How Purple Parking went from good email marketing to great email marketing

Purple Parking, the UK’s best airport parking service, used to do pretty good email marketing. They segmented their data; they sent appropriate, targeted messages with on brand crisp creatives; their emails got opened; they got clicked, and parking got booked. All in all it was a pretty effective programme and they sell parking services so that was that, what else could they do to improve things, they had everything seemingly covered. In essence, they did good email marketing but not great email marketing. Well, the Purple Parking management team had different ideas, they wanted more, so in conjunction with Spike Marketing and display block they came up with a great email marketing programme. Not excellent, just great. Excellent is still…

Why Choose Email Marketing Infographic

The death knell of email continues to ring around the digital marketing space, yet the numbers in terms of users, engagement and revenue generated still outshine other channels. In our latest Email Marketing infographic, we look at the numbers and show you why email marketing is still the channel of choice when it comes to keeping in touch with your customers.  

Email follow-ups for webinars

Webinars can be a powerful way to generate leads for a product or service, build your brand and connect with your target audience. A good webinar involves a lot of work to prepare and promote and that work shouldn’t end there – it’s in the follow up where you begin to cement a webinar’s success. Webinars are a source of leads Presentations have always been used to generate hype and enthusiasm around a topic or convey a message. A webinar is often seen by your audience as an event or place to get useful content rather than an advertisement, which makes it more appealing. The strength of a webinar is not only in lead generation but its scalability and cost-effectiveness.…

You can’t send an email campaign without…

Sending emails for businesses can be super stressful. The Sale is about to start, an urgent announcement needs to reach customers, the business needs to match a competitor’s offer. The reasons why it can be difficult are nearly endless, but, and this is a big ‘but!’ – no email campaign can be sent by an email service provider without a few key things. If this list is not met exactly, and every time, the email is just not going to go out. It is impossible. The bare minimum needed to send an email campaign HTML email Text version of the email The links for the email The subject line Sending instructions Preview list The email database Now that’s the absolute…

how MINI changed their emails

How MINI have changed their emails during a rebrand

MINI have been going through a rebranding process for a while now and it seems to be a phased approach happening gradually. It’s no surprise their emails have gone through some changes as well to mirror this transition, so I’m going to be focusing on one of their emails and the transition it has gone through in design over the last six months. The Rebrand The overarching change has been the rebrand, which seems to have moved on from the previous, bold, in-your-face, young and fun vibe to something a little more grown-up. I also know that, where all of the previous emails tended to fit the same format and layout, the new ones vary in style. They have developed…

List growth today

Target your sign up messaging for a high quality email list Great sales and marketing programs deserve a great audience both in size and quality, so it is understandable that that lists and data quality are in the top three of priorities for marketers this year. If we want to increase our email list growth, where do we look? I oftentimes refer to a running joke from the services industry. It goes something like this: Our services are : 1) Cheap, 2) Fast, and 3) high quality. Pick two. It holds a lot of truth, often those three options don’t line up together, luckily there are ways to growing your email list while retaining quality. Your strategy for promoting signups…

Email blasts are dead…

The talk is all about marketing automation nowadays. On a group of email geeks, or leading email proponents, depending on your view that I hang out in called Only Influencers the question was asked this week; are email blasts dead? This led to an interesting debate which, to my mind, completely debunked the myth which is marketing automation. For me, marketing automation is a term, thought up by email marketing companies who want to muddy the waters enough to get a foothold in the market. Let me explain; almost from the inception of email broadcasting companies like Saber Software (who became e2 communications) were using “marketing automation” to sell software services online – only they called it adaptive sequenced messaging…

Testing times

When we ask email marketing folks what testing they do when sending email campaigns, the list is usually pretty short. In fact, it’s often limited to subject lines and list segmentation. Whilst segmenting your list is probably the number one type of testing you should be doing, there are many other tests you can do to get a solid understanding of how well your email marketing is doing and where there is room to improve. Start by clearly defining what you want to achieve and set benchmarks so you can keep track of where you are along the way. Typical KPIs are opens, clicks, purchases and revenue. You should also define who you want to test various elements to and…