Email marketing remains one of the most effective tools for marketers, and you put a lot of energy into your email marketing strategy. So the last thing you want is to see your efforts result in low email engagement.
If you want to increase email engagement and get those coveted clicks on your CTA buttons, read on for 10 tips that will give your messages a boost.
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What is email engagement?
Email engagement is the measurement of interactions your emails receive. These interactions are measured using certain email engagement metrics including open rate, click-through rate, subscribes and unsubscribes, and conversion rate.
The email delivers a discount code that subscribers were promised in exchange for signing up, includes a beautiful picture, and keeps things super simple.
2. Optimize your subject lines.
Today, 47% of email recipients open emails based on the subject line. So yes, getting the subject line right is crucial.
But what makes a good subject line?
The best way to succeed is to leverage natural human tendencies such as:
FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out)
This is a FOMO subject line, wherethe Alzheimer’s Association makes it clear that their impact will have twice as much impact — but only for a limited time.
3. Don’t neglect the pre-header text.
The pre-header text, or preview text, is the snippet of text that follows the email subject line when a reader views your email in the inbox. It’s shown beside the subject line and sender name.
These pre-header text examples from the lifestyle brand Quince offer a follow-up to the subject line and give subscribers even more reasons to open the email.
This snippet is valuable real estate that can make or break your email’s performance. But the message has to fit within limited character space to be effective.
The pre-header text can only contain 50-130 characters — even less if you want it to fit on mobile screens. Make sure your message is short and sweet, yet encourages people to open your email.
4. Prioritize your CTAs.
The way you write and design your CTAs, or calls to action, has a significant impact on email engagement and click-through rates.
As readers are so used to being prompted to take action, creativity is crucial to avoid being filtered out.
Experiment with everything from copy and design to placement and frequency. You’ll discover what kind of CTAs and buttons yield the best results from your particular target audience.
This message from wedding brand BHLDN uses compelling text to pull readers in. The CTA keeps it short and sweet, sealing the deal by offering a complimentary styling session.
5. Write casual, fun copy.
Write as you talk. Nobody appreciates large, dull, jargon-heavy chunks of text. Make it easy, fun, and rewarding to read your emails. And be ultra-clear about what next step you want the reader to take.
Use active, positive language — and keep sentences concise. And, if appropriate, use humor; people like to smile.
This email copy from Surreal is creative, on-brand, and to the point:
6. Leverage your transactional emails.
After welcome emails, transactional emails have among the highest open rates of all email marketing messages at about 80%-85%. Yet, they rarely contain more information than that of the actual transaction. That means an opportunity for you.
A transactional email is any type of email that is based on an action a subscriber took. Transactional emails include:
This order confirmation email from skincare Haoma takes an opportunity to remind customers of the impact of their order.
This gives you a 360-degree view of your contacts everywhere, including your email marketing platform. It’s then easier than ever to send highly personalized emails based on your contacts’ groups, memberships, and other properties.
Better Data Means Better Email Engagement
Email communication is one of the most effective ways that you can reach out to customers and prospects. But keeping your emailing lists up to date and personalizing your content can be challenging.
That’s where integration steps in. Sync the contact databases across your app stack, so you’re always working with fully enriched, up-to-date, and relevant data.
With your CRM and email tool in sync, you can automatically send recent subscribers and leads to your email tool. You can also sync extra data for better segmentation of your marketing and nurturing campaigns.
At the same time, you can merge marketing qualified leads (MQLs) back to your CRM with updated data for sales to work with — all without overwriting existing data.