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Email Marketing: 5 Ideas to make it personal

Friday, March 2nd, 2018

In email marketing, the subject line makes the first impression in their inbox. It’s your first chance to capture their attention and get your brand noticed, email opened and message read. So let’s make it personal.

Constant Contact recently introduced the ability to personalize the subject line. So what does that mean?

It means you can add the first name and other contact information directly in the subject line. For example instead of having a subject line that reads, “Here are 5 tips on Email Marketing.” You can personalize it to read, “John here are 5 tips on Email Marketing you can use today.

In order to do this, you will need to have the first name of your contacts in your Contacts List. Now is the time to start collecting more contact information with the idea leveraging it in your future marketing efforts.

The subject line can also be personalized with other contact information such as anniversary, birthday, city, state, job title and more.

Here are 5 ideas to make it personal:

  1. Use the contact’s first name in the subject line to spark the “conversation.” Everyone loves their own name, and seeing it in their inbox can lower the hesitation to open the email and start engaging. The example above, “John here are 5 tips on Email Marketing you can use today,” is one way it might be used.
  2. Make and “exclusive” offer for where they live. Imagine your business has a nation wide audience and you want to offer a special deal on your products or services across the country. Why not make it seem like an exclusive regional deal? Add the location of the email subscriber to the subject line, “Special offer for [City or State] residents…” They will see their City or State, in the subject line, which may make the offer / announcement seem more exclusive.
  3. Speak to their professional title. For a B2B (business to business) company, you could add a person’s title to the subject line. For example, “How a [CEO, Human Resource Specialist, Manager, or whatever the title, etc.] can become more productive with the Art of Promotion online training.” It can help the reader identify with the subject as it relates to their job.
  4. Have a Birthday Special. Say you have a universal message that you want to distribute to the majority of your list(s). Your email but could capture the reader’s attention by adding a birth month to the subject line. For example; the subject line could be “3 ways people born in [Month] can benefit from___“ Everyone could then see their personal birth month in the subject line.
  5. Combine the first name with another personal data point. For example, combine their name with their job title, “John, other [job title] have had good results with _____”.

The idea is to make the subject line stand out in a personal manner. It also means that the content that you are delivering needs to live up to your subject line. Don’t try to trick them or mislead them in the subject line especially if you are personalizing the subject line. The more you can personalize your marketing efforts the more chance people will respond to your campaigns favorably.

Get creative, get personal and get results!

Make up a holiday for your brand to embrace

Thursday, January 26th, 2017

At our workshops we like to go around the room and see who is there and what business they are in before the presentation begins. Knowing who is in the room helps us generate relevant ideas while we present.

In a recent workshop, we had a wide array from non-profits, to video producers, to architects, to vintage clothing entrepreneurs.

During the workshop I mentioned that planning is important and knowing what lies ahead on the calendar can be useful.

For example, leveraging a holiday to reach out to your audience can be a nice way to stay top of mind. If there’s not a holiday you want to use, why not make one up.

The example that came to mind today was – “Did you know it’s kiss your favorite architect day?

The lady sitting next to the architect got all giddy and actually leaned over and kissed the guy on the lips!

That was not expected. Everyone burst into laughter. It was an instant classic.

At the end of the workshop the lady came up to me and said, “I forgot to mention that was my husband.”

You never know what is going to happen at a HUTdogs workshop.

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