Weekly Email Marketing News Digest
11 days to Christmas and plenty of news in the email world this week. First up…
What’s the first thing you do in the morning? Jump up and brush your teeth? Hit snooze and fall back into your cocoon of pillows and blankets? Stagger like a grumpy bear to your coffee machine for your choice of poison?
How about this one – check your email? Show of hands? I’m certainly guilty of this one action. Without fail, the first thing I do every morning is to check my email. Now, here’s a great opportunity for retailers! By testing different elements of their emails such as subject line, or content and looking at the demographics or psychographics of their engaged user base, retailers and other companies could create a call to action to drive conversions. It could be a discount off an e-book they viewed the night before. Anything that pushes them over the edge to becoming a paying customer!
And here’s one more tip – those of us who check emails first thing in the morning? We’re probably doing it on our mobile phones so optimize those emails for a small screen.
The Q3 2012 Email Trends and Benchmarks study showed that marketing automation or triggered emails are the way to go in engaging with potential customers. A quarter by quarter comparison shows that emails triggered by landing on a Welcome, Thank You and Abandoned Shopping Cart page get 10.3% more click through than last year. The continuing rise in click rate is no surprise – if a customer has landed on your page and taken a certain action there from signing up to adding items onto a virtual shopping cart – they definitely have a certain interest in your brand. If they get a follow up email from that action, they are likely to click on it to find out more information, so nurture that lead!
Here’s a case study of a brand that’s taking social and email integration to the next level. Bonobos, a retail brand that’s making the rounds through events, faced a demand for photos the morning after – a demand they found hard to meet due to the tight timeline for email production.
To solve this issue, Bonobos integrated a live stream of Twitter and Instagram into an email by setting up a hashtag. Recipients were thus able to view a live stream of content each time they opened up the mail.
Jordan Cohen of Moveable Ink says:
“We believe that marketers should use original, genuine, user generated content within their emails to add an element of “social proof” to their offers. If people are organically talking about your brand using their authentic voices, then push that content into your campaigns. Our live email content technology enables marketers to automatically stream the very latest tweets, Facebook posts, and even Instagram photos into email.”
While this innovation pushes the envelope, content curators might be mildly horrified with the risk of such a hashtag being hijacked by a troll. However, that’s a risk all brands take when integrating social media into their outreach efforts. It’s what makes social media so terrifying – and attractive.
Marissa Meyer has been making waves since being appointed as the CEO of Yahoo, and here’s a new notch on her belt – a redesigned Yahoo interface for greater usability. The new web-based interface features:
• Fewer buttons and therefore less clutter on the screen
• More space to view and compose emails
• Search improvements
• Thumbnail previews of attachments
We’re looking to see if any of these changes will affect Yahoo’s user adoption rate – more on this in the future when the full impact is measured.
Here’s one from HubSpot. The company is offering 35 free email design templates. What we are really interested in though, is this infographic they have tagged on to their blog spot. Here’s a summary of what caught our attention:
• Personalized emails see a greater clickthrough rate of 14% and a better conversion rate of 10%
• Triggered emails have more than 100% clickthrough rate
• 65% prefer emails with images over text
• 88% prefer HTML over text
A word of caution on these findings though – there still exists a certain percentage of people who aren’t able to view images on email without taking a further action such as downloading images. An image heavy or HTML laden email could put these people who are only viewing plain text emails off.
Remember: One unsubscription = loss of one potential customer.
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