Email subscriber acquisition is the continual creation of a database of subscribers that brands can use to deploy newsletters, promotions and other email campaigns. While there are many ways to grow subscriber bases, brands that want to significantly or consistently scale their subscriber volume often leverage email subscriber acquisition campaigns. Most email subscriber acquisition campaigns leverage websites to identify and engage with target consumers. Series of questions help website owners and brands understand website visitors and connect them with the brands seeking those buyer personas. Consumers matching pre-defined profiles are given the opportunity to opt in to specific, branded offers, for example, becoming a subscriber to the newsletter of a diaper brand.
How Targeted Can Email Subscriber Acquisition Be?
Email subscriber acquisition campaigns can be as loosely defined or as targeted as desired by a brand, with website targeting and consumer questions used to create narrower audiences.
Subscribers are often sourced through websites where audiences who fit the email subscriber campaign target might be hanging out. For instance, opt-in subscribers for Baby Gap promotional emails might be easy to find on websites that offer content about baby health. To further narrow the audience, campaign-specific questionnaires are created. In general, consumers tire after too many questions, so shorter forms typically lead to higher volume results. However, when brands are seeking tightly defined audiences, for example, pregnant women expected to give birth within six months, customized questions can be leveraged to let brands identify and connect with just the right people.
Determining how many questions to ask can be an issue of cost (more questions typically costs more), how niche brands want to focus their email subscriber acquisition efforts and how they plan to use their email subscriber databases in the future. Broad targeting, which could include basic questions about age and gender, may be satisfactory for some campaigns. And, while narrow targeting with more questions like life-point, caring for a baby, homeownership, etc., can cause some potential subscribers to jump off before completing the form, longer forms also result in the most actionable data for future audience segmentation and message personalization.
Targets And Goals Must Be Established For Strong Email Subscriber Acquisition Campaign Results
In order for email subscriber acquisition campaigns to be effective, brands must develop specific campaign parameters, including the target audiences they are seeking, the KPIs they will use to determine success and their long-term plans for their subscriber bases. Often measured email KPIs include open rates, click-through rates and unsubscribe rates.
Passing campaign performance data back to the email subscriber acquisition source is also important, as it aids in campaign optimization. Understanding which efforts result in high-quality subscribers can help scale future subscribers from that source.
What Types Of Brands Benefit From Subscriber Acquisition?
Companies with online stores or delivery continuity plans should be consistently engaging with consumers right now. But, any brand with an email strategy can benefit from subscriber acquisition campaigns.
Brands with hefty email subscriber databases can reach their customers where they are, as needed, without being intrusive. Under normal circumstances, brands with good subscriber databases that remain agile and engaged may be able to build better, deeper, more lasting relationships with their customers. In today’s current environment, strong email subscriber databases can help brands maintain consumer connections and grow by servicing the needs and wants of today’s shoppers.
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