5 easy things to test to get a better response in your email marketing campaigns by Janine Popick @janinepopick

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Testing something new or changing something seemingly small in your email campaigns can definitely tell you something about how your recipients will respond. You’ll either get more open & clicks or you won’t. But you won’t know until you try.

Testing something new can SEEM like a lot of work but it’s really not. If you’re going to create an email marketing campaign anyway, it’s just three more tiny steps.

One: Make a copy of the campaign you’re creating
Two: Change a little part of the campaign (see below)
Three: Test with a small portion of your list or split your list in two

These three simple steps could get you a better response to your next email campaign and it takes just minutes for you to do. Unleash the mad scientist in you with these 5 easy things to test within your next email marketing campaign.

1. Subject Line – If no one opens your email, it doesn’t matter how pretty it is on the inside, so why not test two different subject lines? Here’s an idea; look at your past campaigns and see what your recipients are clicking on, then include that offer or article in your new subject line. After you send it out compare your open and click rates to see if you got a better response than normal.

2. Offer – Test a % discount vs. a pricing discount like 20% off vs. a $10 savings. Run a test with free shipping vs. no free shipping or with an expiration date vs. no expiration date. Then roll out to the rest of your list the winning offer.

3. Format – Instead of including a sidebar in your emails, try removing it so that perhaps more of your content is “above the fold” or the part of an email or web page that is visible without scrolling. Make sure you’ve got some links above the fold so you can tell if it’s working. If you get more clicks you may want to consider changing your format for good.

4. Links – If your email has 5 links to your offer, try including 5 more and see if your response increases.

5. Images – Try removing images and see if a text version of your email works better. How 90’s of you!

You can either split your list in half and do the test or you can break off a small piece of your list and do the test a day in advance of your real email campaign date. Then roll out to your bigger list with the winner. Here is how you can do it using VerticalResponse.

One last thing, if you are going to test any of these make sure you test them one at a time so you know which change actually made the difference.

Got any other testing tips you would like to share? Post them!

Meet the author:

Janine Popick

Janine Popick

Janine is co-founder and CMO of Dasheroo, because every business in the world needs a business dashboard! As former CEO and founder, Janine grew VerticalResponse (acquired by DLX), a leading email marketing and social media marketing provider, to over 1 million small businesses strong. She is an active Inc. contributor on all things marketing, customer service, sales and leadership. Languages: English and no bullsh*t. Life's too short. Janine loves helping small businesses, she advises several startups and is an active investor.

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