7 Email Marketing Trends You Should KnowLast updated on 03/10/2020 at 10:48 AM.
1. RESPONSIVE TEMPLATES
Mailings are like dates: first impressions count – and if you want to get to first, second or third base, you can’t afford to leave a bad one. With this in mind, online retailers must ensure that their emails can be viewed on all end devices – including mobile ones. In online retail, a responsive email template is a must!
2. SUBJECT LINE EMOJIS
Yes, you read it right: it’s worth at least thinking about emojis and reflecting on whether they could be an appropriate way of addressing your target group.
Analytics are part of any good content marketing cycle. When it comes to landing pages, marketers use apps such as Unbounce or Optimizely to test different variants and thus to determine which variant performs better. Online retailers should proceed in the same way with their emails. In doing so, they can optimise successive versions of their marketing style, their template and the structure of their content – and ultimately, generate more sales.
Sending the same email to all contacts? While this approach might seem efficient, online retailers can squander a lot of opportunities by doing so. Organising mailing lists into groups – new customers and repeat customers, or according to sex or age – can unlock enormous potential, allowing contacts can be addressed in a targeted way. Those who proceed strategically in this regard will be rewarded with higher open rates and click through rates.
It doesn’t stop with the segmentation of mailing lists. Retailers can also establish a contact database with more detailed information – style of message, date of birth, employer – all of which allows an email to be personalised further, right down to the subject line. If a retailer does this, they can expect higher open rates and click-through rates – assuming, of course, that their emails are personalised in a well-thought-out way.
6. LIFECYCLE MAILINGS
Online retailers can reach an even higher rung on the personalisation ladder by thinking through the recipient’s decision-making process. Future buyers pass through an awareness phase, a consideration phase and a decision phase.
7. “FAIR COMPETITION”
Key word: double opt-in. While this isn’t a trend in the true sense of the word, it is a consideration for online retailers to bear in mind at all times. An advertiser cannot send emails without the recipient’s express consent. To ensure that an email contact has signed up to a mailing list themselves, online retailers should set up a “double opt-in” procedure – or have one set up for them.
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Gerrit Grunert is the founder and CEO of Crispy Content®. In 2019, he published his book "Methodical Content Marketing" published by Springer Gabler, as well as the series of online courses "Making Content." In his free time, Gerrit is a passionate guitar collector, likes reading books by Stefan Zweig, and listening to music from the day before yesterday.