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Three Email Marketing Tips From Seinfeld

October 3, 2012  
We'll assume you've never thought of Seinfeld as a source of email best-practices. But Dave and Sky Calibey insist there's marketing wisdom in its comic absurdity.

"Although the show might not seem the most likely source of practical advice, some of its most memorable moments provide lessons for improving your email marketing," they write in an article at MarketingProfs.

To support their case, the Calibeys cite a number of episodes, including these three:

The Chinese Restaurant. While waiting for a table, Jerry, Elaine, and George notice the maître d' seating favored diners who arrived after them. And although the maître d' is wrong to snub anyone, the way he targets his best customers is savvy business practice. "[Y]ou should use your knowledge of your customers to segment your list, vary your offers and messages, and construct autoresponse campaigns," note the Calibeys.

The Pen. When Jerry visits his parents in Florida, he admires a pen owned by their neighbor Jack, who insists that Jerry accept it as a gift. The problem: Jack doesn't mean it. "Jack's confusing call-to-action...creates acrimony and harms relationships," they explain. "You might be doing the same to your relationships with subscribers if you have poorly conceived calls to action."

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  • by Todd Gak Wed Oct 3, 2012 via web

    It was the Tonight Show. "I don't wanna be a pirate!"

  • by Matt Wed Oct 3, 2012 via web

    Great article! I also wrote a Seinfeld blog several months ago about Seinfeld and social media strategy. Love the Chinese Restaurant analogy. Hope you all get some enjoyment out of mine, too!

  • by Mark Davies Thu Oct 4, 2012 via web

    Really enjoyed the article.

    I think the key takeaway for me was that no matter what, you have to be completely clear and precise with your language in marketing. This extends to being completely honest, even if that means doing things the hard way.


  • by Sean Pritchard Wed Sep 18, 2013 via web

    This was such a really great post.

  • by Sean Pritchard Wed Oct 2, 2013 via web

    Great Tips!!
    It's nice thing regarding email marketing. Today Social media became more popular but we have to do marketing in proper way.

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