Has your email marketing strategy felt a bit static lately? Is your readership open rate or click-through rate declining? Perhaps content seems to be lacking or ideas just aren’t flowing like they once were. For us here at Keyhole Marketing, let us reassure you by saying: we’ve been there.
If you’re putting minimal efforts into your email campaigns, or if you’re focusing your efforts into other forms of marketing, it may be time to take a step back and consider email marketing best practices. Email marketing is important because it is a key way to connect with current and potential clients. In fact, you are 6x more likely to get higher click-through rates through emails instead of tweets. Email is also 40 times more effective at acquiring new customers than Facebook or Twitter.
Even with the explosion of new technology, marketers keep coming back and the reason is clear. For ten years in a row, email is the channel generating the highest ROI for marketers. For every $1 spent, email marketing generates $38 in ROI. When you want to grow your business, acquire new customers, launch a new product, or offer a promotion, you turn to email because they are interested audiences who want to hear more.
So how do you start to refresh and grab your audience’s attention once again? Listed below are some helpful suggestions to get the juices flowing and, more importantly, increase the response from your audiences.
Nobody wants to wade through large amounts of text, especially in an email. The majority of people will be reading on their mobile device and will quickly lose interest if a 25-minute read is required. It can also be difficult to read long paragraphs on your phone, so breaking things up into digestible bits will greatly enhance the user experience.
Not to mention, your reader’s time is valuable, and they know that. Respect their time, and yours, by getting to the point, and quickly.
Ever get an email and think, “Man, this looks so bad. Not worth my time.” Or better yet, “This email is amazing! You’ve got my attention.” Design and layout play a big role in making sure audiences see what they need to see.
Email marketing services have all kinds of email templates from which to choose. Be sure to scroll through their options when you’re in need of design inspiration. Using your own branding, create 2-3 templates that can be used on a consistent basis. When the time comes to send an email, it’s easier to build when you only have to swap out content and images. Remember that the type of content being shared will dictate the best layout (i.e. if you have a video, make sure the video image is embedded and towards the top of the email).
You don’t need to be an English major to send effective messages, but you do need to practice writing clearly and concisely. When writing for consumers, you’re writing for a population with an attention span that’s less than 8 seconds.
Here are some helpful tips for effective messaging:
Not all emails have to be a sales push. In fact, the more interesting content you share with audiences, the more likely they’ll be to engage with your company. Here are some helpful topics and styles to consider including in your email marketing strategy:
If you want to ensure you’re only sending relevant content, segmentation is key. Once a user has signed up or purchased a product, you can ask them to choose their preferences by asking what interests them what kind of content they’d like to continue to receive. Segmented email campaigns have been shown to drive a 760% increase in revenue, giving plenty of reason to consider adding this as a tactic.
For example, if you run an ecommerce shop with sports equipment, you might ask subscribers what kind of sports they enjoy. From there, you could create personalized email campaigns based on segments like soccer, football, lacrosse, etc. This could also mean splitting your lists into those who like receiving more content vs. those who only like to receive it every now and then. This way, you cater to the needs of many and ensure engagement rates grow.
One of the greatest tools in verifying your email marketing strategy is on target is the back-end analytics. While open rate can be telling, what’s more intriguing is the click-through rate.
When testing new email formats or content types, watch to see if people are engaging the way you thought they would. If you included a video, are they watching it? If you shared an interactive poll, are they taking part? For other email templates, the look and feel might also generate more interest.
Test and study 1-3 month’s worth of email campaigns and see which ones had the highest engagement. From there, it’s a matter of tweaking and iterating for maximum effectiveness.
Troubleshooting and improving your email marketing strategy can really pay off in the long run. One business boosted its click rate by 842%, getting more leads and sales as a result.
Here at Keyhole Marketing, we’re always looking for new ways to get in touch and share ways in which email marketing has become one of the best ways to engage with those around us. For more information, click below.