Do you still need an email list?
For Hamlet the choice was a little starker, to choose life or death.
With all the contrary news about email marketing being dead, who can blame you for being a little confused about the question.
Add to that the need for developing skills sets to make email marketing effective, you have a right to ask why you should bother if the whole strategy is dead.
On top of that add all the misleading websites that say they will build your list when they mean something else entirely.
It’s no wonder then , that the rumors of email marketing’s death abound.
Rather than suffering the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune of email marketing perhaps it’s better if death put the beast to rest.
Just The Facts Ma’am
Now that I’ve horribly mangled Shakespeare with Dragnet (Dragnet was a famous crime drama which aired the year I was born [no I’m not telling, you can Google it], I have a startling fact for you.
“By the end of 2017, the number of emails sent daily averaged 269 billion. With so many emails flooding inboxes, it’s pretty common to wonder if our emails are as effective as they can be, or even read at all.”
Source: 5 Do’s and Don’ts of Copywriting for Email Marketing Ontraport Blog
Here’s another fact from the article.
A whopping “90% of emails sent reach their intended inbox, but only 2% of Facebook postsreach the top of a user’s feed”
Combine that fact with the news that Facebook continues to double down on what you see on your newsfeeds then an email list suddenly jumps in value.
The data is not as stark, but still significant when you compare sales through email marketing and through social media. Email is 3 times more effective at delivering buyers to your website than social media.
Jadyn Chen the writer of the article concludes that. “To this day email still remains one of the best channels for consistently reaching customers.
Other Interesting Facts:
Percentage of users who made a purchase based upon an email received on their mobile device: 6.1 percent
Source: Lifewire: How Many Emails Are Sent Every Day
In ExactTarget’s 2012 Channel Preference Survey, email was found to be the number one way people share content with their friends and family members.
Eighty-six percent of professionals name email as their favorite mode of communication.
Source: Source: Lifewire: How Many Emails Are Sent Every Day
One Last Consideration.
Of all the other options, email marketing remains inexpensive.
Look at Facebook advertising which requires a fairly large investment to effectively target your audience. The price is usually beyond many beginning marketers’ budgets.
To build your email list all you will need is an autoresponder.
Just about anyone can afford to play considering the wide range of options available.
You don’t have an excuse for not building an email list.
Even those who use Facebook Advertising do so to put people on their email lists.
To build or not to build an email list?
I think it’s better to brave: “the slings and arrows of outrageous email fortune , than to let your list die.
I can’t imagine life, my business and personal, without it.