An email campaign is a sequence of marketing efforts that contacts multiple recipients at once. Email campaigns are designed to reach out to subscribers at the best time and provide valuable content and relevant offers. Using email campaigns allows you to build deep and trusting relationships with your customers.
The SendPulse marketer shares versatile content ideas for your email campaigns. Check it out to learn more about what email campaigns can do for your business.
When is the best time to send an email campaign?
The best time to send an email campaign depends on the topic of the message, the audience’s lifestyle and habits, and the day of the week.
Typically, the best days are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday because Monday is the busiest day of the week, and on Friday, people try not to leave anything for the next week and cope with their week tasks. Saturday and Sunday often family days, so people spend most of their weekend relaxing and not reading emails. Check out our blog to learn more about the best time to send email campaigns.
The best hours are:
- around 6 am as many people have a habit of checking their phones in bed;
- around 10 am because people also check their emails at the beginning of the working day;
- around 2 pm because people have lunch or coffee breaks;
- from 8 pm to midnight because during these hours people are usually free and many of them have a habit of reading emails before going to sleep.
Though, it’s much easier to identify the worst time to send email campaigns in most cases: it’s inconvenient to read emails during rush hour when people commute to and from their work and at night, as there is a risk of waking them up. You’d better avoid these hours.
When you find out the best time for your business to send email campaigns, you can effectively schedule your campaigns with SendPulse.
Email Campaign Types
- Welcome emails
- Announcement emails
- Testimonial request emails
- Holiday emails
- Invitation emails
- Seasonal emails
- Reactivation emails
- Abandoned shopping cart emails
- Cross-selling emails
- Upselling emails
- Anniversary emails
There are many types of email campaigns, so it is necessary to choose a style that will help you achieve your goal.
- Welcome emails. A welcome email is sent when a user subscribes to your mailing list. Ask clients to set their preferences regarding email frequency and the content they are going to receive.
- Announcement emails. These are sent to announce an upcoming holiday, event, release of a new product or feature, etc. The aim is to make subscribers interested, encourage them to buy or to visit.
- Testimonial request emails. This email campaign is sent to ask clients to leave feedback by commenting, reviewing, or completing a survey to improve the service.
- Holiday emails. This type of email campaign engages people with holiday discounts before Halloween, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Christmas, New Year, and other holidays. It builds trust and strengthens positive emotions associated with your brand.
- Invitation emails. This email campaign invites subscribers to visit an online webinar, a party, a conference, etc.
- Seasonal emails. Intended for sending relevant seasonal offers like umbrellas in Fall, or sunglasses in Summer, for instance.
- Reactivation emails. Emails sent to inactive clients who lost interest or have forgotten about your company. Don’t just say goodbye to them, try to reactivate and remind them how much value you can share.
- Abandoned shopping cart emails. Sometimes subscribers leave items in the shopping cart without buying them for some reason. An abandoned cart email suggests that subscribers return to their carts and inspires them to complete the purchase.
- Cross-selling emails. This type of email campaign promotes related products. If your client bought a smartphone, a phone case would be great to cross-sell.
- Upselling emails. It describes and offers more advanced, upgrades, and expensive products than the customer considered or bought before.
- Newsletters. The most widespread email campaign. Newsletters provide customers with valuable and non-promotional information. If performed well, newsletters help brands build trusting and loyal relationships with people.
- Anniversary emails. With this type of email, you can congratulate subscribers on the company’s anniversary and reward your loyal clients. It increases sales, brand awareness, and customer loyalty.
How to Design an Email Campaign
- Use an inverted pyramid method
- Leave air in the text
- Keep your brand’s identity
- Work out a relevant design
- Implement a responsive design
- Use helpful resources to speed up the process
- Use an inverted pyramid method. An inverted pyramid makes emails easy-to-read. Structure the content from the most significant parts at the top to the smallest at the bottom — it should look like a funnel. On top, there is usually a large image, then comes the narrower text section, and at the bottom, there is a call to action, the smallest part. Such design will ‘deliver’ your reader to the CTA at the end of your email.
- Leave air in the text. Mind that during the years that emails have existed, people have gotten used to reading dark text on a bright background. An abundance of vibrant colors may overwhelm the readers and make them leave the page, blinded. Separate the text in emails into small bites. Save room between the text blocks, images, and buttons.
- Keep your brand’s identity. Use email campaigns as an extension of your brand’s website and social media pages. Keep the set of colors, fonts, and tone of language in the same fashion throughout all of your brand’s marketing spaces. Otherwise, your emails will look unprofessional and cheap, or unrecognizable by the customers.
- Work out a relevant design. Create a design that corresponds with the goals of your email campaign. Remember, a regular newsletter and Valentine Day’s celebration email differ from one another because they both provide a different kind of value. You can use SendPulse email templates for your email campaigns for free and simplify this process.
- Implement a responsive design. Modern adaptive designs is a must in today’s email marketing. Using a responsive design makes your emails look professional from any device, whether it’s a desktop, a mobile phone, or a tablet. All emails made with SendPulse has a responsive design by default.
- Use helpful resources to speed up the process. There are a few sites of stock photos, which stand out from the crowd of uniform, corporate resources: Death to The Stock Photo, Unsplash, and Gratisography. There are also tools for creating images like PlaceIt and Canva. Besides, you can use colossal icon libraries like Elegant Themes and Dry Icons for your email marketing campaigns.
Creating a Successful Email Campaign
- Set your goals
- Grow your opt-in mailing list
- Segment your mailing list
- Create emails with a consistent layout
- Write a good copy
- Personalize an email campaign
- Use A/B testing
- Set your goals. What is the aim of your email campaign? Having a goal helps you select the type of email, design, and create valuable content for your recipients. Try to set realistic goals that are achievable and monitor your efficiency.
- Grow your opt-in mailing list. Find out the best media for gathering subscribers. Create a subscription form for your website or blog and collect the data you consider the most important for your mailing list: email address, phone number, name, gender, country — whatever you may need to create relevant and targeted email campaigns. Don't forget that your mailing list should be double opt-in, which means that you will gather an audience of only people who are genuinely interested in your services.
- Segment your mailing list. Segmentation highly increases relevancy and targeting. It’s convenient to segment mailing lists with SendPulse, and opportunities for segmentation are virtually unlimited. Segment your mailing list according to the country, gender, place in the sales funnel, etc.
- Create emails with a consistent layout. If the mailing list is up and ready, create an email campaign with the help of a drag-and-drop editor, which allows creating great templates without coding. Besides, you can use pre-designed templates provided by SendPulse.
- Write a good copy. The style of the text should correspond to your brand’s general identity. Create a funny and intriguing subject line and preheader text. Put the most tasteful information there to encourage the recipients to open your email. The copy inside the email should be meaningful with a purpose in every word and lead a reader to the CTA smoothly.
- Personalize an email campaign. Another reliable tool for success with an email campaign is personalization. The data that you’ve gathered enables you to personalize the subject line and provide subscribers with slightly different emails at once according to their email preferences and behavior.
- Use A/B testing. A/B testing gives you a chance to clarify whether your email will impress your audience or not, without sending it to the entire list. The size of your mailing list determines the number of recipients required for testing. For instance, you can test different subject lines by sending two different emails to two equal groups of people. After that, you will know which variant is better. The same goes for email visual and text content, CTAs, sender’s name, etc.
How to send an email campaign with SendPulse
- Register an account
- Add a mailing list
- Create a campaign
- Test and send
- Automatically resend to unread
- Register an account. Fill the registration form in our service.
- Add a mailing list. Upload an existing mailing list or create your own. Never buy a mailing list because it will hurt your business and sender reputation. Use double opt-in to ensure all subscribers have provided you with a valid email address.
- Create a campaign. Create an email campaign with our simple and intuitive drag-and-drop editor, or use preset free templates. Try to keep your design and copy consistent, relevant to your offer, and your brand’s identity.
- Test and send. The bigger your mailing list is, the greater chance you have for A/B tests before actually sending your email to your entire audience.
- Measure. After the launch, you can gain a lot of data about an email campaign: the number of sent and delivered emails, open rate, click-through rate, and bounces, opens by location, clicks map, domain metrics, devices of the recipients and detailed statistics of errors. Compare these metrics with your expectations and goals to improve your email marketing strategy.
- Automatically resend to unread. You can use the auto resending tool to send the same email again to those who never opened it. You need to change the subject line and schedule the time for resending. This feature makes your email campaign more efficient by increasing its open rate.
How to Measure an Email Campaign's Effectiveness
- Open rate
- Click-through rate
- Bounce rate
- Forwarded emails
- Spam complaints
This is a list of measures that enables you to monitor the email campaign’s efficiency.
- Open rate. This statistic identifies how many emails were opened out of the number delivered. Whether the recipients open your email or not depends on the quality of the sender’s name, subject line, and preheader, the first things the recipients see.
- Click-through rate. A measure of the number of clicks on a call-to-action button. If the click-through rate is high, it indicates that the content of the email is relevant and valuable for your subscribers.
- Bounce rate. This is the percentage of emails that were not delivered. There are multiple reasons for bounces: fake email addresses, a full inbox, inappropriate size of the email, or identification as spam by a recipient’s server.
- Forwarded emails. This stands for a number of emails that were shared on social media. It indicates how many brand advocates you have.
- Unsubscribers. Unsubscribing is not pleasant, though it cleans up your mailing list, as people who are not interested leave in peace without any effort from your side. However, if this number is too high, you need to reconsider your approach to email marketing.
- Spam complaints. If your email turns up in the spam box, it’s the worst-case scenario because this is very harmful to your business.
Email campaign tips and best practices
- Let subscribers set their email preferences
- Add alternative text for the images
- Plan drip email campaigns
- Encourage sharing
- Send birthday campaigns
- Let subscribers set their email preferences. This will make segmentation and personalization easier. You can offer subscribers to set their preferences in a welcome email or add the link to the preferences center to the footer of every email.
- Add alternative text for the images. Alt-text is a hidden text which duplicates information from the pictures and saves chances that email will be read in case the recipient has pictures turned off or if they are downloading for too long.
- Plan drip email campaigns. Create a sequence of email campaigns to reach more distant and long term goals.
- Encourage sharing. Reward your subscribers for sharing your emails on social media. Surprise those who shared your email with friends by offering a discount or sending a thank you email.
- Send birthday campaigns. Collect your subscribers’ birth dates to congratulate them on their special day, wish them well, and build trustful relationships.
How can I create email campaigns with SendPulse?
How much does an email campaign cost?
Using SendPulse, you can send up to 15,000 free emails to 500 recipients monthly. If you plan to work with a larger mailing list, check our pricing page to choose a proper plan for your business.
What is a successful open rate for an email campaign?
This depends on the type of email that you sent. Newsletters usually have higher open rates than for promotional emails and lower than for transactional emails. Besides, it varies by industry and is higher for non-profits and hobby content and lower for e-commerce. It’s best if you define what a successful open rate is for your company, then try to reach and maintain those figures. Improve your open rates by running A/B tests for your subject line, email copy, and CTAs. Another way to improve your results is to send deeply personalized emails to make sure you share the most relevant content.
What is an email drip campaign?
It is a series of automated emails sent one after another during a specific timeframe to encourage particular user actions. Use this method to share interesting articles from your blog’s back catalog, a step-by-step introduction to your service, or a new line of products. Whatever your goals are, SendPulse’s Automation 360 is a helpful tool to create a sequence of drip emails fast and free.
How should I track website visitors from an email campaign?
When you create your email campaign with SendPulse, you can add previously created Google Analytics UTM parameters in one click. Follow this link to learn more about SendPulse’s integration with Google Analytics.
Last Updated: 2020-02-27