3 Powerful Content Ideas for Your B2B E-Commerce Email Newsletter
Bringing in over $40 for every $1 invested (talk about huge ROI), email is one of the most cost-effective and time-tested digital marketing channels that’s particularly useful for B2B businesses. Here are a few concrete numbers explaining why:
– B2B marketing emails see a 23% higher click-to-open ratio than B2C emails.
59% of B2B marketers cite email as their top channel for revenue generation.
79% of B2B marketers find email to be the most successful channel for content distribution.
So, the power of a well-thought-out email newsletter is crystal clear. The question is – besides sending the usual promotional emails (which are, more often than not, ignored) with special offers, seasonal discounts, and personalized promotions, what can you offer to your newsletter subscribers? How do you keep them engaged with your brand using content instead of making them hit “unsubscribe” with repeated direct promotions?
As challenging as this is, here are top three powerful content ideas for your B2B e-commerce email newsletter to keep your subscribers interested:
Creating and sharing quick and easy-to-read top lists of virtually anything related to your industry is one of the best ways to keep your subscribers hooked. The subject line for this type of email should crisply explain what the recipients will gain if they go through the entire content.
According to studies in psychology, our minds react favorably to listicles as they provide a sum of information we would otherwise have to amass by going through separate articles, reports, or statistical analysis – all of which require additional time and effort.
It goes without saying that the more comprehensive the list, the more value that it holds for your subscriber. However, make sure the long list is scannable with properly formatted bullets and catchy font. Likewise, the more creatively you write the content itself – with the right blend of humor and statistics – the higher are the odds of it being enjoyed and shared by your audience.
To build credibility and exhibit thought leadership, every business owner should keep in touch with the latest events in their industry and share them in a personalized, easy-to-digest manner – such as an email newsletter.
That is, delivering handpicked information and content relevant and useful to your target audience is a great way to present yourself as a valuable source of information, rather than just promoting your products or services.
Such emails can be in the form of a biweekly or monthly series and, in addition, it’s a good idea to deliver the gist of each piece by writing a short blurb and place a link to the entire article.
You may think of it as self-promotion, but if your clients used your product/service and it helped them grow their own business or benefitted them in a substantial way, then don’t hesitate to share that information with the rest of your subscribers.
You can create a short case study that illustrates exactly how you contributed to the success of another business. As your subscribers are also obviously keen on growing their own businesses, sending an occasional case study would be appreciated by the readers and they’d love to dive deeper into what you have to offer.
Over to You
While there are many other tactics you can use to keep subscribers engaged, the ones discussed above are relatively low-effort and high-rewarding ones that you can implement right away. Plus, all three of these tactics will contribute to building your brand’s thought leadership within your industry.
Lastly, make sure to use your brand’s unique voice in every newsletter you send out and always be authentic.
Aanya Rachel is the Content Manager at The Address, a coworking space in Ahmedabad. She loves sharing her industry knowledge and insights on topics related to coworking, real estate, business, and startups. She enjoys live music, traveling, and reading comic books.