With all the new marketing tactics and technologies at our fingertips, email marketing remains the most effective. According to McKinsey, email is 40 times more effective at acquiring new customers than Facebook or Twitter. Email is also winning in promotional content, where according to Marketing Sherpa, 72% of people prefer to receive promotional content through email, compared to 17% who prefer social media. Email is no longer about sending email, it’s about sending smart content at the right time.
So what makes email marketing a more targeted path to reaching potential customers?
Email is a one-to-one, personal channel. Unlike an advertisement that is served to many (one-size fits all approach), email is served directly to you. With email marketing, you have control over who sees your email through the use of segmentation. This can be based on a number of factors such as demographics, location, lead status or any other data you have in your CRM. Using targeted messaging suited specific to an individual ensures that your audience receives content that is relevant. And, email marketing makes it easy to customize a message for each customer, leading to a higher conversion rate.
Puts the consumer first
Since email is a one-to-one channel, it has the ability to put the customer first. Many companies make the mistake of talking about themselves, what they offer, features of the product and less focused on the customer. Since email can let you tailor your messaging, using content that resonates with the individual receiving the email will make all the difference.
For instance, REI sent out an email that said “Now booking: your European escape. Make this the year you discover Europe”. REI prioritized the customer with tailored content that met the customer where they were. Instead, they could've said, “Check out our European adventures. We offer great prices.” As you can see, the latter doesn’t have the same effect and is aimed to speak about the company rather than the customer.
There when your consumers are ready
Social media has become more advanced in the visibility of posts being less dependent on time yet many posts still drop off the radar. However, with email marketing, you can avoid this issue because even though a recipient may not read your email instantly, it will remain in their inbox until the time is right for them to read it. This makes for a higher likelihood of engagement and conversion rate.
Email marketing is here to stay and it’s evident in the reasons above why you should be using it to reach your customers. If you need more reasons why, check out this previous blog on why you should use email marketing to acquire new customers.
If you’re reading this, you may be familiar with why native ads work as a marketing tactic. If not, check out 3 Reasons to Go Native for a quick overview.
Regardless of how much you already, you should look into adding push notifications into your marketing mix. According to a study by IPG Media Lab and Sharethrough, consumers look at native ads 53 percent more often than traditional display ads. So how do you get consumers to look at your native ad? Here are some tips to create powerful and enticing native ads:
Consider the channels where you’d like your ads to appear. Channels you may consider are social channels like Facebook and Snapchat or news sites, such as the Wall Street Journal. While some might sound like a good fit on the surface, they may not be suited for your target audience. For example, if you are in the skin care industry, it would not serve you well to advertise on a serious-toned news site such as the Economist. Aim to choose a platform that fits organically with your brand and the customers you serve.
- Identify the right media channels
Your campaigns can reach more consumers by creating sponsored content that relates to the platform it’s living on. Adjust your content for different audiences to make it successful. Let’s take the case of a skin care brand, you may tweak your content for a younger generation by delivering a new beauty trend. In comparison, an older demographic would be more interested in anti-aging products. Read the publication yourself, get familiar with the content so you understand what they’re all about, or even talk with the editor or publisher to learn more.
- Know your audience
Be helpful. Be entertaining. Be humble. Your native ad must add value to the reader. So whether you are interviewing an interesting person, giving a different perspective on a topic or giving advice, make it relevant and informative.
- Create valuable content
A/B testing can be a persuasive tool in enhancing and understanding placement for optimal performance. Test with one variable at a time, such as font size, image placement and ad size. Even a minor tweak can make a huge difference. Use the results to optimize ads so that they’re performing as well as possible.
- Test and test again
Don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone and be creative! Try a new platform, a creative solution or a new format. This is a chance to go beyond the norm and make a long-form piece of engaging content targeted at your specific audience.
Maybe you already have some tips of your own and if you don’t, now you’re armed with 5 solid ones to get you creating compelling native ads that your audience will read.
- Think outside the box
In 2018, it is projected that native advertising spend will rise to a whopping $22.5 billion in North America. According to Business Insider, native advertising will propel 74% of all ad revenue by 2021. Those are some astounding figures. So why are advertisers spending so much on native ads? Because it works!
Let’s dive into why, but before we do that, let’s discuss exactly what a native ad is.
What is native advertising?
Native advertising is a type of paid media where the ad takes the form and function in which it is placed. They take on the visual design of the platform (like LinkedIn, Facebook, blogs, YouTube, etc) and have the look and feel like natural content.
Here’s why you need to add native advertising to your toolbox of digital marketing tactics.
A good native ad is an ad that doesn’t read like one. Native advertising works because it seamlessly blends into the platform or site and is not disruptive to the user. They are not overlooked in the way traditional display ads are, making readers more likely to be engaged. It’s a win-win: consumers get to enjoy high-value content and advertisers have a chance to engage and target their buyers. And because it looks like editorial, interest is created right away and the trust level is higher.
- They look like editorials
Native ads meet people where they are specifically seeking out information. This allows for the message to be very specific to the reader and in turn makes people want to view them. Research states that 25% more consumers looked at in-feed native ad placements than standard display banner ads. Combining an ad with editorial content and fully integrating the two makes it extremely relevant to the viewer’s search.
- People view them
As mentioned earlier, advertisers can tailor their ads, making them as natural as possible to increase click through rates. A study done by Sharethrough found that native advertisements registered 9% higher lift for brand affinity and 18% higher lift purchase intent over banner ads. And, once a user engages with your native ad experience, you can retarget them with relevant display ads that can have a much better chance at effectiveness.
Native ads can be a very powerful marketing tactic. If you haven’t already, going native should be considered for your next campaign to help you reach a quality audience and acquire new customers.
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