Email Marketing 2016

According to Campaign Monitor, “email marketing has always been the workhorse behind e-commerce, but now email marketing has become a driving force behind content. Email marketing has also become central to mobile strategies. Reading email has been the #1 activity on smartphones for a long time, and the growing adoption of responsive email design is boosting smartphone conversion rates to make the most of this opportunity.”

So what do they think the future holds for email marketing? 10 predictions to keep in mind …

Coming of Age – Not only is email marketing the driving force behind content, it is also central to mobile strategies. Emails are the #1 activity on smartphones and now responsive designs are boosting conversation. It also gives companies a great source of data analytics.

Gmail Fix – Gmail is predicted to add style support to their mobile apps to give users a better experience.

Hyper-targeted Emails – Unique and personalized emails will increase user interaction and ensures a relevant, timely and engaging message.

Email Templates – With modular templates, it will be easier to quickly and easily edit designs without having to start from scratch and allowing for improved quality and consistency. It also allows for companies to have versions of the same template instead of each one being different and complex.

Personalization – Automated campaigns allow for more potential and increase customer experience. Automation is the most effective way to deliver personalization and relevant experience through email marketing.

End of HTML Coded Emails – Email design will become simple in 2016. Powerful drag-and-drop technology will enable marketers around the world to create professional email marketing campaigns that deliver results. Modern emails have edge-to-edge designs, filling up the screen, no matter what size, device, or inbox.

Interactive Emails – True user interactivity within email and powerful animations beyond animated GIFs, sometimes called kinetic email, allows marketers to create eye-catching and engaging campaigns that stand out in a recipient’s inbox. Not only will more readers be able to view advanced kinetic content in email, but also the capabilities kinetic offers become more relevant.

Animation – Animation and interactivity provide more opportunity for engagement, but can also improve open and click-through rates.

Email Campaigns Predict Content –  Emails that have been optimized for each individual will be based upon their actions and interactions with websites and emails. Essentially, machine learning allows email marketers to not only deliver 1:1 emails to individuals emails that are personalized to that specific individual, with ease, but also to be continually learning and improving the results.

Automation and Email – Marketers will move from sending simple newsletters to segmented and personalized emails campaigns. We’ll see that more marketers will adopt behavior-triggered email and lead nurturing/scoring.

A Closer Look at 2016 Print Industry Trends!

According to an article posted by Wise in “Printing Industry News,” print industry growth is supposed to double from 2015 (read the whole article here). Here are some of the top trends the print industry will embrace over the next few months:

On demand – Businesses frequently need printed documents at a moment’s notice and with many not equipped with their own in-house printers, businesses need a print partner that can distribute on demand for all their production needs.

Sustainability – In 2016, many businesses want to focus on eliminating waste and reducing their carbon footprint. Print services can accommodate this by using better equipment, good planning, and advanced manufacturing and printing technology. Forward-thinking businesses will be pleased.

Personalization –  Companies that offer personalized print product will have higher customer satisfaction and will be more prepared to serve customers’ needs as they evolve over time. Personalization increases company loyalty, enhances brand recognition and ties a business’s paper work to them.

Multi-channel – Though multi-channel marketing might tend to focus on mobile and social media marketing tactics, print is still viable and a great focus for a multi-channel marketing strategy. Designing and printing high-quality documents has decreased in cost, therefore companies can more easily utilize this for a successful campaign that fits their budget.

2016 will be the year for the print services industry! Possibilities are endless, so take advantage of the industry!

Sales Team Awards … Over $1M in Sales!!

Suncoast is proud to recognize the hard work of our sales team.

For Outstanding Salesmanship in the Achievement of Over $1,000,000 in Sales in 2015 … Bob Scala, Chris Scala, Greg Scala, and Randy Eubanks!!

All of our reps have worked hard to earn this award and have won in previous years as well – Bob Scala 1995-2015, Chris Scala 2011-2015, Greg Scala 2014-2015, and Randy Eubanks 1995-2015.