Metrics

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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Case Study: Big Boost from Subject Line Testing

case-study:-big-boost-from-subject-line-testing

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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Thoughts on Life Without Email Open Rates

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Life without open rates? If the new email service Hey.com has their way, this will be the new normal for email marketers. Even if Hey isn’t successful, the pendulum is swinging toward more online privacy, which may make open rates and other tracking email marketers rely on today extinct. Here’s the thing… I’ve been in the email marketing game long enough to remember BEFORE we…

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Thoughts on Life Without Email Open Rates

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Life without open rates? If the new email service Hey.com has their way, this will be the new normal for email marketers. Even if Hey isn’t successful, the pendulum is swinging toward more online privacy, which may make open rates and other tracking email marketers rely on today extinct. Here’s the thing… I’ve been in the email marketing game long enough to remember BEFORE we…

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From the Boards: CTR or CTOR?

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“CTR or CTOR: which do you look at? ” was a question on one of the email marketing discussion boards recently. IMHO, here’s the definitive answer. For those new to email, CTR is click-through rate; it’s calculated by dividing the number of unique (unique meaning one per recipient) clicks divided by the non-bounce send quantity (quantity sent minus bounces). Here’s the written formula: Click-to-Open Rate…

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From the Boards: CTR or CTOR?

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“CTR or CTOR: which do you look at? ” was a question on one of the email marketing discussion boards recently. IMHO, here’s the definitive answer. For those new to email, CTR is click-through rate; it’s calculated by dividing the number of unique (unique meaning one per recipient) clicks divided by the non-bounce send quantity (quantity sent minus bounces). Here’s the written formula: Click-to-Open Rate…

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Case Study: a 100% increase in site traffic from email

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You know the ‘conventional wisdom’ that short emails perform better than long ones? It’s not always true. Read on to learn how we dramatically increased traffic from an email to the website by taking a strategic approach to increasing the length of the message. One website, thousands of items for visitors to choose from, a monthly email sent by a partner featuring one item. When…

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Case Study: a 100% increase in site traffic from email

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You know the ‘conventional wisdom’ that short emails perform better than long ones? It’s not always true. Read on to learn how we dramatically increased traffic from an email to the website by taking a strategic approach to increasing the length of the message. One website, thousands of items for visitors to choose from, a monthly email sent by a partner featuring one item. When…

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