Welcome back to GSM’s three-part series on email deliverability. In Part 1, we covered 'Who' should receive your email campaigns while Part 2 discussed 'How' an email makes it to the right inbox - from send to receive. Now, it’s time to take a closer look at 'What' should be included in your email to help it get opened and land in subscribers' inboxes.
What should be included in email content?
Content quality has a huge impact on email deliverability. Besides the necessary legal requirements of commercial emails, there are other things to include or exclude to give your emails the best chance of reaching subscribers’ inboxes:
Personalization in email efforts is an expectation and it also helps increase open rates, especially when used in a subject line.
Use smaller images; Larger images take longer to send and they can max out your message size, making the email too large to send (soft bounce).
Avoid using link shorteners like bit.ly. Instead, use a hyperlink. Link shorteners can quickly get your emails marked as spam because they are on many blacklists.
Make sure your emails are mobile-friendly. Society thrives on a mobile-first lifestyle. Mobile opens and clicks make up 53% of all email events over the last two years, (2016-2018).1 Having mobile-friendly emails is a quick and easy way to ensure people can engage with, and actually read, your message across any device.
Include a clear and visible CTA (Call To Action). What do you want email recipients to do after reading your email? The call to action should be in line with the goal of your email. If the goal is to sell something, try adding a ‘Schedule Service Appointment’ button. For service, try adding a ‘Schedule Service Appointment’ or 'Test Drive' option for the CTA.
Always check spelling and grammar. Typos and grammar mistakes can hurt your company’s reputation, devalue your efforts, or cause your customers to not take you seriously. Try installing a free spelling and grammar checker like Grammarly.
From subject line to email signature, the content of your emails greatly affects deliverability, open rates, and conversions. The tips outlined in this article will help your emails reach the correct inbox and increase the likelihood of engagement or conversion.
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1 Yes Lifecycle Marketing, 2018: Q4 Email Benchmark Report: A Marketer’s Guide to 2018