It’s no surprise that media consumption of the modern American has been changing for quite some time. Even Television, one of the last remaining holdouts from the shifting tides of traditional media, has been affected over the past decade. More than half of adults 18-49 in the US are either light viewers of TV or do not subscribe to a traditional TV service at all . But an audience shift like this doesn’t necessarily mean that TV content is going away anytime soon. The access of the internet has blown open the doors of not only where people get their entertainment, but also the kind of content they are consuming.
1. Email is Permission-Based
Unlike with social media and PPC marketing where you’re displaying your ad to broad sections of your target audience in hopes that they click, email marketing is permission based. Whether they opt into a newsletter or sign up for some promo codes, your consumers are willingly giving you their email as a way to say “Hey, I’d like some more information”. A study done by Marketing Sherpa found that 91% of consumers like to receive promotional emails from brands they support (Source: Marketing Sherpa).
2. People Love to Stay Informed
From the time the alarm goes off in the morning till the sun goes down, people are attached to platforms and services that provide them with the information they deem valuable.
While social media handles the entertainment and current events side of things, email is reserved for more important, time-sensitive information like special offers and dreaded bills. In fact, the average person checks their personal email 3 times per day!
Everybody has heard the saying “knowledge is power.” For business owner’s knowledge often comes from data, thus “data is power.” The more data your small business has the better, right? How many widgets sold last month and how many are in inventory? What is the profit margin on each widget sold? What were total sales yesterday, or last week? These are questions that business owners can answer quickly, and they are all derived from data.
Email marketing is only effective when people can see and read your message. Ending up in the spam folder can be a dangerous fate if your company uses email marketing as a primary marketing tool. It can mean reaching fewer potential customers, lost sales and a decline in revenue. With such high stakes, you can't afford to make any serious missteps on an email marketing campaign.