Top 10 Best Email Marketing Practices to Implement Now

Do you want to increase engagement, sales, and conversion rates?

Setting goals for your email marketing campaign and deciding how to achieve them is a tough task. By following industry best practices, your company will be positioning yourself to completing said goals. Our 25+ years in this industry has taught us a thing or two about email marketing strategy.

Here, we list our top ten best email marketing practices that your company needs to begin now.

Top 10 Best Email Marketing Practices to Implement Now

1. Build your email campaign with a specific goal in mind – decide what you want to accomplish with this email marketing message, then build the message from there.

2. Engage your busy reader immediately with a powerful subject line. The email subject header is your first and best chance to catch the reader’s attention, so be bold, not bland.

3. Keep the email subject line short and sweet. Get your message across in 30 characters or less (including spaces between words).

4. The first line of your email message – what your readers see as snippet text or a pre-header in their email “In” box – must get right to the point and reinforce the headline message included in the subject line.

5. Include a strong, specific call to action in the email – and do it at or near the top of the message. If you ask the reader to visit your web site, provide a clickable link to the relevant landing page(s).

6. Make your message concise and relevant. Send information or an offer that your customer needs and wants, based on past purchasing behavior or other actions.

7. Personalize your message, and match the right offer to the right person. Don’t send the same promotional message to previous buyers as you do to prospects.

8. Limit your use of images, and don’t use audio, video or Flash unless you’re sure they will work or display properly in the email programs your recipients use. A safer bet is to simply include in the email a clickable link to rich media content on your web site.

9. Test – so you know what works and what doesn’t. This allows you to improve response rates in future email campaigns.

10. Get permission to send email to clients and prospects alike. Don’t sabotage the goodwill you’ve built by failing to ask recipients to opt-in.

The Biggest Benefit of Email Testing

In our last post, we explained why it’s important to test your emails before they go out. There are many benefits to incorporating this practice into your email marketing program, from catching typos and grammatical errors to ensuring optimal image display and maximum delivery.

But the biggest benefit of all is a little more abstract.

Take Time To Test!

Picture this: you’ve created a phenomenal email. One of your best ever, in fact. It’s got highly compelling content that’s relevant to your subscribers, gorgeous images, and a call to action that’s practically irresistible. This email is so good, you can’t wait to put it out there and watch the clicks and conversions start rolling in. So you’re really tempted to just pull the trigger and skip the whole testing phase. After all, you know your email is practically perfect.

What could possibly go wrong?

Ramp Up to Email Marketing Success

Here’s a scenario for you: You’re new to email marketing, or you’ve got a new list of thousands of addresses that you want to send to. You’ve got an account with an ESP, so you should be ready to go, right? Not so fast! You can’t just open the floodgates – your sending has to be “ramped up”. But what the heck does that mean??

The Email Multiverse – or, How Multi-Part Messages Are Like Comic Books

As you know by now, I’m an email nerd and – surprise! – I’m a comic book geek, too. I’ve been collecting comics since way before it was cool – long before tattooed specialty shop clerks (who try to make me feel like I don’t know the history of the Justice Society) were even born! I love the golden age heroes, like Earth-Two, Dr. Fate and The Helm of Nabu – heck, he was even based in Salem, MA (just like Net Atlantic)!

So what does this all have to do with email? Aside from the fact that I’d love a shout-out from @dandidio1, @JimLee or @geoffjohnsKAPOW! – quite a bit! Take the idea of the Multiverse. Comic book authors use the Multiverse as a way to tell stories about different versions of the same hero. And each version of the hero is interpreted differently by the readers. This is similar to the idea behind sending a multi-part email message. How?

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