In a Digital World, Email Stands the Test of Time
If there was ever a sign that the world is becoming increasingly digital, it was last month’s production of the last VCR.
To capitalize on the digital revolution, organizations around the world are adjusting their communications strategies with the purpose of increasing engagement and driving outcomes.
But no matter how you spin it, there is one channel that has stood the test of time: email.
Email marketing continues to have the highest ROI of any digital platform. According to Campaign Monitor, for every $1 spent on email marketing, it generates $38 in return.
In the public sector, we use external promotion to drive outcomes like increasing grant applications or addressing children’s literacy – and email continues to be a strong ally in those endeavors.
To help you maximize the power of your emails, here are the stages of any successful email journey:
1. Define Your Audience
For many public sector organizations, the goal is to speak to as many people as possible – especially in high profile and important situations. But you also need the ability to target specific sections of your audience with messages that are relevant to them. Segment your audience to drive specific actions, and begin by focusing on the interests or needs of who you are trying to reach.
2. Leverage Compelling Content
The average person’s attention span is less than 10 seconds – so you have to really make it count. Get the basics down – limit excessive ALL CAPS, odd punctuation, and avoid clichéd phrases. You can also automatically send the valuable content your organization is already creating for your website, to add benefit to your community.
3. Reach Your Email Recipients
Organizations that use a private sector commercial email sending tool see their emails sent along with those of local businesses (like coffee shops), which can negatively impact the likelihood that their emails make it to the inbox. With historical deliverability rates of 99 percent, public sector-focused digital outreach tools only send on behalf of government, meaning your email will be seen by more people.
4. Drive Human Action
Once they get your message, people can engage with your content and take action in a way that matches your organization’s mission. Make it easy with call to action buttons, or bring your main message up to the top of your email.
5. Learn From Analytics
It’s not enough to just press send anymore; you need to measure the success of your message. Learning from what works and what doesn’t is invaluable data, and it can help drive notable increases in engagement with your message content. It’s also important to look at how your communications are impacting other analytics, like website traffic, customer service metrics, and more.
6. Improve the Process
Take your results and analysis and define your organization’s best practices. Replicate high-performing emails and improve upon messages that turn out to be less engaging. This helps make your emails more compelling, meaningful, and more valuable to your audience.
Looking for inspiration for your next email campaign? Check out the latest guide “12 Awesome Examples of Public Sector Emails” that highlights real emails that work by category.