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Essentials for your next email subject line

What makes you pull a book from the shelves of Waterstones? All you have to go on are the title, author and publisher yet, after a quick perusal, you will be able to pick a book that, even if you do not buy it, it will probably interest you. You can see why authors will … READ MORE »

Look to other professions for subject lines

I’ve mentioned before, and will mention again, that in order to get ahead of your competitors you must go outside of email marketing to look for ideas that might work for you. Take Subject Lines.  I’ve just written a book and I’m struggling, as always, to come up with the perfect title. It is non-fiction … READ MORE »

The purpose of Subject Line in email marketing

The easy answer to the question ‘What’s a Subject Line for’ is; to encourage a subscriber to open your marketing email. To support that, the way one judges a Subject Line is to compare the returns before and after a change. If the new line increases the open rate, it is better than the one … READ MORE »

11 Subject Line truths

You will agonise over the content on the subject line for you next email marketing campaign. If you accept that the eleven points below are correct, then it should make things easier. 1/ There is more than one Each Subject Line must to tuned to a section of your subscriber list. One size does not … READ MORE »

Subject lines that guarantee things

There is no guarantee of anything in email marketing except, perhaps, that being dishonest in a Subject Line will lose subscribers. Is there anything you can do to increase your open rates? One way of looking at a Subject Line is as a newspaper headline. They have, in essence, the same function: to get people … READ MORE »

Email Marketing: Short, sweet subject lines

Everyone in email marketing says that readers scan the content. This goes for the Subject line in their inbox as well. Out of the ten or so words presented to them, those in your email lists will register just two or three. Whilst this might seem to be a real obstacle in your path it … READ MORE »

Attention Grabbing ‘Subject’ Lines

The design of the ‘Subject’ line in direct email marketing will depend on the recipient to a great extent. If we take a subscriber who has been on your email marketing list for some time and is a regular, if intermittent, purchaser, then you will be aware what excites their interest. For those who have … READ MORE »

5 ‘Subject’ Lines

Whilst your regulars might well trust you to make them a relevant offer, for those new to your email marketing list, the ‘Subject’ line is probably the one on which the decision whether to open the email or not is based. In other words, this one bit of the email might well be the most … READ MORE »

The line between irritation and satisfaction

One of the most significant risks you take when sending a marketing email is to be irritating. Most subscribers will take the rough with the smooth but limits are often low and easily reached. The difficult thing is to know what might wind them up the wrong way. Ask yourself what irritates you, makes you … READ MORE »

Guidelines for Data Controllers

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has just issued timely advice in the form of Guidelines (see below for link) with regards to the duties and responsibilities of data controllers (controllers) and data processors (processors) which is especially pertinent for those engaged in email marketing. The Guide contains a considerable amount of information on the differences … READ MORE »

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