What is the expected customer response rate to email marketing?
We send out a monthly newsletter with highlights, promotions, and trending styles for the salon. We have about 300 subscribers. It seems like most of our new customers come from word of mouth or customer referral. The monthly newsletter is expensive to maintain and send out if no business is coming from it. What are some average stats to expect from an email like this to help me determine if it is worth keeping?
On average, for every 100 you may have 20% noticability, and 10%-20% of that a sale.
Lexi there are so many variables that you haven't detailed. 1. The email list - Are these people confirmed customers? 2. If not, why are they on your list? 3. Do you measure the success rate of your emails? ie Open rate (from Headline)? Click through to offer.? Offer response rate?
You really need to understand all of these numbers in order to know whether the investment is worthwhile.
Overall, if you consider the above math, I have to say that with a list of just 300 there is no reliable stat for you. You just have to make it work with smart marketing!
Your expected customer response rate will vary from industry to industry. I have some stats that I can share with you if you are more specific about the type of industry that you are in.
Also, I would take a look at the type of content that you are sharing with your email list. You should be sending out sales information, new products/services, etc.
You could either be sending out too many emails, or possibly not enough to be consistent or to stay front of mind.
Also, if you have not already, I would set up a transactional based email campaign that interacts with your email list based on when they last came into the salon, purchased something, etc.
All of these can help increase your conversion rate with your email program.
I hope this helps.
I don't know what is expected. I get between 22 and 30% open rates and from 1-2% clicks on links in the emails.
Newsletter are important for a few reasons. They make a statement that you are still in business. It is also a good way to share upcoming events. You can also announce new people, products or services. If you are making sales announcements make sure that the headline is visible when you open the email. That is your response article, so it should be featured. Also send it to media contacts with a connection to your industry.
It all comes down to the value and importance of what you have to say. As we are all overloaded with emails, it better be extremely high value and written / designed real sharply to even be opened. Otherwise you're just another inbox bombardier :)
Regular communication via social media may be a less invasive and effective alternative.
Email marketing metrics can differ based on industry. Often times email marketing can be another way to stay in touch with customer and remind them of your great service. I would evaluate your current emails and see if there is too much content in a monthly newsletter. Are people clicking? Are they even opening? Sometimes increasing emails to two a month with one featuring an employee or client testimonial which the other gives customers an offer such as a discount can increase engagement.
If after you evaluate current efforts and see no improvement, I would consider your ROI on your time and if there are better ways to market with increase customers, then focus your time on those tasks.
Hope that helps!
Charlotte Chipperfield. CEO of Chipperfield Media LLC.
Hi - it somewhat depends on how close your social group on email is. When I ran a used equipment business we had over 100,000 emails, and we got a consistent 12-15% open rate. However, click through rate was lower, maybe 3-5%, But in email groups that are closer knit, and I would expect customers in a salon are that way, you might get higher rates. The easiest way to find out is to use some snippets to track your emails. If you are not doing that already, you should. Most of the big email providers like ConstantContact and MailChimp have those type of stats built in and are very useful.
The expected response rate is less than 10% although I personally average above that. I think it is simply a matter of targeting the right people with the right service/message. SO it takes time to get your list to work more efficiently.
I am curious what you are doing that is making your monthly newsletter so expensive? In my experience the monthly newsletter shouldn't cost you hardly anything. Maybe you could send me a private message and we could discuss it further?
It depends. On some things I run, I get a 10-20% open rate. On others a 30% to 40% and on others, barley 10%. It depends on your market, your message and whether that message contains something the prospect needs or wants right now.
Do you send out anything else during the month? Studies and my experience shows that you need to be something at least weekly. Are you sure your list is made up of those who need or want your services?
A marketing assessment would clearly help you define and clarify your marketing.