CRM and Email Marketing

Your contact database in your CRM system isn’t just a list of those all-important names and numbers attached to your clients and prospects; it’s the key to launching a successful email marketing plan. As mentioned in our previous post discussing Getting Specific with your Marketing Target: CRM and Marketing Segmentation, it is the detail with which any company keeps their CRM records that allow that database of contacts to detail the specific target market segments that you may want to reach out to via an email marketing campaign.

That being said, we know you have kept copious and detailed notes in your CRM database and segmented your contacts based on any number of criteria, from shopping history, geographic location or industry. Now it’s time to put those segments to work in an email campaign.

Email Marketing 101

There are three points to consider before launching your small business email marketing campaign.

  1. List validation.
  2. Internal or External Vendor Use.
  3. Marketing Goal.

Before we break down the above points, keep in mind that all email Marketing is controlled by the CAN-SPAM Act guidelines set by the Bureau of Consumer Protection. These rules and regulations are in place to control SPAM emails and fraudulent motives by emailers.

List Validation

You may know that you grew your list the organic way, through other contacts, through networking events or from existing clients, but your email marketing service depends on a truly validated list before you begin an email marketing plan. This means not only do you have to clean your list for invalid email addresses, you also need to consider that there may be contacts that would be adverse to email marketing on that hard-earned contact list in your CRM directory. Perhaps your list is old, and some of the contacts do not remember having met you. Maybe they simply don’t like the medium of communication.

Be sure that you comb through your list before downloading it and see if those detailed notes you keep on all your contacts offer any info that may show a reluctance to receive your email. You may want to start with one segment of your contacts to begin and add them as you go.

Though it can be a long process, sending your contact list an email from your company email server initially with an invite to “join your email list” – perhaps with an incentive – is the best way to go, this  way your email list builds in a traceable way that even outside email vendors cannot ignore.

Internal or External Vendor Use

Depending on your email server setup, you may have the ability to email your marketing content from your internal server. If so, keep your send-outs to 50 a day to avoid your server being listed as a SPAM source. You can create stylish HTML emails to send out this way, you just won’t have the tracking options and email marketing metrics offered by outside vendors.

If you intend to use an outside email marketing solution like aWeber or ConstantContact, then along with already-designed email templates, you have the ability to send out thousands of emails at a time to your segments. Metrics and tracking reports come along with most of the packages and can be scaled to your needs in many cases. Keep in mind that even with these options, the validity of your list is crucial so you may have to still start slow despite all those CRM contacts in your database, 50 invites at a time from your internal email server.

Marketing Goal

Now that you’ve complied with CAN SPAM ACT guidelines and are building a database of email contacts to market to, you need to decide what the point of conversion will be for your email message. In other words, what do you want your email recipients to do once they have read your email? What is your call to action?

You can have several in one email newsletter. Maybe you want them to subscribe to your blog, perhaps to attend a seminar or webinar event you are hosting. Perhaps you are offering a discounted service. No matter the conversion point(s), you need to be sure that the tone and graphics in your email newsletter support those goals, in lieu of detracting from them.

Email marketing can be a powerful tool for any business, but no matter how large your CRM database, it is doubtful you will be able to use the whole of it at the start of your email marketing campaign. Check those notes on each client account, and start inviting your contacts to join you in the realm of email marketing. With engaging and timely content, you will see that contact list grow even beyond your original CRM database over time and gain strength as a tool in your marketing arsenal.

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About e3consulting

Welcome to E3 Consulting. As proven experts implementing the latest CRM, ERP and Accounting Software in the Manufacturing and Distribution industries, we have made it the goal of our business to help our clients obtain the bottom line results their individual companies require. Educate, Enable and Empower For companies in the manufacturing and distribution industries, the ability to simplify their business operations is vital to their ability to succeed. E3 Consulting will provide the consultation; technology and the project management tools that companies need to improve their business processes and their bottom line. What We Do Does your company need a revamp of existing business systems? Do you have a technology project that is going beyond time and over budget? Are your costs out of control and productivity lagging? When you contact E3 Consulting, we take a hard look at the reality of your business operations and break it out into segments, to find out which aspects of your business process workflow need attention and which are working as they should be. It is our intent to look at your operations, your accounting, your workflow and your technology and create a cohesive plan that will have your business running effectively and efficiently. Our Process Every company runs differently, and it is those processes specific to your business combined with your workflow goals that give the staff at E3 Consulting the canvas we need to use our long history of business development, project management and technology to map out the path your company needs to follow to improve your bottom line. Think of your business like a lego block structure. Each block that is missing reduces the stability of your company. We can look at your overall operations and use our knowledge of the marketplace cutting-edge technologies to find the blocks that are missing from your overall business concept. We will introduce the right technology tools to improve your operations, and then continue in a project management position as necessary to ensure ongoing smooth operations. Our Experience E3 Consulting has a long and successful history of project management, business operations consultation and technology implementation and management within Manufacturing, Distribution, Service, Healthcare, Finance and Accounting businesses. Principal, Brad Tornberg, is a successful technical and business expert with an MBA in Finance from Farleigh Dickinson University and. He holds Microsoft Certifications for Customer Relationship Management (CRM) sales, implementation and training. He also has a series 6 and series 66 securities license and a New Jersey Life and Health License. He is well published having written many articles for The Practica
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