What Guitar Center Can Teach You About Smart Email Marketing

About a week ago, I ordered a shock mount for my brand-new microphone through Guitar Center’s website.

Shortly after I received my shock mount, Guitar Center sent me a follow-up email, and I was SHOCKED.

You see, most brick-and-mortar stores just don’t get it.

They ask for emails, and then they blast those emails with untargeted ads for every product except the one the person is interested in buying.

Not Guitar Center. Their email marketing follow-up sequence was amazing, and today I’ll tell you all about it.

How Guitar Center Uses Email Marketing—The Smart Way

First, let’s start with what we know. I bought a shock mount, which means I’m mildly interested in creating high quality audio. Right?

So what’s a good product to pitch me next? Take a few seconds and think about it.

Got it?


Here’s the part of the email Guitar Center sent me:

Guitar Center Email Marketing

As you can see, they sent me information for a few things.

First, they invited me to come into their store for some free overview training classes.

(As you know, as a brick-and-mortar store owner, you want to get people to come back into your store. It’s a good way to drive sales.)

How genius, right?

I just bought some audio equipment, and they follow up with some free training options. Does that make me want to go back to Guitar Center? Yep!

Let’s go further down.

Guitar Center Email Example 2

What else did you notice?

Well, they had some related products interspersed with “tech tips.”

While I believe the tech tips could have been better, with links to more in-depth articles, it was a nice touch.


All of the tips and products were targeted directly to me.

Would I open Guitar Center emails in the future?


Now Let’s Talk About Why This Is Smart Email Marketing

Why was Guitar Center’s email so effective?

I’ll tell you why.

Their email was highly targeted.

I just bought audio equipment, and then they sent me more information about audio training.

More important, the email was laced with highly-targeted deals AND information—the best of both worlds.

But check this:

When you’re running a brick and mortar store, your main goal is to get people into your store. The more time they spend there, the more money they spend.

So, if you look at the email, the whole point of the email is to get you back into their store for a free class. Their follow-up email is perfectly aligned with their goals.

3 Lessons You Can Learn From Guitar Center’s Email Marketing

Now that I walked you through how Guitar Center works part of their email campaign, let’s talk about what you can learn from it.

#1 The Power of Following Up With Customers

This might sound obvious, but there are loads of companies that do not follow up with their customers. That’s a huge mistake.

When people buy products from you, they WANT to hear from you. They already proved it by giving you their money.

#2 How to Follow Up With Customers The Right Way

Then, there are companies who do follow up with their customers, BUT they do it ALL wrong.

For example, some companies, after receiving your email, will begin sending you promotions for anything and everything. They don’t send you what they think you want, they send you what they want to sell you. That’s a huge mistake.

One of the reasons why I love the “what are you struggling with question,” is because it helps me understand what people want when they subscribe to my list. That way, I can sell people what they want…not what I want to sell them.

#3 The Smart Email Marketers’ Secret: Content & Pitch

Look, everyone knows that the best time to sell people another product is when they just bought a different product from you. When people are hot to buy, they’re hot to buy.

However, if you just shill products, people get sick of it. That’s why you’ve got to mix it up with content and pitch, just like Guitar Center.

Or, as another example, here at DIYthemes, after you purchase Thesis, you have the opportunity to subscribe to the blog to get more valuable updates about Thesis, email marketing, WordPress SEO, and other things that help you build a better website.

Do we pitch Thesis here on the blog?

Of course we do. DIYthemes is a business, and Thesis is the main product. As we begin to roll out other products, we’ll share information about them, too.

The Bottom Line

There are loads of people who claim email marketing is dead.

But they’re only half right.

Email marketing isn’t dead. Bad email marketing is dead.

Smart email marketing, on the other hand, is alive and kicking.

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