Optimizing Email Marketing Calls-to-Action- A 4-Point Plan

Email marketers have historically paid a lot of attention to subject line testing, eager to drive higher open rates. But in the age of Mail Privacy Protection, where many opens are being obscured, it’s time for marketers to refocus some of their A/B testing zeal on calls-to-actions to drive much needed clicks.

In working with our clients, we’ve used the following 4-point plan to break down their CTA usage and identify optimization opportunities. Tommy Hummel, Analytics Manager for Analytic & Strategic Services at Oracle Marketing Consulting, walks you through each step…

>> Read the entire post on Oracle’s Modern Marketing Blog

Messaging during Recessions- 3 Opportunities for Marketers

Regardless of whether the US is technically in a recession already or not, the majority of Americans have been under increasing economic pressure for a while already due to the highest inflation in 40 years, which is dramatically eroding their purchasing power. Despite the fact that many of the forces driving inflation are well outside of the Federal Reserve’s sphere of influence—the pandemic, the national housing shortage, Russia’s war against Ukraine, snarled global supply chains, etc.—the Fed is committed to additional steep rate hikes. Higher interest rates on mortgages, credit cards, and other loans will reduce economic activity, almost guaranteeing a recession by the end of next year.

In the meantime, marketers need to make the best of the current circumstances by tuning into consumers’ economic anxieties and concerns. Here are three strategies to consider…

>> Read the entire article on CMSWire.com

The Last Word on July 2022

The Last Word

A roundup of email marketing articles, posts, and tweets you might have missed last month…

Must-read articles, posts & reports

The Best Ways to Learn Email Marketing (rodriguezcommaj.com)

Accessibility Report July 2022 (Email Markup Consortium)

Email Flows for Every Industry (Mailmodo)

6 Best Practices for Using Animation in Email (Animately)

Elon Musk and the Twitter Bots: We Tested Account Creation with A Disposable Email (ZeroBounce)

Consumers Resent Poor Targeting by Brands: Study (MediaPost)

Taming Martech Stack Bloat Is Essential to Scaling Revenue (MarketingProfs)

Insightful & entertaining tweets

Noteworthy subject lines

Williams Sonoma, 7/1 – Cheers to the red, white & blue! Recipes from our Test Kitchen inside ➡️
Sears, 7/21 – Air Conditioners to the Rescue – Up to 20% Off
Bass Pro Shops, 7/21 – Time For Your Dollar To Work As Hard As You Do!
Bed Bath & Beyond, 7/24 – Budget helper: get 20% off every purchase + 5% back with Welcome Rewards+
Burlington, 7/15 – HANDBAGS: On-budget & on-trend
Everlane, 7/14 – Back In Stock—Our Bestselling Transit Bags
Neiman Marcus, 7/15 – It girl-approved bags
Gap Back to School, 7/27 – Everyone Belongs 🤝
Macy’s, 7/30 – Back-to-school extras that will be your BFFs all year
IKEA, 7/11 – Your dream home is now in mixed reality. Imagine that!
Uncommon Goods, 7/14 – What if your home were as fun/cool/inspiring/slightly weird as you are?
Banana Republic, 7/1 – For All Your Wedding Needs
Neiman Marcus, 7/1 – Festival bound?
Big Lots, 7/7 – Your road trip checklist 🚗
Williams Sonoma, 7/7 – Summer pantry checklist: our top 10 things
Crate & Barrel, 7/19 – Recipes & more for the perfect outdoor party ☀️
Nordstrom Rack, 7/6 – Summer of ’22 hits
Saks Fifth Avenue, 7/30 – Saks in Aspen: Get an inside look at our pop-up shop, VIP parties & best ensembles
Airbnb, 7/23 – Chad, the great outdoors awaits. Your move.
Bed Bath & Beyond, 7/17 – Celebrate 🍨 Ice Cream 🍦😋 Day with $30 off the Ninja CREAMi + more must-haves!
Wegmans, 7/21 – They’re Here! Summer’s Best White Pearl Nectarines
Lane Bryant, 7/15 – That no-bra feeling for $35 (or less).
Express, 7/24 – 👖👖👖 ALL JEANS $45 STARTS @ 6 P.M. 👖👖👖
Gap Email Exclusive, 7/7 – 50% off SALE & exclusive 20% bonus + 9-5ing. 5-9ing. And weekending.
Macy’s, 7/6 – Hey there: this special offer has self-care written all over it.
Banana Republic, 7/6 – @You: Up to 50% Off Sale Styles Has Landed
JCPenney, 7/12 – Heard there was a big sale starting today…
Eddie Bauer, 7/14 – Shop Sustainably. 🌱
MoMA Design Store, 7/21 – Ready, Set, Recycled!
MarketingProfs, 7/22 – ➡️ Special deal to convince your boss + a cute seal
West Elm, 7/7 – It’s here! Our new collab with Walker Noble Studios
Quiksilver, 7/6 – Head South of The Border With Quiksilver x Pacifico
Quiksilver, 7/14 – Are These Stranger Things Boardshorts Really Cursed?
Uncommon Goods, 7/13 – 📣 Introducing gift sets & subscriptions 📣
Omaha Steaks, 7/7 – Get $25 OFF today when you opt-in for text alerts!

New posts on EmailMarketingRules.com

Loyalty Program KPIs: Measuring Health and Performance

Third Quarter 2022 Holiday Marketing Quarterly

Content Planning: Advice from Oracle’s Global Digital Marketing Agency

Don’t Write Off AMP for Email Yet

Get Inspiration from Our Holiday Subject Line Word Cloud

When and How to Use Plain Text Email

The Last Word on June 2022

Loyalty program KPIs- Measuring health and performance

A loyalty program should work for its members as well as your company, says Oracle CrowdTwist Senior Strategist Carly Mathews. It’s a balancing act. And to measure how good of a balance you’re striking, you need to track a variety of key performance indicators.

With Oracle CrowdTwist clients, we measure many metrics, each of which tells us something unique and important about how a loyalty program is doing. These metrics generally fall into two buckets: health KPIs that measure the appeal of and engagement with a loyalty program, and performance KPIs that measure the direct financial impact of a program.

Some of our clients have loyalty programs that don’t include commerce components. In such cases, we only focus on health KPIs. So, let’s begin by discussing those.

>> Read the entire post on Oracle’s Modern Marketing Blog

Third Quarter 2022 Holiday Marketing Quarterly

The holiday season doesn’t have an off-season. Having a successful holiday season means executing a successful year-round strategy. Oracle’s Holiday Marketing Quarterly gives you a quarter-by-quarter plan for how to achieve more during this critical time of the year.

The third quarter is focused on the final prep for the start of the holiday season. In this 19-page Holiday Marketing Quarterly, we share a 24-point checklist that spans seven areas:

  1. Campaign Planning
  2. Workload Management
  3. Contingency Planning
  4. Managing Out of Stocks
  5. Audience Optimization
  6. Performance Monitoring Plans
  7. Solidifying Your MarTech Stack

For the full checklist…

>> Get the Holiday Marketing Quarterly for free with no form

Content Planning: Advice from Oracle’s Global Digital Marketing Agency

If it’s not in the plan, then it typically doesn’t happen. And if it does happen, then corners have been cut and sacrifices made. That’s a harsh reality, especially with today’s lean digital marketing teams. That’s why, when working with our Oracle Marketing Consulting clients, we take an expansive view of content planning.

How expansive? When doing content planning, we think you should be able to answer the following 6 questions:

  1. What are all of my sources of potential content?
  2. What are the narratives I’m trying to tell?
  3. Which campaigns involve complex content?
  4. What tests am I going to run?
  5. What changes should I make to my automated campaigns?
  6. How do I prepare for peak season campaigns?

Nick Cantu, Kelly Moran, Ana Jablonski, and I help you answer all of those questions in this blog post and companion on-demand webinar.

>> Read the post on Oracle’s Modern Marketing Blog 

>> Watch the companion on-demand webinar

Don’t Write Off AMP for Email Yet

Don’t Write Off AMP for Email Yet, Marketers

When it was officially launched in 2019 by Google, AMP for Email promised to bring standards-based interactivity and real-time content to inboxes, allowing brands to bring landing page and app-like functionality into their emails. Allowing product carousels, live forms, and checkout functionality, the potential payoffs for marketers and consumers were huge. However, reaping those benefits require big changes in the email marketing ecosystem.

Google aggressively promoted AMP for Email, looking to expand support to other mailbox providers like Yahoo and to convince email service providers (ESPs) to make the platform changes necessary for marketers to send AMP-powered emails, since they’re sent as a separate MIME part. At the same time, they worked to convince marketers that it was worth their time to learn how to code AMP emails and create them.

And then the winds shifted…

>> Read the full article on CMSWire.com

Get Inspiration from Our Holiday Subject Line Word Cloud

As you plan your holiday promotional email campaigns, you’ll certainly want to draft subject lines for your intended campaigns. In fact, you’ll want to write multiple subject lines for each one so you can do some A/B testing. To get you inspired, we created a holiday subject line word cloud based on more than 1,800 subject lines used by national retailers between Nov. 1 and Dec. 31, 2021.

If you’re unfamiliar with word clouds, the more frequently a word is used, the larger it is in the word cloud. So, for instance, some of the most commonly used words in our word cloud include: get, holiday, gifts, deals, save, last, ends, and now.

While that’s interesting, Kelly Moran and I take a deeper dive into what this word cloud reveals about email subject line writing during the holidays and how that can help you write better holiday subject lines.

>> Read the entire post on Oracle’s Modern Marketing Blog

The Last Word on June 2022

The Last Word

A roundup of email marketing articles, posts, and tweets you might have missed last month…

Must-read articles, posts & reports

Good Apple, Bad Apple: MPP Has Had Positive and Negative Results (MediaPost)

Best Fonts for Emails: How to Make Your Emails Look Great and Easy to Read (AWeber)

Does punctuation in a subject line help or hurt email performance? (Alchemy Worx)

Are We Witnessing the Death of Gmail Annotations? (SendView)

12 Unique AMP Emails in eCommerce that will liven up your Marketing Campaigns (Netcore Cloud)

Insightful & entertaining tweets

Noteworthy subject lines

Camping World RV, 6/15 – Inflation-Buster RV Deal!
IKEA, 6/3 – Chad , join us this Pride Month as an LGBTQ+ ally
Zales, 6/3 – 🌈 Live Loud. Love Proud. Let Your Pride Shine.
REI, 6/15 – Outside With Pride This Month (& Every Month!)
Williams Sonoma, 6/4 – All the colors of Le Creuset 🌈
Express, 6/4 – 40% off a 🌈 of cute tees
Hobby Lobby, 6/24 – Red, White, Blue – 40% Off July 4th Decor
Macy’s, 6/18 – Extra 25% off the perfect Father’s Day gift to buy online & pick up in store by tomorrow—just in time!
Neiman Marcus, 6/8 – Celebrate Dad!
Bass Pro Shops, 6/8 – What Do Your Give The Man That’s Give You Everything? We’re Here To Help!
Crate & Barrel, 6/13 – Father’s Day is June 19: It’s time to treat Dad
Zales, 6/13 – Save 30% Off Gifts That Say “You’re Awesome, Dad”
Wegmans Catering on Meals 2GO, 6/15 – The Perfect Party for Grads, Dads, and More!
Express, 6/7 – Guest, bridesmaid or bride? 💍
Banana Republic, 6/18 – Modern Dresses Perfect For Wedding Season
Omaha Steaks, 6/29 – FREE 🌭 + FREE 🍔 + ☀️ = Grill Time!
Eddie Bauer, 6/13 – 6 Must-Haves For Fun In the Sun!
Nordstrom, 6/4 – The best summer shoes are here
Target, 6/8 – Save 20% on kids’ shorts 😎
Gap, 6/8 – For your next BBQ/party/RSVP: tops & shorts from $25
Express, 6/2 – 🌜 TONIGHT ONLY! Style Steals $15+ starts @ 6 p.m. 🌛
Express, 6/3 – ✈️💰🏝️ Win a 2-NIGHT STAY at any Canopy by Hilton in the U.S. & MORE!
Williams Sonoma, 6/7 – Host a Whiskey Tasting: stock your bar cart | 20% OFF all Goldtouch Pro Bakeware
West Elm, 6/7 – Complete your sofa look with chic (& comfy) pillows
Olive Garden, 6/7 – Too busy to make dinner? 🍽️
Burlington, 6/3 – Shop for your (4-legged) BFF!
Panera Bread, 6/7 – Your besties + All the 🍕
Applebee’s Grill & Bar, 6/7 – Only a few days left to get FREE* movie tickets
Bass Pro Shops, 6/7 – Win Your Own TOYOTA TUNDRA TRUCK!
West Elm, 6/2 – O HEY! It’s KULE x West Elm
Patagonia, 6/13 – Stories you didn’t know you needed

New posts on EmailMarketingRules.com

The Definitive Guide to Adapting to Mail Privacy Protection

Webbula: What Are the Top 3 Reasons You Love Working in Email Marketing?

Unlayer: Create Engaging Email Subscriber Journeys

Multi-Touch Attribution: Moving Beyond Overly Simplistic First- and Last-Click Models

What’s Wrong with Email Marketing?

What’s Your Digital CX Strategy for Out of Stocks?

Mobile Marketing: Leveraging the Latest Trends

The Last Word on May 2022

When and How to Use Plain Text Email

When and How to Use Plain Text Email in Marketing

Creating effective, great-looking HTML emails can be tricky, given today’s rendering challenges and many considerations like dark mode and accessibility. So, it’s understandable that many marketers long to return to the days of plain text emails as a simpler alternative. There’s a nostalgia around these emails, as they take us back to an easier time when writing an email was just that—writing, and nothing else.

However, often this nostalgia tips over into romanticizing the effectiveness of this form of email, which has been largely supplanted by HTML emails for lots of good reasons, including performance. By far, B2B marketers are the most susceptible to being seduced by the allure of plain text emails. So, let’s discuss when these emails are appropriate and some design best practices…

>> Read the entire article on MarketingProfs.com

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