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The Contractor’s Guide to Setting Up Email Marketing Automation

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If you’re a contractor, getting into email marketing automation might seem a bit overwhelming at first thought, but from my experience I can tell you that it’s full of potential. 

It’s about sending the right message, at the right time, without manually pressing 'send' every time. Think about it: Imagine having a loyal assistant who knows exactly when to reach out to your clients, keeping them engaged and informed. That’s email marketing automation for you.

In this guide I’m going to discuss the strategies you can use to get up and running with email automation - in a few steps. Let’s dive in!

Building Your Email List: The Foundation

First off, think of your email list as your foundation – sturdy and reliable. 

Start with what you've got: past clients, prospects who've shown interest, and website visitors. 

Don’t have an email acquisition system in place yet? Offer them something valuable in exchange for their email – think free guides, checklists, or a consultation. 

And the key to remember here is quality over quantity. A well-segmented list means you’re talking to the right people in the right way.

Crafting Your Automated Email Campaigns

Now, let’s talk about blueprints for your automated email campaigns. 

Not all emails are created equal. Some welcome new subscribers, others nurture leads, and a few aim to re-engage past clients. Personalization is your power tool here. Use what you know about your contacts to tailor your messages so they are more likely to be read – use their name, discuss what services they’ve shown interest in, or previous projects. 

When you add a little personalization it feels more like a conversation and less like a broadcast.

Best Practices for Engaging Content

The content within your email is like the bricks and mortar - it holds it all together. 

Keep it engaging, informative, and concise. If you can,use images of your projects to add a visual punch, and make sure your calls-to-action (CTAs) are clear. 

What action do you want them to take? Make it obvious. 

And, just like on the construction site, safety first – ensure your emails are mobile-friendly. More people read emails on their phones than ever before, so ensure you’re optimized for that.

Automation Tools and Integration

Choosing the right automation tools is like picking the right equipment for the job. 

There are plenty of email marketing platforms out there designed to automate the process – Mailchimp, Constant Contact, and Campaign Monitor, to name a few. 

Look for features like list segmentation, A/B testing, and analytics as a minimum to begin with. 

Also, integration with your CRM system can streamline your workflow, keeping all your client information in one place (actually, if you want a system that does both email automation and is a CRM too, we recommend HubSpot)!

Measuring Success and Optimizing Your Campaigns

Finally, let's look at measuring the success of your campaigns. Keep an eye on open rates, click-through rates, and conversion rates. 

These metrics tell you what’s working and what’s not. Use this feedback to refine your approach, test different messages, and continuously improve your communication strategy.

To Sum Up Email Marketing for Contractors

In summary, email marketing automation is a game-changer for contractors looking to enhance their marketing efforts. What you’ll find is it’s a great way to build relationships, provide value, and keep your brand top-of-mind, all while saving you time. 

With the right strategy, content, and tools, you can set up an email marketing automation system that works tirelessly in the background, just like a well-oiled machine. 

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