The Basics of Email Marketing as a Travel Professional in 2019
Written By:Andy Ogg, CTIE, Editor and Marketing Director – Travel Professional NEWS®
In today’s times, digital marketing is king and if you aren’t being seen on the screen, it’s time to get yourself there. Today, a successful email marketing plan and execution could not only result in fantastic exposure for your business but increased sales. Isn’t that the name of the game?
Email marketing has changed dramatically over the past 10 years and with upgrades in coding, responsive abilities and tracking, it is the best time to get started. While many may think a successful email marketing plan consists of quality content, we are going to step back and examine why you would want to create and execute a successful email marketing program.
In this 3 part series, we ill be looking at:
Email Marketing 101 – The Basics of Email Marketing as a Travel Professional in 2019
Email Marketing 102 – Creation, Design and Execution of an Email Campaign
Email Marketing 103 – Tracking, Assessment and Ongoing Email Campaigns
What is Email Marketing for Travel Professionals?
Email Marketing is the broadcast of a designed message to a specific list of people. That list can be prospects, clients or any number of things. The Email can contain a variety of information from specials, new offerings or just information about a specific topic.
A successful Email will not only attract your subscription list to open it, but also to read and engage with the content. To further clarify, let’s define:
Open: When a recipient of the message sees it in their inbox and opens the messages to view the content of the email and the information it contains.
ClickThrough: When a subscriber opens and then chooses to engage with the email, via links or CTA, in an effort to learn more or to take advantage of the offering included in the message.
In any Email Marketing effort, your goal should be to not only have your message opened and read, but also have engagement from the end user with your content. It sounds easy enough right?
What is an Email Subscription List for Travel Professionals?
An email list can contain contact information for your clients, prospects, acquaintances, colleagues and more. An email subscriber list can be built over time from a variety of ways but the most popular is to build your list from past clients and customer interactions.
Obviously, having a huge list of subscribers sounds great but only if that collection actually want to receive your communications. There are thousands of companies that can sell you a list of “qualified” leads, but as you may find out, a list of 10,000 doesn’t mean much if only 5 people open your email and the remainder of the addresses are unused.
Types of Subscription Lists:
Clients: An obvious list for a Travel Professional who wants to stay in touch with clients from the past and present. This particular list could be a fantastic method to promote upcoming sales or promotions, group sailings or one of a kind packages you have created.
Tip: Segmenting your lists by the type of travel most frequently booked could be a huge help down the road as your Email Marketing efforts increase. For example, if AmaWaterways had a new sailing or offering, you could easily send the information to your Clients > River Cruise Clients. Setting these kinds of parameters are a great step in the right direction to remain efficient and ready for growth as a Travel Professional.
Prospects: A compilation of people in which you have had communication about a quote, questions or a possible trip. This list may have never purchased anything but it may be that they just had not seen what motivated them as of yet.
Tip: Creating a quick “Sign Up” form on your website, social media and email signature can be a great way to receive some new subscribers to your email marketing list.
Industry Partners: This list may be a way for you to interact with suppliers, colleagues and business associates in the industry.
Setting Up your List and Email Marketing Service as a Travel Professional
Today, in 2019, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of options when looking for a Email Marketing service. Each and every provider of this tool has their own unique value propositions. Over the past 7 years, I’ve used many of the top providers such as Constant Contact, MailChimp, JackMail and more.
While each one has things that are unique and great, each one conversely has negatives attached to it as well. Whether it is price, interface, customization restraints or just the flow of the process, it is important that you spend the time to find a match that works for you, your goals and your business.
When getting started, I highly suggest doing some research into the following options:
Passport Online Inc.
What Types of Email Marketing Campaign is Best for Travel Professionals?
There are a lot of different types of information that can be sent in an email marketing campaign. While this list of ideas can be large in size, I’m including just a few ideas that I believe would be most useful to Travel Professionals in 2019.
1. The Informational Email
The Informational Newsletter would be a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly email coming from your business to your clients and prospective clients. The Informational Email model could possibly contain one or more of the below ideas:
Spotlight on a specific destination
Notice of upcoming sales and promotions
Recent article about a cruise, destination or property
Tips on packing, transfers, technology etc.
Advice on saving for a vacation
Articles of interest (golf, scuba, hiking, foodie)
Whatever the content you wish to feature, it should be informative and useful to your subscribers, ensuring that there is value being presented to those who receive the email.
2. The Call to Action (CTA) Email
A Call to Action email should be focused on a specific benefit to the recipient. Whether it’s access to sales on upcoming travel or a complimentary packing guideline for a family cruise, the goal is to provide something of use to your recipient, enticing them to take action.
The world of CTA (Call to Action) emails has changed greatly in the past few years with more of them being utilized every single minute. From “Flash Sales” to “Limited Time Offer” to “Book Now!” themed CTA emails, there are thousands of ways to utilize the CTA email to not only increase your sales, but also to gather information about your audience, which we will touch on shortly.
Looking for a Vacation, Let me Book YOU Today!
Interested in a Vacation for your family?
Planning a Trip, Learn how I can help you!
Cruise Sale! Click Here to find out more!
All Inclusive Special Offers – Learn More!
3. The Landing Page Email
To put this in the simplest terms, the entire reason of a landing page email is to have ClickThroughs generated to a desired landing page. This can be used for hundreds of reasons and I’ve included a few below.
This style of email has changed dramatically in the past years where the attention span of the general public has decreased. The goal with the landing page email style is to offer just a bit of information with the promise of more when they click on the link, which takes them to your desired landing page.
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As you can see, there are a lot of different types of emails that can be used in your marketing to your clients. The goal of any style of email should be to promote your services, your brand and your unique value proposition. Before sending any email to your clients, make sure that those things are completed in the content and messaging as you are the Travel Professional that can make it happen!