Blog entries by Wizemail

  1. It might be fair to say that many email marketing companies view the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) with a degree of trepidation. They take pleasure in listing the latest penalties they have imposed on their website. It’s enough to make anyone nervous. However, they normally also list...
  2. The Information Commissioner’s Office has, presumably under instruction, accepted that those companies with personal data are experiencing significant difficulties during the lockdown; and none more so than us in email marketing. It promises to approach the law with all the flexibility allowed,...
  3. It is probable that your email marketing list has taken a hit during the current situation. To what extent might not be obvious. For instance, if your open rate is lower than normal, there might be any number of causes, although one might be that you subscribers are furloughed, so why should the...
  4. Many things have changed over the past few weeks. It has caused significant problems across swathes of this country’s business life, so it seems a bit selfish to complain of difficulties with data returns. They require management though. Experimenting with sending times has become one of the...
  5. I read more marketing emails than most people. Research can be fascinating, fun and revealing although every now and again it becomes wearing, irritating and frustrating. I’ve learned that there are a number of lazy norms that many marketing emails conform to. And it is hurting sales. Here are...
  6. What to say on your marketing emails and enewsletters is, as always, down to what your data dictates. How to say it might have changed. The Coronovirus pandemic has, it seems, changed just about everything else. However, there are some dos and don’ts. The first thing to do is not mention...
  7. Easter was a time to forget all about Coronavirus, as well as email marketing of course, and reaffirm family bonds. That’s what I normally do. This year has been significantly different, mainly because my family stayed away. We stayed connected though. When the lockdown started we all logged...
  8. The government assures us that now is not the time to plan their exit strategy as there are too many variables. Others might think that, for small and medium sized businesses, now is the time to work out what you want to do, and what you need to do. Email marketing lends itself to home working...
  9. The best way of ensuring success of an email marketing campaign is to provide a solution to a problem that your subscribers have. It’s a basic tenet. You are telling them that you understand their difficulties, and, after some thought, have come up with a solution for them. Not only do they buy...
  10. Everyone will be concerned about the effects of Coronavirus on their businesses. There are all sorts of untested changes that they’ll be putting in place and many will be confused as to the effectiveness and legality of them. You could help them. They are looking for the most up to date, and...
  11. Do you remember the pre-Christmas TV advert for the exercise bike? You probably will if you frequently use social media. It was slated as sexist, the assumption being that the man wanted his partner to get fit. My younger daughter-in-law was bemused. She’d have loved to have one, but the family...
  12. There’s no argument against the biggest factor in people buying, from marketing emails to visits to superstores, is emotion. All the evidence supports it. If you don’t focus on it as the main motivator of your subscribers, you are missing out financially. It is just as important in the present...
  13. It’s the question that many email marketing companies are pondering; how to respond to the threat of Coronavirus. Ignoring it has a lot of attraction. You won’t be wrong in your conclusions, but then you might give the impression that you don’t care about your subscribers. My inbox has been...
  14. Your inbox is probably full of marketing emails which, like mine, have a Subject Line that includes the word Coronavirus. I’d count mine, but what’s the point? There are so many that it seems pointless to open one, apart from to use as a basis for a blog. One of the most irritating mistakes in...
  15. Well, mainly about email marketing actually, but wandering into the effect of the virus on businesses in general. You might think you are immune to the downturn, especially if those 70 and over are going to be confined to their homes, ordering online those items they normally bought in shops....