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We thought it would be helpful to create a tool both marketers and small business owners could use. Therefore we are bringing you a new easy to use 5 step guide to help you plan, produce, test, delive and follow up your email marketing campaigns.

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Framework: Email Marketing Planner

  1. 1. Email Marketing Campaign PlannER © Mailigen, Ltd. All rights reserved. Mailigen Email Marketing Solutions
  2. 2. Email Marketing Campaign PlannER 2 Why Should I Use An Email Marketing Planning Tool? Email is one of the most effective and easily accessible means of communication today and is part of most people’s everyday workflow. Com- bined with a well crafted call to action, email has the powerful ability to create awareness, generate sales and build relationships. Successful email marketing requires more than writing a few paragraphs of copy and sending it to a distribution list. Email campaigns require careful plan- ning, production, testing, delivery and the right follow up. 60% of marketers believe email marketing pro- duces positive ROI and called Email Marketing the most powerful advertising channel Marketing sherpa 2013 Annual Marketing and Media Survey We created this tool with you in mind. We want to help make it easy for you to plan an email marketing campaign and mea- sure the performance of your efforts. Mailigen has easy to use tools you need to generate action with powerful email messages, newsletters, surveys and mobile messaging. If you want to learn more about Mailigen, take it for a test drive before choosing your email marketing solution. Visit www.mailigen.com for a 30 day free trial!
  3. 3. Mailigen - Integrated Marketing Solutions © Mailigen, Ltd. All rights reserved. 3  Email Marketing Campaign PlannER Email: info@mailigen.com Phone USA: (+1) 718 303 1864 Phone EU: (+371) 6749 1059 Plan Produce Test Deliver Measure The What The How The Reviewing The Doing The Evaluation What am I seeking to accomplish? Who am I trying to reach and influence? What is my call to action? What type of campaign I have to create? What is my campaign timeframe? What lists do I have or need to create? What are target content considerations? What email structure or template will I use? What are the design considerations for mobile delivery? Is my design solid enough? Are changes going to make a difference to the call to action response? Have you checked for Spam triggers? Have you considered A/B split test? What is my email campaign quality? What is my sender reputation? How often should I send emails? When is the best time of day to send emails? How do I know my campaign was succesful? What adjustments should I make? How do I track conversions? • Objectives, deliverables and benefits defined • Identify target audiences • Establish an enticing call to action • Timing identified • Decide on campaign type • Lists and segmentation • Email structure and templates • Landing pages • Mobile and social integration • Browsers • Mobile devices • Variables, content • Spam Checker • Deliverability • Content quality • Sender reputation • Lead generation • Frequency • Time of delivery • Open Rate • Bounce Rate • Click-Through Rate (CTR) • Click to Action (CTA) • Social Shares • Unsubscribes • Conversions TacticsConsiderations
  4. 4. Mailigen - Integrated Marketing Solutions © Mailigen, Ltd. All rights reserved. 4  Email Marketing Campaign PlannER Email: info@mailigen.com Phone USA: (+1) 718 303 1864 Phone EU: (+371) 6749 1059 Plan Produce Test Deliver Measure Good planning will create the results you want from your email market- ing campaigns. During this phase you should define the objectives of your email campaign and identify your target audience. Also, brain- storm your call to action, as it is critical to completing your objectives. And lastly if your campaign stretches over more than one email deliv- ery, put together a content plan and schedule. Email campaign objectives fall into one of three categories: • Create awareness • Drive sales • Build loyalty Planning Questions Consider Your Stated Goals What am I seeking to accomplish? • Create Awareness • Generate Sales • Build Loyalty • Grow Subscriber List Who am I trying to reach and influence? • Customers • Prospective Customers • Fans/Followers • Influencers • Business Partners What is my call to action? • Website Visits • Partnership Request • Make a Sale • Announce a Product • Attend an Event • Take a Survey • Share on Social What type of campaign do I have to create? Newsletter, sales, greeting, invitation, triggered What is the campaign timeframe? One time event, weekly, monthly, quarterly, yearly Determine which is your ultimate goal and then follow these tips: • Be specific • Choose your words carefully, do not offer more than 1 promary call to action per email message • Create a sense of urgency in your message • Beware of hard sell tactics • Make responding easy • Choose images that are relevant to your call to action • Leverage the subject line as your “hook” • Create the plan for tracking behaviors so you can segment future lists for better engagement Use this matrix to plan your campaign:
  5. 5. Mailigen - Integrated Marketing Solutions © Mailigen, Ltd. All rights reserved. 5  Email Marketing Campaign PlannER Email: info@mailigen.com Phone USA: (+1) 718 303 1864 Phone EU: (+371) 6749 1059 Plan Produce Test Deliver Measure Managing your email lists should be a top priority for your company. Your contact lists should be permission based, with a double opt-in choice for the subscriber. If the contact has not given you permission, then your email campaign will be viewed as SPAM and they will either ignore your message or report you as a spammer. Never buy a list of email addresses. Any of these practices can damage your business reputation and campaign delivery results. For more information on list management, see our How To Guide: In- crease Email Subscriptions With List Management and our paper Best Practices: 18 Tips for Email List Building. Once you have a list established, create segments within your lists to send more relevant email messages. You want to inspire your subscribers to respond to your call to action. Even the simplest of segmentation efforts will result in lower unsub- scribe rates. To learn more about segmentation, check out our How To Guide: Best Practices in Email Marketing List Segmentation. When your list and segments are taken care of, you should really spend some time on crafting a great email subject line and email template design. For more ideas take a look at our template designs and an article on 12 Ways to Strengthen Your Call to Action Production Questions Consider Your Production Tactics What lists do I have? What lists do I need to start building? Current lists, Creating new segments of current lists, Building a new list What customer segments am I targeting? Demographics, Geography, Size of business, Type of purchaser, Gender, Language, Interests What are the target content considerations? Call to action specific, Device optimized, Single click conversions What email structure, graphics and/or template will I use? From Field, Subject Line, View in Browsers, Header, Call to Action, Content, Tone, Buttons, Social integrations What are the design considerations for mobile delivery? Multiple mobile device viewers, Responsive de- sign, Mobile email template Use this matrix to manage your production:
  6. 6. Mailigen - Integrated Marketing Solutions © Mailigen, Ltd. All rights reserved. 6  Email Marketing Campaign PlannER Email: info@mailigen.com Phone USA: (+1) 718 303 1864 Phone EU: (+371) 6749 1059 Plan Produce Test Deliver Measure Testing the design of your email in multiple browsers can be very dif- ficult. Make sure you run your design through your ESP’s design and spam testing tool to view your email as the recipient sees it in each of the major email clients. The provider’s tool should offer testing against Testing Questions Consider Your Testing Results & Decisions Is my design solid enough? Test your email in multiple browsers and email programs. Make sure to include mobile devices. Test your email with blocked images, make sure to include image alternative text. Test for broken images, formatting issues, bro- ken links and browser compatibility. If you are not sure jus use one of Mailigen’s tem- plates that have been tested across most popu- lar service. Are changes going to make a difference to the call to action response? Review Subject line, does it “hook” you to open the email? Review the Header, does it inspire you to read the message? Review message for multiple calls to action Have you checked for Spam triggers? Run your email through Mailigen Spam check. Make the appropriate adjustments. How you considered A/B Split test campaign? Test Email Subject, From Name, Conent & Col- ors, Sending Time Use this matrix to manage your testing: spam filters and firewalls. During the testing phase, you should focus on removing errors in design and content that will limit your deliverability. It is recommended to send a text campaign to your inhouse email list first.
  7. 7. Mailigen - Integrated Marketing Solutions © Mailigen, Ltd. All rights reserved. 7  Email Marketing Campaign PlannER Email: info@mailigen.com Phone USA: (+1) 718 303 1864 Phone EU: (+371) 6749 1059 Plan Produce Test Deliver Measure Getting email campaigns delivered requires careful design and filter- ing to ensure your content does not trigger filters. Not always 100% of your emails will reach your recipients inbox as Spam filters are set up by ISPs to determine if email should be delivered to your account or if Delivery Questions Consider Your Delivery Checklist & Tactics What is my email campaign quality? Check SpamScore and spam words in the con- tent Make sure image size (600px) and proportion to conent 50/50 is followed. Double check your text links are not phishy and not marked as Scam. What is my sender reputation? Check your reputation at senderscore.com Track your email engagement Consider list hygene to remove inactive sub- scribers How often should I send emails? Test emails at different intervals and analyze results, e.g. open rates, click rates and most importanlty conversion rates to determine frequency. Start with less is more and then work up to a greater frequency based on measurable results. When is the best time of day to send emails? Test volume of email messages at different times of day to measure delivery. Take subscriber time zones into account when scheduling email delivery. Use this matrix to manage your delivery: the email should be marked as spam and delivered, or if the email should not be delivered at all. To make sure your emails get delivered to inbox, follow these 26 Expert Tips to Improve Email Delivery.
  8. 8. Mailigen - Integrated Marketing Solutions © Mailigen, Ltd. All rights reserved. 8  Email Marketing Campaign PlannER Email: info@mailigen.com Phone USA: (+1) 718 303 1864 Phone EU: (+371) 6749 1059 Plan Produce Test Deliver Measure Email marketing provides real time result tracking. Measuring your re- sults will allow you to consistently improve your email campaign effec- tiveness and will help you keep your email lists healthy. As you continue Measurement Questions Consider Your Measurement Tactics How do I know my campaign was successful? • Open Rate • Bounce Rate • Click-Through Rate (CTR) • Click to Action (CTA) • Shares • Unsubscribes • Retention What results based adjustments need to be made to my contact list? Review customer behaviors and create seg- mented lists for the next campaign. Use segmentation based on activity. What results based adjustments need to be made to timing? Review Open and Click Through Rates by the day of the week or time of the day to determine if any adjustments need to be made to timing. How do I track conversions? • Google Analytics • Social Media • E-commerce Platform Use this matrix to manage your delivery: to refine your lists and messaging by segment you will see your measures improve incrementally. Keep making small adjustments to your message variables and you will see improvement.
  9. 9. Mailigen - Integrated Marketing Solutions © Mailigen, Ltd. All rights reserved. 9  Email Marketing Campaign PlannER Email: info@mailigen.com Phone USA: (+1) 718 303 1864 Phone EU: (+371) 6749 1059 final checklist We hope this framework will help you get started developing a comprehensive email marketing plan for your business. The framework is designed to walk you through a thought process getting you ready to create your first campaign. Plan Does your plan line up with your campaign objectives? Are your deliverables clearly defined? Is your campaign’s call to action clearly stated? Have you identified a targeted audience? Is your content relevant to your call to action? Produce Do you have specific lists identified? Have you created segmented lists for this campaign? Have you designed your message for both web and mobile consumption? Have you designed a template or picked one from the template library? Test Have you tested your message in multiple web browsers? If you had to make changes, did it change your call to action? Have you run your messages through the Spam Checker and made adjustments? Have you designed an A/B split test? Deliver Have you identified the timing and frequency of your campaign? Have you cehcked your email campaign quality? Measure Do you have your measures identified? Have you implemented conversion tracking mechanism? If you need help with the email campaign planner or Mailigen solution, please contact our support team at: support@mailigen.com Also, please take advantage of additional resources in the Mailigen Resource Library. Use this quick checklist to make sure you have covered the important compo- nents for your campaign.
  10. 10. Mailigen - Integrated Marketing Solutions © Mailigen, Ltd. All rights reserved. 10  Email Marketing Campaign PlannER Email: info@mailigen.com Phone USA: (+1) 718 303 1864 Phone EU: (+371) 6749 1059 About us Mailigen is an email and integrated marketing management system that provides full spectrum email marketing services for small to large size companies and individuals. Mailigen is an easy-to-use and powerful tool to enhance communication with your existing and potential clients. Mailigen allows using contemporary tools such as email personalizing, list manage- ment and segmentation, email auto responders; Mailigen offer contempo- rary email designs and sign-up forms as well as online surveys and SMS marketing. More information about Mailigen - www.mailigen.com Mailigen support phone: (+1) 718 303 1864 Email: info@mailigen.com Mailigen offers one of the best price/quality services in mailing list manage- ment. Mailigen also provide numerous tutorials, tips and simply interesting materials on the topic – visit blog.mailigen.com to read more. Emails sent by Mailigen automatically include everything necessary in order to comply with spam laws, for example, the option to unsubscribe, and the sender’s contact information.
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