comments 01.10.2010 Paul Shuteyev @ Email Marketing, Email Marketing News, Internet Marketing Strategies, Marketing

Email Marketing 2010 – 4 Ultimate Techniques to Bring Inactive Subscribers to Life



Email Marketing - Inactive Subscriber

Email Marketing - Inactive Subscriber

On any email list, there are subscribers who signed up and never again showed signs of life. These are real people, who may have opted in to the specific offer, free content, a contest and then never reacted to your newsletters, and never bothered to unsubscribe. Let’s call them Inactive Subscribers. It’s better to have such subscribers, then to have none at all.

Here are few Email Marketing Techniques to bring these inactive subscribers to life:

1. Conduct a reactivation email campaign

Identify inactives on your list according to agreed-upon criteria (Never purchased? No clicks in 12 weeks? Zero opens in six months?), and segment them for a reactivation email campaign containing a special incentive if they opt in to your list again, confirm permission, or provide expanded information.

2. Connect via social media

New (and dare I say it, way cool) low-cost applications such as Flowtown make it possible for you to identify which social-media networks your email-list members belong to on a person-by-person basis.

Reach out to them to friend, link to, or follow on Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace, Flickr, Twitter, and more.

If you can get an active connection going in a social-media environment, chances are the next time your email message arrives, that list member will pay more attention to it.

3. Attempt offline connections

If establishing contact online doesn’t work, try connecting via direct mail or telephone to reconfirm and refresh email-list sign-up.

Outreach through offline channels adds variety to your marketing mix and stands out; those who might be ignoring their inboxes or those who simply might have changed email addresses and need to provide you with the newest, most-relevant one, might well appreciate the contact.

4. Reduce volume of email messages sent or suppress entirely

Less-active email-list members warrant less-frequent communication. Suppress inactives from all but your most-general email campaigns (such as your newsletter or quarterly updates), or suppress them entirely.

You don’t need to wipe them off your list, simply don’t email them as much , unless and until they show an increase in responsiveness.

Suppressing inactives that you have failed to re-engage via reactivation campaigns will boost your email-campaign performance metrics considerably. Remember, large list size is meaningless if a sizable percentage of list members aren’t engaged.

Email Marketing 2010 – 4 Ultimate Techniques to Bring Inactive Subscribers to Life
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Written by: Paul Shuteyev

I am an internet-marketing specialist.

 

Responses (2) on "Email Marketing 2010 – 4 Ultimate Techniques to Bring Inactive Subscribers to Life"

  1. Aloha! This techniques can bring all the inactive subscribers to life, lol, even a dead ones! I implemented the first one you mentioned.

  2. Your web blog is fantastic. This article is so good – subscribers are hard to manage, especially the inactive ones.
    And I surprise how don’t you manage to write posts so frequently.