Optimization

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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The *Best* Way to Do Email Resends

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I see a lot of marketers doing email resends — but I rarely find anyone doing them the way I do them with my clients. Here’s the very *best* way to extend reach, relevance, and revenue with resends, without the potential pitfalls of most resend strategies. In email jargon, a resend is sending an email to someone a second time within 7 to 10 days…

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The *Best* Way to Do Email Resends

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I see a lot of marketers doing email resends — but I rarely find anyone doing them the way I do them with my clients. Here’s the very *best* way to extend reach, relevance, and revenue with resends, without the potential pitfalls of most resend strategies. In email jargon, a resend is sending an email to someone a second time within 7 to 10 days…

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The *Best* Way to Do Email Resends

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I see a lot of marketers doing email resends — but I rarely find anyone doing them the way I do them with my clients. Here’s the very *best* way to extend reach, relevance, and revenue with resends, without the potential pitfalls of most resend strategies. In email jargon, a resend is sending an email to someone a second time within 7 to 10 days…

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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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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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Effective Drip Series Message Maps

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In the last couple of months, I’ve had the privilege of helping a number of companies improve the performance of their email drip series, or multi-effort email campaigns, as they are also called. One consistent weak spot: the message map that drives these campaigns. Here are a few tips… It’s so nice to see email marketers take the leap from single sends to automated drip…

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Effective Drip Series Message Maps

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In the last couple of months, I’ve had the privilege of helping a number of companies improve the performance of their email drip series, or multi-effort email campaigns, as they are also called. One consistent weak spot: the message map that drives these campaigns. Here are a few tips… It’s so nice to see email marketers take the leap from single sends to automated drip…

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Effective Drip Series Message Maps

effective-drip-series-message-maps

In the last couple of months, I’ve had the privilege of helping a number of companies improve the performance of their email drip series, or multi-effort email campaigns, as they are also called. One consistent weak spot: the message map that drives these campaigns. Here are a few tips… It’s so nice to see email marketers take the leap from single sends to automated drip…

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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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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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From My Inbox: Gentle Critique with Simple Fixes

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Most of my consulting work is with large organizations, but I really love when I see smaller companies doing big things with the channel. And it also makes me sad when I see smaller companies trying, but not quite hitting the mark. This post is about the latter, with constructive advice for this company (I plan to visit soon so maybe I’ll share it with…

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5 Tips to Optimize Your Email Nurture Series

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There is a place for email nurture series at all stages of the prospect journey. This post is based on work I recently did for a few clients; in one case the nurture series was the first outreach to people with little or no relationship with the sender (yes, the list was not opt-in; we talk about that!). These five recommendations address the biggest problems…

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3 Misunderstandings that doom new email marketers

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I had a call last month with some smart people who were new to email marketing. It was concerning to me how misunderstandings were driving their efforts — and dooming their program. Here’s how to avoid the same fate. Misunderstanding #1: You need a large email list to be successful There’s no magic ‘threshold’ on list size; you can have a list of a million…

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From My Inbox: A Tale of Two Re-engagement Emails

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It’s always interesting to see the re-engagement emails that land in my inbox. Here are two that I received late last year — we’ll discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each, and along the way you’ll get some ideas to test with your own messages to bring dormant subscribers back to life. Yes, I realize that I’ve chosen one B2B email (ANA SmartBrief) and one…

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