Despite what you’ve heard, email marketing is not dead. However, with the number of email users in the US alone projected to hit 254.7 million by 2020 and the changing email habits of consumers, email marketing must continue to evolve.
So if you’re looking for email marketing tactics that won’t suck, you need to see past old strategies and outdated practices. To get ahead of the game, you need to get creative and find innovative ways to connect with consumers via email. Here are three tactics you should try this new year:
1. Use AI to Get More Personal
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is revolutionizing email marketing by adding personalization to your campaigns. People are more likely to open emails that speak directly to them. According to Marketo, trigger emails based on behavior perform 3x better than those batch emails that have no “intelligence” built-in.
With AI and machine learning, you can automate the optimal time to send emails in the day based on each subscriber’s engagement history. Never miss out on revenue opportunities by leveraging AI to determine which subscriber is likely to be most interested in your special offers and promos. Because content matters, AI enables you to learn what content combinations performs best – from the subject lines to the layout to the body copy and even the images.
2. Grab Attention with Interactive Content
According to Shutterstock, interactive content drives 5x more views than static content. Give subscribers a reason to open your emails with the promise of fun and entertainment. Interactive email content grabs the user’s attention, improving click-through rates and driving higher conversions. However, it’s much more than buttons and GIFs.
Interactive content involves anything that users can click on or swipe such as image carousels, quizzes, or games. Mostly, it’s anything that requires the email recipient to engage with the content actively. To add interactive elements to your email marketing, try displaying product cards using image slider or the rollover effect. You can also use accordion menus, survey forms, questionnaires, and videos.
3. Optimize for Mobile
Don’t underestimate how vital mobile optimization is to your email marketing. According to Fluent “The Inbox report, Consumer perceptions of email” (2018), 3 out of 5 consumers check their emails on mobile while 75% say they use their smartphones most to check email.
Because email marketing starts with people who visit your website and fill out your opt-in form, your sign-up forms should also be mobile-friendly. To optimize your emails, use a responsive mobile template. Shorten your subject line to make sure they’re fully viewable on mobile screens.
Pay attention to your pre-header text to make sure that while it’s short, it’s still compelling and informative. Take advantage of device detection if your email service provider offers it. Enhance your emails by striking a balance between text and images. Be intentional with your choices and keep image file sizes small, so they load quickly on mobile.
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J. Sanders is a branding and advertising guru, as well as a PMP certified Project Manager. He has worked with top companies and startups to improve their branding over a decade.