7 More Email Marketing Hacks

I recently wrote an article about “7 Email Marketing Hacks” and today I have 7 more email marketing hacks for you!

1. Offer a Good Incentive

A good incentive or magnet is something like a free ebook or a report. This can help to encourage people to part with their email address when they might otherwise have been on the fence and it will hopefully mean you buy some good will in the process! 

2. Don't Over Promise

While it’s a good idea to offer an incentive, you don’t want to make this something too amazing. In fact, a report is almost always better than a free ebook. 

There are several reasons for this. Firstly, if your incentive is too good then you will risk attracting people to your mailing list who are in fact not interested in whatever you’re talking about. They will sign up purely to get your free gift and they might then never read any of your emails or even unsubscribe as soon as they have what they want! This skews your data and of course damages your sender reputation, so you want to avoid it. 

The other issue is that if you plan on selling an ebook later on, giving away a free ebook will seem to undermine the value of that product. If you are giving one away for free right now, then why would someone be willing to pay $100 for the next one? Especially seeing as they probably haven’t read the freebie yet… 

3. Use Storytelling

Storytelling is precisely what it sounds like: telling stories! In other words, when you write your next email, try to frame it as a story. Instead of dispassionately describing the merits of a certain technique or product, instead try talking about how it helped you and how it changed your life. Set the scene, describe the emotion and generally get your audience invested in the outcome. This is a far more engaging way to explain something and it’s actually much more persuasive as well.

4. Use the Recipients’ Names

Your autoresponder contains a feature in it that allows you to include the recipients’ names in their emails. This will automatically replace the {Name} tag in every single message so that they say ‘Hi Joe’ or ‘HI Dave’ instead of just ‘Hi’.

Now, I used to not be a fan of this technique. Everyone can see through this and it’s clear that it’s not personal and that just makes it seem emotionally manipulative. As it happens though, using this strategy has been shown to help you avoid ending up in the ‘Social’ or ‘Promotions’ inbox because it looks like natural and normal correspondence. That’s good news – so use this strategy!

5. Be Brief

Whenever you send an email, you always need to make sure that it contains value of some sort. That means it should provide a tip, a lesson, instructions or perhaps just entertainment. Whatever the case, your audience needs to feel that it was worth their time reading that message.

Better yet, you want to ensure that the amount of time they spend is short. If they can get maximum value for minimum time investment, then that will be a more efficient exchange for them and it will feel like even more value. They’re essentially getting more for less! So, learn to write efficiently and get right to the point – be respectful of your audience’s time.

6. Use a Normal Email Structure

Earlier we mentioned that using the first name in your email could help you to stand out and to by-pass the spam filter. 

Another trick you can use that will do the same thing, is to try and use a more conventional structure. In other words, instead of creating an elaborate newsletter template with headings and flashing lights, instead try writing a normal email as you would do to a friend. This will feel much more authentic and personal and it will also be more likely to bypass those various filters and make it to the inbox. 

7. Ask to be Whitelisted

If you are still facing emails that end up in the spam folder, then one of the simplest and most effective solutions is just to ask your recipients to whitelist you. That means removing you from any spam lists and putting you in the primary inbox rather than the secondary ones. 

A great time to do this is in your welcome message for your double opt-in. Your audience will need to see this message in order to sign up and you can warn them that it might go into their spam folder. You can then take this same opportunity to warn them that all your future correspondence might end up there and that they should move you to the primary inbox if they want to be sure they don’t miss future updates. 

Need Help with Your Email Marketing Campaigns?

The team at Valorous Circle would welcome the chance to chat and see if we can help you make your email campaigns more successful. You probably don’t have 15 minutes to find out how we might be able to help you succeed . . .  do you?

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