Chart of the Day: To code or not to code? (Technology) - Part 3 of 6
We are now half way through our six-week series on email workflow. So far we have discussed Planning and Time spent on tasks. Last week I asked in a poll, "for each email that your company sends, which task takes you the longest?" View our results and find our which task takes you the longest.
This week we will be looking at what companies mostly used for the creation of the emails. There are two options - you can either use an email template or use HTML and CSS coding from scratch. Firstly, let's look at what an email template is.
Email templates - what they are and why you should use them?
An email template is a pre-formatted and reusable HTML file. When you load the template, it…
What data science taught us about 211 email subject line phrases
Once you click the send button, your email subject line is the most important part of your campaign. This is a fact.
Think about your own experience in the inbox. Mine is something like this:
Look at inbox
Look at sender name
Look at subject line
Make a decision whether or not to open it and read the content
Your sender name is important as it conveys your brand value. But it’s not something you can change easily.
Your subject line is important because testing and optimising them drives response rates like nothing else.
But, there’s a common problem with subject lines.
Dotmailer research reveals 26% of email marketer’s time is spent on email creative, 21% on deployment, and only 8% on testing. And, over 70% of email marketers don't split test their subject lines very often.
Here’s the thing: if people don’t open…
10 Delightful Email Design Trends to Flatter Your Subscribers
You've got mail! The design is quirky, colors bright and beautiful, and there’s an oh-so-amazing GIF. You love it at first sight!
Psychologists have researched to find out that we take 1/10th of a second to form an impression, and only a long term experience is capable of altering it.
So the point is… YOUR EMAILS MUST HAVE THE WOW FACTOR.
People love novelty, and more engaging the novelty, the merrier. Email marketers, the smart ones, have always gone with the flow, embracing new discoveries and paying heed to new age demands.
That's why I'm presenting some amazing email design trends that I feel will having a big impact this year.
Roll Out the Red Carpet for These Delightful Email Design Trends
Long live the GIF: How many GIF emails did we see in 2016? Countless. A GIF gives movement to a static image. And with…
Interactive, creative and innovative emails to inspire your 2017 email marketing.
Email marketing consistently ranks as one of the most effective marketing channels in terms of ROI. But to stand out in a crowded field you need to optimise for device, utilise the latest technology, and have compelling creative. Without any of this crucial trio your email will fall flat.
It's all very well telling marketers they need to use dynamic email with creative designs and attention grabbing copy, but it's very different to actually produce it. Often the best way to get inspiration for your own campaign is to see examples of effective email campaigns that you can draw upon. That's way we're giving you 6 examples of creative and effective dynamic content emails to inspire you in 2017.
1. Knomo - Scalable design for mobile optimization
As you can see from the desktop and mobile versions of this email from Knomo, by…
Chart of the Day: Simple vs complex subject lines
Many email marketers keep their subject lines simple and short, but are these causing recipients to fail to read on?
"Not only does this study suggest that complex language leads to greater email engagement, but it also once again proves the value of testing and optimisation."
~ Nikki Gilliland @ Econsultancy
The Automatic Readability index uses the number of characters to gauge the understandability of a piece of text. And that is what is used to create this rather complicated chart.
The chart shows a steady gradient increase in open% and CTO% as the complexity of the subject line increases. The difference may seem diminutive, but remember that this chart is working on a scale of billions of sends. So it can lead to some significant changes.
Before you start making drastic changes, remember to A/B test your subject lines to see if this appeals to your…
Dan Grech Interviews Teri Rosenbaum, Uber's Head of Email in the UK & Ireland for the latest edition of 'No BS Email Marketing'
[Editor's note: This interview is a taster for a new, free guide : No BS Email Marketing, 2nd edition. It's a great resource for all marketers interested in email and CRM. You can download it for free today from here].
I’m an email marketing manager for Uber in the UK and Ireland, with a focus on communicating with our drivers. Prior to this, I spent seven years at a small app startup in Southwest London, where I ended up doing a lot of email. I’ve been at Uber for almost a year - since last September. One of my major achievements here has been winning an award for customer obsession. I guess it’s my…
Dynamic content features are key to making your emails more engaging
Email marketing over the years has evolved in leaps and bounds. In fact, what seemed impossible in the previous decade can now be easily achieved with help of HTML-based emails. Rich design layouts including visual delights like photos, videos to GIF’s are all epitomes of a HTML-rich email. This drastically improves customer experience, boosts customer engagements and in turn increases sale possibilities.
Studies have revealed that personalized emails improve click-through rates by 14% and conversion rates by 10%. Dynamic content can allow you add personalisation into your emails. If you have not already implemented it, this should be something you are working towards.
In the below Email example from EEC, you can see the subscribers in U.S receive greetings for their Independence Day and non-U.S subscribers are greeted with a Rocking Summer, all thanks to Dynamic Content.
How Dynamic Content in Email Works
What is dynamic content and how can you use it to meet your objectives?
Any marketer will tell you that email marketing can be an excellent way of generating interest and revenue. In fact, almost three quarters of marketers (73%) think email marketing offers an ‘excellent’ to ‘good’ return on investment (Source: Email Marketing Industry Census 2016).
But how can you ensure your email messages really stand out from the crowd and go that little bit further to help your organisation meet its marketing and revenue objectives?
Dynamic content…the future of email marketing?
So what exactly is dynamic content? In short, it is any type of content that adjusts automatically so it can add immediate impact and help to make your messages more interesting and memorable. Not only does it make it easier for your brand to stand out in the inbox, but it’s a great step towards one-to-one communication.
If you ignore the…
How to engage your audience by optimising every feature of your email
Every email that you send to your clients has distinct elements. There’s the subject line, of course, as well as headline and body, to name just a few. And every single one of those elements has a distinct role to play in emails that are either engaging and often read versus those that quickly land in the “trash” folder.
Take the body of an email: If your customers feel like they’re reading a generic piece of information that’s crafted for everyone, and not specifically for them, they’ll be turned off. That points to the importance of data gathering as a part of the email-crafting process. The more you know about customers beyond that email address—who they are, how old they are, what they like and don’t like—the more likely you can create sub-groups of emails that offer benefits and reasoning…
5 tactics for more engaging email in 2016
Email is the most misunderstood tactic in marketing. We’ve all heard the oft-referenced statistic that email’s ROI can be as much as $130 per dollar spent. That idea gave rise to the perception that email is a cheap, easy way to generate high returns. And that’s why so many brands treat email as a money button: Press send, get cash.
Of course, that attitude doesn’t leave much room for creativity. Email does present enormous earning potential, but that potential often remains untapped because so many marketers are stuck in 1999. They see email as merely a workhorse moneymaker instead of a source of inspiration and brand engagement.
Email strategies can do more than serve marketers. When done well, they can also serve their recipients. For example, after I bought a Karma Go, I started using the hotspot device like crazy. After a number of…