The evolution of marketing over the past 50 years brought it from being sales led to being tech led today, and technology will continue to drive this science as it catches up with customers’ interests. People are buying differently, they are smarter and more demanding with what they’re looking for.
It’s a situation many enterprise marketers have encountered in recent years — you have an email service provider (ESP) that isn’t working for your organization’s needs. But the decision maker at your company standing in the way of change is tough to convince. To be fair, changing ESPs is not only hard, but it can be expensive and time-consuming. Campaigns have to migrate over. You have to account for data. Your team has to learn how to use a new tool. It can seem daunting, and the decision maker — whether it’s your CMO, CEO, VP of Marketing, Director of Marketing Operations, or whoever will make the final call — will understandably have a high bar to clear for making such a significant shift for your organization, one that will involve not just Marketing, but Marketing Operations and I.T. as well.
What’s driving the future of email? Who are the big players? What are the top strategies and technologies driving the market? These are questions everyone seems to be asking, but answers on future trends are never easy to come by.
The best way to determine the future is to look at what’s happening now, and look at where the momentum is headed. Here are three trends we spotted that will likely define the future of email marketing:
It’s fair to say Nobel Prize-winning novelist Ernest Hemingway didn’t do a tremendous amount of email marketing in his time, considering he was born in the 19th century and died in 1961. He wasn’t even a marketer, moving from journalism to author and more or less mastering both during his life.
Still, his instincts for crafting effective emails may have been more honed than anyone would have thought. His “Iceberg Theory” on writing wasn’t always his most popular storytelling philosophy; its critics said it contributed to him seeming distant and uncaring for his own characters through a lack of telling their full story. But there’s a lot that the crafty email marketer can take away from it if they look closely:
Most online marketers have been there: a co-worker comes up with a great idea for a marketing campaign, or says “This should be the subject line of the next email,” seemingly without reasoning beyond it being their personal preference. Or, conversely, you could have an idea of your own that you think would be great but would be nervous to implement without testing it on a small group first.