How to Boost Your ROAS with Email Marketing

Marketers often talk about getting more bang out of every dollar spent on advertising. The only way one can measure this for sure is to look at a campaign’s Return On Ad Spend or ROAS. Whether it’s expressed as a ratio or a percentage, ROAS provides an indication of how effective your ad campaigns are by showing you how much revenue was earned per dollar spent. The bigger the ROAS, the more effective the campaign. 

In this third post in our Ad World series, we’re zooming in on how email marketing provides an efficient campaign platform that can increase your ROAS. We’ll take a quick look at the marketing funnel and flywheel, and how we can optimise emails for ROAS throughout the buyer’s journey. Ad World speaker Jess Chan identified the following pointers for boosting one’s Top-Of-Funnel (ToFu) ROAS as well as potential revenue by 200%.Email Marketing to Boost ROAS and Revenue - Mediatropy Agency

First, a look at the marketing funnel.

Of course, ToFu ROAS is only the beginning. A wider look at the entire marketing funnel will provide an idea of how strategies can be developed by considering the entire funnel.

At the ToFu level, your campaign should focus on generating awareness for your product, while the Middle of Funnel (MoFu) focuses on getting conversions. It’s also at the MoFu level where we start thinking about increasing the Average Order Value (AOV). 

Once we get to the Bottom of Funnel (BoFu), we’ll be directing our efforts towards increasing the Return Customer Rate and decreasing the Time Between Purchases. 

BoFu is also when we focus on ways to extend Customer Lifetime Value (CLTV). Also known simply as ‘lifetime value’, CLTV predicts how much a customer will spend on a product, based on the relationship that a customer has with that product or brand.

 Basic Marketing Funnel - Mediatropy Agency

Now let’s look at the marketing flywheel—powered by email marketing.

Turning your funnel into a flywheel keeps potential customers coming, but using the flywheel model together with email marketing is a method you can use to turn one-time customers into repeat customers.

Let’s say at ToFu, you spend $10 on generating awareness for your product. Without email, you then spend twice that amount at the MoFu stage to convert customers. Say the customer spends $50, then walks out of your life forever at BoFu. To keep the flywheel turning, you reinvest your profits of $20 into acquiring about two new customers.

With email, you can spend a lot less (e.g. $5) at the MoFu stage to convert your customers. Say the customer spends $75 on a first purchase. At BoFu, email makes it possible for you to retain that customer, who comes back in 21 days to spend $60 on another purchase. Given these post-BoFu numbers, you would now have $120 to spend on acquiring eight new customers in just 28 days.

Marketing Flywheel With Email Marketing - Mediatropy Agency

Optimise your emails throughout the buyer’s journey.

To optimise your emails for ROAS, you must first understand your buyer’s journey in granular detail. You’ll have to know how to adjust your emails for each stage in the journey to increase Average Order Value and Return Customer Rate, or decrease the Time Between Purchases. Here’s a sample of a detailed buyer’s journey with a few tips for optimising your email marketing at each stage:

To Increase the Average Order Value

  1. Start. When your customers begin their buyer’s journey, your welcome email usually talks about product features. You can increase your AOV as well as your Return Customer Rate by offering a discount for a minimum spend or including product recommendations to boost the customer’s cart value.
  2. Browse (or Abandon). If customers decide to browse (or abandon their carts), this is a good time for your email to recommend products based on their browsing history. You can also offer services like consultations or quizzes to help customers choose.
  3. Add to Cart. If customers are in the process of adding to cart, your email can recommend products that go well with what their carts already contain. If they have toast in their carts, for instance, you might recommend kaya.
  4. Abandoned Cart. Customers sometimes abandon their carts without making it all the way to checkout. At this point, your email might also make product recommendations like those for Add to Cart. You might also try adjusting the copy the same way you did for your welcome email.

To Increase Return Customer Rate and Decrease Time Between Purchases

  1. Post-Purchase. Now that your customers have completed the checkout process, your email can work on upselling them with an offer that encourages them to add a product to what they ordered. You can also recommend products that go well with their previous purchase, or give a free gift card (with a minimum spend) that can be applied to their next order.
  2. Cross-Sell. Now would also be a good time for your email to recommend products that would make a great bundle when combined with their previous purchases. Make sure the email focuses on the benefits of the bundle as a whole or how the bundle is a better or more complete solution for the customer’s needs.
  3. Win Back. It’s a good idea for your email at this stage to include a link that sends customers to a cart with their previous orders (there are various apps that can help you with this). 
  4. Loyalty. If you have a loyalty programme that your customers participate in, now would be a good time for your email to remind them of how many points they have. The copy should encourage them to redeem their points on their next purchase or keep their eyes peeled for new products.
  5. Promotion. Emails for customers at this stage might include free gifts as cross-selling offers for your most popular products, or promote products with high CLTV. You can also try offering discounts with minimum spends that are slightly higher than your AOVs, or increase awareness for other products.

Ready to raise your ROAS?

As a 360° digital agency, Mediatropy recognises the key role that email marketing plays in a comprehensive digital marketing strategy. Let us know when you’d like to talk about getting started on yours, today.

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