Email Marketing: When the Opens are FALLING – Do THIS
I’ve been an email marketer since the beginning of email marketing. It’s just my jam. I love writing, I love getting instant feedback – and yea, I’m not going to lie, I love seeing open rates in the 30’s and 40’s.
And then came Covid. Everyone was Zoomed out and Emailed out. There was very little room for fluff. Unless it pertained to your job or your kid’s homeschooling or staying in touch with a shut in loved one – no one wanted to look at another pixel on the screen.
My email open rates dropped – and dropped big time. I even had some of my most loyal followers apologize to me that they haven’t been reading because well…life.
Here’s how I reacted:
- I added more emails. If they missed one on Monday, they may get one on Thursday – or Friday. I surely didn’t stop. I ended up broadening my reach and collective open rates went up. In other words – someone may not have read both Monday and Thursday – but they may have read one. I’ll take it.
- I started videotaping my emails! Yes – you heard it. I was always an email purist. If you don’t sign up for my list – you aren’t getting my email. People do have time to listen to a short 3-5 minute video – so I did it. Grab the replays on youtube.com/cindydonaldson. I’m getting engagement from NON-email followers! Double win.
- I didn’t judge or worry. I put on my big girl panties and my empathy hat – everyone is in the same boat. It’s not me.
- I didn’t change the structure or the time of my emails – my followers know my drill. Why add confusion?
- I encouraged followers to save them – toss them in a folder for later.
- I dumped in VALUE. Now wasn’t the time to sell them “stuff” – it was the time to over-serve – I mean OVER SERVE.
I still 100% believe email marketing gives marketers the biggest bang for their buck – and that means brands. The cost is in the time and creativity – oh and paying for a good platform, but the cost pales in comparison to a huge digital advertising campaign.
Here are my rules of engagement:
- Keep the subject line intriguing, genuine, and short. I love the 2-3 word ones.
- Keep it conversational – tell a damn story
- Tell them what the main goal is in the first paragraph
- Dump in the value
- End with something for them to do – a call to action
- For service businesses like mine – only sell a couple of times a year
It’s not that hard. Write like you speak. Don’t overthink it.
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