Email Copy

Is Your Email Marketing Copy Boring?

Like a lot of writers, I regularly ask someone whose work I admire to check my copy. They don’t look for literals, poor grammar or the occasional over-used cliché, but instead read through a few randomly-selected submissions, not only for email marketing, and criticise them. It’s a bit of a risk, but only to my … READ MORE »

Newsletters Are More Than Just Lead Magnets

Most subscribers devour newsletters. Unlike marketing emails, when they see one in their inbox, they’ll put them to one side to read at leisure, probably with a cup of coffee and biscuit. Their brain will be at its most receptive. With defences down and scepticism hibernating, they are typical of a newsletter reader. It is … READ MORE »

Think Small

When Volkswagen’s advertising agency, the wonderful Doyle Dane Bernbach (DDB), produced the genre-confounding Think Small series of adverts for the VW Beetle, it was as much due to a change in the way their teams were organised as the actual graphic design. Their system has since been accepted as the norm across the industry, and … READ MORE »

How To Stop Emails Being Diverted To Spam

To the question, ‘Is email deliverability an exact science?’ the answer is No and No. If it was either exact or a science it would be possible to ensure that our marketing emails were not classed as spam. But it’s not, and we have to work within that limit. It means there is no definitive … READ MORE »

What To Check In An Email Before Sending

As with most mistakes, the most important response is to ensure you do not make it again. It’s not a simple case of ‘Oh, I’ll remember that’. You’ve already missed the error once. What’s to say you would not make an identical mistake again by just not seeing it?  For this article we’ll assume you … READ MORE »

Predicting Email Trends In The Medium Term

I’m a bit of a hoarder. It requires management. The best way for me to limit the number of my draft email marketing articles is to review them after 12 months to see if they are out of date. Last weekend I reviewed a couple of half-completed articles from August 2020. The basis of each … READ MORE »

The Next Step For Your Email Campaign

We’ve recently discussed the first three matters that need to be settled when you are planning an email marketing campaign: what the purpose is, who would be interested and the specifics of that group of subscribers. These are the basics. Everything you do now should be built on this foundation. While those on your segmented email … READ MORE »

Describe Your Email Marketing Campaign

I used to edit a magazine. The layout, design, images and copy are there to encourage the person to read the article and become lost in it. It means, hopefully, that they will come back for more. The problem is that editors and graphic designers look at the page from their specific skills point of … READ MORE »

Plan Your Next Email Campaign In Stages

It should be exciting. You’ve got a pristine free email marketing template and you can do anything that will increase your ROI over the previous ones. Why is it so daunting? The number of stages to planning an email marketing campaign is a purely personal decision. Just work your way through the planning process, numbering … READ MORE »

Write Copy Your Subscribers Want To Read

Some years ago, when history was my main pastime, I belonged to a group which rented a rather well-known TV historian for a talk on the British Civil Wars. It was fascinating. However, the most memorable part was the post wine and finger buffet Q&A where, loosened by the rather decent vintage, the speaker wandered … READ MORE »

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