The average person receives over 100 emails a DAY! But what is it that gets you to open an email? Wondering how to increase your email open rate? You’re in the right place!
Having strategies for your email marketing, acquisition, and email design are so important, which is why I’ve tapped five of my favorite email marketing experts to share quick-fire tips with you.
You’ll hear about the importance of personalization and why we need to avoid boring subject lines if we want our open rates to increase.
A special thank you to Hannah Lipschutz, John Walsh, Patty Breech, Katelyn Baughan, and Christina Tzavaras Edwards for sharing their wisdom with us. Let’s get started!
When thinking about how to increase your email open rate, remember people want personalized emails! One study found that 60% of people receive generic emails and 78% feel frustrated by them. Consider segmenting your audience based on their interests or behaviors.
John also challenges us to try a plain-looking, text-based email rather than one that’s filled with multiple colors and images.
Write your emails as if you’re writing to a friend. Hannah feels many brands are missing the mark here, and write their emails in an overly proper and formal tone.
Also? Avoid boring subject lines! If you want to increase your open rate, this is one of the fastest paths to get there. Try to make it interesting, and be sure to include a call to action, but not too many.
Patty shares why we need to flip our “we” directed emails to be “you” focused. Organizations talk about themselves a lot – whether shining a spotlight on a new award, initiative, or campaign.
Supporters will eventually start to wonder, why is this relevant to me? What’s in this for me?
You is the magic word and using it more than we will make your emails so much more impactful.
Use dynamic assets in your emails to inspire supporters to take action. Katelyn suggests including their first name in the body of the email, acknowledging their prior giving activity with your organization, and messaging and graphics that speak to their interests based on their past actions.
Each message should be unique and will make your emails feel so much more personalized.
And for our final tip, Christina wants us to get cheeky with our subject lines! No one wants to open an email titled “October Update” or “Summer News” right?
And while we may be tempted to come up with the subject line first, we should actually write this part last, AFTER we’ve written the content of our email.
As you take note of these tips today, notice what gets you to open emails and what inspires you to open one rather than scrolling or by or hitting the delete button. Use this as fuel to keep the ideas percolating!
“Do you ever think about why? Why you opened that one email? Was it because of the juicy subject line? Was it because you trust that person? Or was there an urgency? Or why do you even think you click through in an email once you do open it? And why do you delete it?”
Where do you struggle with your email marketing efforts? Is it in the acquisition of getting new people on your email list? Is it in drafting the emails? Is it getting those open rates? Or do you have an incredible email story to share that everyone should hear? Drop me a note on LinkedIn or Instagram either way. I look forward to hearing from you.
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