|Marketing Budget (Dollars in 000s)|
|Profit = Variable Profit, Before Fixed Costs|
Let's assume that the e-mail marketing program is reasonably basic in nature. In other words, the customer can opt-in on the website, or if the customer purchases online, the customer is automatically opted-in to the e-mail program, and can elect to opt-out at any time.
The e-mail marketing program has 1,000,000 addresses. The company does not execute targeted campaigns (i..e. unique creative to different customers with different interests), executes a weekly campaign to all 1,000,000 addresses, and generates on average $0.20 per e-mail. The program typically offers free shipping as a purchase incentive.
The company has tested targeted versions of e-mail campaigns, observing a 35% increase in productivity.
Here's the question, folks. So many e-mail marketers feel that e-mail does not get its fair share of marketing dollars. In this case, what should the e-mail marketing investment be, what are the tactics this company should employ, and what is the expected increase in demand and profit (profit = 0.35 * demand - marketing cost)? Please let my readers know what you would do, how much you would spend, and what the financial benefit would be to this company.