E-mail marketing is the basis for businesses to engage communication with potential customers, to increase sales to increase brand recognition, to educate potential customers, to collaborate with potential customers…
In a previous post, we give easy eight steps for designing an effective email marketing campaign for your business.
Here, I will share some ideas where to start your improvements of the email marketing campaign for 2011.
1. Subject Lines
Subject line of each email is the basis for the recipient’s decision if he/she will open and read the rest of the e-mail’s content. Look at your statistics and learn which subject lines provide the best responses (open rate) and, which was with poor responses. Improve all your poor subject lines to increase the open rate of your emails.
2. Headings in the rest of the mail
After the subject line and a decision to open the message, receiver does not start reading from beginning to the end of the message. It scans the content, and if there are headings, they will read it first. Because of that, you must look at all your headings and consider possible improvements that will encourage reading of a whole message.
3. The Content
The purpose of your email marketing campaign can be different. The content must be designed to encourage achievement of your goals. Is there enough irresistible offer included in the content? Is there clear call to action?
4. Best Timing
Sometimes exactly the same time for sending emails can bring a higher open rate when you send emails. Look at your email marketing analytics and discover what is the best time for sending your messages.
More frequently emails send to your list can be the reason of higher unsubscribing rate. You must find the optimal frequency that will allow you to send maximum emails with the lowest possible unsubscribing rate.
6. Social Sharing
Look at your emails and ask yourself is it social shareable. If it is not, it is time to include social media buttons in your messages that will facilitate sharing options for the receiver. Another possibility is to encourage your readers to share the messages on social media. Sometimes social media buttons will not work.
7. Segment the Audience
Something that seriously annoys me is receiving too many emails without the basic reason because I’ve opted-in that list. Look your list to find the behavior of persons in terms of opened emails and opened links. You can identify segments and improve the content for each segment. In such a way, you will have different email content for each segment.