By Betsy Kent
Do you ever take an honest step back and think to yourself, “But, really, why did I open that email?” I pose the question because, like any New York Times bestseller, the title matters—and there is a clear distinction between content that’s first class and content that never makes it past TSA. It’s in your email subject lines.
Now, if you’re like me, you subscribe to a lot of blogs—some you always read, lots more that you don’t (but, at one time, you did). What happened between then and now? Let’s do an analysis—because knowing why some content connects with you while other content doesn’t will help you become a better marketer.
Take a look at the emails you opened so far this past week. At a glance, what do you think compelled you to open them?
Were they from your favorite writers?
Were you on the hunt for new deals?
Or, was it the email subject lines that caught your attention?
Try to jot down some of the common threads between the emails that made it past your internal auditor.
Here are the top 5 tips I’ve learned over the years about email subject lines:
1) Lists: List-based content is still opened first (because people know they’re going to receive information in a clear and concise manner that will be easy to scan (people don’t read on the web, they scan). Also, always, always, always use numerals—not numbers—spelled out (i.e. 4 Reasons It Takes So Long To Build A New Website vs. Four Reasons It Take So Long To Build A New Website).
2) Test: Take advantage of A/B testing. Create two different subject lines for each email/blog you send out. The winning subject line gives you clues as to what resonates with your audience. Try to follow the same formula for your next emails.
3) Mobile: Most people use phones to read emails, not desktop computers or laptops. You probably compose your content on your computer but take into consideration the device(s) your recipients are likely to use to view your work. Try to position your “hook” at the beginning of the subject line, whenever possible so it appears on the small screen.
4) Change The Title: If you email your blogs to your lists (which I highly recommend) your email subject line does not have to be the same as the title of the blog. I teach bloggers how to optimize their posts for Google, which includes choosing a strong keyphrase. However, the title that you create for your blog (that includes a keyphrase that you’re optimizing for) may not work as well for your emailed version as it does on a search engine.
Power Tip: Get into the head and heart of your ideal clients when crafting your titles and subject lines. When your audience searches for information on Google, they are in research mode. But, when your email arrives in their inbox, however, they move into selection mode.
5) Use Google! There tons of experts on the web who share helpful tips about how Go to the full article.
Source:: Business 2 Community