Digital Marketing Insights
May 20, 2008 | By Ryan Deutsch
This afternoon, I was busy preparing for my panel at this week's MediaPost Email Insider Summit. Travel was confirmed, conference calls were rescheduled, and I took a look at the event agenda to plan my attendance at a variety of rock solid sessions with the goal of gathering as many email marketing resources as I could. I did not get very far. I stopped at the first morning’s keynote: "Next Generation: Does Email Have a Future?"
Come on. Am I the only one who thinks this is a bit over dramatic? I know that at the end of the day this session is going to be an excellent opportunity for all of us to get a view into the new media channels that are redefining integrated marketing programs online, but do we need to go as far as to suggest that email is dying?
In recent weeks, I have been fortunate enough to see some exciting new programs that leverage social networks and experiential email marketing to drive compelling brand experiences. Of particular interest was Tim Collins’ presentation at the Canadian Marketing Association event in Toronto entitled "Navigating Toward Marketing Mastery; Guideposts for a New Marketing Era." Mr. Collins is Senior Vice President, Experiential Marketing and Social Media at Wells Fargo. Tim walked the audience through a variety of unique and exciting programs at Wells Fargo, from the online community StageCoach Island to blogs like The Student LoanDown. Instead of killing email, these innovative programs are actually creating additional mail streams that need to be designed, deployed and managed.
Sure, the role of email will change as it becomes less isolated and more integrated with the rest of the direct marketing mix and more email marketing resources appear on the scene, but I am confident that email has a real future. So please, enough with the death of email. The channel is alive and well.