With the addition of automation, MailChimp’s Forever Free capabilities now surpass the service offerings from some of the industry’s top paid contenders. Automation is a huge plus and enables you to send emails for a variety of actions (like welcoming new subscribers or wishing old ones a happy birthday) without doing anything yourself. More than half of the email marketing experts we interviewed said that automation was one of the key features to look for in an email marketing service, and its absence was one of our biggest knocks against MailChimp before.
In short, an email newsletter may require more work in its creation than a direct sales email would and still result in fewer direct sales. However, email newsletters build customer loyalty and ultimately drive sales both in the short and long term. When considering the pros and cons of an email newsletter, consider your in-house content resources as well as your need to drive immediate revenue from a newsletter via email.
If you’re new to this, you’re definitely going to face some personal resistance. After all, even if you have no hang-ups pestering people in their inbox, you’re still going to be putting your ideas and thoughts out into the world and that can be scary. We all hope that our content will be coherent, useful, not invasive or annoying and please god never offensive to anyone! For anyone who is not seasoned in the arena of public opinion, critique and criticism, putting yourself  “out there” in those first few articles or emails will be nerve-racking.
The primary purpose of a transactional email is to convey information regarding the action that triggered it. But, due to their high open rates (51.3% compared to 36.6% for email newsletters), transactional emails are an opportunity to introduce or extend the email relationship with customers or subscribers; to anticipate and answer questions; or to cross-sell or up-sell products or services.[4]
Even if you’ve already got a long list of emails for clients and prospects, you should never stop adding to it. Especially since it’s not nearly as hard as it sounds. For example, make sure your list is always growing passively with a signup feature on your website. Subscription forms should be on your home page, blog page and everywhere else you can fit it without taking away from more important content.
"Your approach is AWESOME! I am very impressed with all of the resources available here. I have been online for about 10 years, and trying to make money online for 1-1/2 yrs . Like just about everyone else, I have spent hundreds of dollars here and there, trying to find that magical combination to unlock my success.... I do believe I have found it here."
For a self-hosted app to send beautiful email newsletters, look no further than Sendy. It's a PHP and MySQL based app that runs on your own servers, and it shouldn't be any more difficult to setup than a new WordPress install. Once it's up and running, you can create rich email newsletters with your own templates, use autoresponders to automatically send emails, and track stats on your email marketing.
In the example above, Birchbox and Rent the Runway teamed up to give Birchbox subscribers a special discount on the rental retailer’s service. It’s a brilliant partnership – both target similar demographics, but neither competes with the other. In this case, Rent the Runway is able to increase its exposure and subscribers with a value-add for Birchbox subscribers (and no potential loss to Birchbox’s business).

A/B test your headlines – For emails going to larger audiences, don’t be afraid to test different types of subject line. If you are contacting several hundred prospects at once via autoresponder, try a handful of different headlines to see which perform best. Software that supports A/B testing in a single batch is even more effective because you can keep all variables static except for the subject line.
Whatever form your newsletter takes, know it’s just one of many touchpoints. But it’s the most direct way to speak to the people who may be your clients someday consistently with no marginal cost. Focus on delivering value to them—even if there’s only 10 of them at first. For most service businesses just two or three new clients for the year is such a big payoff that nurturing a small list of interested subscribers thoughtfully is completely worth it. However, if you sell low cost products then quantity is important and building a huge list would be your goal.    
3. Prioritize the Content That Users Will Care About in the Top Three Inches: In a typical email preview pane, you will have approximately three inches to display your content and allow a reader to decide whether to read the full email or not. Make sure that your most engaging newsletter content appears within these top three inches and do not waste the space with graphic headers or filler "welcome" content.

You can then build your lists with advanced subscriber forms that include up to 25 fields—with smart fields that can split first and last names automatically—and build landing pages with the same tools. It'll help your email newsletters look great, with hundreds of included templates and stock photos. And, it offers three mobile apps: one to keep track of your stats, another to add subscribers on the go, and a Curate app to build and send email newsletters from curated content.
Describing itself as an ‘ECRM’ (ecommerce CRM), Drip’s focus is all about managing the customer lifecycle. This is evident in its comprehensive library of workflow-based automations, ample ecommerce integrations, tagging functionality and conversion tracking. Drip’s easy-to-navigate interface and solid deliverability rates also get a big thumbs up from us. Its main drawback? The free plan’s unlimited email sends are a little pointless considering the 100-subscriber limit.

In 2009 Return Path reported nearly 30% of commercial emails sent to users did not reach the inbox; in the same year Merkle reported a lack of relevance was the biggest reason users decided to opt-out of emails. With recipients able to dictate what email they chose to receive and given the power to block those they didn’t want, email started to evolve as a pull rather than a push strategy.
Social media – the undisputed king in the marketing domain… And then there’s email. Think of it as a grandparent to social media marketing. Don’t be fooled, it’s still reliable if used the right way. Today’s marketers may not be as email savvy, nor do they consider it to be a “cool” way of contacting clients, however, it has stood the test of time and proven itself to be an effective method of communication.

There’s significant upside to adopting email marketing. It generates the highest return on investment (ROI) out of the most common digital channels, earning businesses an average of $38 for every dollar invested, according to a VentureBeat Insight study. It also cites that “84% of marketers believe email is important or critically important for customer loyalty.”
No matter what your opinion of mass emails is, I guarantee there are at least a few you actually enjoy receiving and do get real value from. The only emails that are annoying are ones that don’t pertain to you or your situation and needs. And as someone who sends them myself, I can assure you that we absolutely want you to unsubscribe if that’s the case. Nobody wants to annoy you with their business emails!

Even if you’ve already got a long list of emails for clients and prospects, you should never stop adding to it. Especially since it’s not nearly as hard as it sounds. For example, make sure your list is always growing passively with a signup feature on your website. Subscription forms should be on your home page, blog page and everywhere else you can fit it without taking away from more important content.


When thinking about the five types of email marketing described previously, direct sales emails are best for customer acquisition, revenue generation and customer win-back. Direct sales emails may also have a role in your customer retention plan but should not be used as the exclusive means for retaining customers via email communications. Direct sales emails should not be used at all for customer loyalty and brand building email efforts.


Uber’s email campaign is very simple, yet tasteful. We love how Uber gets straight to the point in their newsletters. The text is usually very brief with a clear CTA, which is perfect for subscribers who don’t have a lot of time and just skim the message. For those who want to learn more, there is always a link you can follow. Uber always send different promotions and provides an amazing map of your rides, with a detailed map of your journey.
Similar to MailerLite, you have restricted features available on the free account (e.g. advanced segmentation and delivery by time-zone). But you still have a more generous subscriber amount, and it’s just as user-friendly. And most importantly, you can't use their email or chat support. There's also a small ad banner in each email you send. (Review)

After building lists, designing emails, managing campaigns, and poring over results for nearly 40 hours, we found that nearly all email marketing services offer the same capabilities: tools to help you grow your contact list, execute marketing campaigns, and analyze the results of your efforts. The differences are in the details, so we evaluated how easy it is for us to perform the same tasks on each service.
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With EmailOctopus, you'll connect your Amazon SES account first to send your emails with Amazon's transactional service. Then design your email newsletters in EmailOctopus' rich editor, and add contacts to your lists. It'll send the email, track stats, and help you grow your list just like any other email tool. Only this time, it's using another service to send the emails and passing the savings on to you.

Hamna Amjad from Ridester mentions, “The first step is to figure out your newsletter’s goal! It should totally be based on the sort of business you are in and your target audience. Next comes the content that would go in the newsletter which should be only 10% promotional and about 90% educational to build up your subscribers’ interest in your products rather than making them feel that you are selling all the time.”
One former client of mine started using Hubspot for about $50/month, but after adding a few extra features and growing his list he was soon paying $2,000/month which had to be paid annually. For many small businesses, there’s a big difference between $50 leaving the bank account and $24,000 – especially when other tools can offer similar (or better products) at a fraction of this amount.
Readers of email are merciless. If your messages are not targeted to their needs, they will quickly delete your message or, worse yet, they may unsubscribe from your mailing list. To increase the relevance of your messages, think about how to make creative connections with what's going on in your readers' world. Possibilities include holiday and seasonal promotions, connections to major news stories and entertainment events.
Full-featured email apps don't have to be complicated and confusing to use. VerticalResponse proves that with its clean, simple interface that makes it simple to make beautiful emails and send them to your contacts. You can use its pre-made templates, add your own photos complete with filters, and then turn the templates into both emails and matching signup forms.
Let me start by saying we do not partake in e-mail farming (using automated programs to scour the internet and grab any e-mail addresses they find). Instead, we gather e-mail addresses legitimately, in a manner similar to how one may acquire direct mail addresses – when a person volunteers their contact info. For e-mail, this can happen then a user signs up for a website (think Expedia or Buy.com). The form they fill out often includes a check box allowing users to opt out of receiving e-mails from the site's partners. These websites sell newly acquired names on a weekly basis to reputable e-mail marketing companies.
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If you've been hacking together email newsletters by abusing your email app's BCC field, Campayn might be the easiest way to break that habit and start sending proper email updates. It can import your contacts from a variety of apps—including your Gmail and Yahoo! Mail address books—and will keep up with all of their info just like a real address book, including their social media profiles.
With the exception of their email templates (which aren’t the most inspiring), everything about Constant Contact is generally quite good. Unlike other email marketing tools, there are no bells or whistles with Constant Contact. You’re probably not going to be blown away by any of their features, but equally, there’s nothing too underwhelming either.

It’s easy to assume that marketing success depends on the number of people you’re reaching, but an effective email marketing campaign also depends on the recipients themselves. That means you should regularly evaluate the quality of the subscribers on your lists to make sure they’re still worth engaging. After all, sending repeated messages to someone who isn’t opening your emails will quickly turn you into more of a nuisance than an asset.
If you look around, you will find that many companies are targeting their email marketing by focusing on the location. Because geographical data is real-time data that you can use to send customized emails and avoid making the mistake of sending the wrong information. After all, you don’t want to send a California-specific offer to your New York based customers.
Asking a question is a subject line technique that works well because it gives the customer something to think about. Your question should be something on almost every customer's mind. And by opening your email, they're answering that question through their interest. You can even answer the question in your subject line. Here are a few examples of question-type subject lines:
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No matter what your opinion of mass emails is, I guarantee there are at least a few you actually enjoy receiving and do get real value from. The only emails that are annoying are ones that don’t pertain to you or your situation and needs. And as someone who sends them myself, I can assure you that we absolutely want you to unsubscribe if that’s the case. Nobody wants to annoy you with their business emails!
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