Our Inbox Review

Inbox Review

This function provides the ability to see your message in multiple inboxes to check how they display in an extensive list of render engines and spam test results. The number of these will depend on your licence type.

Email Testing

Inbox Review gives users the ability to test their email in a wide variety of email clients at the click of a button, previews take a matter of minutes to create across the 30+ email clients and devices like Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo etc.

Email Testing on Devices

Inbox Review also allows you to preview your emails on multiple devices too, like tablets such as the ipad and smart phones like the Iphone 4s and Blackberries

Spam Filter Tests

In addition your email is passed through all major spam filters, showing spam scores and explanations of why the score was given, allowing you to adjust your email to increase deliverability.

Inbox Review Lite is available to all clients (with no additional charge) offering testing to Gmail and Outlook 2003 without spam test

To enquire about our new inbox review please don’t hesitate to ring us on
020 3320 8777

Campaign of the month: February – Galapagos Conservation Trust

Congratulations to The Galapagos Conservation Trust for being our campaign of the month. Remember, winners of campaign of the month are awarded 400 points.

For more information on our loyalty points click here, or give us a call! 020 3320 8777

The Galapagos newsletter won for the following reasons:

  • Clear and relevant information for subscribers
  • Call to action is clear and accessible
  • Social media links are included (good for driving traffic across multiple channels)
  • On brand
  • Great image to text ratio

Galapagos Conservation Trust

Obama’s email campaign

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No one can dispute the power and importance of online fundraising, and email was the bread and butter and just may have won Obama the election. At the very least, it raised a boatload of money. Bloomberg Business week broke down its efforts and reported: “Most of the $690 million Obama raised online came from fundraising emails.”

For more information click here

Or check out our info graphics:Obama’s email campaign infographic

 

Secrets to maintaining Newsletter Click through rates

3 Secrets to Maintaining Superior Newsletter Click-Through Rates
Litmus Guest blogger: Gregory Ciotti from Help Scout discusses how insight into the human mind will enable you to send the sort of emails your list wants to receive!

As your list grows, maintaining consistently strong open and click-through rates becomes quite the endeavour.
It’s easy to see that getting your message spread (and heard) is very dependent on people actually opening and engaging with your emails.
The problem is this: You can’t get to know each of your potentially thousands of subscribers personally, so how do you give them what they want?

The answer is to turn to rigorous research in social psychology.
With these insights into the human mind, you’ll be able to send the sort of emails that your list wants to receive, which will allow you to maintain industry leading open-rates.

In this article we’ll discuss 3 studies that reveal email marketing tactics that you can implement today.

1.) The Information Gap
The information gap theory is one put forth by George Lowenstein of Carnegie Mellon University, and it states that as we gain tantalizing information, we seek to “close the gap” by quelling our curiosity and getting to the secrets that the information may reveal to us.
Not all that shocking, but to have some research behind this point of view is very important.
The premise that curiosity is one of the strongest human motivators is also backed by research surrounding the Zeigarnik effect and the appeal of suspense in well-told stories.
In a study examining the Zeigarnik effect conducted in 1982, researchers found that when subjects were interrupted from completing a brain buster puzzle that:
…nearly 90% carried on working on the puzzle anyway.That means they were told they could stop working on the test, but a majority of people just couldn’t leave it unfinished.
While this cliff-hanger method may be the oldest trick in the book when it comes to storytelling, I find it used very ineffectively in email newsletters. The mystery shouldn’t be limited to the subject line, in fact, that’s the last place where I would use mystery.
I like to start people off with a very direct subject line, and build my email copy with suspense, discussing some elements of the new content I’m sending them (and why it’s important they read it), but not giving away the entirety of the information.
This is most effective when using a newsletter to get people to on-site content.
So instead of saying, “Check out this new post on my 50 favourite psychology books!”, I use something like, “I’m an avid reader of psychology books, but do you know which ones are useful and which are a COMPLETE waste of time? Click here to find out!”
The desire to fill in the gap I’ve left (especially when they’ve already read most of the email) is just too strong for most people to resist.

2.) Less is More Approach
In her famous study on Why choice is demotivating, psychologist Sheena Iyengar conducted a study on jams that showcased how too many options can cause “action paralysis.”
Her study focused on selling jam to customers at a supermarket, but utilized 6 flavours of jam on one day, and 24 flavours on another day.
While she noted an increased interaction from customers with the 24 jam display, only around 3% of customers actually BOUGHT the jam, vs. over 30% for the 6 jam display!
Too many options doesn’t equal more actions, it makes people shut down because they become too overwhelmed.
With that in mind, I always make sure my messages stick to the one email, one goal rule. Whenever I send a broadcast to my list, I only have one objective in mind, and only ask them to do one thing throughout the entire message.
When you are asking for multiple things, you are actually asking for ZERO things, because people won’t commit to a myriad of choices.
They will, however, be more inclined to act on one choice.

3.) Triggering Strong Emotions
When it comes to creating viral content, the secret seems to boil down to how useful the content is and also how it makes us feel.
According to research from the Wharton Business School, the strongest recurring element of viral pieces of online content had to with the content’s utility and how strong of an emotion the content evoked, specifically when it came to the emotions of:
1.Awe
2.Anger
3.Surprise
4.Anxiety and Fear
5.Joy
Since this is the case, and since email newsletters are also a form of online content, it would make sense to implement these results to increase newsletter effectiveness, but where should we be using it?

Since we know that the information gap gets people to click, and we also know that the information needs to be tantalizing enough to actually generate interest, the answer is in the beginning of your newsletter message.
In fact, your whole first paragraph should focus on generating excitement through one of the above emotions, tailoring your persuasive message around what kind of content your subscribers are about to click-through to.

It’s all about them, not you: their fears, their joys, and things that surprise them should be the centrepiece of your intro.
As your message builds in anticipation, you should discuss how the content you are sending them addresses these problems, leaving out just enough information to maintain suspense until the final click-through.

Are you crafting your broadcasts with these emotions in mind?

The Missing Puzzle Piece

As I mentioned above, consistent testing is also part of my strategy to keep newsletter engagement high.
Since that’s the case, I want to emphasize that although these practices are solid and backed by real research, it will come down to your results (showcased through your own detailed testing) that dictate whether or not they are a fit for your overall strategy.

After all: if it’s not worth measuring, it’s not worth doing.

For more details on how to design a great email or for more of our “how to” download guides contact our support team on 0203320 8777 or click here.

 Sourced: https://litmus.com/blog/newsletter-click-through-rates

This Years Events we are Attending

 

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The e-shot team will be attending various events this year. So if you are free on those dates we are exhibiting, why not come and visit us.

Also keep your eyes open on other events that we will be exhibiting by looking at our blog or social media webpages.

Kent 2020 Vision Live

Kent 202 Vision Live was a great day, with the sun shinning and many businesses visiting the Kent 2020 Vision Live, it was truly that! Click here to read more on Kent 2020

To claim your FREE ticket for the Great Business Show 2013 click here