I’ve long been an advocate of effective list management and email marketing for small businesses. When I talk to small business clients I always recommend using a professional email marketing service to manage their newsletter and email campaigns.

If you want to stay in touch with your email list effectively you’ll only get so far using contact groups and the BCC field in your desktop email client. Outlook is no place to manage your email marketing, and once your list grows bigger than a couple of dozen addresses you’re going to need dedicated software – if for no other reason than it makes your life (and mine, if I’m working with you on your email campaigns) SO much easier.

There are a lot of email marketing services out there, but one of my favourites is Benchmark Email – a full-featured web based service that’s easy to use, delivers professional results with a minimum of fuss, and makes building and managing your email lists and campaigns really easy. It even integrates with your social media accounts.

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I’ve used benchmark on several clients’ email campaigns, and recommended it to several others, and they’ve all been very happy with both the web-based service and the results. So if you’re looking for an email marketing solution for your small business, give Benchmark a try… it will make your life a lot easier.