Email marketing: love is in the air (and soon in the inbox)

Marketers have always embraced special events (should I mention the Superbowl, the Olympic Games and Christmas?) to reach out to their (potential) customers. One of the events that’s approaching fast is Valentine’s day.   

As Valentine’s Day comes closer some companies start sending promotional emails on great gifts. They all try to influence the reader with romantic messages, useful tips and emotional call to actions. Did you plan to do the same?   

Here are some tips I ran into on the blog of Campaigner, following a press release the ESP sent yesterday.

Protus’ Campaigner, a Canadian email marketing service provider, is helping small businesses target their perfect match with email marketing campaigns focused on the most romantic day of the year.

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Small businesses see benefits of email marketing

OK, it’s not that fresh anymore but according to a survey, conducted by Hurwitz & Associates for Ontario-based email marketing service provider Campaigner (a solution of Software-as-a-Service communication services and solutions company Protus), almost half of North American small businesses use email marketing today.

Campaigner’s “2009 State of Small Business Online Marketing Survey” found that 46% of small businesses surveyed rely on email marketing to help them find new customers, keep existing ones and grow their businesses. Hurwitz & Associates gathered responses from 259 North American businesses with 1 to 20 employees.

Furthermore the report reveals that 36% of the surveyed small businesses plan to start using email marketing in the coming year.

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