You’ve decided it’s time to do an email campaign. So you buy a list, craft what you believe to be a good email letter and send it out. But when you look at the stats, you’re less than thrilled. Minimal opens. A lousy click through rate. ZERO conversions. What happened?
Let’s look at some possibilities:
- The list you purchased is ineffective.
- Your subject line is….yawn…..boring. Delete. Delete. Delete.
- You buried the lead. Get to the point before the reader drags your message to the trash.
- The tone of your letter is too formal.
- The tone of your letter is too casual.
- You missed some typos.
- There’s no call to action.
Any of these seem relevant? If so, here’s what you can do so your next email campaign isn’t a bust.
- Save your money. According to Hubspot, good email lists aren’t for sale. They suggest creating your own email list (we heartily agree) and this article gives you some good tips on how to do that.
- Come up with subject lines that beg to be opened. Pay attention to the emails you open. What are the subject lines that you simply must click on? That’s what you’re aiming for.
If you’re not a good writer, hire a copywriter. Your subject line should be enticing. It should either speak directly to your target market’s pain point or be clever enough that a prospect is curious to read more.
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- Don’t waste a reader’s time. Everyone’s busy. Get to the point quickly. And make it easy to read by writing short paragraphs and breaking content up with subheads. Think of what you can do so the recipient can easily scan the entire letter. That increases the chances of being read.
- Lose the formal language and infuse some warmth into your copy. The beauty of emails is that they are efficient direct marketing tools. You are speaking one-to-one with the reader. Actually, “you’re speaking one-to-one” is appropriate. It’s the perfect opportunity to write as though you were speaking face-to-face.
- Don’t be overly casual. Here’s an exception to the bullet above. If the email is going to a recipient in a market where casual language is inappropriate (i.e. the FBI or legal entities), your copy should be straightforward. But not stuffy. You can still be human in your writing.
- Make sure there are no typos. Typos are sloppy. They make an immediate bad impression. That’s why smart job seekers have multiple people review their resumes. It’s not just spelling errors, or the wrong word (e.g., “their / they’re / there”) but punctuation mistakes as well.
We make sure that three sets of eyes proof copy before anything goes out or gets published. Even then, we’ve had a few instances where we missed something. Believe me, you’ll be more careful the next time.
- Call-to-action. If you’ve done a good job and your email gets read, be sure to lead the recipient to the next step. Add a call-to-action so she knows what you want her to do. Or a “this is what we will do next”.
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I’ll add a few more tips:
- Make sure your email speaks to the needs/wants/hopes of the recipient. That requires truly understanding their pain point.
- Include backup. Use testimonials from happy clients to support your claims about how you can help this prospect.
- Use color, white space and/or a graphic to make emails more visually appealing. Big chunks of copy are intimidating which means they probably won’t get read.
Who said email campaigns were easy?
Email campaigns can be challenging to pull off. A 2018 Mailchimp survey showed the average email open rate was less than 21%. This was across the board for all industries they looked at.
That’s a whole lot of wasted effort as far as we’re concerned. Our average open rate is 32%. That’s well above the average but we’re still aiming for higher.
Call us if your emails aren’t getting opened. We’d love to help you!
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