Which Subject Lines Work Best?

Subject Line QuestionsBecause its human nature to try to answer questions, using a question in the subject line of an email is a great way to engage and hook your reader, so increasing your open rate.

However, just asking any question is not enough to increase your email open rate. It needs to be the right type of question, one that intrigues the reader enough to open, with the expectation of finding the answer.

With the help of a selection of strong performing real subject lines I’m going to give you some principles to creating questions that intrigue and motivate readers to open your email. [click to continue…]

3 Crazy April Fool Email Examples

Email Marketing April fool creative examplesBrands got foolish yesterday and why not? An April Fool email is a great way to add a little spice and fun to the email inbox.

You’ll find some examples of foolish behaviour below and just what made them special, with emails from GoApe, Boden and Redbox. Take a look and see which tickle your fancy. [click to continue…]

9 Experts Weigh in on Email Metrics that Matter

Email Metrics that MatterThe killer feature of email marketing is the metrics. However, just looking at open rates and click rates each month, noting they’ve gone up or down but not using the data to learn and change means you’re missing out.

So what should you do instead? I’ve asked 9 email marketing experts to share how you can get more value from your email metrics, what metrics matter, what you should track and use to drive improvement in your email marketing performance. [click to continue…]

5 ways to Increase Email Click Rates, by Upto 378%

ClickHereHandHigh open rates can make you feel good but you should be much more concerned about high click rates.

The reason? Simple, clicks translate more closely to real business objectives and revenue. In fact analysis of 196 campaigns showed [click to continue…]

Mind boggling stats for 1 second of internet activity

Read this post fast and you might just make it to the end before another quarter of a billion emails are sent. [click to continue…]

Subject Line Offer Split Test with 39% Uplift

Split testing offersIt’s easy to think that all you need to do is put a good offer in the subject line and bingo you’ll get the best open rate.

But could how you talk about the offer make a difference? [click to continue…]

Why Your Emails get Sent to Junk

Spam folderA big concern of all email marketers is how to stop emails going to spam.

The biggest single cause of ending up in the junk folder is consumer spam complaints. When too many of your subscribers classify your email as spam, the ISPs reduce your reputation and your inbox placement suffers. [click to continue…]

Why Your Email Strategy needs 3 Types of Content

Email Strategy 3 content typesYour customers don’t experience single emails but rather the continuous flow of email content you send. If all your emails feel like the last one it’s time to take stock.

So rather than planning and conceiving email campaigns in isolation to each other, you need to stand back, look at the mix of content and types of email you’re sending over time. [click to continue…]

How to Win an Award

AwardCupAwards are valuable assets when it comes to marketing. Sure you can tell everyone you’re the best but let’s be honest, who’s going to really believe you?

A third party endorsement with an award speaks volumes more. Winning awards isn’t just luck either; you can load the dice in your favour.

Parkdean have come top in their category for a British Travel award in 3 out of the last four years and they were runner up in the fourth of those years. Impressive stuff, how do they do it? [click to continue…]

Email Copy Tips to Avoid the Delete key

Three C email layout formulaThe delete key is only seconds away, so how do you structure an email to avoid being deleted?

Eventbrite asked me to deliver email copywriting tips at the London Brite Space event, to help event marketers avoid the delete key and aid conversion.

As the copy tips are relevant to more than just event invitation emails and went down so well I thought I’d share them and slides here. [click to continue…]