The e-commerce market continues to grow at a healthy rate worldwide as customers take advantage of varied channels for online orders across product categories. In 2016, total retail sales across the globe will reach $22 trillion, up 6.0% from the previous year. eMarketer estimates sales will top $27 trillion in 2020, even as annual growth rates slow over the next few years.
There’s a lot of interest from businesses in what new marketing tactics and tools they can use in 2017. I must say that since few marketing strategies really die out completely, the important point here is to focus on what works for you and what is the most efficient use of your time. Regardless of what technologies we use to generate leads and promote our products and services, our focus remains on our audience. As business owners, we need to continue to monitor the behaviour of our audience and tailor our strategies and tactics to suit their information consumption behaviour.
So when it comes to lead generation and conversion, is email marketing really the “A-player’s” strategy? Your total online presence doesn’t end with having a website. It needs to be integrated and complimented by other efforts. This includes content creation, online advertising, local SEO, social media, reputation management and email marketing for lead generation. Email marketing, when done right, can nurture leads and keep current contacts and customers involved with your brand.