Small Business Resource Power Point Series Guide to E-mail Promotion Terminology
Introduction E-mail marketing is littered with jargon. Some terms are self explanatory while others are downright obscure. This PowerPoint offers a plain English explanation of the most commonly used terms.
Spam The term spam originates from the famous Monty Python sketch – the one with the Vikings! It refers to e-mail sent to someone who has not requested, or given permission for mail to be sent to them.
Opt-in / Permission Based Subscribing to an e-mail list or newsletter. Thus we have opt-in mailing lists, which bring a good response rate since the people contacted have chosen to receive your information. Opt-out is when a subscriber chooses to end his subscription.
Hard/Soft Bounce When an e-mail is not delivered to its intended recipient it is bounced back to you. A soft bounce indicates a temporary problem, a hard bounce indicates a permanent matter – like a non existent address.
E-mail Blocking Internet Service Providers (ISPs) often prevent e- mail from reaching its intended recipient when they believe that the mail is spam, or comes from a source believed to be a spammer. This is known as e-mail blocking.
Targeting Targeting is the practice of selecting a group of people who are likely to be interested in your product or service, and directing your campaign at them. For instance, if you sell pet food, you might target dog and cat owners.
CPM Refers to the cost per 1000 names on a mailing list. UCE Unsolicited Commercial E-mail - another name for Spam.
CTR Stands for Click Through Rate. This refers to the percentage of times a particular URL in your e- mail was followed. A URL is the address you type into your web browser (or click on in a hyperlink) to bring up a particular page.
Signature File A short text file that is added to the end of every e-mail sent out. It typically includes the senders name and company name. It also gives another marketing opportunity. You might include a hyperlink to your web page here.
House List May also be known as a Retention List – it is a mailing list you have built up from existing customers. It is used to keep in touch with your customers, send them special offers etc.
Viral Marketing This simply means customers telling their friends about your products or services. Including options on your web page to send this page to a friend encourages this valuable type of marketing.
Above the Fold Refers to the part of the web page which is visible immediately to the customer, that is, the bit you can see without having to scroll down or across. Placing items here increases sales for that particular product.
HTML e-mail You can send e-mail using either plain text, or text formatted with the Hypertext Markup Language (HTML). HTML allows different fonts to be used and graphics incorporated into your e-mails.
Open/Conversion Rate The Open Rate is the percentage, of e-mails that were actually opened, of the total number sent out. The Conversion Rate is the percentage of e-mails that resulted in sales.
Acquisition List Also called a Rental List, this is a mailing list which you rent that gives names of targeted, opted-in, customers. Lists may be organised by the customers interests, profession, age group etc.
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