Is engagement email marketing finally here?

How engaged with your brand are the majority of your database contacts? This fundamental question should determine how your entire emarketing communications strategy is structured.

Until recently, email marketers have been under huge commercial pressure internally to continue doing the same ‘load and blast’ mass email marketing they’ve always done.

However, for some, response rates are waning as consumers become fussier about the marketing messages they consume. The advent of the intelligent inbox (Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo) means ISPs are working hard to ensure only the most wanted email is at the top of the pile.

ISPs are helping recipients to prioritise their inboxes, helping them to de-prioritise or block email that they no longer want. Google priority inbox, for example, prioritises your email automatically based on what you respond to; so encouraging response is now critical to your ongoing relationship with customers.

Without proper targeting, your emails can be seen as spam, becoming de-prioritised or blocked by the recipients, encouraging customer disengagement.

Is RFM segmentation relevant for email marketers?

RFM (Recency, Frequency, Monetary value) segmentation is one
of the most tried and tested methods of segmentation used in direct marketing.
It is based on the presumption that someone’s future actions are best predicted
by their past ones.

So how can this popular method of segmentation be used in today’s
data rich world, can it help answer the 64 million dollar question in email
marketing: who do I send what to and when do I send it?