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The 1-2-3 of Content Strategy
By Lyris Marketing Team
Email marketing is still one of the most effective ways of communicating
directly with your audience. The emergence of social media is becoming an
attractive marketing channel fast. Businesses are keen to experiment with these
new tools to replace traditional marketing channels. However, statistics show
clearly that if you want the most out of your ROI, email marketing still reigns
supreme. Nevertheless, your content is the single most important element of
your email message that will determine its success.
Let’s bypass all the other technical and non-technical
aspects of email delivery and imagine that your email has
successfully arrived into the recipient’s inbox and has been
opened. Wah lah! You have now achieved phase one of a
successful email send. Excellent!
However, I personally don’t value open rates as a metric
for email marketing success. In my opinion, success is
measured by the click-through rate (CTR) or the conversion
rate. These have to be defined at earlier stages based on
what actions you want the user to take upon reading the
email. These can vary from clicking a link, downloading
content, registering for an event, making a purchase, etc. So it is very important that you get your message right, and
this involves having great content.
You might be wondering now what makes great content. There are a variety of steps you can take to produce
compelling content, starting with a focus on these three:
1. Know your audience.
Do not treat everyone on your list similarly. My recommendation would be to segment different groups of your
audience based on their preferences and then send specific and well-targeted content to these individuals. This will
not only increase the levels of engagement but also lead to long-term and active readers of your email.
2. Fulfil a need.
Fulfilling a need is also based on knowing your audience. You can determine this by subscribers’ preferences or by
monitoring their previous email behaviors. For instance, you notice certain individuals usually click on certain types
of content, download particular documents, and view a certain category or type of product in your message. With this
knowledge you can use dynamic content in your email message to target your readers based on their needs.