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Email list segmentation vs. dynamic content

Email: list segmentation vs. dynamic content

Segmentation is the marketer’s No.1 strategic tool. Given that 80% of consumers polled said they would buy more items via emails that are suitably personalised (ie segmented and made relevant based on previous purchase or online activity) we need to get it right in our customer comms.

Email: list segmentation vs. dynamic content

How do like them apples?

But segmentation for email comms can spiral out of control without a robust strategy to guide decisions. Dynamic content is a force for good: it reins in the excesses of segmentation and keeps personalisation realistic and sensible.

Email service providers allow for segmentation based on reader preferences often gleaned from a combination of legacy CRM data plus ongoing profiling. Delivering messages closely matching a reader’s interests and needs is the aim—but what’s the best way to achieve it: list segmentation or dynamic content?

It boils down to a choice between creating multiple campaigns for each legitimate segment, or using dynamic content within a single campaign. Dynamic content wins hands down in my view. The benefits of reporting on a single campaign (vs. several) are self-evident, I hope.

With dynamic content, we send one campaign that is optimised and personalised individually, dependent on what we know about each recipient. The segments are all served with a personalised message within a single ‘send’.  Yes, you have to prepare lots of content that resonates with each grouping, but at least you’re doing it within a single campaign. 

If you’d like a professional overview of your prospect and customer email communications please contact Mick Dickinson

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