Tag Archives: Marketing Basics

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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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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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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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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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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6 Tips for Better Subject Lines, Preheader Text, and Headlines

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I am a numbers person. When I work with clients, I always want to start with the data. The data helps me understand how subscribers are interacting with the email program. And how they interact with the email messages, what they think about the program, is more important than what I think, or even what the client thinks. But even without numbers, there are email

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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: 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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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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#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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#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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