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Guide to Creating Powerful Mass Email Marketing

Updated on February 24, 2014

If you want mass amounts of repeat customers then you need to start using email marketing.

When you discover how to set up an autoresponder, learn about the different types of email marketing and the advantages and disadvantages to this type of marketing you'll be on your way to automating the process to getting repeat buyers.

By the end of this article you will be ready to take the reigns of mass email marketing.

Creating Your Autoresponder

A lot of you might be wondering what an autoresponder is, even though you've probably unknowingly interacted with many of them before. When someone signs up through a form on a site by entering their name and email and they automatically get an email response, then chances are they were just put on an autoresponder list.

This frees up the business owner because they don't always have to be there to start sending out emails to their potential customers. I personally use iContact as my autoresponder and have saw great results with them but let's get into how you want to set it up.

You want to be marketing a "front" product that directly relates to whatever incentive you gave them to sign up. This will be your flagship product that you start out with, and then you can advertise other products to them later on. In order to get most people to want to buy something you have to mention it at least 5 to 7 times before they'll pull out their wallet. Knowing this fact, you'll want to set up an autoresponder series that has at least 5 to 7 emails about your front product. You'll also want to add that many emails for every other product you want to promote.

When setting up your email list, you get to chose when you want the email to be sent out. If you select 0 then as soon as someone signs up to your list they will get that email. If you select 7 then a week after someone signs up to your list they will get this email. You can use any number you want for this, but when you're talking about one product, you don't want them to forget about your product. There's nothing wrong with sending someone an email every single day for 7 days in a row if they signed up to your list for something that directly relates to your product. This ensures that they won't forget that they signed up to your list and your product will stay on their mind for at least a week. Then you can give them 3 to 5 days without emailing them before you start promoting your next product. Can you see how easily your marketing can be set up on autopilot? Now let's take a look at the different types of email marketing tactics you can use.

3 Types of Email Marketing You Should Know About

There are a ton of different marketing tactics you can use with your autoresponder but I want to mention 3 methods that will really help you bring in sales. One of the simplest methods is what is called "email postcards", which is very similar to what a regular postcard is. You'll have a short email with some images that gets right to the point. It'll announce something like a new product or a sale and really catch the reader's eyes. It quickly tells them what's new and then coaxes them to click and check it out. This method is used frequently by clothing companies.

One of the most common types of email marketing is what is called an email newsletter, which is just like an in-print newsletter. What you do here is email your customers helpful information, build a relationship with them and they start to trust you enough to buy almost anything you promote. When you help solve their problems or talk about things that interest them they start to wonder how much more valuable the products you're selling must be. I mean, you're giving away some really good content for free, so the paid products have to be more valuable, right? This method is used frequently by people in the internet marketing industry.

And the last marketing method would work with any type of business. You can simply email people coupons to encourage them to buy more things. People LOVE getting hooked up with deals! So if you can frequently drop in some coupons for your products or someone else's you'll start seeing a lot more sales. Heck, some marketers get people to sign up to their list just by telling them straight up that they will email you coupons for a variety of different stores. If you're an avid affiliate marketer, you know that companies will often give you coupon codes to send out to your customers to market their products. So with this method you could set up your own business without even having products of your own! But not everything about email marketing is advantageous.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Email Marketing

I'd love to tell you that there are no downsides to email marketing but there are a few. One of the biggest downfalls is that you can be marked as a spammer. This is why you need to tell people beforehand what to expect when they sign up to your list. Choose what type of email marketing you're going to use from above and let them know. Say sign up to my email list and I'll send you tips about this or coupons or updates on products. And you also need to stay in contact with them so that they remember who you are. You don't want to go months without emailing them and expect them to remember who you are and want to open an email from you. TONS of marketers send out emails to them on a daily basis, so you need to stand out and you need to get them to like reading your emails.

And another disadvantage is that your email might not even make it to their inbox. They might have a strict firewall or your email might have thrown up some red flags with their email service. That's one of the reasons I like iContact so much, because they allow you to check your email to see if it'll get flagged as spam or not, before you add it to your list. Tools like these can help you from ever ending up in someone's junk mail. Another way you can keep this from happening is to remind people to add your email to their safe sender list in their email account.

But don't let the disadvantages sway your opinion; there are plenty of advantages too. One of the biggest advantages is that you can easily get in touch with a worldwide customer base. You don't have to be sitting at your computer to stay in touch with them and anyone who has access to a computer can become your costumer.

Email marketing is also very cheap when you compare it to other marketing methods. You probably pay more every single month for your cell phone service than I do for my email marketing and I'm staying in touch with over 1,100 customers at the moment. You can quickly go broke with a faulty PPC campaign and if you want to advertise offline you have the extra cost of materials. So you can see why you really need to start using mass email marketing.

Email marketing has been proven to pull in more repeat customers than most other marketing methods out there today. When you create your autoresponder, choose the type of marketing you'll use and avoid the downsides of email marketing then you can count on having a very successful business. You can now start pulling in repeat buyers with mass email marketing.

How Do YOU Do Your Mass Email Marketing?

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      monia ben saad 3 years ago from In my Dream

      very helful hub and i try to learn about making money from list

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      Ben Guinter 6 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      True CloudExplorer, sites like that really do help... they even added a Google+ tab on YouTube's front page and your circles now show up in your Gmail... Google knows what they're doing; they're trying to take over ;)

      Thanks for the vote!

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      Mike Pugh 6 years ago from New York City

      I think the best form of email marketing is currently being done using Google+, because everyone trusts google already.

      I joined G+ and my communications with others has picked up tremendously, plus I don't have to do a thing, other than share a post from my wall stream there to all my email contacts on gmail. The funny thing is Google plus wasn't out when you first created this hub. LOL.

      Silly me, I guess times are changing after all.

      We are in awesome times for sure, great hub here, and its getting voted up.

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      Ben Guinter 6 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      No problem, nikashi_designs! Just something to think about whenever you want more time to do other things with your business.

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      nikashi_designs 6 years ago

      Good Points...Will take your advice, never thought about the IP point. They probably not to thrilled about the emails. Thanks again.

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      Ben Guinter 6 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Ah true, free stuff is always a nice thing to have when dealing with marketing, nikashi_designs... I just don't think my ISP would like all the emails coming from my IP; they'd probably mark me as a spammer even if I had permission to mail everyone.

      It does seem like a little more work but if you can make it work then it's the route you should take! The only thing I really like about having an autoresponder is being able to set up a long chain of emails that are automatically sent when people sign up. That way you could have your whole business on autopilot and just track results from the beach if you want.

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      nikashi_designs 6 years ago

      Thanks Bendo13,

      Just took a peek at iContact, but I use Microsoft Outlook and designed my own page. Tested it first and it looks great. Send email in batches and include an un-subscribe option. This list has taken me years, customers, eBuyers, and targeted customers. I use an Excel spreadsheet to keep everything organized, then uploaded it to a secure Wordpress Site so I can add or subtract emails. Works very well and cost zero, a bit more work but don't really trust outside sources with my confidential information.

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      Ben Guinter 6 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Yeah nikashi_designs, with iContact and other autoresponders they will include the unsubscribe link without you having to do anything. Sounds like you have a huge list for just sending out your first emails!

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      nikashi_designs 6 years ago

      A little behind and working on email campaigns. Great and useful information. Just trying to figure out the best way to attack. My mailing list is now over 10 thousand. Just sent out my first emails today, Blind copied all to protect them a bit more. Also you should include an un-subscribe button without hassle. Thanks

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      Ben Guinter 7 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Glad I can help, Jo_Goldsmith11!

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 7 years ago

      another great idea! I wanted to do greeting cards and this is something that just may help me out! you are awesome! :-)

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      Ben Guinter 7 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Thanks, segol yoda! I hope they help you... I'll be posting the article within the hour!

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      segol yoda 7 years ago

      nice tips! I'm looking forward to that article :)

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      Ben Guinter 7 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      It's my pleasure, Hello, hello,! I'll be posting another marketing article tomorrow.

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      It is very kind of you to give us so much information which will help enormously. Thank you for smuch.

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      Ben Guinter 7 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Great tips, chinemeremz! Yeah I didn't focus on list building in this article, but I have in others... but your tips should help people get started.

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      chinemeremz 7 years ago

      Thanks Bendo for this wonderful tip, but there's something which you did not add, that is how to build your list, remember email marketing is all about leads and prospects lest you'll be termed a spammer.

      Now how can you build your list to broadcast your information to your target market?

      you might start by subscribing to ezine directories like who already have the target audience or leads, you can pay some subscription fee depending on how you want your email solo or group.

      However, if you chose to go it free, there are a number of ways to build your list, you can start by doing the following-

      Create a free ebook or report and give it away for free of course in exchange for your prospect's email.

      You can place a subscription form on your site and promise a special give away for subscribing to your news letter or blog updates.

      Remember to burn your feeds on feedburner smith and offer a free email subscription form as provided by feedburner on a prominent spot on your blog(with this method you dont even need an autoresponder) to deliver your blog updates via feeds to your subscribers.

      Start a blog contest using free contest sites on your blog and let contestants who wish to participate leave out their details in exchange for participation(make sure you make this contest a special give away).

      Finally, do all within your powers to get more readers and subscribers by delivering good content, cos content is king and the money is in the list, get a clue...

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      Ben Guinter 7 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Thanks for reading, Susie Duzy... hope it helps your email marketing!

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      SUSIE DUZY 7 years ago from Delray Beach, Florida

      Good information. I will bookmark this hub. Thanks.


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