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Case Study: Do Personalized Logos Increase Revenue?

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It’s conventional wisdom that  personalization boosts the bottom-line performance of your email marketing. And it often works. But maybe don’t count on it… That’s what we learned from this case study, which is the second of a series (here’s the first one) about a journey into personalized email that one of my clients took. You’ll learn what they did, how it performed, and what we

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6 Tips for Making Better Use of Images in Your Email Messages

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Most email messages sent today include images. But are you using the right images? And are you using them effectively? Are there things you could do to boost bottom-line performance?   Here are some tips, based on best practice and my 20+ years helping clients make their email marketing more effective and more profitable. As always, you should A/B split test into any changes to

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Personalization and Email Performance (A Case Study)

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You’ve probably read about personalization and how it boosts the bottom-line performance of your email marketing. Or maybe you’ve read about how it can be creepy. Or maybe both. Here’s a case study, the first of a few I’ll publish, about a journey into personalized email that one of my clients took. You’ll learn what they did, how it performed, and what we learned. As

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6 Tips for More Effective Call-to-Action Links and Buttons

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Is a picture worth a thousand words? I hope so! I’ve made this blog post image heavy to quickly allow you to skim these best practices for call-to-action text links and buttons in your email messages. Enjoy! 1. Use the visual markers of links sparingly; never on headlines Headlines that are visual hyperlinks look sloppy. Much better to include a button instead – both in

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6 Tips for Improving the Body Copy of Your Email Messages

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Earlier this month I provided some tips for better subject lines, preheader text, and headlines. Today let’s build on that by talking about best practices for body copy in your email messages. This is based on best practice and my 20+ years helping clients make their email marketing more effective and more profitable. As always, you should A/B split test into any changes to your

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43% increase in revenue with a holiday campaign! Here’s how we did it…

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I’m not a big fan of subject line tests for a couple reasons. They’re overused and many don’t have a good chance of success because they lack a sound hypothesis. If I undertake a subject line test with a client I’m going to do it strategically, to give us our best chance at a significant lift in bottom-line performance. That’s what we did for an

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Case Study: Strategic Resend, 25% More Revenue

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I was thrilled on a recent Only-Influencers-Members-Only discussion (you should join! Reach out to me to learn more) when another member said that she had tried my ‘strategic resend’ tactic. It worked so well, she said, that it’s now standard operating procedure for her email program. I’ve written about it before in general terms, but I thought a client case study might help further illustrate

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Case Study: 21% More Revenue and Analysis Paralysis

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Have you heard of ‘analysis paralysis?’ Here’s a definition from Wikipedia: “Analysis paralysis (or paralysis by analysis) describes an individual or group process where overanalyzing or overthinking a situation can cause forward motion or decision-making to become “paralyzed,” meaning that no solution or course of action is decided upon within a nature time frame… An overload of options can overwhelm the situation and cause this

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Case Study: Subject Line Change Increases Revenue by 9%

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It’s always fun to experience, and write about, big wins, like a 918% increase in revenue, or a 350% boost in list growth, or a 100% increase in site traffic. It would nice if every test delivered that, but that’s not the case. Here’s the thing: if you can earn a lift of 10% on every test and apply each learning before you do your

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Case Study: More Product Blocks, Less Revenue

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Back in 2020, I was consulting for a B2B client with an enormous number of products. Their buyers are buying in bulk; they don’t buy one of an item, they buy 100 or 1,000 of an item. We did a series of A/B split tests, with different email templates, to find the ‘sweet spot’ – the perfect number of products to include in each email

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Case Study: Less Copy Generates a 918% Lift in Email Revenue

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Sometimes less is more – a lot more. Case in point: this case study from 2020, where removing some copy generated a 918% lift in revenue-per-thousand-emails-sent (RPME). You can see the control at the left below, the test version is on the right. and the color key to content is there as well. When you’re thinking about what you might test, you always want to

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Case Study: 61% Decrease in Revenue-per-Email (RPE), but We Still Learned a Few Things

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When we test, we’re usually looking to boost performance. But you can get some great learnings even if the control wins. Case in point: this case study from 2020. This email was part of an annual campaign; as such, I went back to the 2019 creative and results to put together my 2020 plan. The control here was second in revenue-per-email-sent (RPE) in 2019; we

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#TBT: Do Not Reply to This Email

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This article written by Jeanne Jennings was first published by ClickZ on September 1, 2014. A full half of the transactional messages I recently reviewed in my inbox asked me not to reply to the email. In this age when most companies are actively trying to engage them in social media, why don’t they want email replies? Here are some reasons – along with ways, if…

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#TBT: Do Not Reply to This Email

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A full half of the transactional messages I recently reviewed in my inbox asked me not to reply to the email. In this age when most companies are actively trying to engage them in social media, why don’t they want email replies? Here are some reasons – along with ways, if you must, to make “Do not reply to this email” more reader-friendly. First off, I…

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#TBT: Do Not Reply to This Email

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A full half of the transactional messages I recently reviewed in my inbox asked me not to reply to the email. In this age when most companies are actively trying to engage them in social media, why don’t they want email replies? Here are some reasons – along with ways, if you must, to make “Do not reply to this email” more reader-friendly. First off, I…

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#TBT: Do Not Reply to This Email

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A full half of the transactional messages I recently reviewed in my inbox asked me not to reply to the email. In this age when most companies are actively trying to engage them in social media, why don’t they want email replies? Here are some reasons – along with ways, if you must, to make “Do not reply to this email” more reader-friendly. First off, I…

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Case Study: Big Boost from Subject Line Testing

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Lots of email marketers test subject lines, but the key to long-term success is testing formulas rather than specific copy. In this case study, the winning subject line formula generated an open rate lift of 70% and a lift of 56% in click-through rate. Best of all, because we tested formulas instead of copy, they’ll be able to roll this out to all future daily…

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Case Study: Big Boost from Subject Line Testing

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Lots of email marketers test subject lines, but the key to long-term success is testing formulas rather than specific copy. In this case study, the winning subject line formula generated an open rate lift of 70% and a lift of 56% in click-through rate. Best of all, because we tested formulas instead of copy, they’ll be able to roll this out to all future daily…

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Case Study: Big Boost from Subject Line Testing

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Lots of email marketers test subject lines, but the key to long-term success is testing formulas rather than specific copy. In this case study, the winning subject line formula generated an open rate lift of 70% and a lift of 56% in click-through rate. Best of all, because we tested formulas instead of copy, they’ll be able to roll this out to all future daily…

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Tips for Driving More Leads from Your Blog Posts

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“Our blog just doesn’t drive leads.” I hear this a lot. And I get it. The best blog posts aren’t hard-sell pieces, they provide value without a purchase and are intended to education, nurture and persuade — not to drive someone to buy right now. But sometimes the issue is with the blog post page wireframe, not with the content. Read on for some simple…

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