Have you ever noticed that some emails get more sales than others? Sometimes you get high open rates, and lots of clicks. Other emails seem to fall flat. What’s the difference? Is there anything you can do to increase email conversion rates?
Can you “train” people to buy more? Yes, you can. Well, not train exactly, but check, test, and measure what you’re sending the people on your list. Then adjust your marketing tactics accordingly.
How good is your email list?
The first thing to check is the quality of your list. Are you getting lots of bounces (undeliverable emails)? Check with your email service provider to see why. The best email providers have high deliverability rates. The more emails get through, the better your chances of getting a conversion (or a sale).
Where did the names come from? Did you buy a list from somebody? Exchange lists? Is it a rented list? Or a list you built yourself? Your own subscribers should be more receptive to your offers, and the data should be “cleaner” (meaning fewer bad addresses, fewer bounces, and better deliverability).
Check your message for spam triggers
Run your messages through a spam checker before you send them. You probably know that certain words can trip filters, but so can too many images. People can’t respond to your email if they don’t get it.
Is the email helpful to your audience?
Is the email (and the offers in it) relevant to your subscribers? Are they still interested in what you have to say? If a large portion of your list is ignoring you, send everyone an email asking them to confirm that they still want to get your messages. Cutting your list can be scary, but a smaller, responsive list will earn more (and have a better ROI) than a larger, unfocused one.
Work on your subject lines
Subject lines are like headlines, they’ve got to grab attention. If they’re not interesting, they won’t get opened. The best way to find out is to test them against each other. The best subject lines will get more opens, more clicks, and more conversions (sales or opt-ins).
Check the frequency of your emails
How often do you send emails? Is it more (or less) often than promised? A barrage of email can turn people off (unless it’s extremely relevant). Sending fewer emails may get better results.
Change the wording of your offers
If it’s a sales email, the wording of the offer can change how people respond. Test different ways of saying the same thing. Do you get a better response to your deal of the day if it’s 50% off a $200 product? Or if it’s $100 less? The final cost is the same in both examples, but readers will respond to them differently.
Use multiple links
Spread the links you want readers to click on throughout the email. Some readers are ready to commit right away, but others will need more details and information before pushing the button. When you get the results back from your campaign, see which email link had the most clicks.