Rich media, social media, and native advertising may be making the headlines these days, but let's face it: The latest shiny objects do not work for everyone. You know what does work for everyone? Email marketing.

It may not be new, shiny, or sexy, but nothing delivers results like email, particularly for nurturing new leads.

Rich media is full of flash and fanfare; social media is used as a broadcast medium; and users recognize native advertising as advertising, even if it's better than banner ads and spam. Email marketing, though 20 years old, continues to evolve and mature to deliver effective marketing messages to retain and acquire customers, increase brand awareness, make transactions, and generate leads.

In the age of big data, email is even more important and more effective than it's ever been. Email enables the delivery of highly relevant content to customers who have opted in to receive these messages. Email focuses on the customer; thus, it enables your company to communicate directly and with substance to a qualified, segmented audience.

The backbone of effective email marketing is intent data, the information the user provides while searching, shopping, and buying online. By gathering and harnessing intent data, email becomes an even more successful tool for nurturing leads.

Here are a few tips to make email marketing work even better for your business.

1. Personalize every email with data and offers

There is nothing more annoying than receiving a "personal" message sent to "undisclosed recipients" or containing a canned, broad message. If you are a B2B marketer, you're working with sophisticated professionals who know the CAN-SPAM law and will unsubscribe from your communications. B2C marketing is also increasingly sophisticated, and users will also drop you if you try to dupe them.

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Vin Turk is a co-founder and the senior vice-president of audience development at Madison Logic, where he's responsible for creating strategic data partnerships and guiding and growing the company's leading Business Intent initiatives.

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