A cornerstone of email marketing is testing. Perhaps it’s the day of the week that you send the message, or even the imagery and text inside the message. Arguably the
most prevalent element marketers test is the subject line. The appeal of doing so is clear: You have approximately two seconds to get the reader’s attention in their inbox as their finger hovers over the delete button. Optimizing those seconds is mission critical. Search for “subject line testing” on Google and you’ll be consumed by over 6.4 million results. The majority of that content will tell you that the “winning” subject line hinges on one key metric: the message’s open rate.
One of our clients, Pinkberry, performed an A/B subject line test. With an open rate that was 12 percent higher than subject line A, subject line B outperformed its counterpart. Based on conventional wisdom, Pinkberry should have gauged subject line B as the clear winner, right? Wrong. Most email marketers […]
On August 24th & 25th Boston was the nexus of leading insights on guest engagement as Paytronix hosted its second annual Paytronix User Experience (PXUX). Marketing, Finance, and IT professionals converged in downtown Boston to learn how they could Amp Up their messaging, loyalty, and CRM programs. Checkout the main takeaways that some of this year’s attendees shared:
Every marketer has the goal of compelling their customers to live up to their potential. Whether that is through peer measurement tactics like running a tiered loyalty program, or individual competition tactics like a visit challenge, there are many ways to drive more visits and spend. One element that many marketers fail to consider, however, is geographic potential. What exactly does that mean? Let’s dive in.
Geographic potential is the highest frequency with which a customer can visit your restaurant or retail locations based on their proximity to them. Marketers might think they have the geographic information they need about their customers because they ask for an address when a customer registers for their loyalty program. While most customers will probably provide their home address, does that really paint the full picture of their geographic whereabouts? Of course not! If you want to capitalize on the geographic potential of your audience, you need to paint the full picture of where they are spending their time. Say a member of your loyalty program – let’s call him Joe – provides his home address when he signs up for your program. You have a location one mile away from Joe’s address, and you send him lunch offers on a regular basis, but he never redeems them. What gives? It turns out that Joe works 20 miles away from where he lives, so he is never in the area around lunch time. A better use of marketing resources would be to send him dinner offers. […]
After spending days agonizing over the message, design, and call to action, you finally feel ready to press the send button. Now you’ll wait two days constantly refreshing your browser watching as the stats roll in and your open rate slowly climbs. Whether you hit 10, 20, or even 50%, there is always the opportunity to get more eyeballs on your message.
Consider the 7 tips below to boost your open rate:
Did you have an important message that didn’t get as many opens as you wanted? Try sending the email again only to customers that did not open your email originally. You can even change the subject line to keep it fresh. One of Paytronix’s major email clients regularly practices “retargeting” which can bump up open rates an additional 10%.