Like most people, I usually decide whether or not to open an email from a company depending on what the subject line says. I’d even go a step further and form an opinion about the company based on how they word their email subject lines and how consistent or unique they are with this as a branding activity.
Lately, I’ve noticed many companies trying to experiment with their subject lines. Here are a few important things I’ve learned from watching these experiments and trying out some of my own:
Short subject lines go a long way
Depending on which email program your recipients use and their personalized display settings, they might not read a long subject. For example, my current display setting on Zoho Mail shows me the first 3-5 words of the subject.
The first few words are very relevant because those are the ones your recipient will almost always see. A recent study by Retention Science found that 6-10 word long subject lines tend to have the highest open rates. Keep your email subject lines short so they don’t get cut off.
Especially at an unintentionally awkward point:
“Summer’s here. Drown yourself in our soothing summer sorbet!”
“Summer’s here. Drown yourself…”
Oops! I’d just go with:
“Our soothing summer sorbet is here!” Read more
If you’re using email marketing, you already know the value of sending timely and relevant information to your customers. And if you’re in the eCommerce business, you’d have discovered that these emailers are a cost-effective way for motivating customers to make a purchase.
With Zoho Campaigns, it is now possible to send out these eCommerce messages to customers by integrating your account with Shopify. Shopify is one of the most popular eCommerce platforms available and makes it easy to manage your entire online store. Read more
At Zoho, we believe that growing businesses should have the freedom to try and experiment as much as they want, without having to worry about limits. When we launched Zoho Campaigns, we had a similar goal. We wanted to make it easier for your business to define your email marketing campaigns and not worry about the process. And that’s why we’re constantly working on improving our product and pricing plans towards this theme.
It was during the first year celebration that we strengthened our free plan. Read more
It has been a while since Google shut down Google Reader. Many bloggers looked for alternatives to readers so that they could distribute their content to their audience. One of the ways that has remained most effective is the email newsletter. Emails reach the users right where they are: their inboxes. Email also gets checked at least 3-4 times a day across all devices. But then, creating and sending an email every time there’s a blog update can be time consuming.
Take this case: You’re a small business owner and you use your product blog to communicate about the latest updates and industry trends. You make sure that you write at least 2 articles every week. Once the posts are published, you monitor them for reactions from your audience. There’s one more step that you take to maximize reach; you email a copy of the blog post as a newsletter to your customers.
You would have just scheduled a much awaited email campaign, and before the results come in, you have to step out for the day. You are not at your desk to look at the results, but you’re eager to take a peek at how the campaign is performing. This is where you’d wish you could quickly look it up on your mobile phone.
And that’s exactly what this latest update from Zoho Campaigns gives you! Read more
Darrell is really excited. She just sent out her bimonthly newsletter and she can’t wait for the results of the campaign to come in. This email newsletter is very different from the newsletters that she usually sends out. The current edition speaks about the new menu and the weekend chef’s specials that she introduced at her restaurant a few days back. Her mailing list includes not just her regular customers but also those one-time visitors who left their email addresses in her Guest Book.
This is also the first time that Darrell is trying out Recipient Comments in her email template. She is eager to see how this turns out.
Shortly after the campaign is sent out, she is pleasantly surprised to see the comments pouring in directly to her Zoho Campaigns account. Most people seemed to love the menu, many wanted more dishes and some of them were already asking her to book a table for them. The feedback was quick and almost instant.
It’s always the same with every email campaign. If you’re an email marketer, you’ll know this feeling very well.
When working on the content for an email campaign, there’s a constant thought: ‘How do I get maximum engagement from this campaign, without overwhelming my recipients with too much of content?’
It’s an on-going quest to look for the best ways to frame the message in our emails that encourage recipients to take the right action.
One popular concept at present is to use videos in emails. Whether it’s a product demonstration video, a tutorial, a customer testimonial or even a promotion – you know that videos can really grab the attention of your recipients. Read more