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A Tale of Two Purchased Lists (A Case Study)

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Which segments of your list are most profitable? Are purchased lists always low performers? This client case study provides answers to both of these questions – as well as providing a framework for you to use to answer them for your own list segments. As always, don’t just take these test results as gospel – do your own testing to see how your audience performs!

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Case Study: How many products does it take to optimize revenue?

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How many products should you include in an email to optimize revenue? As marketers, we have to balance the number of products we present to potential customers. Too few and you may lose sales because there aren’t enough options; too many and you may lose sales due to analysis paralysis. This is a test I do a lot with clients sending multi-product emails. We work

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Holiday Prep: Best Day to Send Email (A/B Split Test)

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I always get a laugh out of research promising to reveal the ‘best day to send email.’ Because, think about it… if the research says ‘Thursday at 3:00 PM ET’ is the best day/time to send, and everyone started sending at 3:00 PM ET on Thursdays, then the best time to send would be any time but that. Because at 3:00 PM ET on Thursdays

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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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Proof that Click-through Rate is NOT a Good KPI

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“We don’t have tracking set up for revenue or conversions. We just look at opens and clicks. Because the email with the highest click rate probably has the highest conversion rate as well, right?” As an email marketing consultant and trainer, I hear this a lot. I get it. It takes time, budget, and resources to integrate Google Analytics or another platform that’s measuring your

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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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Leveraging the Email Marketing Funnel to Boost Your Bottom-line Performance

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One of the things I love most about email marketing is all the data. It’s so trackable; you can see how recipients are engaging with your messages at each step of the email marketing funnel. Here’s the thing; there’s so much data that it’s easy to get lost in it. It’s rare that my clients don’t have access to the data they need to analyze

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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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Apple’s Mail Privacy Protection: The Sky Isn’t Falling After All

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When Apple announced its Mail Privacy Protection (MPP) initiative in June 2021, much of the email marketing industry acted like the sky was falling. I don’t put myself in this camp, but I was concerned, and I did publicly state that open rates were going to be useless once MPP was fully rolled out. For those of you who missed it, under MPP opens are…

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Apple’s Mail Privacy Protection: The Sky Isn’t Falling After All

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When Apple announced its Mail Privacy Protection (MPP) initiative in June 2021, much of the email marketing industry acted like the sky was falling. I don’t put myself in this camp, but I was concerned, and I did publicly state that open rates were going to be useless once MPP was fully rolled out. For those of you who missed it, under MPP opens are…

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#TBT: Is Living Social Overly Dependent on Email?

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This is one of three articles I wrote in 2014 on Living Social, the daily deals industry and email marketing; here I present information from eDataSource on inbox placement, read/open rates, and send quantities for Amazon, Groupon, and Living Social. Back in early November 2014, Living Social announced a reorganization; not surprising for a company that has been struggling, but what jumped out to me in the…

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#TBT: Is Living Social Overly Dependent on Email?

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This article written by Jeanne Jennings was first published by ClickZ on December 22, 2014. This is one of three articles I’ve written this week on Living Social, the daily deals industry and email marketing; here I present information from eDataSource on inbox placement, read/open rates, and send quantities for Amazon, Groupon, and Living Social. Back in early November, Living Social announced a reorganization; not surprising for…

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#TBT: Is Living Social Overly Dependent on Email?

#tbt:-is-living-social-overly-dependent-on-email?

This is one of three articles I wrote in 2014 on Living Social, the daily deals industry and email marketing; here I present information from eDataSource on inbox placement, read/open rates, and send quantities for Amazon, Groupon, and Living Social. Back in early November 2014, Living Social announced a reorganization; not surprising for a company that has been struggling, but what jumped out to me in the…

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#TBT: Is Living Social Overly Dependent on Email?

#tbt:-is-living-social-overly-dependent-on-email?

This is one of three articles I wrote in 2014 on Living Social, the daily deals industry and email marketing; here I present information from eDataSource on inbox placement, read/open rates, and send quantities for Amazon, Groupon, and Living Social. Back in early November 2014, Living Social announced a reorganization; not surprising for a company that has been struggling, but what jumped out to me in the…

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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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