5 Ways To Increase Your Email Open Rate

Not to be too cliché, but building a brand, email list, content and value to market your products and services is just not easy. It takes time and consistent effort to get to a point where people are looking forward to what you have to say and eager to purchase the new products and services you have developed, but it can be done.

The 5 ways to increase your e-mail open rate are:

  • Create an appealing subject line
  • Segment your list
  • Test e-mail frequency
  • Use first names
  • Keep your list updated

Breaking Down E-mail Open Rates

I think the best way to begin breaking down how to increase your e-mail open rate is to compare it to….dating. When you meet someone for the first time, you don’t expect to well **clears her throat**…jump to 3rd base right?

Instead you take the time and effort to get to know the person first, figure out who they are and appreciate the effort they are taking to get to know you first as well.

Essentially you expect that they take you out and buy you dinner first. A little wining and dining as the older folks like to say.

Do you expect anything less from the businesses which have you on their e-mail lists? You also expect that they continue to produce valuable content for you in exchange for your time and yes money, if they are trying to sell something.

If the following scenario resonates with you, then I urge you to keep reading.

At this point most of us are hip to the e-mail marketing game right? It starts with the lead magnet (or “freebie”) which gets your attention. You want it because there was something in it which drew your attention. You read through the post but as soon as the information starts getting juicy you see a message to either click a button which takes you to an opt-in form OR simply a place to enter your name and e-mail address.

Now you have to make a decision: you may decide to either bypass and go to Youtube or some other place where you can get the same information without having to exchange your e-mail address to get it or maybe you choose to enter your information download the freebie and unsubscribe another possibility would be that you enter your information, download the freebie but let the subsequent e-mails you receive go to your inbox or folder to die.

Decisions….Decisions….

Decide How To Approach Your E-mail Marketing

What Happens Next?

Typically the e-mail automation and sequence will begin and although the frequency of e-mails may vary there is usually something they are going to try and sell you at the end of this tunnel.

What makes the entire process trickier? If you are an Entrepreneur or Small Business owner then YOU also must include an e-mail marketing strategy into your OWN business as well.

So what’s a business owner to do?

Let me start with a few facts first for the e-mail marketing haters out there “You might be wondering if email is still a worthwhile marketing strategy. In fact, email generates $38 for every $1 spent, which is an astounding 3,800% ROI, making it one of the most effective options available.” (Forsey @Hubspot, 2019)

What Does The Data Tell Us?

  • There are definitely folks out there who are successfully using e-mail marketing
  • People are successfully going through the sales process via e-mail and making purchases
  • E-mail marketing is still an extremely lucrative form of marketing.

Which brings us to this fact: E-mail marketing is still the best way to market to your audience, create raving fans and loyal customers.

How To Get Better Open Rates

The Good news is, I will ALSO include 5 remedies.

 Let’s get to it:

  1. Create an appealing subject line.  

Low click through rates or CTR (for short) typically mean that the e-mail the person is receiving is not relevant to them. Which starts with the subject line of the e-mail, it is important that your subject line targets the content.

Remedy: Try to stay away from urgent subject lines which sound spammy, ie: (This Offer Will Be Gone With The Wind In 2 Hours!) Relevant subject lines will help you to achieve a better CTR then clickbait sounding subject lines which may or may not have anything to do with the content in the e-mail.

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    2. You are not segmenting your list.

    All lists are not equal, every e-mail marketing database has a tagging feature which will allow you to segment and categorize your subscribers based on the specific actions that they take.

    Remedy: By taking the time to narrow your focus and send messages to specific groups within your lists, your subscribers will find your campaigns more relevant—and relevant campaigns get better results. For example, you can segment your list by job title, interest, and location like city, state or zip code.

    How to segment subscribers: Include Drop downs in your opt-in form which will help to segment the audience by category.

    3. You haven’t got your frequency right.

    Make sure to test a few options when it comes to the frequency of your e-mails. I can tell you that typically an e-mail every single day is too much in most cases, where not sending enough – say once every other month could cause your subscribers to potentially forget that you even exist.

    Remedy: Instead go for every other week, make sure that the information you are sending to your list is valuable to them to increase the chances of your e-mail being opened.

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    4. Use first names.

    Emails that are personalized in subject typically have a better chance of being opened. Also The value in personalizing your e-mail within the body of your email is that the recipient feels as if the content was written specifically with them.

    Remedy: Remember your content should always be relevant to your audience, opening your subject line with the recipient’s name and also including them within the content of the email helps to achieve a high level of attention and familiarity with your content. You want them to eventually begin to look forward to reading your content.

    5. Keep your list clean and updated.

    OK, sure who doesn’t want to see that there are 2,000 or 3,000 people in their list? Even 200! But when it comes to numbers, engagement and CTR are what counts. It’s not enough to have a list where more than half are people who signed up for your freebie but then failed to ever interact with your content again.

    Remedy: The key is to have a nice clean solid list of people who open your email and read the content you provide to them. Remove email addresses which are, inactive, have a high bounce rate, low CTR or have obvious misspellings in the name or domain.

    The most important thing to remember is to schedule the content you are going to send to your audience in advance. Think about why you are sending this communication and what you hope you and your readers will get from it for best results.

    At Least Buy Me Dinner First

    “At least buy me dinner first” simply implies that, you need to work to show value and proof that you can assist with the needs of your audience instead of just cycling them into a generic sales funnel.

    Take time to think about your email subject lines, make sure that your emails are optimized for mobile devices, “Mobile opens accounted for 46 percent of all email opens” (Hubspot Email Marketing Stats, 2019)

    Not to be too cliché, but building a brand, email list, content and value to market your products and services is just not easy. It takes time and consistent effort to get to a point where people are looking forward to what you have to say and eager to purchase the new products and services you have developed, but it can be done.

    No matter what the guru’s say, stay true to yourself and the message you want your audience to receive, be relevant and timely, never forget that YOU GOT THIS!

    Learn along the way EVERY DAY, remember the REAL secret is to ALWAYS solve for X and start with a PLAN.

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    About The Author: Jeanette Stevens is the proud owner of iSimplyAssist LLC Holds Certification in: Google Digital Garage – Fundamentals Of Digital Marketing, Human Resources Management and Digital Entrepreneurship, she is currently completing an MBA in Digital Entrepreneurship, LOVES pancakes, Jazz and fantasy novels.

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    Even if you explain a problem, give words of encouragement or write about interesting topics, if you cannot provide value or benefit you will find people will lose interest and drop off your content without engaging with it. Taking this idea into context, you must therefore list the problems your audience is facing in order to properly dissect and resolve

    For Example:

    1. Maybe they are having trouble driving traffic to their website, regardless of the money they have spent, groups they belong to or hours spent on social media.
    2. The issue could be with increasing engagement and interest to a blog
    3. Or possibly the stress of juggling being a solopreneur and mom

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    Yes! And here is why: You have fully addressed the problems and took it step further by really driving home WHY your audience is running into these obstacles.

    Take it a step further and include a free checklist or step by step reference guide your readers can instantly download for further benefit and value.

    Explain that the checklist or reference guide which you have created for them will provide even more ammunition which they can be used to solve the problems and issues they are having.

    Provide Solutions your readers can get value from immediately

    Step 3. You Need To Solve For X

    After you have spent time going over the problems that your readers are experiencing you can then wrap up by solving for X which symbolizes the roadblock. You have pulled out all the stops to dissect why your readers issues are cropping up and now in this step you can spend the rest of time on solutions and success stories.

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    Do you find yourself skimming over marketing copy that is filled with jargon and buzzwords?

    I certainly do and here is why: as modern consumers how we buy has drastically changed.

    There is no longer a need to hear about why something is worth the purchase. Most modern consumers are not willing to listen to a long phone presentation describing the product. In the modern age, people want VISUALS, simply put, we respond better to social media with carefully curated content to explain exactly what we need, before imparting with our hard-earned cash. So how do savvy modern marketing or sales professionals overcome the challenges that have been imposed by the digital age to fill the pipeline and close more business?

    1. Research

    This part of the sales process has never changed. When it comes to selling and marketing a product or service understanding the customers’ wants and needs should be at the top of your list. A great way to truly understand the customer is by creating a buyer persona: “for each buyer persona profile, we want to know as much as we can about a group of people. What are their goals and aspirations? What are their problems? What media do they rely on for answers to problems? How can we reach them? We want to know, in detail, the things that are important for each buyer persona. What words and phrases do the buyers use? What sorts of images and multimedia appeal to each?” THE NEW RULES OF MARKETING AND PR, by David Meerman Scott.

    Listen to what the customer is saying and utilize the proper channels to constantly analyze and reorganize the customer profile based on their activities and the conversations that you have had, this is where a great CRM system could be your best friend. People who find the most success will spend time researching the market digitally AND socially to target the best product fit for the customer while updating the customer profile regularly to move with the current trend and need within a given industry. Remember that the key here is to take everything you have learned about your buyer and sell a solution, not a product.

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    “Content creation is an integral tool in engaging your target audience. When it comes to delivering content and securing audience engagement, LinkedIn is the most effective social media platform”. (LinkedIn, 2017) (Source: HubSpot)

    There are several platforms that can be used to attract and engage your target audience, whether it is Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, an intelligent sales professional who has done their research, will choose which social platform is the best for engaging with their target audience. You want to ensure that the content which you are producing for your target audience stays relevant and valuable to them. The research that you have conducted should have provided a decent window into the type of content they are interested in and what needs they may have.

    The Best Content Is Educational

    I personally find that the best content is educational it speaks directly to the needs of the audience and over time will position you as an authority instead of a pesky salesperson.

    In the book THE 1-PAGE MARKETING PLAN, chapter 4 Capturing Leads, Dib states:

    “A sample campaign might offer a free report or video series promising to educate your prospect about things they need to be aware of, how to avoid being ripped off and what they should look for. Once your prospect receives the value-packed information, you’ve delivered on all promises made in your advertisement. Your trustworthiness skyrockets. You’re positioned as the expert and set apart from your competition.”

    3. Resolution Skills

    “65% of salespeople who use social selling fill their pipeline, compared to 47% of reps who do not.” (HubSpot, 2018)

    What is the best way to solve a customer’s problem? Give up? Empathy. The best way to discover where the customer is experiencing issues that you can resolve is to simply put yourself in their shoes. Listen to everything they say, ask the right questions and employ good research and data collection skills to put together a solution that works.

    Onboarding and follow-up are a fantastic way to get an idea of what customers’ needs are, follow-up regularly and record everything in a database to ensure that you always have an account of key information the customer or prospect could have given you. With this information, you can set out to create an e-book, infographic, checklist or cheat sheet that they can use to assist with current issues they are having with their business. Everything you do should be to help your audience fix the problems that they have.

    Find Solutions. Solve Problems. Give Value.

    People are no longer interested in general statements which fire off long streams of data and facts, although this is important, what will get their attention is how the product or service which you are trying to market or sell to them is going to improve the problems and issues they are facing today or at least map out a clear actionable plan which will simply explain the value to them. Customers are always looking for solutions and those that use the digital and social tools within their arsenal will prevail.

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      Selling and marketing in the digital age will only prove challenging to marketers and sellers that do not take the time to find the right resources and tools to use in their modern-day arsenal. Not listening to the needs of the prospect will also cause lost opportunities. The best sellers will take everything they have learned from the prospect and create a solution which serves as the answer. Spending too much time researching is also a sure way to lose time which could be spent getting to know the prospect, pinpointing issues and providing solutions.

      What are your views on social selling? What are some of the tactics you employ which you have found successful?

      Comment below!