Email Marketing Made Simple

Can you recall your exciting first encounters with your newly created email account? We can. Dial-up internet connection and the accompanying whirring, whining sound of our modem booting up. It was a source of joy to receive a letter from a friend or a select deal being offered by one of our favorite brands, as we logged onto AOL accounts to hear those infamous three words — You’ve got mail!

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Fast forward to the present, and our feelings have soured a bit. We now dread opening our flooded inboxes, but how did we get to this point? Well, today having an email account has become as normal as having an identification card or social media profile. Whether completing a job or housing application, setting up a utility account, utilizing rental services, etc. — almost every facet of life requires you to have an email address in the same manner you have a working phone number.

While these services are essential to modern living, there are other, less vitally important aspects to 21st century living. To be specific, for decades the culture of consumerism has pitted brands against their audience in a game of cat-and-mouse. The advertising industry in its earlier forms was relatively new, and target audiences were relatively unaware of marketing strategies. Fast forward a few decades and telemarketing laws have had to become enacted.

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Email which, prior to, was used for personal communications became the primary medium for B2C advertisements. Thus, email marketing was born. Due to the nature of email being less invasive than a phone call, there is very little outcry against brands flooding their audience’s inbox. Instead, they now stir up feelings of dread in most email account holders, especially when being asked for their information. Nonetheless, the balance is being maintained with many brands enabling users with the choice to opt-out of an email marketing campaign — users can unsubscribe from mailing lists.