Email Marketing Automation or the Emperor’s new clothes?

I’ve avoided writing about marketing automation for a while now because, if I think about it too much, it is just “The Emperor’s New Clothes”. Don’t misinterpret that statement as me saying I don’t think it is a wonderful tool in the eMarketers arsenal or that you shouldn’t be doing it – it’s just that I think it’s the same thing it was 15 years ago. As email marketers, or as I like to call us now ‘marketing automatons’, we have packaged it in a much more user friendly and functional way, making it possible for the time strapped eMarketer to implement the ideas and plans that they have long since held. Using email marketing automation to positively engage your…

Increase loyalty using drip marketing campaigns

How Drip Marketing works over time Drip Campaigns are a tactical subset of Marketing Automation. They work to increase loyalty, turn prospects into customers and strengthen your brand and engagement. In contrary to an event triggered mail that can be just a single sense and respond message, drip campaigns always are series of emails deployed over a longer period of time. 

Because it is a series they are more powerful / interesting for reminding, education and guiding your recipients at their own pace. Drip marketing is also extremely variable and can be used for many different purposes. Below are three very different ways to put drip marketing to work, each with distinct intentions. 

1. Growing Trust and building complete customer…