The more digital we become (define and measure that how you will), the more advantage we can gain from being ‘human’ in our communications and sales approach.
As community and privacy is eroded, social skills and the ability to network become high-value attributes, where once they may have been called soft skills.
There are many factors that influence whether or not people bother to open your marketing emails or not.
Email frequency, brand affinity and time of day are all influential, as is the subject line that marketers opt for.
The precise wording will vary depending on the brand identity and the product offer, but the basic aim is to grab the reader’s attention and make them interested enough to clickthrough and find out more.
To help get to the bottom of what makes up the best subject line, I’ve rounded up a few case studies and infographics that try to shed some light on the topic.
As seen in an earlier post almost all major British fashion retailers attempt to entice visitors into signing up for an email newsletter.
The reason for this is obvious, as data from our Email Marketing Census 2013 shows that two thirds of companies (66%) rate email marketing as excellent (22%) or good (44%) for return on investment.
Following on from our last post, we’ve turned the focus on US retailers to see if they do things differently.
Yesterday I wrote a blog looking at the different ways in which fashion retailers handled the process of capturing customer data when they signup to email alerts.
It turns out that the procedure varies quite drastically between sites, with some businesses requiring just your email while others need to know a great deal of personal information.
A day later and the welcome emails have arrived, however not all of the brands could be bothered to roll out the red carpet.
Though I signed up to 16 email newsletters only 11 welcome emails arrived, with ASOS, Schuh, Miss Selfridge, Boohoo and Office failing to get in touch.
I love emails with clear creative and natty features. I did a post about my love. Now here’s another post.
As a Brucie bonus I’ve included many links to related arts. Get creative and maybe you, too, can yank some love from my inbox.
In our first post 'real time customer intelligence, right here, right now?' we raised the idea that some savvy marketers have been getting the right message to the right person at the right time for years – we call them ‘Shopkeepers’.
But the ‘recent’ explosion of marketing channels has brought about some fairly complex challenges that even our friendly shopkeeper would struggle with.
So how in today’s connected world can we serve and delight thousands of smart customers on different channels and different devices all at the same time?
With the explosion of mobile devices in recent years, your email campaign could be opened at any time and in a much wider variety of locations and situations than a few years ago, when practically all emails were checked on a desktop computer.
So what are some of the most popular locations that your emails could be opened? And are your subscribers likely to convert from your email when they are in that location?
Ok, I can’t guarantee that all emails are opened, but triggered emails have been shown to dramatically increase open and click rate.
The creative has to be tested, and each business will have its own unique customer sensibilities. However, this list, provided by Responsys at its Interact 2013, is a great starting point from which to think about your own automated programmes.
I’ve added examples from around the Econsultancy blog.
We had a hunch that word choice in email subject lines have a strong effect on response rates. So, we tested 287 keywords across a sample of 2.2bn emails to see which work, and which don’t.
Why? Because President Obama has done more for email marketing than any world leader in the history of mankind. How? By focusing on subject line testing, his digital team optimised their donation campaigns to generate hundreds of millions of dollars online.
Despite Obama’s best efforts, most marketers still view email marketing as the Bluth Company’s Banana Stand of Arrested Development fame: a more boring and less sexy marketing channel than pretty much anything else imaginable.
But – and never forget this – there’s always money in the banana stand! There is great power in optimising subject lines.
In case you missed my presentations at MarketingWeekLive last week, you can find out more about our findings after the jump.
RS Components distributes sometimes cool and sometimes boring electronic and industrial components.
Last week I attended Responsys Interact 2013 and listened to Harriet Mitchell, Ecommerce Behavioural Marketing Manager at RS Components.
Later that day, RS Components won the Email category at The Digitals, and so I thought I’d share the how, what and why.