Learn how to use email to promote your business
If you’re not currently using email to reach out to current and even potential clients, then you’re really missing out on a great resource.
Take a look at the different ways in which your company can successfully build an effective marketing campaign:
Target and segment
Depending on the type of business you run, chances are you cater to a variety of different customers.
Instead of creating an email mailing list based on one type of customer, segment your list and target a variety of specific customers.
For example, if you're an online clothing retailer, you can segment your mailing lists based on gender, age, active wear/casual wear, and even clothing size.
By segmenting your mailing lists ahead of time, you can more accurately target customers, which will help increase opt-in rates.
Don't neglect the content
Increasing opt-ins is one thing, but actually keeping your customer's engaged so they don't opt-out is something else entirely.
This is where quality content comes into play.
By offering quality, informative, pertinent information in your email mailers, you'll keep recipients asking for more.
As the following article looks at, along with the need to join up your email and SMS marketing for effective communication, make sure you take the time to come up with a content plan.
What message will you use to attract new recipients? How will you keep current recipients interested in your mailer?
It's all in the content plan.
For the outreach stage, you'll want to include content that describes the benefits of subscribing, whether it's daily promotions or business news your mailer will provide.
Once customers sign up, you can get more in-depth with your content.
Put your email signup opportunities front and center
Customers won't know your business has an email mailing list unless you make them aware of the opportunity to sign up.
There are a number of ways to do this, but the most popular is to prompt customers to sign up after they complete other actions on your website.
For instance, you can include an email mailing prompt before, during, or right after the checkout process through your online store.
Or, when a visitor requests a quote or more information about your business through your website, you can send a signup opportunity then as well.
Keep it straightforward and simple
Nobody likes explaining their life story to a business, especially if it's only to sign-up for an email mailing list.
With that said, it's important to cut to the chase during the signup process. This means asking for only the necessary information your business needs to send an email.
That's right; an email address is really all you need to build your email mailing list.
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This way, you can personalize each email greeting with your customers' names as opposed to "Dear Customer".
From content to customer segmentation, it's plain to see that mailing lists are an important part of any business.
When it comes to marketing, you need to get creative! Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box; use the resources that surround you. Specifically, be open to promoting your business via email.
About the Author: Adam Groff is a freelance writer and creator of content. He writes on a variety of topics including customer outreach and online marketing.
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How AWS helps NASCAR delight its fans
AWS needs no introduction to readers of Technology Magazine but we rarely get an opportunity to look closely at how it serves the sports sector. All major sports draw in a huge supporter base that they want to nurture and support. Technology is the key to every major sports organization and enabling this is the driving force for AWS, says Matt Hurst, Head of Global Sports Marketing and Communications for AWS. “In sports, as in every industry, machine learning and artificial intelligence and high performance computing are helping to usher in the next wave of technical sports innovation.”
AWS approaches sports in three principal areas. “The first is unlocking data’s potential: leagues and teams hold vast amounts of data and AWS is enabling them to analyze that data at scale and make better, more informed decisions. The second is engaging and delighting fans: with AWS fans are getting deeper insights through visually compelling on-screen graphics and interactive Second Screen experiences. And the third is rapidly improving sports performance: leagues and teams are using AWS to innovate like never before.”
Among the many global brands that partner with AWS are Germany's Bundesliga, the NFL, F1, the NHL, the PGA Tour and of course NASCAR. NASCAR has worked with AWS on its digital transformation (migrating it's 18 petabyte video archive containing 70 years of historical footage to AWS), to optimize its cloud data center operations and to enable its global brand expansion. AWS Media Services powers the NASCAR Drive mobile app, delivering broadcast-quality content for more than 80 million fans worldwide. The platform, including AWS Elemental MediaLive and AWS Elemental MediaStore, helps NASCAR provide fans instant access to the driver’s view of the race track during races, augmented by audio and a continually updated leaderboard. “And NASCAR will use our flagship machine learning service Amazon SageMaker to train deep learning models to enhance metadata and video analytics.”
Using AWS artificial intelligence and machine learning, NASCAR aims to deliver even more fan experiences that they'd never have anticipated. “Just imagine a race between Dale Earnhardt Sr and Dale Jr at Talladega! There's a bright future, and we're looking forward to working with NASCAR, helping them tap into AWS technology to continue to digitally transform, innovate and create even more fan experiences.”
Just as AWS is helping NASCAR bridge that historical gap between the legacy architecture and new technology, more customers are using AWS for machine learning than any other provider. As an example, who would have thought five years ago that NFL would be using ML to predict and prevent injury to its players? Since 2017, the league has utilized AWS as its official cloud and ML provider for the NFL Next Gen Stats (NGS) platform, which provides real-time location data, speed, and acceleration for every player during every play on every inch of the field. “One of the most potentially revolutionary components of the NFL-AWS partnership,” says Matt Hurst, “is the development of the 'Digital Athlete,' a computer simulation model that can be used to replicate infinite scenarios within the game environment—including variations by position and environmental factors, emphasizing the league's commitment to player safety.”