Category Archives: email marketing

Dynamic content, it’s so much more than first name

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You’ve heard it many times: make your emails more relevant, more personal. This is the age of tailored messaging, one-size fits all no longer works. But how to get started? Don’t worry, you don’t have to expand your team or build dozens of separate email versions for each campaign on your calendar. Instead, market smart: harness the power of dynamic content.

What is dynamic content? Dynamic content refers to changes in an email’s text, images or layout based on information about the recipient. “Dear [First Name]” is the most common and best understood example. But dynamic content is so much more than first name. You know when you receive an email showing your nearest store, your last item purchased or details of an upcoming reservation? These are all examples of dynamic content.

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Personalized Communication is Key to Retention

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As you might know, repeat customers are truly the foundation of your business. They account for significant chunks of the overall business earnings, and research shows that the average revenue per visit increases exponentially with each repeat visit. While these existing customers are already advocates for your brand, requiring less convincing to make another trip or purchase, with so much competition in the marketplace, special attention and personalized communications are essential in retaining them over a lifetime.

So where should a business start when it comes to converting a one-time purchaser to a repeat purchaser, and ultimately seeking to maintain that life-long relationship? Let’s start with how this valuable segment should be communicated with. Your best customers want to be treated as the best, and certainly differently than prospects. They are already familiar with and are fans of your brand, so avoid bombarding these contacts with generic, database-wide promotions that you would send to non-customers that you know nothing about. Keep them interested to avoid losing them as a subscriber and customer by making them feel special. Start by simply speaking to (not at) your best customers as you would greet a regular in your physical business: by utilizing their known information to personalize the conversation.

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