So far in my series about emarketing, Email Marketing: Have We Killed the Golden Goose - Part I, Part II - Improving Your Open Rate, The Four Letter" Words of emarketing - 200 Triggers that Flag SPAM Blockers & Stop You at the Gate, I brought up the following points:
- Email marketing is losing its effectiveness because we are sending out irrelevant and unwanted content
- We are not applying a "Best Practices" strategy to our efforts
- Our emails are too broad and need to be more targeted using segmentation, targeting, and personalization
- Our mailing lists may appear to be large databases of potential revenue, but they are often filled with inactive or old "e-dresses"
- Many are relying on emarketing as their sole source of creating leads, driving traffic, or building sales
- Keep the subject line UNDER 40 characters (My title above is 38)
- Tell them what's in it for them
- Open with a benefit or spike their curiosity
- Create a sense of urgency
- Personalize it
- Avoid using "Reminder", "Percentage Off" or "Help" in the subject line
- Splashy or cheesy phrases will cause your email to go ignored
BE SURE TO SEND YOUR EMAIL FROM A RECOGNIZABLE EMAIL ADDRESS THAT INCLUDES YOUR COMPANY'S NAME
Rule number one: make certain that the content matches your headline. People DO NOT like being tricked into opening an email with a misleading title.
Here's a few other tips:
- Write the content to be relevant and targeted to a segment of your database
- Make certain that within 3 seconds of opening your email they know what it is about and why they have received it
- Don't confuse the reader! Give them ONE message, and only ONE message.
- Write your message over and over until is crystal clear. Have someone else read it to make certain that what you wrote is what you want to say. Make sure they understand it. If you can't boil your message down to a simple message, don't send it. The message will be lost and your efforts will be wasted.
- Use clickable graphics (preferably at the top so it is easy to click on)
- Use short sentences to make it easy to read.
- Limit your email copy to 4 to 6 paragraphs, and please, please follow the rules of grammar and punctuation
- While you may think the email is about you and your company, it's not. It's about the reader. Keep that in mind when crafting your email. Great email marketing needs to focus on the benefits to the prospect/customer.
- Provide content that is not available on your web site
- When presenting an offer, present an offer that is not available on your web site (If they can see your offers on your web, why bother opening your emails?)
- Make the value to the reader clear
- Provide compelling benefits
- Create urgency through limited time offers
- Watch the calendar when using date-relevant promotions; give people time to act
- Don't use long copy or sell directly in the email
- Have a clear call to action; reward the reader if they act by a certain date, one of the first 10 people, etc.
- Use links to drive traffic to your site; separate the links so that they appear on a line by themselves. Deisgn some white space around them so that they stand out. Put one link midway and another near the bottom so that as they scroll through your email they will always have something in eye range to click on.
- Remember to craft your email to target specific segments of your database
- Do not send more than one or two emails a week
- Opens (20% = Good, 30%+ = Great)
- Clicks (2% = Good, 4%+ = Great)
Good luck with your email campaigns, and happy marketing!