Online marketing is becoming more competitive with each passing day. Most new businesses and startups look up to online marketing as a cost effective channel to get some business, early on.
While it is true, that online marketing is more accessible and affordable to startups, it is indeed becoming more competitive.
But, cold email marketing is still a well suited marketing channel for startups, if you know how to avoid the spam filters.
You can easily see the competition in Google, Facebook, Youtube advertising space. Using paid ads to get early traffic to your website is very expensive.
But, you can still rely on email marketing for cost effective lead generation. Email marketing works very well for new businesses and startups, since it gives you a lot of control.
Once you build some following and engage your audience with regular emails, there aren’t many limitations to what you can do with that audience.
Unlike facebook (where you need to pay for every ad), you don’t need to pay for every email.
Now it is easy to see, why email marketing is a cost effective channel for online marketing.
But although it is cheaper, email marketing is not free. In fact, the most expensive part in email marketing is – getting started.
You need two things to start an email marketing campaign – interesting content and a mailing list.
Creating interesting content pretty much depends on your subject knowledge and writing skills. But, building a mailing list is invariably difficult, especially for a new business or a startup.
Most email marketing experts will tell you that you should always build your mailing list organically, instead of buying or scraping it from somewhere. Doing so, you will get the consent of everyone on your mailing list that they are indeed interested in receiving your marketing emails.
But, building an email list organically requires that you already have some traffic coming to your website. Then only you can ask them for their email addresses.
So it is kind of a paradox, that you first need to get traffic with expensive paid ads in order to build a mailing list.
OR you can simply buy the mailing list from a marketing agency (not recommended).
Whatever you do, each email address in that mailing list is going to be expensive.
Considering how much money you spend on building (or buying) a mailing list, you should definitely try and make the most of it.
Therefore, each marketing email that doesn’t get opened is waste of marketing dollars. Every time your email is bounced, ignored or marked as ‘spam’ your marketing dollars are wasted.
But what are the chances of that happening? As it turns out, the chances are very high. Let’s look at a few numbers.
So you can see it is more than likely that most emails from new businesses don’t even get opened.
So what can you do to avoid the spam filters and ensure your email is opened? Here are a few tips –
In order to have a chance that your email is read and acted upon, if first needs to reach the inbox. In other words, you need to maximize your email deliverability. You can do that by switching from bulk emailing tools (like MailChimp) to cold email automation workflows.
For example, Fuzen’s cold email automation tool sends your marketing emails in a staggered manner. Instead of sending 1000 emails at once, it sends them 1-2 minutes apart, spread out over a few days – exactly how an actual person would send it.
Fuzen’s cold email automation workflows work similar to other tools like mailshake or woodpecker. But since most of the heavy lifting is done by Google Drive, Fuzen becomes a lighter and cheaper alternative to mailshake / woodpecker.
Spam filters can see the bulk email blasts and assume them to be spam. But when your emails are sent in a staggered manner, it helps them to avoid the spam filters.
If you are spending several hundred dollars in building a email marketing list, you would want to get the best value for it. Cold email automation will ensure that your emails get delivered.
Then it’s up to you to make them interesting enough for the readers.
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