Mailchimp drip campaign

How To Set Up A MailChimp Drip Campaign

So you’re attending your next marketing meeting and you’re dreading it, the CMO wants to know why conversions are done and more importantly what you and the team are going to do about it. It’s time to throw out some buzz words like marketing automation, retargeting and drip campaigns and that’s usually where it stops.

Drip campaigns are often mentioned by digital marketers but are notoriously underutilised if ever implemented at all. There are two main issues that normally hold up or stop the pursuit of the drip campaign:

#1 is a priority

If you do not have a solid CRM structure in place or any CRM for that matter, then forget about a drip campaign. Get the basic infrastructure in place before you pull out the big guns. You will need at least 6 months worth of data before pulling the trigger on a drip campaign.

#2 Resources and technical ablitity

Implementing a drip campaign can be a pain, you will need multiple templates, logic on when each one needs to be triggered and finally you need to manage the data and response rates of the campaign. A winning drip campaign strategy needs plenty of work and if your resources are thinly stretched you’re simply not going to get the most out of it.

What exactly is a drip campaign?

By definition a drip campaign is a method used in direct marketing (normally Emil) to acquire customers through lead nurture programs. It involves sending marketing information to prospects repeatedly over long periods of time in order to nurture prospects or leads through the marketing funnel.

If that definition is a bit too technical for you then I’ll break it down for you. Have you ever signed up for something, like a white paper, or free trial account and when you didn’t act anything after that you would begin to receive emails at regular intervals?

Those are called “Drip” campaigns. The marketer sets up a series of email campaigns and sets them apart at timed intervals. After a “trigger” of some sort (like when you sign up for something), the emails start dripping into your inbox.

When expectations are set, and when the content is actually useful, drip campaigns are a really powerful tool to have in your marketing arsenal.

Drip campaign cycle

How to keep the drip cycle going

What are the benefits a drip campaign?

1. Nurture Leads Throughout the Sales Process

Lead nurturing is a marketing term for staying in touch with a potential client who might be interested in what you’re offering but isn’t ready to buy.

2. Make Your Marketing Automatic

Building an email campaign that automatically launches when a prospect or customer takes action makes your marketing efforts much easier to maintain and easier to track.

3. Drip Emails Are Opened More Often Than One-Offs

A research study by Silverpop found that the open rates for drip emails are about 80% higher than single sends.

4. Click-Through Rates for Drip Emails are Higher Too

Silverpop’s research also found that click-through rates — the percentage of those who click a link in your email to learn more about your offering — are higher in drip email campaigns than single sends too.

5. No irritated prospects

Since you are sending people exactly what they want at a particular time, they’d be more welcoming of what you send to them.

What sort of drip campaign are popular?

Drip campaigns are used for a number of user interactions like:

  • Abandon basket
  • Registered and never bought
  • Purchase of seasonal and cyclical goods
  • Time or limited stock sales
  • Pre-order or pre-registration

If you’re keen on trying out a drip campaign then I recommend you check out our post – Set Up An Abandon Basket Drip Marketing Campaign

How to setup a drip campaign with MailChimp?

As I’ve mentioned before drip campaigns can be notoriously painful to set up, especially when you need different tools to communicate with one another. Setting up custom triggers and integrating systems to fire off at the correct times and getting your developers to understand this will do your head in.

Thankfully, MailChimp has put together a simple and easy to use drip campaign function be it rather rudimentary and not very flexible it does provide users with the opportunity to set up a basic drip campaign.

Setting up the campaign

  1. Login to your MailChimp Account
  2. Click on Campaign
  3. Click Create Campaign
  4. Select Create an email
  5. Then select automated
  6. Select the type of automation mail from the list available
  7. Provide a name
  8. Select the mailing list you would lie to use
  9. Click Begin

Mailchimp drip campaign

If done correctly you should land on the following screen

Building the campaign

Select the trigger you want the mail to fire on
Now select the schedule for the first mail
If you require segmentation set that up in the next step, if not simply ignore
Optional: Select the action on which you want the mail to fire – IE remove the user from your list
Now click design mail and add your email content as you would a single mail

add email to drip campaign
How to add additional mails to the sequence

Once you’ve completed the process, click add mail and repeat the process. Remember each time you add a new mail to the sequence you will need to update the content and messaging. Maybe offer a discount, increase the urgency or announce something new to entice the user. The messaging is really up to you!

Keep the party going

Drip campaigns are known for two things, being tedious and painful to set up and manage but also being really effective in improving retention, conversion rate and average spending per basket. However, it doesn’t mean you will capture 100% of the customers who were not eager to buy from you in the first place.

Drip campaigns are also great for brand awareness. Even if the prospect doesn’t end up buying from you, a series of highly relevant emails would make sure that they remember you when they do need to buy what you sell.

So there you have it, how to set up a drip campaign with MailChimp. Now it’s up to you to combine great triggered emails with well-structured and targeted content for these remarketing campaigns and get more customers coming back more often.

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