Audible, Twitter, Etsy, Facebook, realclearpolitics, Moore Brothers Wine Company, SoulCycle, and Bed Bath and Beyond. What do all of these companies have in common? They are flooding my inbox with unread and most importantly unnecessary emails, 7,746 to be exact. But besides these 7,746 unnecessary emails, I have several important emails among them that are filled with information I could not do without. One of them being the Media, PA eNewsletter, my hometown newsletter.

How often do you view your inbox and see emailed newsletters that you immediately delete or unsubscribe to? It happens often. Some marketing experts have been signaling the end of the eNewsletter era and have been blogging about new and very creative ways to digitally market in today’s world using new social media platforms and digital tools like videos, gifs and creative photography. However, email marketing still has its place and purpose in conjunction with social media. In fact, according to The Wall Street Journal, in the #deletefacebook era, it’s become a way to fight back against the algorithms that try to dictate what people see. Unlike on Facebook, with emailed newsletters, readers receive everything they signed up to receive, in neat chronological order, alongside missives from friends, family and their various communities.

Email marketing has its perks for sure. An email reader’s ready access to the “unsubscribe” button is largely a good thing for all involved, since it nudges email content creators to produce authentic, high-quality experiences rather than superficially engaging ones, and to connect in ways that are deeper than what advertising-first mediums like Facebook generally allow, says the Wall Street Journal. In addition, Email still has the highest return on investment per marketing dollar spent, according to the Data & Marketing Association. As digital marketers, we love learning about new and creative ways to market for our clients but in some industries, the monthly mailed newsletter is still the king of all digital marketing methods.

Consumer email services have been around for almost three decades, but to hear email’s most ardent fans talk about it now, it’s an undiscovered country too long neglected by those who could benefit from it the most. Municipalities, schools and non profits benefit greatly from emailed newsletters. Why you might ask? Because they all already have an engaged audience!  Residents and visitors to municipalities want to know what is going on. Schools can push information out to parents, alumni, and donors who will look forward to learning about what is going on at school.  Education World notes how Newsletters are an essential tool for schools as they can inform, educate and promote to your audience and can be a cornerstone strategy for your communication plan. Non-profit organizations, such as St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, already have a captive audience with donors. St Jude Children’s Hospital has a consistent newsletter that keeps different constituent groups updated and informed on all of their nonprofit organization’s endeavors, campaigns and volunteer opportunities so it promotes its brand, while supporters feel personally engaged. All of these types of organizations have audiences that are already engaged in one way or another.

Newsletters can ultimately be the most successful communication strategy for your targeted and already engaged audience. BtoB companies and some BtoC organizations might not see it as a crucial piece of their digital marketing in this day and age, but for non profits, schools and municipalities newsletters can be your bread and butter!

 

 

In the digital age of Alexa, it seems like our technologies know just about everything about us from our most recent purchases on Amazon to the latest Pinterest fail that we created for dinner last night. With information constantly being collected, businesses can learn more about your every wants, needs and interests. One vital tool that businesses can use to collect this information is Google Analytics. Here we discuss the many benefits of using google analytics for your business.

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Discussing the major benefits of google analytics, Digital Vidya describes Analytics as the collection processing, analysis and reporting of Internet data for the purpose of understanding and optimizing web usage i.e. basically observing and analyzing a visitor’s behavior to a website.  Google Analytics specifically is a tool that provides valuable data about your website and easily integrates with Shopify and WordPress! Without data analytics, extending Geoffrey Moore’s famous quote, the businesses are deaf and blind, working in silos and without any real feedback; wandering on the web like a deer on the highway – waiting to die any moment. Google Analytics can point your business in the right direction and provides many benefits, however three stand out to us specifically.

The first (what we think is the most important benefit) is that Google Analytics is completely FREE! Yes Free, I said it. Google Analytics is free to both learn and free to use. There are of-course online Google Academy courses where you can learn Google Analytics for free in addition to multiple other sources/ channels which help you learn Google Analytics. Also, you can check out some good digital analytics training institutes, who provide personalized training and mentoring to help your grasp various concepts of Google Analytics and teach you how to use it effectively for real businesses.

The second benefit to Google Analytics is that it can analyze your sources of traffic. Diffusion Digital shows how knowing what the main sources of traffic are can give you insight to the strength of your SEO, your ad campaigns and other incoming links.  You can see whether your traffic is coming from your website directly, a newsletter, Facebook, Twitter etc. This information is extremely valuable in figuring out how to direct more traffic to your website.

The third benefit to Google Analytics is the information on visitors to your website. With Google Analytics you can find out what geographic location your visitors are coming from in addition to other factors such as age, and gender. In addition you are able to track their behaviors such as what devices they are using (desktop, mobile, tablet etc.) and whether they are a new or returning visitor. You can also see your bounce rate which is how fast your visitors leave the sight to give you insight on what pages are and are not effective.

There are many more benefits to using Google Analytics but using the information that you get from it is truly priceless. Knowing who is looking at the information you are putting out and how they are digesting it can help you better target your audience and make impactful website changes that in the end will help you build your brand! Pretty soon you will be on your way to having more knowledge than Alexa….someday.