Lee Odden

The Changing Face of Email Marketing – MIMA Summit

I must say, of all breakout sessions at the MIMA event today, “The Changing Face of Email” session was the one I was most excited to attend as it ties into what I love to do – email marketing. Thankfully I didn’t have to wait long to dive right in as it was part of the Summit Kick-Off Breakout session: Deep Dive Discussion Series.

Jamie Schissler, Strategy Director at Avenue A – Razorfish, the presenter for “The Changing Face of Email” session shared with the MIMA audience that as the role of email evolves, so too will its impact.

So why will the email marketing strategies of yesterday not work for email marketing success today?

Lee Odden

Marketing Sherpa Email Summit

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This announcement might be a bit early, but I think the last Marketing Sherpa Email Summit sold out pretty quickly. This is an event (in Miami February 24th-26th) that’s near and dear to TopRank’s marketing consulting services which are made up of: search, PR and email marketing. Out of those three “legs”, email marketing is by far the most productive in terms of ROI and conversion rates.

What’s great about this conference is that it’s all about email and nothing else. Sliced and diced into 3 tracks (BtoB, Advanced BtoC and Operations) as well as 5 general and 36 breakout sessions, there’s “something for everyone”, as they say. There’s also an opportunity to get “certified” as an email marketing expert through a package that includes both the Summit and an online course.

Lee Odden

Email Marketing Tips

One of the most effective online marketing services TopRank Online Marketing implements for clients in addition to SEO and public relations is email marketing. Within our direct and email marketing practice there are several, very talented people responsible for this success. This article outlines some of the “whys” and high level “how to’s” of implementing a successful email marketing program.

In today’s ever changing and evolving world of blogs, IM, social networks and consumer disdain towards traditional advertising, it is a wonder how any marketing message reaches its intended audience. After all, each marketing message distributed is competing for the attention of its recipient with a multitude of other communication vehicles every second of the day.

Jolina Pettice

Navigating a Marketing Dead End

Jolina Pettice     Email Marketing, Online Marketing

A few months ago my husband and I were spending our free time cruising dealership lots after the dealerships had closed researching cars. However, we kept running into dead ends with dealerships who close their lots in the evening hours. Some of you might be thinking, “Why not shop for cars after hours online?”. We did that but still wanted to see for ourselves.

This got me thinking about how much business a dealership might be losing by not letting people cruise the lots in the off hours. We certainly didn’t take the time to go back to the dealerships during business hours, we just assumed they didn’t have what we wanted and kept on searching.

Lee Odden

BtoC Search Marketing Tactics

Many small and medium sized consumer products marketers strive for the biggest bang for the buck when allocating budgets. While our SEO firm specializes more in BtoB SEO, PR and blogs, there are some fundamental consumer product site promotion tactics we’ve found to be appropriate in many cases. Each is measurable to ROI and can be scaled to some degree.

  1. Pay per click – Advertising on Google, Yahoo, MSN
  2. Site optimization – Improving “natural” rankings on search engines
  3. Optimized press releases – Announce sales, contests or special offers via press release
  4. Blog marketing – Add a blog to web site to encourage search rankings, incoming links, interaction with consumers
  5. Paid inclusion and shopping feeds – Submit a feed of your products to Google’s Froogle.com, Yahoo Search Submit and possibly comparison shopping sites such as shopping.com, bizrate.com or amazon.com
Lee Odden

2006 Email Marketing Summit

Marketing Sherpa’s Email Marketing Summit is coming up in Chicago April 20th and 21st.

Scheduled tracks include: B-to-B, Ecommerce, Int’l, Newsletters, Delivery and List Growth.

There will be 21 Case Studies from real-world email marketers (big and small) including American Airlines, IBM, Doubleday Entertainment. Plus, practical, expert advice on:

  • email delivery (panel includes AOL)
  • Creative & newsletter design
  • growing your opt-in list (with quality names

It’s not all work though, some networking and play is in store with a Gala party at the House of Blues celebrating the winners of the Email Awards.

More information at Marketing Sherpa Email Marketing Summit

Speaking of email marketing, who is your favorite email marketing vendor? (lists, creative, distribution)