Segmenting Your Marketing E-mails

This is the final entry in our four part blog series about e-mail marketing. The other entries can be found here, here, and here.

40 percent of the time an e-mail is sent to a subscriber, it gets marked as spam is due to irrelevancy. Don’t let your e-mails meet this fate. Targeting your e-mails to segmented audiences can help you generate higher click-through rates and keep your messages relevant. Here are several ways that you can segment your target audience:

Geography

Many small businesses have a strong connection to a local area or region. When your company has geographic limitations, segment e-mails relevant to people within the area. For non-locals, e-mails regarding invitations to special events would be irrelevant and will most likely get sent to the spam box.

Recipient

When it comes to e-mails, it is as important “who it’s being sent to” as “what’s being sent.” For instance, you would speak differently to a seller than a buyer. For different roles come different interests and targets.

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Interest

Using analytics, check out content that your audience members have viewed on your page (i.e. items they have downloaded.) Then use this to create more targeted e-mail for each audience.

Behavior

A visitor who browses five or more of your pages has different needs than a first timer. Your targeted e-mail, set up by marketing analytics, should be reflective of that.

Brand advocacy

Create a “brand advocates” section for your e-mail list. This list should contain frequent purchasers, loyal social media followers, and customers who have recommended your company. Give back to your fan base by sending specialized e-mails, feedback requests, and rewards.

Branding

Through analytics and market research, you can segment e-mails that are consistent with your business strategy and your customers’ purchasing behavior while avoiding the dreaded spam box.