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List segment test


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This article tells you the basic ways to test your list segment and to help you find the best list segment for your email campaign.

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List segment test

  1. 1. List Segment TestEffective email marketing typically means segmenting your list, but how can you do this effectively totest the best way to do it? While weve given you tips throughout this ebook on proper listsegmentation, in this section well discuss some basic ways to test list segments.Why Test List Segment?Not every piece of clothing fits every size. Not every meal is appealing to every kind of diet. In general, inlife, one size does not fit all. Thats as true for consumer goods as it is for marketing techniques. Youwouldnt have an in-person salesman show a mans hat to a fashion-conscious female shopping forshoes, would you? The same is true in email. In fact, the need to personalize and display the best offerto the best customer is even more important in email marketing because you dont have the advantageof a compelling salesperson and his or her personality. Therefore, finding and identifying yourspecific list segment that will respond to various offers most effectively becomes the best way to turn a"one-size" generic email into a precisely targeted email.Types of List Segment TestsSome common ways to test your list segments for targeted sends include: User State: As we discussed in great detail before, user state is a common way to segment your list. The longer a user has been lapsed or the time since theyve abandoned the site, the more likely it is that theyll need a big or significant offer in order to re-engage with you. Its certainly worth it to test sending a more compelling offer to lost customers rather than continue to send the same maintenance offers to all users. Gender: Not only do men and women often have different product or content interest, but its also true that sometimes different marketing techniques or graphics and images will appeal differently to different genders. Depending on the scope of your product or service line, separating your database by men and women and presenting different displays and messages to them may result in higher conversions or sales. Age: Again, product and service interests may be different depending on a users age. However, even more importantly, an older demographic may want more information about privacy and instructions. A younger demographic may respond more to catchy copy and pop culture references. Breaking database out by age to test if different approaches will work to different list segments is a great idea of your website or business appeals to users of all ages. Just because you appeal to all ages, it doesnt mean that a single email campaign can effectively speak to all ages. 1
  2. 2. Geographic Region: There are so many reasons to segment your list by geographic region. Colloquial speak, reference to landmarks and local events, use of local colors, and even the ability to reference the weather are just a few. However, its also possible that your products or services are so generic that a geographic split wont do you much good. Youll never know until you test breaking out your most major markets from your database and trying a separate send to them. Purchasing History: More often than not, the most effective way to split or segment your database will be by common purchasing histories. If you have a critical mass of people who have previously purchased mixing bowls, then those people are ideal to send an email to about baked goods. There are many similar purchasing trends to explore. In most cases, though segmenting by purchasing history may take the most work, it will also yield the greatest results.Best Practices for List Segment TestsSegmenting your list may be tricky, and you want to be sure not to over-email people. Take the time torun an extra manual check to ensure that you havent inadvertently included the same people onmultiple email lists that are being sent at the same time. Few things will get you marked as spam by auser faster than delivering multiple emails to their inbox on a given day.Dont have too small list segments! You still need a critical mass of users in order to make the time andeffort of sending a unique email worth your time. Youll need to determine "how small is too small" for alist based on your own business needs, but dont fall so in love with segmentation that you create emaillists that dont really have any value.Take the time to think through your business needs and the best way to segment a list for you. You mayhave a list segmentation that is entirely different from the ones that weve suggested above.No matter what email marketing strategy you are taking, the first step to ensure a successful emailcampaign is to choose a reliable email sending partner. Comm100, who provides this comprehensiveemail marketing ebook, offers you powerful Email Marketing Software, which is both a great long-termand short-term solution to improving your email marketing program to a new level. For moreinformation please visit : 2