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Multiple options can reduce open rates

We ensure our headlines can be not only read but understood in a fraction of a second. A few words are all that we need in the preheader. Completion must be just a couple of clicks away. Yet we so often allow the subscriber a multitude of choices in the, largely false, expectation that they … READ MORE »

Eight ways of increasing open rates

If you ask someone engaged in email marketing what their major concern is, the majority of times they will say it is their open rate. All rather odd as they must realise that the completion rate is the only one that matters. With that caveat, here are some pointers on to how to increase your … READ MORE »

Pressures on open rates

Anyone concerned about open rates would look first to the Subject Line. They might consider being a bit more familiar or think that a more ‘in-your-face’ explanation of the offer might work. However, every aspect of email marketing is interconnected and if your open rate suddenly drops, the most likely cause are your previous email … READ MORE »

Getting the best from your open rates

The open rate returns from your email marketing software might have given your confidence a boost when you checked them against those from the previous campaign. The subtle changes you made to the Subject line were obviously a brilliant idea and all that remains is to tell your boss. However, you might be missing a … READ MORE »

Issues with email marketing click-through rates

Some years ago I paid to attend a problem-solving course. In many ways, it changed my life despite the methods I was taught being all too obvious. I was given a model, with lots of sub-routines, but the main thrust was to break a problem into many smaller ones. The model works for wars as … READ MORE »

Target Your Campaigns On An Emotive Response

Emotions play a major factor in most decisions we make, from what wine to have with dinner to the model of fridge-freezer that we keep the food in. From the point of view of someone involved in email marketing, logic has very little impact. After all we go by our data and what's good for … READ MORE »

Email Marketing Benchmarking Post Lockdown

Benchmarks are great for improving our email marketing performance. They provide us with a means of comparison which are both reassuring and provide an indication of where we can improve. The target of us all is to beat our competitors. However, the statistics are only useful if they are accurate and with the current lack … READ MORE »

7 Things Not To Do For Black Friday Campaigns

I have an email address that I use for subscribing to email marketing lists in order to discover the latest trends and see what works and what doesn’t. Over the Black Friday/Cyber Monday (hereinafter Black Friday) weekend, I discovered, with little surprise, that I had 17 emails which included the heading Black Friday. What chance … READ MORE »

The Inherent Danger Of Using Simple Targets

There’s a lot to be said for targets. With a clear goal, a team will have a focus they can concentrate on. There’s little doubt that having targets gives good results. After all, if your target is to increase open rates by 15% and you hit it, or even go slightly above it, you’ve made … READ MORE »

Why So Many Emails Go To Spam

  It’s what we all have done, are doing or will do; worrying about the proportion of marketing emails being classed as spam. Internet service providers have various ways of defining spam and the reason your latest email marketing campaign has fallen foul of so many is, to put it kindly, because it deserved it. … READ MORE »

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