Posted on September 2, 2014
Must-read articles, posts & whitepapers
7 experts on why building your email list is so important (Campaign Monitor)
Video in Email (StyleCampaign)
Insightful & entertaining tweets
@becskr: I have been in Outlook 1800px height limit hell all week
@minethatdata: Always interesting to have social media gurus use pop-ups to ask us to follow them via email. Didn’t they tell us email was dead?
Great additions to the Swipe File pinboards
Fab sends a cat-filled apology email on 8/3/14 >> View the pin
Zillow sends a trivia-filled email about famous TV and movie homes on the market in a 7/10/14 email >> View the pin
Gerber wishes the subscriber’s son a happy birthday in an 8/2014 email >> View the pin
Twitter wishes a user a happy 5-year Twitterversary in a 5/2014 email >> View the pin
Noteworthy subject lines
Horchow, 8/20 — the holidays? Our NEW collections have just arrived
Tiny Prints, 8/17 — Shhh… It’s the Holiday Collection Preview
Lowe’s, 8/20 — No Need to Wait. Labor Day Deals Start Now!
Vera Bradley, 8/14 — Show a little love. 20% off with ID.
Vera Bradley, 8/10 — Hey, night owls. 75% off is up late.
Target, 8/20 — Your home called. It wants new furniture.
Levi’s, 8/9 — Well plaid.
GOP, 8/20 — What’s your t-shirt size?
Ninety Nine Restaurant, 8/20 — Thanks for Being Awesome: You Helped Us Raise Over $550K for Cancer Research!
The Home Depot, 8/4 —Unlock Savings, Product Reviews & More—Download our App Today!
The Container Store, 8/3 — Top Pinned Bin!
J.Crew, 8/1 — Woman vs. AC
Under Armour, 8/4 — Meet The Women Of Will | #IWillWhatIWant
New posts on EmailMarketingRules.com
Posted on August 29, 2014
Because of the slow and uneven adoption of mobile-friendly email and website designs, subscribers are encountering significant challenges as they make the journey from receiving an email to interacting with content on email landing pages. There are currently many instances when subscribers go from a mobile-friendly environment to a mobile-unfriendly one, and vice versa.
In this article for Retail Online Integration, I share research and discuss the trends around mobile-friendly email and landing page design.
The bottom line is that 55% of B2C brands either send mobile-friendly emails or have mobile-friendly landing pages, which creates a jarring mobile experience. It’s time to sync up those two elements so subscribers can enjoy a smooth and consistent journey from email to website. Black Friday is just three months away, so there’s no time to waste.
Posted on August 28, 2014
I’m extremely proud of the 2nd Edition of “Email Marketing Rules,” which will be out next week! I’ve shared preview copies with some people that I highly respect—folks in the media, fellow authors, email industry colleagues, and broader digital marketing strategists. This is what they said about it:
Jay Baer, President of Convince & Convert and New York Times best-selling author of “Youtility,” said, “This is, quite simply, once again the best book ever written about email marketing.” He added, “This second edition of ‘Email Marketing Rules’ builds upon the foundational greatness of the first book, but also adds a massive amount of new information that provides the why marketers need.”
Don Davis, Editor in Chief of Internet Retailer Magazine, said, “Still more tips—many of them far from obvious—from a master of retail email marketing. This edition provides valuable updates that take into account changes in how consumers view and respond to email, and provides a clearly written guide on how to best engage each individual. A must-read for email marketing professionals.”
Simms Jenkins, Founder & CEO of BrightWave and the author of two excellent books on email marketing, said, “Chad White is one of the top thinkers in the email world! Anytime I am asked how someone can learn more about email, I reference this book.”
Kyle Lacy, Director of Global Content & Research at the Salesforce ExactTarget Marketing Cloud and author of three books on digital marketing, said, “It is pretty simple. Chad is an expert in email marketing. This book should be required reading for any marketer looking to build a first-class digital marketing strategy.”
Loren McDonald, VP of Industry Relations at Silverpop, An IBM Company, said, “Marketers often struggle to understand the nuances of the email channel that can make it seem so complex. In ‘Email Marketing Rules,’ Chad White simplifies the rules of the game, outlining the critical practices marketers must deploy to succeed in this powerful channel. Those who fail to follow Chad’s rules do so at their own risk.”
Andrew Bonar, Head of Client Success & Deliverability at Campaign Monitor and Publisher & Editor-in-Chief of EmailExpert.org, said, “In an easy-to-read format, this book can be used as a go-to reference on all things email marketing.”
Dr. Dave Chaffey, CEO & Publisher SmartInsights.com and author of several books on digital marketing, said, “Email marketing is a deceptively complex channel to master, so it’s important to follow the latest best practices to avoid leaving money on the table. ‘Email Marketing Rules’ gives marketers a well-structured, easy-to-follow template for reviewing and improving their programs.”
Jeff Rohrs, VP of Marketing Insights at the Salesforce ExactTarget Marketing Cloud and author of “AUDIENCE,” said, “Chad has delivered a must-read primer for new marketing practitioners and seasoned veterans alike. ‘Email Marketing Rules’ is chock-full of practical insights that will improve the profitability of your company’s email marketing efforts. This is not a book you put on bookshelf—it needs to be at the right hand of every email marketer during the work day.”
I’m honored to have the support these digital marketing and industry experts and am thankful for their kind words.
Stay tuned for more updates and the release of the 2nd Edition of “Email Marketing Rules” next week!
Posted on August 27, 2014
Facebook made an interesting announcement yesterday and should resonate with email marketers. They said they would be deemphasizing posts that “click-bait,” which is “when a publisher posts a link with a headline that encourages people to click to see more, without telling them much information about what they will see.”
Even though those types of posts received lots of clicks, it turns out that Facebook users overwhelmingly prefer headlines that are descriptive and give them information they could use to decide whether it was worth their time to click through. To quantify this disconnect between click volume and content quality, Facebook is now measuring post-click activity and penalizing posts that visitors quickly abandon, which they see as an indication that the content didn’t meet their expectations.
Why this should be interesting to email marketers is that click-bait-type subject lines provide a similarly poor user experience.
Posted on August 22, 2014
I made a prediction last year that the percentage of brands using mobile-friendly email design would increase from 22% in December 2013 to 70% in December 2014. That prediction was looking more than a little shaky when we gave our April update, but the Summer of Mobile Email Love has got us back on track.
Between early April and early August, the percentage of major B2C brands using responsive email design rose to 36% from 18% and the percentage using mobile-aware email design rose to 16% from 15%.
That puts the percentage of brands using mobile-friendly email designs at 48%.
And that’s as of a few weeks ago. Now adoption might be over the 50% mark!
Posted on August 18, 2014
Nobody likes jargon, but to effectively communicate with vendors, consultants, and other email marketers, an email marketing vocabulary is essential. To help folks better understand email terminology, I’ve added the glossary from the upcoming 2nd Edition of Email Marketing Rules to my website. You can find it at emailmarketingrules.com/email-marketing-dictionary.
This dictionary contains common email marketing terms including sender name, confirmed opt-in, defensive design, re-permission emails, and progressive profiling.
It also includes some new terms and concepts that I discuss in the book, including:
super-engagement: Tactics that further engage subscribers who are already highly engaged
device-targeted content: Using responsive email design to target subscribers with different content depending on the device that the email is displayed on
granted media: Media content produced by a brand that’s distributed to an audience the brand developed via an open platform controlled by multiple third parties, such as email and SMS
real list growth: A measure of the change in subscriber lifetime value of a list, this metric subtracts the value of subscribers lost over a period of time from the value of those gained during that period
opt up: When a subscriber opts into additional mailstreams from a brand via a preference center, loyalty program, sister brands, or another mechanism
I hope you find this glossary helpful.
Posted on August 14, 2014
I’m proud to unveil the cover design for the 2nd Edition of Email Marketing Rules, which was designed by my colleague Andrea Smith. I think the retro, blueprint-like cover perfectly captures both the complexity of the email channel and the cool-headed, straightforward style of the book’s advice. Plus, it’s really awesome-looking! Thanks, Andrea.
You’ll also notice that New York Times best-selling author Jay Baer is back for the 2nd Edition, refreshing his thought-provoking Foreword about the “Currency of Modern Marketing.” Jay is on the forefront of content and social, but he also completely gets how vital email marketing is to the marketing ecosystem. He sees the big picture and I’m thankful to continue to have him as part of my book.
Incidentally, when I showed him a draft of the 2nd Edition, he said, “I didn’t think you could make it better, but it’s way better.” That’s high praise considering it called the 1st Edition “the best book ever written about email marketing.
It’s also a bit of a relief since I spent roughly as much time writing the 2nd Edition as I did the 1st. It’s updated throughout and has two new parts: one that delves into key email marketing concepts relevance, list growth, and permission; and another that looks at the future of the channel. In total, the 2nd Edition is about 120 pages longer.
>> For more about what the new edition covers, check out my website’s page about The Book.
Posted on August 12, 2014
Subscribers change over time. Their interests change. Their needs change. Their goals change. And change can be very dramatic from one year to another and one season to another. So even if your email program has a wonderful onboarding program where you learn about each subscriber’s preferences, it’s just not enough.
Analyzing subscriber behavior can give you valuable insights into their current needs and wants, but you should also regularly be doing progressive profiling—that is, directly asking subscribers questions about their interests and preferences so you can better serve them.
When developing or refining your progressive profiling email program, here are four elements to…
Posted on August 11, 2014
Holiday planning for retailers is almost a year-round endeavor, but it starts getting serious during the summer months. To help retailers plan their email marketing campaigns, I’m writing a series of holiday planning checklists for Internet Retailer Magazine, the first of which is live now.
In it, I advise retailers to:
- Adopt a mobile-friendly email design
- Make mobile-friendly improvements to your website
- Launch a cart abandonment or browse abandonment email
- Warm up new IP addresses for the holiday season
- Test your online email signup forms
- Review your email opt-in calls-to-action for your stores and call centers
- Identify opportunities to improve your holiday messaging
- Explore your swipe file
- Start on the “dream big” email now
For the full details on each of these recommendations, which include a lot of tips and stats just for retailers…
And for even more holiday planning advice, check out our 2014 Email Marketing Holiday Calendar.
Posted on August 8, 2014
We pin tons of inspiring digital marketing examples to our Swipe File pinboards on Pinterest every month. And each month you tell which ones most inspired you by repinning and liking them.
Here are your favorite pins among the ones we uploaded last month:
The Email Swipe File’s crowd favorite was…
Michaels >> 2-email welcome series focused on preferences >> View the pin
The Social Swipe File’s crowd favorite was…
Ikea Russia >> website created using Instagram’s grid view and photo tagging >> View the pin
The Audience Growth Swipe File’s crowd favorite was…
Home Depot >> email pitches SMS signup with $5 incentive >> View the pin
Help determine this month’s crowd favorites by repinning and liking the pins that inspire you most.