little green plane's ten email marketing commandments


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  1. 1. The ten email marketing commandments
  2. 2. Background Email 480 million Facebook & Twitter 250 millionROI £42.08 New accounts 480m emailfor every £1 2010 usersStatistics taken from the Direct Marketing Association
  3. 3. The ten email marketing commandments x3 Content x3 Data x3 Strategy x1 Legal
  4. 4. Content
  5. 5. 1. Thou shaltrefine your subject line
  6. 6. Subject lines• 49 characters or less• Single focus vs multi focus• Question vs command• Time limit• Use personalisation with care
  7. 7. The good
  8. 8. The good • Short • Single focus • Time limits • Incentives
  9. 9. The bad
  10. 10. The bad • Multi focus • Non-specific • Long • No incentives or CTAs
  11. 11. The ugly
  12. 12. The ugly • No opt-in • Repetitive • Non descriptive • Bland
  13. 13. 2.Thou shalt use a prominent CTA
  14. 14. Nil point
  15. 15. Ten housepoints!
  16. 16. Halfords
  17. 17. LinkedIn
  18. 18. littlegreenplane
  19. 19. Other design & content tips • Keep it short – max three snippets • Consistent structure & prioritise content • 600 pixels wide • Follow corporate guidelines • Equal image to text ratio • Mobile considerations
  20. 20. Image only emailsCreative design First impressions
  21. 21. Getting it rightALT TAG ALT TAGS
  22. 22. Don’t forget mobile• Chunkier call to action buttons• Just include the essentials• Single column- 300 – 400px wide• Keep images small to minimise download time• Social media sharing
  23. 23. 3.Thou shalt give value to your subscribers
  24. 24. What’s in it for me?
  25. 25. Tell your subscribers…• What benefits they will receive when signing up• How often they will receive updates• How you will handle their data• How easy it is to do business with you by keeping it simple
  26. 26. Incentive ideas• Free guides, white papers, opinion pieces• Money off or discount for first order• Free consultation• Event information• Access to VIP materials
  27. 27. Privacy policy• Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations• How THEY can get access• Explain the security procedures you use when handling info you collect• Blog: 10 vital ingredients for your Privacy Policy
  28. 28. Keep it simple, stupid! Meh.
  29. 29. That’s better
  30. 30. Data
  31. 31. 4.Thou shalt use an opt-in approach
  32. 32. Be a good egg…Ask permission and be upfront
  33. 33. Never assumeNetworking Business Social card draws
  34. 34. Why opt-in?• Transparency and trust• Better response and conversion rates• Enhanced advocacy• Save money and time on people who are JUST NOT INTERESTED
  35. 35. 5.Thou shalt cultivatean organic data list
  36. 36. The blight of bought lists… Reputation and results
  37. 37. A starter for ten Send an opt-in“Are we still welcome?”
  38. 38. …then start cultivating
  39. 39. Growing your list NetworkingNetworking LinkedIn Request Ask“Can I sign you up to our e-news?
  40. 40. Growing your list Use your website Hidden Sign-up subscribe Specific form on and Pop-up URLhome page unsubscribe pages
  41. 41. Growing your list Use your websiteSign up form on home page Specific URL
  42. 42. Growing your listSubscribe and unsubscribe pages
  43. 43. Growing your list Use a pop up
  44. 44. Growing your list Social mediaFacebook fan page tab Twitter auto message
  45. 45. Growing your listQR codes – for print and presentations
  46. 46. Growing your listForward to a friend snippet
  47. 47. 6.Thou shalt segment your data
  48. 48. Segmentation… it’s just like football“I play for a football club with loads of differentplayers, who all have different abilities.Trying to get the right formula to win a match can be aproblematic task.Segmenting your data is like putting the right players inthe right position according to ability and preference; ithelps your marketing run smoother and become moresuccessful.”Stuart Bonsall, little green plane sales executive and philosopher
  49. 49. Segmentation ideas• Geographic area• Sex• Age• Last purchase date• Area of interest – subscription centre
  50. 50. Subscription centre
  51. 51. Strategy
  52. 52. 7.Thou shalt set objectives
  53. 53. Email marketing objectives• Content: what and how often?• Target by audience – tailor your campaigns• Set KPIs – opens, clicks, OTC rate, enquiries, sales, forward to a friend, retention, re-engagement, event attendees, guide downloaded
  54. 54. RAF MuseumBrief:• 5-10 donations• Increase open rate by 5%• More than 1,000 clicks• Re-engage usersStrategy: starter packResults• 2,000 click throughs• 26 immediate donations• 40% open rate (was 20%)• Re-ignited enthusiasm from disengaged users (80 emails)• Knock-on effect with the pick up of museum visitors• People still using and sharing the email three weeks later
  55. 55. 8.Thou shalt test
  56. 56. Testing and refining• Demographics (age, sex, location)• Time (hour, day, month, seasons, holidays)• Personalisation• Subject line (questions, facts, commands)• Design (length, layout, call to action location)• Offer (type, time frame, % off versus cash)• From names and address (sex, seniority, info@ versus real person)
  57. 57. HalifaxGender split test
  58. 58. 9.Thou shalt not spam
  59. 59. Avoiding the spam folderEmails Spam filters Inbox Website
  60. 60. 4 layers of spam filtering Email HumanISP spam Company client spam filter spam filter spam filter filter
  61. 61. Human spam testing • Read now? • Keep for later? • Forward? • Delete?
  62. 62. Deliverability tips• Good content and data• Use pre-send spam tests provided by your ESP – Spam Assassin• Use pre-send screenshot tests• Send preview emails & set up test list• Remove hard bounces• Add an unsubscribe mechanism• Review delivery stats
  63. 63. Spam – things to avoid• Phrases like "Click here!" or "Once in a lifetime opportunity!“• Repeats• Exclamation marks!!!!!!• USING ALL CAPS, WHICH IS LIKE YELLING IN EMAIL• Colouring fonts bright red, or green• Sloppy HTML coding• One big image, with little or no text• Using a noreply@ email address
  64. 64. 10.Thou shalt be legal
  65. 65. Key factsData Protection Act 1998(Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations)• Any commercial motives must not be hidden• You must provide a valid unsubscribe mechanism• You must list your company details on your emails• You must not use competitions to gather email lists unless participants have also said they are happy to receive updates• If you are collecting data you must explain how you will handle it AND provide user access, ideally in a Privacy Policy
  66. 66. Forward to a friend • Forward on to relevant/interested parties only • You will be liable if people who haven’t opt-in complain • You cannot ask for other peoples email addresses due to the Data Protection Act (and good ESPs will not give you data on this feature)FULL GUIDE FOR MARKETERS
  67. 67. Revision
  68. 68. The ten email marketing commandmentsCONTENT 1. Thou shalt refine your subject line 2. Thou shalt use a prominent CTA 3. Thou shalt give value to your subscribersDATA 4. Thou shalt use an opt-in approach 5. Thou shalt grow organic data 6. Thou shalt segment your dataSTRATEGY 7. Thou shalt set objectives 8. Thou shalt test 9. Thou shalt not spamLAW 10. Thou shalt be legal
  69. 69. Email marketing guide (click to download)
  70. 70. Thanks @lgplane@rechendasmith