Do you want to email current and potential patients to increase your marketing efforts? Not sure how to get started? Discover how to easily build an email list and use it effectively below.
One of the cheapest, most effective ways to market and grow your practice is through targeted email lists.
In fact, email marketing is considered to be 40 times more effective than social media marketing in a recent survey.
Why? It’s all about the list.
These lists are developed by your office for the sole purpose of informing recipients about what’s going on in your practice. No matter what strategies you’re currently using in your marketing mix, if you’re not collecting email addresses of current and potential patients, you’re missing the boat.
In fact, the boat already sailed. We’re out at sea, waving at you landlubbers.
But don’t worry, here’s your life preserver: start collecting addresses now.
Why Email Lists?
Essentially, these records provide you with the ability to create targeted lists of current and potential patients that you can advertise to on a continual basis for only several dollars a month. This creates a direct line of communication to them which can increase sales, website visits, practice knowledge and word of mouth advertising considerably. The key is to provide them with relevant content they find interesting so they will not only open your email, but will continue to read it and share it within their social circles.
The key is to provide them with relevant content they find interesting so they will not only open your email, but will continue to read it and share it within their social circles.
Emails are also useful because they can go viral, pushing the campaign far beyond its initial reach as people share content. If you’re linking to articles and content on your website, the added boost in traffic is always a benefit. On top of that, the effectiveness of your campaign can be analyzed from a handy online dashboard, allowing you to instantly see what people are reading and clicking, when they’re doing it and how often.
Types of Lists
There are several types of email lists to be aware of.
The first is what’s known as an opt-in list. This is a collection of addresses gathered by a tool with the consent of the subscriber, either directly or indirectly. Think of a website you’ve seen that has a box asking the reader to sign up for updates or to receive free offers. That is an opt-in list.
Next up is the opt-out list. These addresses are purchased or sourced indirectly from group sites, such as telephone companies or email list brokers (yes, there is such a thing). The people on these lists generally don’t realize they’re on a list until the first email gets to their inbox. These lists are not highly recommended as they can make people a little angry, or just plain confused.
Finally there’s the double opt-in list, widely considered the most ethical way to build a list. Here, after collecting an email address, the subscriber is then asked to confirm their subscription again. This way you’re double sure they want to see your content, increasing open rates and retention (even if it takes longer to build a high quantity list).
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