Due to the proliferation of social media many people erroneously believe that email marketing is finished. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact along with responsive web design and social media, email should still be a main focus today for all your online marketing campaigns. To put it bluntly: The money is still in the list.
Today we’re going to share with you four more ways to boost reader response.
Four Simple Ways to Improve Your Email Marketing Response Rates
Link Your Messages
If you’re creating an autoresponder series, try to link one message to the next so each message builds upon the last one. If you’re sending out weekly newsletters, you can do something similar by just reminding readers what was discussed the previous week. For example, you might say “Last week I shared with you the 3 steps to planning your content publishing schedule.
If you haven’t created your plan yet, I encourage you take a little time this week to do so. Once you have your plan in place, you are ready to create your content. Today we’re going to talk about how to make quick work of content writing…..”
By linking messages, you encourage readers to read each one as they might miss a ‘step’ in their learning journey. In addition, this method helps create a relationship with your reader. They will learn to trust you and value your opinion and information which means they’re more likely to buy from you.
Make It Easy to Read
Forget what you learned in school (gasp!). Reading large blocks of text is difficult no matter if it’s online or in print. Your prospects are busy and probably have overflowing inboxes so chances are, they will quickly scan your message. That’s why it’s important to break up your information into smaller chunks. Adding subheadings, numbers, bullets and other simple formatting will help add readability to your messages.
Include a Call to Action
Do not overlook this step. It’s unique opportunity to connect with your reader and further your relationship. You don’t have to sell them something in every email. Instead ask them to visit your blog to read a new post, to download a free guide, to like you on Facebook or to watch (and then tweet about) your new video.
By offering free information most of the time, when you do ask them to buy a product or service, they’ll be more likely to do it. Whether you’re sharing a freebie or asking for a sale, you simply need to tell your readers what to do next.
Write in 3 Parts
Similar to article writing, your email messages should contain an introduction, body and summary. This three-part structure will help make sure each and every email message is communicated clearly.
The introduction should quickly tell you readers what you are going to share with them. This part typically determines whether they keep reading or not so be sure to make it clear and intriguing. The body of your email contains the information you are sharing with them. It’s the meat and potatoes part of the message. The summary is your wrap-up section. It quickly summaries what you’ve talked about and includes a call to action.
There you have it. Four simple ways to increase reader response with simple tweaks in your emails. If you’re already sending regular emails, it’s not too much extra work on your part!