While social media and messaging apps are the darlings of the new digital landscape, an incredible amount of purchasing power – meaning potential customers who have money to spend on our products – is held by people who use email to communicate. Email is how we stay in touch when we’re not sure what app someone uses, when we don’t know how to reach out to them otherwise. Email marketing is a form of publishing. Think of it like a newsletter, only without wasting paper.
As with social media, sit down with your parent/guardian and review how you’ll use email for your business. Consider choosing an email address that’s non-personal, named for your business rather than you. Work with your parent to check that inbox together so that you know who you’re talking to.
Email Marketing List
In part 4, we chose Mailchimp as our platform for email marketing. To be effective at email marketing, we need three things: a list, an offer, and a creative.
Our email list will come from people who visit our website or our social media posts. Before we begin, we will need to create a list in Mailchimp. Select Create New List and name it appropriately:
Once we’ve created a list, we’ll need to add the widgets to our website. Mailchimp offers a plugin to do this automatically; directions can be found in this tutorial.
The other addition that’s important will be to tie Mailchimp to our Etsy store, if we’ve chosen Etsy as a vendor. Under the Integrations menu, find Etsy and enable it; you’ll need to authorize Mailchimp to speak to it:
By far, the email list is the most important part of this process; if we have no one to send email to, our email marketing efforts are guaranteed to fail.
Email Marketing Offer
The offer part is simple; we should have a running list of pages on our website which have different products, and feature those products in our emails. Depending on the store platform, you may want to offer special discounts to email newsletter subscribers as a way of enticing them to sign up. Services like Gumroad let us set up coupon codes for just this kind of offer.
Email Marketing Creative
Once we have a subscriber or two, we can start creating an email. What should go in our email? The easiest thing to do is round up our most interesting finds of the week and put them in a simple text email. For example, in part 6 we developed a process for reaching out and identifying interesting social media accounts on Pinterest based on topics. Take the 5 most interesting pins, copy their URLs, write a bit of text about them, and put them together in an email.
Later on in the email, feature our offer.
Here’s an example from my email newsletter:
Send an email newsletter every week so that we’re staying in touch with people who have indicated they want to hear from us!
In the next and final post, we’ll review where we’ve been and what comes next.
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