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Another benefit of email marketing is that it doesnt cost anything. Lar…

So, you want to know more about email marketing. Here is one type that will really help you out. Permission based email marketing. Thats right, permission based email marketing. Email marketing is the new perfect medium to use when youre other marketing is not effective. For example, in-store marketing is only effective if customers come in the store. If they dont, this form of marketing is wasted.

Another benefit of email marketing is that it doesnt cost anything. Large-scale mailings can really add up cost wise, but not so with permission based email marketing. Because email is instant, so is customer response. Usually, if a customer is reading an email, likes what he or she is reading, they are more likely to click a link and make an online purchase. He or she is not likely to close out his or her email and come down to your store, especially if your store isnt located anywhere near where he or she is. Email marketing is also effective because it widens your customer base. With email marketing, we are no longer held down by our locations.

One way to make sure that email marketing doesnt turn into a flop for you is to use permission based email marketing. This is gaining permission from the people you are going to be sending to. The reason for this is because of spammers. Because of these people who send off emails that are not permission based email marketing, there are many times when even your emails might be considered to be spam and deleted. Since your lively hood depends on people coming to or shopping in your store, this can be very harsh and cost you money by having to use other forms of marketing. However, if you are using permission based email marketing, there is no need to worry because this form of email marketing requires getting the email address of your customers with their permission to send them email.

So, how do you effectively use permission based email marketing? Create the messages and set them to go out to your customers though an email list automatically. Get the name and email of people by maybe offering something for free. Tracking codes are useful as they give you numbers to show you whether your marketing strategy is working. Keep emails in a friendly tone, this insures that customers are more than willing to read your email than if it was in a mono tone or unfriendly one.

Email is one of the most personal advertising medium ever invented.  Here are four of the many ways you can improve your email marketing results.

Spread the Word

Get others to sign up for your mailing lists with their consent.  Spread the word about your mailing list through word of mouth.  The beauty in this is that the list of emails will be self-screened and the database will only contain the people who are interested in your offers.  Make sure you have their consent beforehand.  You dont want to risk losing reputation or SPAM penalties.

Persistence

Before the internet, they used to say it takes around 7.3 impacts to make an impression with an ad.  Today I would guess it to be over twice as high with the internet present.  Make sure you are reaching out to your clients at least once a month in emails or other medium.  Just because you emailed a list of people and had little or no response does not necessarily mean your audience isnt interested in your product.  Experiment with different emails, get to know which email strategy works best, and keep using it to reach out to your audience.

They Want Useful Information

Emails should contain something that the customer wants.  It shouldnt be just a summary of your company or your resume.  Focus on giving more than just what you sell.  Specific content, messages, and other targeted information that interests your customers are good to include.  For example, if you were selling makeup, you may want to include advice on how to apply the makeup or any makeup in general.

Make Sure Your Audience Reads Your Emails

Graphics, Flash animations, logos are often blocked by email filters.  Although they look impressive on an email, they will often lower your impression statistics.  I recommend using flat text with hyperlinks to your site.  Once they get to your site, you can show them as many graphics as you want.  Although some businesses have both a plain and a rich text edition of their email, for starters, stick to the plain text.

Here are 3 ideas you can use for your own sites, or use as inspiration to get you thinking a little outside of t…

With so many optin email lists out there, your really need to come up with a hook to attractive subscribers. It needs to have something special or different. It could be something you offer inside every newsletter issue, like interviews with experts. Or the hook could be a unique incentive that website vistors can take advantage of immediately when they sign up.

Here are 3 ideas you can use for your own sites, or use as inspiration to get you thinking a little outside of the box:

– Build an Optin Email List by Creating a Private Members Only Site or Section –

Create a private web site and have people sign up to get free, immediate access. For example, you could say, “Subscribe to our free e-zine and get free access to our private membership web site!” You can choose to have them receive a username and password every time they want to login, or you can just provide a link to the site in your welcome email.

Your private members only site can be as big or as small as you want. Some of the things you can include inside are: reports, software, articles, ebooks, etc. Inside the site, you can advertise your affiliate programs, as well. And you can follow-up to let them know about updates, new products they might be interested in, the latest news in your industry, etc.

– Build an Optin Email List By Giving Subscribers a Free, Tangible Gift –

Instead of offering a free ebook (or a whole package of them) like most everybody else, promise to give your visitors something they can hold in their hands if they give you their contact information.

For example, you could say “Subscribe today and get our new report mailed to you via First Class.” You could print out your report on standard 8 x 11 sheets of paper, fold it up, put it inside an envelope, and mail it off.

Or you can offer a tips booklet and mail it to new subscribers. Or you can create your own CD full of information targeted toward your market and mail that. Or if you have a wholesale supply of a product of interest to your subscribers, then you can send one to each new subscriber. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination.

Follow-up possibilities include: articles (your own or written by others), tips you pick up, news in your niche, reviews of products or other interested, related websites, etc.

– Build an Optin Email List Through a Contest or Sweepstakes –

Hold a free contest or sweepstakes at your website where they must give their contact information, including their email address, to enter. Make the prize something that your niche market will be interested in. Otherwise, they’ll never want to enter.

If you already have an ezine up and running, you could offer free automatic entry for new subscribers. For example, you could say, “Subscribe to our free newsletter and get automatic entry into our contest.” You’ll also want to retroactively include current subscribers.

You can announce the winner(s) at the end, as well as send any new contest announcements or product announcements. Or you can make this an ongoing contest, where you give away the same thing to one (or more) lucky people every month. That way you’ll entice many subscribers to stay on your list.

You can find niche products to give away through wholesalers or dropshippers. Or you can create it yourself. One of my favorite ways to do this is create a CD-Rom with a guide or report (or sometimes several) that my niche market will find interesting.

Once again, you can follow-up with tips, articles, news, new product announcements, or just an announcement of each monthly winner(s).

Hopefully, now I’ve inspired you to take some action or encouraged ideas of your own with these tips. Any idea, the more popular it gets, requires you to think outside the box every now and then in order to be effective. Building an optin email list is no different. And with newsletters and ezines saturating the Internet day by day, you need to offer something a little different to make them want to sign up to yours. Or you’ll just end up getting left behind.

When it comes to making the all-important choice of what web hosting method to use the choices come down to shared hosting and dedicated hosting. There are so many arguments arguing for both shared hosting and dedicated hosting. Perhaps it is time to shed a little light on this web hosting dilemma.

First of all, let’s deal with the all-important question of server access. Needless to say, if you choose to use shared web hosting you will be sharing space with other businesses. Now your parents may have told you it is good to share but that is not always true in the world of web hosting. In the world of web hosting shared is synonymous with limited access.

A limited access approach to web hosting means that your access is limited through a control panel that is provided by the hosting provider. And if the web hosting provider is in charge of the control panel then they are in control of your access. A lack of control to your web hosting means a lack of control for every part of your web hosting needs.

On the other hand, a dedicated hosting server gives you complete and total access. Now doesn’t that sound a lot better? Full access in the form of dedicated hosting means that you get the final say in all web hosting decisions. Dedicated hosting also gives you access to the remote desktop manager, which allows you to have access to the machines desktop.

Next we look at web hosting from the perspective of exclusive use. Getting back to the concept of shared web hosting, the question needs to be asked, how much do you like to share? With shared hosting you are sharing a server with roughly 500-1000 other websites. Wow, that’s a lot of neighbors in your cyber neighborhood. With these many other websites clamoring for web hosting you may not always have access to all the server’s resources. Other websites may be taking up more web hosting resources than you are.

A dedicated hosting service however, gives you exclusive access to all the resources the dedicated hosting server has to offer. Your information alone is responsible for the performance of the server.

Finally lets deal with scalability in regards to the issue of web hosting. Most shared web hosting services do not allow you to install your own applications on the web hosting service. They have a set configuration and they do not go outside the box, thereby limiting your growth.

A dedicated hosting service gives you complete control. Your IT department can install any applications that are necessary for your web hosting needs. Again more control means a more effective web hosting service.

So all in all, it would seem that dedicated hosting is a far more viable option for most businesses web hosting needs. Dedicated hosting gives you more control and, in the world of web hosting, it’s all about control.

limiting your growth.

A dedicated hosting service gives you complete control. Your IT department can install any applications that are necessary for your web hosting needs. Again more control means a more effective web hosting service.

So all in all, it would seem that dedicated hosting is a far more viable option for most businesses web hosting needs. Dedicated hosting gives you more control and, in the world of web hosting, it’s all about control.