Don’t Forget Your Subscribers’ Signup Anniversaries

Signup anniversary emails, like most triggered emails, generate strong returns. They are similar to birthday emails, except you don’t need to know subscribers’ birth dates. Plus, you have more flexibility as to when to send them and you can have them escalate over the years, providing greater rewards to those who have…

Super-Engagement: Increasing the Value of Your Most Valuable Subscribers

Engagement is critical to email marketing success. It’s so important that when our regularly scheduled broadcast emails fail to engage, we launch reengagement campaigns to reactivate inactive subscribers or those in risk of becoming inactive. That’s smart because reengagement efforts improve deliverability and extend the time that subscribers are on your list,…

100 Inspiring Subject Lines: 4 Subject Line Personalization Examples

While first-name personalization of subject lines can still be effective when used prudently, it has become clear that subject line personalization has moved beyond first names. At this point, knowing a subscriber’s name is just not very impressive, and not a convincing indicator that the content of the email is personalized and…

5 Ways to Improve Your Cart Abandonment Emails

Shopping cart abandonment emails are among the most powerful messages a marketer can send, but they could be even more powerful. Our most recent research into cart abandonment emails shows that there are five clear opportunities to strengthen them: 1. Send Quickly. For most consumer purchases, the effectiveness of cart abandonment emails…

The State of Email Marketing Is…

…strong, but could be stronger, according to the finding of our 2014 State of Marketing report, which surveyed more than 2,500 marketers. First, the testaments to email’s strength: Eighty-eight percent of marketers use email marketing and another 9% said they plan to launch an email program this year. Only 3% said they…

I’m Visited by the Ghosts of Predictions Past, Present, and Future

In my latest Email Insider column for MediaPost, I reluctantly cast myself in the role Emailnezer Scrooge and am visited by three ghosts that hold me accountable for my past email marketing predictions and press me for an assessment of the present and for predictions of the future. >> Read my entire…

Few Retailers Respond to Abandoned Carts on Cyber Monday

In my second guest column for ClickZ this holiday season (here’s the first), I take a deeper dive into the cart abandonment email research that’s highlighted in our Email Insights & Trends from Thanksgiving, Black Friday & Cyber Monday #Infographic. On Cyber Monday, ExactTarget clicked through the promotional emails sent that day…

Infographic: Email Insights & Trends from Thanksgiving, Black Friday & Cyber Monday

The Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend includes some of the busiest email marketing days of the year, including top email day Cyber Monday, famed Black Friday, and the up-and-comer Thanksgiving Day. However, consumers behave differently on each of these days, which means retailers have to use different approaches on each day. Based on our…

More Insights on Birthday Email Programs

Our Birthday Emails Infographic clearly showed that there’s a big opportunity for brands to collect birth dates and use that information to send triggered birthday emails. In this follow-up, I share five more insights from our research, which involved more than 180 B2C brands: A lack of follow-up on birthday email offers….

Infographic: Happy Birthday, Dear Subscriber

Have you ever gotten an unexpected birthday gift? Feels great, right? And you probably ended up giving more time and attention to the gift-giver as a result. That’s the opportunity that triggered birthday emails offer. It’s a winning tactic that generates an outsized return on investment. ExactTarget research involving more than 180…

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