your emails.
The good news is, the Smart Messenger email marketing platform from 101 won’t let you to send an email without including an unsubscribe link.
At 101, we take data protection and security very seriously. Data is core to our services and our practices are in line with the Data Protection Act 2018.
Our trained and accredited in-house data protection staff can discuss any aspect of data protection with you to help you ensure your campaigns are compliant.
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How much does email marketing cost?
Choosing a professional platform like Smart Messenger provides a much more cost-effective email marketing solution than you might imagine
We offer three subscription options starting at just £10 per month, depending on the level of functionality you require and the volume of emails you need to send.
Use the calculator tool on the Smart Messenger pricing page to work out how much to budget on your email marketing campaigns.
How do I choose an email marketing platform?
You need to find the right email marketing platform for your business, but which one should you choose?
We believe Smart Messenger from 101 is the best email marketing platform for small and medium sized businesses in the UK. Here’s why:
- Smart Messenger is a user-friendly yet powerful email marketing solution that includes free customisable templates, drag and drop editors, email automation plus simple landing page and web form builders.
- Testing, tracking and reporting tools are all included in the platform.
- It is a UK-based service and we are stringent about data protection.
- We offer a bespoke template design service from just £149. We can also manage whole campaigns, including reporting.
- All clients receive free training and unlimited ‘just call us’ support from our knowledgeable Smart Messenger team at 101's HQ in Norwich, Norfolk. We’ll ensure you never have to struggle with an email campaign on your own again!
How do I get started with Smart Messenger email marketing?
It’s really easy to set up a Smart Messenger account.
Simply get in touch via our enquiry form or give us a call on 01603 858250. It takes just a couple of days (sometimes even less) to get your account up and running, ready for use.
If you would like us to create a bespoke template for your business, we’ll ask for your logos, colours, images you wish to use and details of how you would like the template to be structured. We will create a bespoke email marketing template for you within two or three working days.
With our help, you could have your first email campaign up and running in less than a week – so why not get in touch today? We’d love to help you achieve your email marketing goals.