Building your permission-based e-mail database begins with creating a strategy for e-mail address collection and, ultimately, your corresponding value-based e-mail communications program, says Deirdre Namur, vice president of creative services at e-mail solutions provider Bigfoot Interactive. As such, she advises paying particular attention to collecting important demographic and product-interest fields that will help you build relevant e-mail communications.
2004 presented e-mail marketers with many new challenges while confirming the value and significance of the email channel. What happened with e-mail medium in 2004? Were response rates up or down? How did consumer perceptions of email change or evolve? How have technology solutions and federal legislation impacted the volume of spam?
Business-to-business marketers have used private promotional databases to improve response and better target their mailings since the early 1980s. Now, says Linda Huntoon, executive vice president, of Greenwich, CT-based list services firm Direct Media, consumer merchants are starting to take advantage of them as well.