Even if your host expressly invited you into their home, do you simply barge through the door on your first visit? Of course not. You knock. In email-land, this is equivalent to an opt-in email. These automated emails double-check with the recipient about subscribing to your list, even if they voluntarily subscribed to your newsletter.
You may think this a cumbersome extra step, but it makes all the difference. Tempting as it is to just grab as many email addresses as you can and start blasting those newsletters, you won’t build lasting relationships that bring in real sales that way. Check out the automated opt-in email below. We can assume the recipient has already been getting emails from Archant for a while:
Archant is showing their valued subscribers that they care about their preferences while SIMULTANEOUSLY ensuring that only those interested in their product are receiving their meticulously crafted emails.
BRING A HOSTESS GIFT
Provide value. Make it worth their while. Make them second guess themselves as their finger hovers over the trash icon: maybe there’s something of value in this email that I’m about to throw away?
This doesn’t mean giving away inventory, or even promo codes. Check out this email for received from Glossier, a fun makeup company with a super-strong brand personality:
The images were perfectly screensaver-sized, and were lusciously visual, brand-consistent and of course: free.
Glossier didn’t charge a penny for these images, and yet, as the recipient, we felt like it was an exclusive gift from the glorious founder herself. What a simple, clever way to deliver value to your email list!
So while offer codes, downloads, and free swag are great “Hostess Gifts”, you don’t have to limit yourself to physical deliverables. You know your target audience better than anyone – you know what they’ll appreciate. Even if it’s just a screensaver.
BE A GRACIOUS HOUSE GUEST
There are some unspoken rules when you’re a guest: use your inside voice, don’t clog the toilet, feet off the coffee table…to name but a few. In order to stay welcome in your audience’s mailbox, you’ve got to be a dream guest.
Pop in only once in awhile: daily emails are a surefire way to get your recipients annoyed at you.
Don’t be too loud: if every subject line is YOU’RE ABOUT TO MISS THE DEAL OF A LIFETIME! and all your offering is another $5 off your order off $500, then you’ll lost trust fast.
Show appreciation: say “Thanks for letting us visit” every so often. It reminds your audience that you appreciate and respect that they’ve invited you in.
Canva sent out this email when they hit 2 million users on their site. In an effort to show how they still care for every customer individually, they let users know what number user they were. This isn’t earth shattering information, but it made every customer feel like they were a part of something greater and individually relevant.
Start sprinkling these strategies into your emails and pay close attention to your open rate. Remember, even if customers don’t engage with your emails, they could be actively reading, enjoying, or even forwarding them. By establishing your newsletter as one of the few they don’t block, you’ve got more than just a foot in the door: you have a guaranteed seat on their living room couch.
Have any other tips for crafting emails that have staying power? Tell us in the comments below!
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