Marketing automation is an essential part to anyone’s email marketing strategy, because it gives insight into your subscriber’s lifecycle and allows you to market to them properly. One effective form of marketing automation is triggered emails.
For those who are not familiar, triggered emails are automated responses based on a specific action taken (or not taken) by a consumer or a meaningful change in their behavior or profile. These timely, relevant and personalized responses create an invitation to advance the communication between a marketer and their customer.
A great example of a triggered email happens when a client of GreenMail Inc, sends out a monthly E-Blast to a customer database. You are on the database! You get the email promotion and click a “link” to go back to the sender’s website. 5min, 10 minutes OR 1 day later, the company then sends you another Email Promotion… “Thanks for checking out our Website….We would love to do business with you”
But wait – there’s more. Additional benefits include:
Increased customer loyalty
By providing your subscribers with relevant emails based on their preference and behavior, you build trust with them, which in return will keep them as subscribers.
Since inboxes are more crowded than ever, providing relevant content will help your emails stand out. Triggered emails allow you to create a highly targeted and relevant campaign based on a subscriber’s interests at a time when they are most likely to respond.
Triggered emails can allow you to focus on improving your campaign performance instead of manually segmenting and uploading lists.
Triggered emails can be designed to send relevant campaigns for every customer’s lifecycle stage, starting with the welcome email to the post-purchase process.
Types of Triggered Emails
Here are five examples of triggered email that you can implement into your marketing:
If someone has opted in for your newsletters, created an account or subscribed to your blog, sending a welcome email is a good way to build trust. Welcome emails let the subscriber know who you are and what they can expect from your emails.
When sending a welcome email, you should take the opportunity to thank your new subscriber and if you offer some kind of discount or trial you can promote that in the email.
Let’s say a potential customer has created an account, but months after signing up, they have not purchased anything. Something must be wrong, and you will want to address what that is. You can send them triggered email to remind them about the account they created and reiterate the benefits of your product or service.
The “Win back” email
If you have a customer who has not purchased anything from you during the last six months or so, now might be a good time to step up and show them you still care. Sending them a triggered marketing campaign to win them back by offering a discount or special promotion will show them that you care and want to keep them as a customer.
The “Customer satisfaction” email
If you have a business that has customers contacting customer service on a daily basis, it doesn’t hurt to follow up with them to see if their question or concern was addressed. It shows that you care.
Sending a triggered email to follow up with customers regarding their customer service experience with a survey or feedback form, can provide you with the information you need to make any internal improvements if needed. You can also use this opportunity to give the customer an incentive for providing their feedback with an offer or discount.
What did we learn?
Triggered emails should be incorporated into any email marketing strategy because they can help with increasing revenue and maintain a relationship with your customers. The great thing is that they are extremely easy to set up. And once created, they send themselves, taking out the hassle of you having to schedule them. Only positive results can come from sending triggered emails.