Email campaigns are a fairly low-cost marketing solution that are easily executed with user-friendly software platforms such as Campaigner (an e-newsletter campaign program) or MailChimp. These types of programs provide professional templates for achieving corporate brand alignment, as well as a variety of methods for tracking campaigns – including open rates, click-throughs, non-delivery rates, sales conversions, and list opt-outs. Tracking campaign performance is a critical aspect of email marketing. When done correctly, it leads to accurate lists that deliver improved results with each subsequent campaign.

Content for email campaigns should be tailored to specific audiences rather than a one-size-fits-all approach. It is best to develop separate campaigns for prospects interested in your particular product or service, another for previous clients, and an additional one for existing clients. While some campaign content can be about the sender’s business (like sales alerts, new products/services, awards received, etc.), there should also be quality, useful information focused solely on recipients and their needs. This will lead them to value your messages and be more inclined to continue subscribing to your email list.

When developing campaigns, be sure to include the name most likely recognized by recipients in the “From” field (either yours or a senior manager’s), and create subject lines that attract attention and persuade them to open the emails. Also, experiment with sending emails at different times of the day. Mid-morning and mid-afternoon deliveries often achieve higher open rates, but this can shift based on the particular market and target audience.

As with every marketing tactic, email campaigns should complement and enhance existing on- and offline efforts. Therefore, always include links in your email campaigns to your web sites, blogs, and social media pages to drive online traffic and engage leads.

Once comfortable with email campaigning, try creative solutions like video messages (provided by services like EyeJot) and virtual business cards that produce eye-catching, high click-through results. Integrated marketing firms are great resources for providing additional ideas and strategies for implementing successful email campaigns.