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    Constant Contact 2015

    Standout Subject LinesGet Opened, Get Read, Get Results

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  • BE A MARKETER

    Let me take just a minute to explain what Constant Contact is for those who may not be familiar.

    Constant Contact is a do-it-yourself online marketing system. You can use it to be a marketer for your own small business or organization. The company is best known for its email marketing tools. Its easy to create and send mass email, like newsletters or announcements and updates. You can run special promotions or offers; you can build online surveys and polls to gather feedback; and you can promote and manage your events using Constant Contact with registration tools, payment acceptance and invitations all in one place.

    You can use all the tips and best practices well discuss today in your own small business or nonprofit. You can be a marketer. All it takes is Constant Contact.

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  • At its core, marketing is about getting results.*

    At its core, marketing is about getting results that you can measure.

    So lets kick off this session with a simple definition, or a framework, for what marketing really is.

    You already know, generally, what it is but when I say the word marketing, I mean something very specific and its important that we are on the same page. My definition of marketing has three simple parts you define an audience: a group of people that you want to target. You reach out to them with a message that is specific to that audience. And you seek to elicit a physical and measurable response. A click, a reply, a call, a purchase, a referral these are all actions that represent a decision made by a human to react to your message.

    Keep this in mind as we discuss marketing and marketing campaigns and the ways to deliver the most effective campaigns. Youre doing these things because you want people your customers, your clients, your donors or supporters to DO SOMETHING.

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  • First impressions

    matter.

    First impressions matter. And when someone opens your email, what they see is going to determine what they do next. Chances are youll want them to read your newsletters or announcements, and take a next step. Maybe you want them to visit your website, register for an event, donate to your nonprofit, or try a new product. This is where a beautiful, professional-looking email designed to drive action is crucial. People make snap judgements about whether or not to read your emails based on a quick glance. We choose an email message, give it a two-second glance, then decide if its worth our time. If it is, we keep it and read it. If not, we hit the delete key and send the email to the trash folder.

    Thats why we created a webinar dedicated to helping you make the right impression. Well take you through the reasons email subscribers delete emails and how you can design emails that actually work.*

  • *What kind of results?

    Revenue / donations

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    Now that you know the goal of new marketing, try to think about Subject Lines as the gatekeepers to these next steps. If you can get someone to open your email out of curiosity or because they are expecting something satisfying or informative, getting that open will lead to what you are marketing to achieve. After a subscriber decides to read your email upon viewing the subject line, the calls to action lead to these types of measurable actions. [CLICK] This is why you market your business or nonprofit so that your readers do these things for you can generate revenue or donations for your organization.

    Because youre sending messages in hopes that the reader will take that next step, crafting your subject lines with these goals in mind will get you closer to getting these responses from your subscribers so they can in turn respond to your message in the ways you want them too.

    Remember that your overall goals come back to why youre in business or whats going to keep you in business: [CLICK] to generate revenue or donations. If the results youre getting dont lead in some way directly to that bottom line, then you should evaluate why youre driving those types of responses.**

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    Email is hard to beat. Its where people are... 91% of US adults like to receive promotional emails from companies they do business with 138% spend more with email offers than those who dont receive any email offers Source: PewInternet.org

    Email marketing is hard to beat. Its where everyone is these days for everything from updates from you bank or service providers, to messages from mom or the kids and of course promotional messages from businesses you subscribe to and frequent.

    [CLICK] 91% U.S. adults like to receive promotional emails from companies they do business with and [CLICK] 138% of people spend more after receiving email offers than those who never receive any at all. At the heart of that is the fact that emails are successful because of Standout Subject Lines if the subject lines dont grab your attention whether they be from Amazon or your bank, your phone company, or the restaurant or boutique in town you always go to, those senders know that the subject line will make or break the success of that message and the calls to action included in the email to drive you to their business or to take a specific action. So crafting your subject line to persuade someone to open is absolutely key with email marketing.

    Source: Marketing Sherpa- survey of consumer attitudes - http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/marketingsherpa-survey-of-consumer-attitudes-towards-email-marketing-reveals-strong-preference-for-email-compared-with-all-other-communications-300029767.html

    Source: http://www.convinceandconvert.com/convince-convert/15-email-statistics-that-are-shaping-the-future/ *

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    Subject lines can...Get your email readBring you more business more revenueBuild awareness around your business or organization

    So that is why we are here today because we want to bring to light how crucial subject lines are to making sure that your emails bring you more business and generate more revenue or awareness wherever people are viewing your email on a computer, tablet, or mobile phone.

    There is an art and a science to crafting compelling subject lines that inspire easy action intended to generate more business or awareness for you and its not as hard as it may seem.

    With a few tricks and tips and some practice and measuring, youll be able to craft more compelling and interesting subject lines for your emails that will help your messages Stand Out on Mobile and Desktop.

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  • Source: Inwise*open an email based on the subject line.

    As a small business, you dont have time to do things that dont work, so when it comes to your subject lines, you want to get into the habit of optimizing your subject lines to get the best results possible for your marketing efforts every time. Were going to show you some easy ways to do that today.

    [CLICK] Approximately one third of people decide to open an email based solely on the subject line so that subject line needs to be a standout subject line whether theyre reading on a desktop computer or a smartphone or tablet. There is a lot of competition for our attention these days in our inboxes, but after todays webinar youll have some tricks of the trade you can start to use on your next email campaign to rise above the competition. After a few campaigns of implementing what well show you here today, youll be a pro at getting real measurable results for your marketing efforts.

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    Sources:

    35% of all recipients of email choose whether or not to open a message on the subject line alone. - inwise "The Magic Words: The Importance of the Subject and 'From' Lines for Email Marketing" (2012)

    Constant Contact/CMB Study (3/27/12) http://news.constantcontact.com/research/032712-new-study-constant-contact-and-chadwick-martin-bailey-reveals-why-and-how-consumers-

    Reason for opening emails from businesses or nonprofits: 64% say the organization it is from, 47% say the subject line 58% of consumers subscribe to emails to receive discounts and special offers

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  • The impact of mobile on email

    Source: Litmus Source: PhoneArena.com*

    Now consider the impact of mobile.

    Why are we talking about mobile marketing in a Subject Line webinar?? [CLICK] Well 53% of emails are opened on mobile (Litmus, January 2014) https://litmus.com/blog/email-client-market-share-where-people-opened-in-2013/litmus-email-client-market-share-2013-infographic

    and... [CLICK] did you know the average person looks at their phones approximately 150 times per day? http://socialmediatoday.com/socialbarrel/1523671/why-businesses-need-notice-sms-marketing-infographic http://www.phonearena.com/news/average-person-looks-at-his-phone-150-times-per-day_id26636

    Source: The Radicati Group, Inc Mobile Statistics Report, 2015-2019 http://www.radicati.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Mobile-Statistics-Report-2015-2019-Executive-Summary.pdf

    Your email could be one of those messages they are checking and we want your message to stand out in a crowded inbox whether that be on mobile or desktop computer. There are some things to consider nowadays when marketing to your subscribers in regard to mobile devices. Not all devices are created equal they all display emails slightly differently but there are some things that you can do to anticipate that and optimize your subject lines for optimal display on the majority of mobile and desktop devices. Were going to show you are few things that you can harness to further drive home your message through good subject lines.

    That said, this webinar is not meant to be about design best practices for mobile friendly or mobile responsive. We do have other webinars that take a deeper dive into harnessing the power of mobile and designing your campaigns to display well on a mobile device too. Please see our list of monthly webinars if you are looking for more information about designing for mobile.

    That said, please keep in mind today that these best practices for your subject lines will touch a bit upon the assumption that many people are reading emails on mobile devices so these best practices are about crafting Standout Subject Lines for mobile and desktop.

    Constant Contact/CMB Study (3/27/12) Reason for opening emails from businesses or nonprofits: 64% say the organization it is from, 47% say the subject line 58% of consumers subscribe to emails to receive discounts and special offers

    [SPEAKER OPTIONAL: AUDIENCE ENGAGEMENT FOR SHORT MOBILE BEST PRACTICES] By show of hands, who in the audience has a smartphone? Excellent, well let me ask those of you who raised your hand, have you ever had to pinch and expand an email message that looked interesting judging by the subject line, and had to scroll back and forth to get it all into view? Youd have to be pretty committed to that business to do that every time you get an email from them or take that extra step to click on a link or whats more, purchase right from that email. As a SMB owner you dont want to take that risk or put your subscribers through that nuisance, so designing for mobile and crafting your subject lines and emails go hand-in-hand and learning some best practices will help improve your open rate and generate more business or awareness for your business or nonprofit.

    Rule of thumb - design for mobile in mind, so it will look good on both mobile devices & desktop, that way you dont have to design two versions of the email. It is harder to make large templates and multiple columns look good on a mobile device than it is to make a single-column template with a balanced text-to-image ratio and call-to-action buttons look good on a desktop computer. *

  • Agenda*Why are Subject Lines so important?How to write good onesConsider desktop & mobileNext steps

    We have a great session planned for you today! Lets talk about what were going to cover today: :

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    Why are Subject Lines for important to your business? Well look at why subject lines are important in marketing your small business or non-profit to get the best results possible.

    How to write good ones - Well show you some techniques you can use to improve your subject lines starting today and some methods to help get those creative juices flowing when youre crafting your next subject line

    Write subject lines for desktop and mobile in mind Well look at how smartphones are changing the way email is read and how you can optimize your subject line by leveraging preheader text to further pull readers into your email when theyre viewing your message on a mobile phone

    Next Steps Well send you out the door armed with confidence and fresh tips to use on your next email*

  • 1. Why are Subject Lines so important?1. Recognized senderWho sent it?3 reasons theyll open your emailWhen was it received?Worth reading?2. Convenient timing3. Compelling subject*

    Three reasons people open email is because:

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    [CLICK: 1] They recognize the sender, or the from name make sure you identify yourself as a brand so that your emails are easily recognizable - In fact, according to a study conducted by Constant Contact in 2012, 64% of recipients reported that the organization who sent the message was a major reason for opening the organizations email.

    Constant Contact: http://news.constantcontact.com/research/032712-new-study-constant-contact-and-chadwick-martin-bailey-reveals-why-and-how-consumers-

    [CLICK: 2] The time they received a given message is important You want to make reading your message convenient to them pay attention to when your recipients are opening your emails and send consistently at this time

    [CLICK: 3] Lastly, was it worth reading? Does the subject line compel them to click on your message and read more about it?

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  • Entice them.Use teaser text Customize the message1. Why are Subject Lines so important?*

    Your goal is to pull them into your email. You can highlight relevance, usefulness, value or educational value at the opening of your message to catch their attention. Or, you and switch it up and do something unexpected or non-traditional or unusual.

    Use preheader text or the teaser text as a hook or a second chance to draw your subscribers into your email after theyve considered the subject line. Because this space allows for slightly more words, this is where you want to take your subject line a bit further by explaining or elaborating on your subject line. *Remember* - this is seen specifically on a mobile device right below the subject line even if it is made invisible to desktop viewers.

    Customize the message to match the interests of your audience. [PRO TIP] *If you are segmenting (categorizing) your lists (a good marketing practice), use relevant personal interest information that youve collected over time and position your subject line to match those interests.

    Also, match your message tone to reflect your brand Is your brand informative? Sassy? Funny? Quirky? A thought leader? Incorporate that element of your brands personality into your subject lines in just a few words.*

  • Avoid spam-like terms Check your spam folderUse spam-check button 1. Why are Subject Lines so important?Choose your words carefully.FreecreditSaveoffersClickincometrafficnowcashorderratesUrgentAct Now!Act Now!GethomedollarsFast!guaranteedFeesPurchasemoneyRefundWinremove*

    When you get these slides, follow these tips to make sure that your emails wont get flagged as spam.

    Make sure youre not doing things weve found spammers to do in their emails. These are things that will likely get your emails sent to readers spam foldersDont use these typical spammy words. When you get the slides, the first bullet here contains a chart you can refer to which contains words that spam-filters are trained to block if they catch them in subject lines but here are some examples of words NOT to use:

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    Dont use:The word freeAct nowLose weightMoneyFastGuaranteedAdvertisementDont use all capsDont use excessive punctuation or symbols like the pound or dollar sign or percentage symbol

    Need a reminder of what practices are in a spam email? You can always compare your subject line to whats in your own junk mail folder and try to do the opposite of the messages you find in there. (And dont forget to delete the buggers!)

    You can check before you send if youre using Constant Contact, it has a built in spam checker. It will tell you if theres a chance you might be seen as spam and suggests ways to fix any potential issues it identifies. Youll see it on the top left hand corner of the email editor next to the undo buttons if youre using Constant Contact as your mass email provider.

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  • Agenda*Why are Subject Lines so important?How to write good onesConsider desktop & mobileNext steps2. How to write good ones

    Alright. Lets talk about the good stuff how to write good subject lines. *

  • A good subject line can make or break an email.

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    Having a good subject line can be the difference between new sales and/or attendance to your fundraising event or silence on the other end. If it doesnt positively interrupt ones flow when perusing their inbox, your message will likely fall into that well-intentioned later or never category we talked about using the 2-2-2 Principle.

    You might have a beautifully designed template with all the right stuff in it, but without a subject line that makes one pause or wonder, that message will not get opened. *

  • *2. How to write good onesStandout subject lines = email openedShort & sweet:4-7 words idealAttractive offers:Discounts & giftsKeep it clean:Easy for mobileBrand identity:Incorporate yours Hint of mystery:Raise interestAsk Questions:Make them thinkCreate urgency:Dont miss out!Entertain, warn, inform: Share knowledgeLiterary techniques:Write like a pro

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    Standout subject lines attract attention. Period. They move someone to click on your message to view its entirety and engage with your call to action. Lets go over some techniques to apply to every email campaign you create:

    Short and sweet 4-7 words is an ideal span to grasp and react to on mobile or desktop. They want you to offer information that is hard to click away from in a split second. They are willing to be distracted for a moment, but it better be worth it.

    Make an attractive offer - They want discounts or special offers that feel exclusive and valuable. Offer something that is sustainable for your business to realistically support or honor, and tell your subscribers why the offer is so great.

    They want it to look clean on a smartphone screen so theres no need to scroll side to side or pinch and un-pinch to read tiny text or to adjust settings to compensate for clashing colors. Choose a mobile friendly, single-column template. Use hard-to-miss buttons and links for your call to action. And keep mobile in mind Embrace the space as we say around links and buttons for easy phone finger-clicking.

    Brand identity - If readers see your brand in the subject line and theyre loyal customers/supporters, theyre more likely to open your email because theyve had previous positive associations with your personalized brand try to incorporate your brand name in the subject line without sounding too sales-y. Or, try to use your brand as a play on words or if your organization has a rich following or community, use inside jokes or terms. Get creative with this technique and try to incorporate your brand in your subject line in creative ways.

    An air of mystery or a statement that piques ones curiosity and makes them think, Huh? What could this be about? is effective if you can make them laugh or become informed about something after opening it but use it sparingly and make sure to deliver an expected punch you dont want to be deceptive.

    Questions pique curiosity and have the power to make one think introspectively for a moment. When theyre thinking about their own lives if you can get them to open your email in hopes of attaining a level of self-improvement so deliver some. Then, rinse, wash, repeat.

    Urgency or scarcity tactics can grab a readers attention for fear of missing out. No one likes to miss out on something they later find out they really wanted or cared about, so try using this with your next subject line. Ex. I got an email the other day for something Id been looking at, but I didnt open it soon enough and the offer had expired and I was upset for missing out, but Id completely bypassed the subject line because it didnt seem urgent or like the offer would expire. If youre offering something that is limited, spell this out in your subject line. Dates work really well to grab attention too.

    Entertain, warn, inform use humor to inspire laughter. Funny subject lines can open a lot of doors (or in this case, emails!). Warning your audience of something to avoid can gently alarm someone, compelling them to open your email to get that helpful warning about something. Think about times when youve received emails warning of the dangers of extreme weather conditions and the effects they can have on your pets or property or about a rise in tick populations in the summer, for example. Informing someone of something they may not have known is also a great way to get someone to open your email. People love to improve their lives in small ways, why not share your expertise in your subject line and teach them about something they didnt know. Like: Cayenne pepper deters pests might be a landscapers or homeopaths subject line.

    Literary techniques some literary techniques were made for eye-catching headlines. Think about using techniques such as allusion, alliteration and onomatopoeia in your subject lines because theyve worked for authors and advertisers for decades to compel people to take action or purchase the work or product, and will work in your subject lines too. More on this in a bit.

    Top Lists - readers are willing to be distracted for a moment As much as they may not want to be, readers want to be distracted by lists and content that makes them think or entertains them for a moment, adding value to their work day. Think of top appeal lists as info-snacks, its a snack for your brain that you find online to educate or entertain you for a moment. Lets go into that a bit more because they are a really hot/popular trend right now.

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  • 2. How to write good ones*Top 3 reasonsTop 5 prioritiesTop 7 concernsTop 11 issues9 best tips & tricks7 need-to-know strategiesImprove any subject line using top appeal

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    Top Appeal as we just mentioned, readers are willing to be distracted for a moment. Who doesnt love to read Top Lists online that you find on social media or at the top of your Yahoo! or AOL account? They pull you in immediately even if you know you shouldnt be reading about the 25 Worst Dressed Celebrities at the Oscars.

    A lot of people are turning to lists that have top ranking items. These are quick if you have top 3 tips or particularly an odd number followed by the promise of a list in the subject line, people are more (tempted) or encouraged to read something thats quick and easy that makes them think or learn something but doesnt take too much of their time than they would be reading a message that was read June Newsletter. The connotation is that it will take much more time to read and they dont feel they can give that up. People are time-starved. They think: Only 3 tips? Or top 10 reasons? I can remember that many things. Someone can print out or refer to the list and use it as a resource.

    Since the Top Appeal can be a really popular trick for getting more opens, these additional ideas listed are suggested ways that you can adapt any of your content to fit a Top Appeal list. A lot of content can be formatted to create emails that can be clustered into a Top Appeal subject line.

    Think about the overall theme of your newsletter and pull together a list. What do they all have in common? Order it into a list with a common theme and use that number and theme to draw people into opening your message for 5 Reasons to Wear Sunscreen This Summer or 3 Deadliest Pests or 6 Places to Avoid this Summer.

    Remember, you want to appeal to that question of Why? Why should I open this? As long as it provides a benefit or a pleasant distraction to the reader in the subject line, they are more apt to open it and read the rest of the message. A lot of content you create can be ordered into a top list so give it a try some time on your next subject line and youll be surprised with the change in open rates youll get. *

  • Great subject lines = email opened2. How to write good ones*

    Lets take what we just learned about subject line techniques and discuss some more examples.

    [Click]The Top appeal a quick list of easily digestible pieces of information:7 must haves for Fall3 end-of-year tax tipsTop 10 Best Beauty Products this year

    [Click]Create a sense of urgency to drive action:Only 1 day left!Limited time offer dont miss out!Only 12 seats left get your ticket before FridayYou wont believe what we have in store for you

    [Click]Be personal use words like you, your, or we:What you need to know about your personal financesFind out what we can do for your home today7 Ways to Improve Your Morning Routine

    [Click]Ask a question:How can we help your business grow?Do you feel prepared for this winter?Would you know what to do if you saw this?

    [Click]Exclusivity helps drive action:An exclusive offer for you!Only crafters would understand this feeling

    [Click]Dont want to miss out:You wont believe your eyes when you see thisIf you arent doing this everyday youre doing it wrong13 Signs Youre Budgeting Wrong

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  • Adapt your subject line using literary techniques2. How to write good ones*Splish! Splash ! Oh, the prices weve slashed!Cha-Ching! Who let the dogs out?! Pet Shots This SaturdayFidos Got 99 Problems But Fleas Aint OneMake Moms Morning Miraculous!Cards, Candy and one Cozy Couch Summer Camp 2015: NEW! Archery, fencing & sailing.Kids love it. Parents dream about it. Registration is open. 3 Cant Miss Summer Festivals16 Bands but only 1 Miranda Lambert

    Basic Subject LineLiterary Technique Improved Subject LinesJune PromotionOnomatopoeia

    Joes Pet Store NewsletterAllusions

    Mothers Day SpecialsAlliteration

    Sign up for Summer CampChunking

    New England Concert Update:Numbers

    Now that you have gotten a bit more familiar with other techniques you can employ in your next email subject lines, lets try an brief exercise together.

    Lets pretend that weve just finished writing and designing our email campaign and we need to start writing a good subject line. Write in the first subject line that comes to find in the subject line section, just as a placeholder. It can be boring and unoriginal, the key is to just have something there to start with that sort of applies to the topics of your email.

    Next, try using these techniques as well as the others we discussed to improve it and make it more interesting and compelling to your readers. Lets brainstorm this together. Later when you are really ready to apply this to your next email, youll want to get with a partner, a buddy, or a co-worker or spouse to come up with a few different examples you could use for your subject line or subsequent reengagement campaigns which well discuss a bit later.

    So here we go:

    [CLICK TO BUILD EACH LINE, REVEALS THE BASIC SUBJECT LINE, THE TECHNIQUE TO TRY, AND 2 REVEALS. FEEL FREE TO VAMP ON THIS AS MUCH OR AS LITTLE AS NEEDED FOR THE SESSION]*

  • 2. How to write good onesWhat would you change?Our monthly tax newsletter3 overlooked tax deductions you may qualify for New product arrivalYou asked for it. Its here.Get a FREE Apple Watch!!!Apple Watch. Want one? *

    [CLICK TO BUILD EACH BASIC SUBJECT LINE WITH ONE REVEAL. RDDs CAN GET OTHER INPUT FROM AUDIENCE MEMBERS BUT OFFER THEIR OWN REVEALS]

    Ad-lib: Read them all aloud and try to be interactive. *

  • Finding inspiration2. How to write good onesCheck the news! Magazine headlines/covers Look at what others are doingSearch results headlinesBlog titlesTweets on Twitter with lots of engagementListicles that make you curiously click their headlines like: BuzzfeedUpworthyMashable

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    Now that you know how to optimize your subject lines and how to position your email for success in all sorts of reading environments, if you are still in need of inspiration try these tactics to get those creative juices flowing:

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    Check the news how are they using headlines to make you want to read stories? How do those stories align with the headline and? Can you apply this technique to your email subject line?

    Look at what others are doing follow companies like yours or that you admire to get a sense for what theyre doing. Turn your marketing hat on next time youre going through your personal inbox, and take note of the marketing subject lines that compelled you to open them to see what they were about. Replicate that.

    Search results headlines On a search engine, type in something similar to the topic of your newsletter to see which headlines appear first. Then, try to write your subject in a similar fashion.

    Blog Post Titles - If yourre already writing blog posts, youre already writing subject lines, this becomes this for your Tweet, for your subject (those slides that change to show repurposed content)

    Twitter Twitter only allows you to use 140 characters; people have to fit their message into tight space. See how others are crafting their tweets and try to use their technique on your subject lines with even fewer words

    Sites like Upworthy, Buzzfeed, Mashable are pros at getting you to read their content. Pay attention to articles your friends are sharing on Facebook from them, or go to their respective websites and take note of the headlines that entice you to click on articles. What about it caught your attention? Can you identify which technique they used? Now rewrite your subject line using their headline are inspiration.

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  • Agenda*Why are Subject Lines so important?How to write good onesConsider desktop & mobileNext steps3. Consider desktop & mobile

    Lets talk about how to plan for how your subject line will look on desktop or mobile devices and show you how to take control of that.

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  • Consider mobile.3. Consider desktop & mobile*

    Mobile plays a big role in your marketing. Its where many people are viewing email these days and making purchasing decisions.*

  • When email doesnt look good on mobile

    Source: Blue Hornet*

    30% unsubscribe80% delete

    So when youre creating emails, think about your mobile users. If something doesnt look good on mobile readers will delete it.

    [CLICK TO BUILD] 80% of people will delete an email that doesnt look good on mobile, [CLICK TO BUILD] and even worse, 30% will unsubscribe if the email doesnt look good.

    Before you send out any email campaign, make sure you send a preview to yourself, so you can make sure it looks good both on a desktop AND a mobile device!

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    http://www.marketingcharts.com/wp/online/lack-of-mobile-email-optimization-may-drive-away-up-to-3-in-10-recipients-27896/*

  • *3. Consider desktop & mobileSource: 60secondmarketer.comSource: Marketing Sherpa

    - 76% of people read email on their phones - 67% of b2b workers regularly view emails on their phones Marketing Sherpa - 64% of key decision makers read emails on mobile devices Marketing Sherpa

    There are no longer any excuses for not designing marketing messages for mobile and your subject lines are an integral part when it comes to your mobile strategy. On a small screen, your messages grab the attention of the reader immediately because theres only so much time that one spends on their device in one sitting so it is worth understanding how your message is being read.

    Now were going to discuss a couple other things to keep in mind when optimizing your subject lines for mobile marketing before you send your next message.

    http://60secondmarketer.com/blog/2012/07/19/how-people-use-their-smartphones-infographic/

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  • *Best design practicesUse mobile friendly templates or single column templatesLogo is left or center & links to websiteApply brand colorsMinimum 12pt font for body text & 22pt for headlinesUse customized pre-header text3. Consider desktop & mobile

    Now imagine that youve spent some considerable time designing subject lines and youve settled on the perfect one. You are ready to send your campaign, but what if your email doesnt look good, or its hard to read for those reading on a mobile device? You dont want to have put in all that work to find the perfect subject line and have a poorly designed email or one thats hard to read and act on. This can lead to lower open rates and less revenue for you.

    Youll want to make sure you have some basic mobile design best practices to ensure that your email looks good not only on desktop but on mobile too.

    But without going too in depth into design best practices, there are some important best practices to follow when designing your emails to accommodate mobile and desktop. We do have other webinars that go into this is detail, so I encourage you attend them or watch the on demand versions if you are curious about learning more.

    For now, heres what youll want to focus on to make sure your email looks good :

    Choose mobile friendly templates or use single-column templates. Try to avoid using multiple columns, as this will be challenging to see on smaller screens and in preview pane windows and if youve put in all that work to craft a compelling subject line that got someone to open your email , you want people to enjoy your email as they read through it.

    Place your logo on the left or in the center - and link it to your website. This will ensure that your brand is easily recognized and the first thing one sees at the top after your subject line gets them to open the email. These day people assume they can click on images so deliver on that expectation and lead them directly to your website.

    Use your brand colors use free color match programs like ColorCop or Digital Color Meter to identify your exact colors that you use in your logo to establish brand recognition and consistency in every email

    Use a minimum of size 12pt font for the body of your email and at least size 22pt for headlines to grab attention to articles or elements of your email

    Use preheader text preheader text is something that is gaining popularity with marketers in recent times. Its usually this tiny text that is placed above your logo at the top of your email and it helps to add to your subject line. Email clients will detect this text before any other text of the email and it will appear just below your subject line when someone is read their inbox.

    Lets talk about that a little bit more so you know what it is, how it looks, and how you can use it to ensure your subject line and email get you the results you want.

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  • 2. Subject Line optimization techniques30-40 characters max typically appear on most mobile devices6-11 words fit best; 4-7 has greatest response Customize first 11-18 words of pre-header text to entice mobile readers53% of email is opened on mobile devices Source: Litmus*Size matters. Keep it clear, make it clever, keep it short.

    [CLICK ALL WILL APPEAR, SPEAK TO EACH]

    When thinking of subject lines, think small. The Inbox will typically only show users the first 9-11 words of the pre-header text or any words above the logo. Take control of that fact and put a few power-packed words into a block above your company logo (which should always be placed at the top with a clickable link to your website.)

    Rule of thumb write your subject lines between 6-10 words and dont forget about mobile users because (53%) of email opens in the US occurred on a mobile device and you want not to exclude people who are reading on the go and who may be more apt sometimes to stop by your business or respond to your message. http://info.movableink.com/Device-Report-Q1-2015are using mobile phones to read emails

    Mobile phones will typically show the first 15 characters of the first text in the message, so take control of that feature weve referred to as preheader text and write a second headline that will hook your reader into reading the rest of your email right from the get go. Think of it like a compliment to our subject line or the next step or hook. This text should appear just above your logo block and well go into that in just a bit but it is important to keep it in mind as youre crafting your subject line.

    Think about 2-2-2 rule and those first 2 words. What will help readers take notice of your email? How can you make the topic of your email stand out from all the rest in the inbox? After writing the content for your email, try to summarize what it is all about, and condense that into your subject line and your pre-header text which well discuss shortly.

    Source: https://blog.kissmetrics.com/your-next-email-subject-line/

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  • Agenda*Why are Subject Lines so important?How to write good onesConsider desktop & mobileNext steps4. Next steps

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  • 1. Start with what youve gotGrowth takes timeGrowth is an ongoing processEfforts must be organized & consistent A combination of traditional and modern methods are most successful

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    You know you need to be marketing and mailing to new and existing customers and subscribers, but you dont know where to start. Well there are some truths to keep in mind as you embark upon your list growth journey:

    [CLICK] - GROWTH TAKES TIME - By now you may have heard that your organization lives and dies by its subscriber list. You might look at yours and wonder if you have enough contacts or if it is turning over the results you were hoping for. Youre not alone. But it is important to understand that it takes time and that it should have no end. Learning how to consistently grow your list is something that you want to become a reflex or a habit.

    [CLICK] - GROWTH IS AN ONGOING PROCESS - Think of growing your subscriber list the same way you think of building and growing your business or non-profit. You always want to be generating business even after you get the kind of consistent business youve dreamt about. There will always be periods of lots of business and periods of less than ideal business, and your contact list will be like this too. You want to always be collecting contacts every chance you get wherever you interact with customers or supporters because youll always want to be reaching fresh leads as some unsubscribe or opt out over time.

    [CLICK] - EFFORTS MUST BE ORGANIZED & CONSISTENT just like the meticulous bookwork that you keep for your business or non-profit, your contact list is most successful when it is organized and is maintained in a consistent and efficient way

    [CLICK] - A COMBINATION OF TRADITIONAL AND MODERN METHODS There is no wrong way to collect a contact (except of course if you buy or rent lists, that is! Well talk about anti-spam best practices a bit later) You should start with what you know and combine new and traditional methods of gathering contacts.

    Once you leave this presentation with more ideas than you had to start with and a clear plan of action for collecting as many contacts in as many places as possible, youll find that growing your list is just another way of growing your business or expanding your organization.

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  • 4. Next steps*

    Check the success of your subject lines.

    After you start to put into practice these tips and tricks weve shared with you today for optimizing your subject lines, of course youll want to check your progress over time to see whats working and what isnt working. [CLICK] Because youve kept a clean record of your sent campaigns by using identical file names as your subject lines, youll be able to see with just a glance at your analytics page, which subject lines performed the best and which returned higher open rates. This will help you to better understand what techniques your audience responds to and which they do not, over time making you a pro at reading your audiences wants and needs and tailoring your marketing to continue to appeal to them.

    In this example you can see which campaign subject lines returned great open rates, and which did not. [OPTIONAL]: Can you pick out some of the techniques that were used?

    To increase your open rates, after the first email has been sent, give it a few days and make a copy of the original email but title it and use one of the other subject lines you had come up with in your brainstorming session to appeal exclusively to those who did not open your email the first time around. Oftentimes the second attempt will catch someones attention which will again increase your open rates and lead to more measurable results for your business. If you need help doing this refer to FAQ5990 in the Helps & Tips section of your account or give us a call.

    In the end, crafting compelling subject lines takes time and practice, but with a bit of time youll perfect the art and learn to enjoy the brainstorming process of writing them. And after having put in that much work to really master the craft, be sure to regularly track your progress with your built in analytics tools. Youll be glad its organized and easy to read and report on so you can continue to make changes and adjust as needed. *

  • Four simple steps*Brainstorm 3 versionsTest on mobile & desktop before sendingConsider preview pane & use pre-header text Monitor your progress4. Next steps

    Weve covered a lot today. We hope you are now feeling more confident to write better subject lines for your campaigns. Lets recap what we talked about today:

    Brainstorm at least 3 versions of your subject lines Get into the habit of brainstorming multiple versions of your subject. First, write and design your email and then get with a friend, a coworker, a partner or spouse and have fun brainstorming Stand Out subject lines. After a few times this will become second nature and youll enjoy increased open rates and maybe a coffee or a beer with friends!

    Test on mobile & desktop before sending Remember TO ALWAYS ALWAYS test your email in as many email accounts and devices as you can, like (iPhone, Android, Blackberry or Windows phones and tablets) - Sign up for some free accounts to see how AOL vs Yahoo! Or Outlook displays your subject line and your message. Do dont want to spend all that time designing a great email and crafting a compelling subject line for a popular email client to truncate your subject line at a crucial word or render your email incorrectly.

    Consider preview pane and use preheader text Look for templates that include a preheader text option and use it to your advantage! Craft your subject line first, and your preheader text should further convince someone to click on your message. Short and sweet is key, (but this also in a way give you a bit more wriggle room when you think about it)

    Monitor your progress Make sure you are labeling your drafts the same way you label your subject lines to be able to track the progress of your new and improved subject lines over time. Most email providers will have good analytics tools so keep good records of your drafts because youll need to be using them to evaluate what is and isnt working every month.

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    Presenter should introduce themselves. RDDs should mention Constant Contact ALEs would mention their own company and clarify their relationship to Constant Contact.

    (Ask people in the room if any of them have ever attended a previous seminar. If there are a lot,Clarify that this is new content but that some of the same strategies we have taught in the past still applySo they might see a few familiar strategies or tips along the way.

    (Then mention the workbook explain what it is, briefly, and let them know that you will refer to itThroughout the session with short exercises for them to complete. Next ask )

    How many people in the room are small businesses or work for a small business?How many are nonprofits .on purpose (they will laugh) relate to the room that you know its been a tough year for some and that the informationCovered in the session should help them start to move the needle.*

    *Let me take just a minute to explain what Constant Contact is for those who may not be familiar.

    Constant Contact is a do-it-yourself online marketing system. You can use it to be a marketer for your own small business or organization. The company is best known for its email marketing tools. Its easy to create and send mass email, like newsletters or announcements and updates. You can run special promotions or offers; you can build online surveys and polls to gather feedback; and you can promote and manage your events using Constant Contact with registration tools, payment acceptance and invitations all in one place.

    You can use all the tips and best practices well discuss today in your own small business or nonprofit. You can be a marketer. All it takes is Constant Contact.

    [click to next slide]* At its core, marketing is about getting results that you can measure.

    So lets kick off this session with a simple definition, or a framework, for what marketing really is.

    You already know, generally, what it is but when I say the word marketing, I mean something very specific and its important that we are on the same page. My definition of marketing has three simple parts you define an audience: a group of people that you want to target. You reach out to them with a message that is specific to that audience. And you seek to elicit a physical and measurable response. A click, a reply, a call, a purchase, a referral these are all actions that represent a decision made by a human to react to your message.

    Keep this in mind as we discuss marketing and marketing campaigns and the ways to deliver the most effective campaigns. Youre doing these things because you want people your customers, your clients, your donors or supporters to DO SOMETHING.

    [click to next slide]

    *First impressions matter. And when someone opens your email, what they see is going to determine what they do next. Chances are youll want them to read your newsletters or announcements, and take a next step. Maybe you want them to visit your website, register for an event, donate to your nonprofit, or try a new product. This is where a beautiful, professional-looking email designed to drive action is crucial. People make snap judgements about whether or not to read your emails based on a quick glance. We choose an email message, give it a two-second glance, then decide if its worth our time. If it is, we keep it and read it. If not, we hit the delete key and send the email to the trash folder.

    Thats why we created a webinar dedicated to helping you make the right impression. Well take you through the reasons email subscribers delete emails and how you can design emails that actually work.*[CLICK]

    Now that you know the goal of new marketing, try to think about Subject Lines as the gatekeepers to these next steps. If you can get someone to open your email out of curiosity or because they are expecting something satisfying or informative, getting that open will lead to what you are marketing to achieve. After a subscriber decides to read your email upon viewing the subject line, the calls to action lead to these types of measurable actions. [CLICK] This is why you market your business or nonprofit so that your readers do these things for you can generate revenue or donations for your organization.

    Because youre sending messages in hopes that the reader will take that next step, crafting your subject lines with these goals in mind will get you closer to getting these responses from your subscribers so they can in turn respond to your message in the ways you want them too.

    Remember that your overall goals come back to why youre in business or whats going to keep you in business: [CLICK] to generate revenue or donations. If the results youre getting dont lead in some way directly to that bottom line, then you should evaluate why youre driving those types of responses.**Email marketing is hard to beat. Its where everyone is these days for everything from updates from you bank or service providers, to messages from mom or the kids and of course promotional messages from businesses you subscribe to and frequent.

    [CLICK] 91% U.S. adults like to receive promotional emails from companies they do business with and [CLICK] 138% of people spend more after receiving email offers than those who never receive any at all. At the heart of that is the fact that emails are successful because of Standout Subject Lines if the subject lines dont grab your attention whether they be from Amazon or your bank, your phone company, or the restaurant or boutique in town you always go to, those senders know that the subject line will make or break the success of that message and the calls to action included in the email to drive you to their business or to take a specific action. So crafting your subject line to persuade someone to open is absolutely key with email marketing.

    Source: Marketing Sherpa- survey of consumer attitudes - http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/marketingsherpa-survey-of-consumer-attitudes-towards-email-marketing-reveals-strong-preference-for-email-compared-with-all-other-communications-300029767.html

    Source: http://www.convinceandconvert.com/convince-convert/15-email-statistics-that-are-shaping-the-future/ *So that is why we are here today because we want to bring to light how crucial subject lines are to making sure that your emails bring you more business and generate more revenue or awareness wherever people are viewing your email on a computer, tablet, or mobile phone.

    There is an art and a science to crafting compelling subject lines that inspire easy action intended to generate more business or awareness for you and its not as hard as it may seem.

    With a few tricks and tips and some practice and measuring, youll be able to craft more compelling and interesting subject lines for your emails that will help your messages Stand Out on Mobile and Desktop.

    *As a small business, you dont have time to do things that dont work, so when it comes to your subject lines, you want to get into the habit of optimizing your subject lines to get the best results possible for your marketing efforts every time. Were going to show you some easy ways to do that today.

    [CLICK] Approximately one third of people decide to open an email based solely on the subject line so that subject line needs to be a standout subject line whether theyre reading on a desktop computer or a smartphone or tablet. There is a lot of competition for our attention these days in our inboxes, but after todays webinar youll have some tricks of the trade you can start to use on your next email campaign to rise above the competition. After a few campaigns of implementing what well show you here today, youll be a pro at getting real measurable results for your marketing efforts.

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    Sources:

    35% of all recipients of email choose whether or not to open a message on the subject line alone. - inwise "The Magic Words: The Importance of the Subject and 'From' Lines for Email Marketing" (2012)

    Constant Contact/CMB Study (3/27/12) http://news.constantcontact.com/research/032712-new-study-constant-contact-and-chadwick-martin-bailey-reveals-why-and-how-consumers-

    Reason for opening emails from businesses or nonprofits: 64% say the organization it is from, 47% say the subject line 58% of consumers subscribe to emails to receive discounts and special offers

    *Now consider the impact of mobile.

    Why are we talking about mobile marketing in a Subject Line webinar?? [CLICK] Well 53% of emails are opened on mobile (Litmus, January 2014) https://litmus.com/blog/email-client-market-share-where-people-opened-in-2013/litmus-email-client-market-share-2013-infographic

    and... [CLICK] did you know the average person looks at their phones approximately 150 times per day? http://socialmediatoday.com/socialbarrel/1523671/why-businesses-need-notice-sms-marketing-infographic http://www.phonearena.com/news/average-person-looks-at-his-phone-150-times-per-day_id26636

    Source: The Radicati Group, Inc Mobile Statistics Report, 2015-2019 http://www.radicati.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Mobile-Statistics-Report-2015-2019-Executive-Summary.pdf

    Your email could be one of those messages they are checking and we want your message to stand out in a crowded inbox whether that be on mobile or desktop computer. There are some things to consider nowadays when marketing to your subscribers in regard to mobile devices. Not all devices are created equal they all display emails slightly differently but there are some things that you can do to anticipate that and optimize your subject lines for optimal display on the majority of mobile and desktop devices. Were going to show you are few things that you can harness to further drive home your message through good subject lines.

    That said, this webinar is not meant to be about design best practices for mobile friendly or mobile responsive. We do have other webinars that take a deeper dive into harnessing the power of mobile and designing your campaigns to display well on a mobile device too. Please see our list of monthly webinars if you are looking for more information about designing for mobile.

    That said, please keep in mind today that these best practices for your subject lines will touch a bit upon the assumption that many people are reading emails on mobile devices so these best practices are about crafting Standout Subject Lines for mobile and desktop.

    Constant Contact/CMB Study (3/27/12) Reason for opening emails from businesses or nonprofits: 64% say the organization it is from, 47% say the subject line 58% of consumers subscribe to emails to receive discounts and special offers

    [SPEAKER OPTIONAL: AUDIENCE ENGAGEMENT FOR SHORT MOBILE BEST PRACTICES] By show of hands, who in the audience has a smartphone? Excellent, well let me ask those of you who raised your hand, have you ever had to pinch and expand an email message that looked interesting judging by the subject line, and had to scroll back and forth to get it all into view? Youd have to be pretty committed to that business to do that every time you get an email from them or take that extra step to click on a link or whats more, purchase right from that email. As a SMB owner you dont want to take that risk or put your subscribers through that nuisance, so designing for mobile and crafting your subject lines and emails go hand-in-hand and learning some best practices will help improve your open rate and generate more business or awareness for your business or nonprofit.

    Rule of thumb - design for mobile in mind, so it will look good on both mobile devices & desktop, that way you dont have to design two versions of the email. It is harder to make large templates and multiple columns look good on a mobile device than it is to make a single-column template with a balanced text-to-image ratio and call-to-action buttons look good on a desktop computer. *

    We have a great session planned for you today! Lets talk about what were going to cover today: :

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    Why are Subject Lines for important to your business? Well look at why subject lines are important in marketing your small business or non-profit to get the best results possible.

    How to write good ones - Well show you some techniques you can use to improve your subject lines starting today and some methods to help get those creative juices flowing when youre crafting your next subject line

    Write subject lines for desktop and mobile in mind Well look at how smartphones are changing the way email is read and how you can optimize your subject line by leveraging preheader text to further pull readers into your email when theyre viewing your message on a mobile phone

    Next Steps Well send you out the door armed with confidence and fresh tips to use on your next email*Three reasons people open email is because:

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    [CLICK: 1] They recognize the sender, or the from name make sure you identify yourself as a brand so that your emails are easily recognizable - In fact, according to a study conducted by Constant Contact in 2012, 64% of recipients reported that the organization who sent the message was a major reason for opening the organizations email.

    Constant Contact: http://news.constantcontact.com/research/032712-new-study-constant-contact-and-chadwick-martin-bailey-reveals-why-and-how-consumers-

    [CLICK: 2] The time they received a given message is important You want to make reading your message convenient to them pay attention to when your recipients are opening your emails and send consistently at this time

    [CLICK: 3] Lastly, was it worth reading? Does the subject line compel them to click on your message and read more about it?

    [click to next slide]*Your goal is to pull them into your email. You can highlight relevance, usefulness, value or educational value at the opening of your message to catch their attention. Or, you and switch it up and do something unexpected or non-traditional or unusual.

    Use preheader text or the teaser text as a hook or a second chance to draw your subscribers into your email after theyve considered the subject line. Because this space allows for slightly more words, this is where you want to take your subject line a bit further by explaining or elaborating on your subject line. *Remember* - this is seen specifically on a mobile device right below the subject line even if it is made invisible to desktop viewers.

    Customize the message to match the interests of your audience. [PRO TIP] *If you are segmenting (categorizing) your lists (a good marketing practice), use relevant personal interest information that youve collected over time and position your subject line to match those interests.

    Also, match your message tone to reflect your brand Is your brand informative? Sassy? Funny? Quirky? A thought leader? Incorporate that element of your brands personality into your subject lines in just a few words.*When you get these slides, follow these tips to make sure that your emails wont get flagged as spam.

    Make sure youre not doing things weve found spammers to do in their emails. These are things that will likely get your emails sent to readers spam foldersDont use these typical spammy words. When you get the slides, the first bullet here contains a chart you can refer to which contains words that spam-filters are trained to block if they catch them in subject lines but here are some examples of words NOT to use:

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    Dont use:The word freeAct nowLose weightMoneyFastGuaranteedAdvertisementDont use all capsDont use excessive punctuation or symbols like the pound or dollar sign or percentage symbol

    Need a reminder of what practices are in a spam email? You can always compare your subject line to whats in your own junk mail folder and try to do the opposite of the messages you find in there. (And dont forget to delete the buggers!)

    You can check before you send if youre using Constant Contact, it has a built in spam checker. It will tell you if theres a chance you might be seen as spam and suggests ways to fix any potential issues it identifies. Youll see it on the top left hand corner of the email editor next to the undo buttons if youre using Constant Contact as your mass email provider.

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    Alright. Lets talk about the good stuff how to write good subject lines. *Having a good subject line can be the difference between new sales and/or attendance to your fundraising event or silence on the other end. If it doesnt positively interrupt ones flow when perusing their inbox, your message will likely fall into that well-intentioned later or never category we talked about using the 2-2-2 Principle.

    You might have a beautifully designed template with all the right stuff in it, but without a subject line that makes one pause or wonder, that message will not get opened. *[CLICK AND READ EACH ALOUD. BOXES WILL APPEAR]

    Standout subject lines attract attention. Period. They move someone to click on your message to view its entirety and engage with your call to action. Lets go over some techniques to apply to every email campaign you create:

    Short and sweet 4-7 words is an ideal span to grasp and react to on mobile or desktop. They want you to offer information that is hard to click away from in a split second. They are willing to be distracted for a moment, but it better be worth it.

    Make an attractive offer - They want discounts or special offers that feel exclusive and valuable. Offer something that is sustainable for your business to realistically support or honor, and tell your subscribers why the offer is so great.

    They want it to look clean on a smartphone screen so theres no need to scroll side to side or pinch and un-pinch to read tiny text or to adjust settings to compensate for clashing colors. Choose a mobile friendly, single-column template. Use hard-to-miss buttons and links for your call to action. And keep mobile in mind Embrace the space as we say around links and buttons for easy phone finger-clicking.

    Brand identity - If readers see your brand in the subject line and theyre loyal customers/supporters, theyre more likely to open your email because theyve had previous positive associations with your personalized brand try to incorporate your brand name in the subject line without sounding too sales-y. Or, try to use your brand as a play on words or if your organization has a rich following or community, use inside jokes or terms. Get creative with this technique and try to incorporate your brand in your subject line in creative ways.

    An air of mystery or a statement that piques ones curiosity and makes them think, Huh? What could this be about? is effective if you can make them laugh or become informed about something after opening it but use it sparingly and make sure to deliver an expected punch you dont want to be deceptive.

    Questions pique curiosity and have the power to make one think introspectively for a moment. When theyre thinking about their own lives if you can get them to open your email in hopes of attaining a level of self-improvement so deliver some. Then, rinse, wash, repeat.

    Urgency or scarcity tactics can grab a readers attention for fear of missing out. No one likes to miss out on something they later find out they really wanted or cared about, so try using this with your next subject line. Ex. I got an email the other day for something Id been looking at, but I didnt open it soon enough and the offer had expired and I was upset for missing out, but Id completely bypassed the subject line because it didnt seem urgent or like the offer would expire. If youre offering something that is limited, spell this out in your subject line. Dates work really well to grab attention too.

    Entertain, warn, inform use humor to inspire laughter. Funny subject lines can open a lot of doors (or in this case, emails!). Warning your audience of something to avoid can gently alarm someone, compelling them to open your email to get that helpful warning about something. Think about times when youve received emails warning of the dangers of extreme weather conditions and the effects they can have on your pets or property or about a rise in tick populations in the summer, for example. Informing someone of something they may not have known is also a great way to get someone to open your email. People love to improve their lives in small ways, why not share your expertise in your subject line and teach them about something they didnt know. Like: Cayenne pepper deters pests might be a landscapers or homeopaths subject line.

    Literary techniques some literary techniques were made for eye-catching headlines. Think about using techniques such as allusion, alliteration and onomatopoeia in your subject lines because theyve worked for authors and advertisers for decades to compel people to take action or purchase the work or product, and will work in your subject lines too. More on this in a bit.

    Top Lists - readers are willing to be distracted for a moment As much as they may not want to be, readers want to be distracted by lists and content that makes them think or entertains them for a moment, adding value to their work day. Think of top appeal lists as info-snacks, its a snack for your brain that you find online to educate or entertain you for a moment. Lets go into that a bit more because they are a really hot/popular trend right now.

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    Top Appeal as we just mentioned, readers are willing to be distracted for a moment. Who doesnt love to read Top Lists online that you find on social media or at the top of your Yahoo! or AOL account? They pull you in immediately even if you know you shouldnt be reading about the 25 Worst Dressed Celebrities at the Oscars.

    A lot of people are turning to lists that have top ranking items. These are quick if you have top 3 tips or particularly an odd number followed by the promise of a list in the subject line, people are more (tempted) or encouraged to read something thats quick and easy that makes them think or learn something but doesnt take too much of their time than they would be reading a message that was read June Newsletter. The connotation is that it will take much more time to read and they dont feel they can give that up. People are time-starved. They think: Only 3 tips? Or top 10 reasons? I can remember that many things. Someone can print out or refer to the list and use it as a resource.

    Since the Top Appeal can be a really popular trick for getting more opens, these additional ideas listed are suggested ways that you can adapt any of your content to fit a Top Appeal list. A lot of content can be formatted to create emails that can be clustered into a Top Appeal subject line.

    Think about the overall theme of your newsletter and pull together a list. What do they all have in common? Order it into a list with a common theme and use that number and theme to draw people into opening your message for 5 Reasons to Wear Sunscreen This Summer or 3 Deadliest Pests or 6 Places to Avoid this Summer.

    Remember, you want to appeal to that question of Why? Why should I open this? As long as it provides a benefit or a pleasant distraction to the reader in the subject line, they are more apt to open it and read the rest of the message. A lot of content you create can be ordered into a top list so give it a try some time on your next subject line and youll be surprised with the change in open rates youll get. *Lets take what we just learned about subject line techniques and discuss some more examples.

    [Click]The Top appeal a quick list of easily digestible pieces of information:7 must haves for Fall3 end-of-year tax tipsTop 10 Best Beauty Products this year

    [Click]Create a sense of urgency to drive action:Only 1 day left!Limited time offer dont miss out!Only 12 seats left get your ticket before FridayYou wont believe what we have in store for you

    [Click]Be personal use words like you, your, or we:What you need to know about your personal financesFind out what we can do for your home today7 Ways to Improve Your Morning Routine

    [Click]Ask a question:How can we help your business grow?Do you feel prepared for this winter?Would you know what to do if you saw this?

    [Click]Exclusivity helps drive action:An exclusive offer for you!Only crafters would understand this feeling

    [Click]Dont want to miss out:You wont believe your eyes when you see thisIf you arent doing this everyday youre doing it wrong13 Signs Youre Budgeting Wrong

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    Now that you have gotten a bit more familiar with other techniques you can employ in your next email subject lines, lets try an brief exercise together.

    Lets pretend that weve just finished writing and designing our email campaign and we need to start writing a good subject line. Write in the first subject line that comes to find in the subject line section, just as a placeholder. It can be boring and unoriginal, the key is to just have something there to start with that sort of applies to the topics of your email.

    Next, try using these techniques as well as the others we discussed to improve it and make it more interesting and compelling to your readers. Lets brainstorm this together. Later when you are really ready to apply this to your next email, youll want to get with a partner, a buddy, or a co-worker or spouse to come up with a few different examples you could use for your subject line or subsequent reengagement campaigns which well discuss a bit later.

    So here we go:

    [CLICK TO BUILD EACH LINE, REVEALS THE BASIC SUBJECT LINE, THE TECHNIQUE TO TRY, AND 2 REVEALS. FEEL FREE TO VAMP ON THIS AS MUCH OR AS LITTLE AS NEEDED FOR THE SESSION]*

    [CLICK TO BUILD EACH BASIC SUBJECT LINE WITH ONE REVEAL. RDDs CAN GET OTHER INPUT FROM AUDIENCE MEMBERS BUT OFFER THEIR OWN REVEALS]

    Ad-lib: Read them all aloud and try to be interactive. *Now that you know how to optimize your subject lines and how to position your email for success in all sorts of reading environments, if you are still in need of inspiration try these tactics to get those creative juices flowing:

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    Check the news how are they using headlines to make you want to read stories? How do those stories align with the headline and? Can you apply this technique to your email subject line?

    Look at what others are doing follow companies like yours or that you admire to get a sense for what theyre doing. Turn your marketing hat on next time youre going through your personal inbox, and take note of the marketing subject lines that compelled you to open them to see what they were about. Replicate that.

    Search results headlines On a search engine, type in something similar to the topic of your newsletter to see which headlines appear first. Then, try to write your subject in a similar fashion.

    Blog Post Titles - If yourre already writing blog posts, youre already writing subject lines, this becomes this for your Tweet, for your subject (those slides that change to show repurposed content)

    Twitter Twitter only allows you to use 140 characters; people have to fit their message into tight space. See how others are crafting their tweets and try to use their technique on your subject lines with even fewer words

    Sites like Upworthy, Buzzfeed, Mashable are pros at getting you to read their content. Pay attention to articles your friends are sharing on Facebook from them, or go to their respective websites and take note of the headlines that entice you to click on articles. What about it caught your attention? Can you identify which technique they used? Now rewrite your subject line using their headline are inspiration.

    LINK TO THE THREE LISTED SITES FOR THE PDF *

    Lets talk about how to plan for how your subject line will look on desktop or mobile devices and show you how to take control of that.

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    Mobile plays a big role in your marketing. Its where many people are viewing email these days and making purchasing decisions.*So when youre creating emails, think about your mobile users. If something doesnt look good on mobile readers will delete it.

    [CLICK TO BUILD] 80% of people will delete an email that doesnt look good on mobile, [CLICK TO BUILD] and even worse, 30% will unsubscribe if the email doesnt look good.

    Before you send out any email campaign, make sure you send a preview to yourself, so you can make sure it looks good both on a desktop AND a mobile device!

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    http://www.marketingcharts.com/wp/online/lack-of-mobile-email-optimization-may-drive-away-up-to-3-in-10-recipients-27896/*

    - 76% of people read email on their phones - 67% of b2b workers regularly view emails on their phones Marketing Sherpa - 64% of key decision makers read emails on mobile devices Marketing Sherpa

    There are no longer any excuses for not designing marketing messages for mobile and your subject lines are an integral part when it comes to your mobile strategy. On a small screen, your messages grab the attention of the reader immediately because theres only so much time that one spends on their device in one sitting so it is worth understanding how your message is being read.

    Now were going to discuss a couple other things to keep in mind when optimizing your subject lines for mobile marketing before you send your next message.

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    Now imagine that youve spent some considerable time designing subject lines and youve settled on the perfect one. You are ready to send your campaign, but what if your email doesnt look good, or its hard to read for those reading on a mobile device? You dont want to have put in all that work to find the perfect subject line and have a poorly designed email or one thats hard to read and act on. This can lead to lower open rates and less revenue for you.

    Youll want to make sure you have some basic mobile design best practices to ensure that your email looks good not only on desktop but on mobile too.

    But without going too in depth into design best practices, there are some important best practices to follow when designing your emails to accommodate mobile and desktop. We do have other webinars that go into this is detail, so I encourage you attend them or watch the on demand versions if you are curious about learning more.

    For now, heres what youll want to focus on to make sure your email looks good :

    Choose mobile friendly templates or use single-column templates. Try to avoid using multiple columns, as this will be challenging to see on smaller screens and in preview pane windows and if youve put in all that work to craft a compelling subject line that got someone to open your email , you want people to enjoy your email as they read through it.

    Place your logo on the left or in the center - and link it to your website. This will ensure that your brand is easily recognized and the first thing one sees at the top after your subject line gets them to open the email. These day people assume they can click on images so deliver on that expectation and lead them directly to your website.

    Use your brand colors use free color match programs like ColorCop or Digital Color Meter to identify your exact colors that you use in your logo to establish brand recognition and consistency in every email

    Use a minimum of size 12pt font for the body of your email and at least size 22pt for headlines to grab attention to articles or elements of your email

    Use preheader text preheader text is something that is gaining popularity with marketers in recent times. Its usually this tiny text that is placed above your logo at the top of your email and it helps to add to your subject line. Email clients will detect this text before any other text of the email and it will appear just below your subject line when someone is read their inbox.

    Lets talk about that a little bit more so you know what it is, how it looks, and how you can use it to ensure your subject line and email get you the results you want.

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    When thinking of subject lines, think small. The Inbox will typically only show users the first 9-11 words of the pre-header text or any words above the logo. Take control of that fact and put a few power-packed words into a block above your company logo (which should always be placed at the top with a clickable link to your website.)

    Rule of thumb write your subject lines between 6-10 words and dont forget about mobile users because (53%) of email opens in the US occurred on a mobile device and you want not to exclude people who are reading on the go and who may be more apt sometimes to stop by your business or respond to your message. http://info.movableink.com/Device-Report-Q1-2015are using mobile phones to read emails

    Mobile phones will typically show the first 15 characters of the first text in the message, so take control of that feature weve referred to as preheader text and write a second headline that will hook your reader into reading the rest of your email right from the get go. Think of it like a compliment to our subject line or the next step or hook. This text should appear just above your logo block and well go into that in just a bit but it is important to keep it in mind as youre crafting your subject line.

    Think about 2-2-2 rule and those first 2 words. What will help readers take notice of your email? How can you make the topic of your email stand out from all the rest in the inbox? After writing the content for your email, try to summarize what it is all about, and condense that into your subject line and your pre-header text which well discuss shortly.

    Source: https://blog.kissmetrics.com/your-next-email-subject-line/

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    So whats next?*

    [CLICK] EACH SECTION WILL ANIMATE ON ITS OWN

    You know you need to be marketing and mailing to new and existing customers and subscribers, but you dont know where to start. Well there are some truths to keep in mind as you embark upon your list growth journey:

    [CLICK] - GROWTH TAKES TIME - By now you may have heard that your organization lives and dies by its subscriber list. You might look at yours and wonder if you have enough contacts or if it is turning over the results you were hoping for. Youre not alone. But it is important to understand that it takes time and that it should have no end. Learning how to consistently grow your list is something that you want to become a reflex or a habit.

    [CLICK] - GROWTH IS AN ONGOING PROCESS - Think of growing your subscriber list the same way you think of building and growing your business or non-profit. You always want to be generating business even after you get the kind of consistent business youve dreamt about. There will always be periods of lots of business and periods of less than ideal business, and your contact list will be like this too. You want to always be collecting contacts every chance you get wherever you interact with customers or supporters because youll always want to be reaching fresh leads as some unsubscribe or opt out over time.

    [CLICK] - EFFORTS MUST BE ORGANIZED & CONSISTENT just like the meticulous bookwork that you keep for your business or non-profit, your contact list is most successful when it is organized and is maintained in a consistent and efficient way

    [CLICK] - A COMBINATION OF TRADITIONAL AND MODERN METHODS There is no wrong way to collect a contact (except of course if you buy or rent lists, that is! Well talk about anti-spam best practices a bit later) You should start with what you know and combine new and traditional methods of gathering contacts.

    Once you leave this presentation with more ideas than you had to start with and a clear plan of action for collecting as many contacts in as many places as possible, youll find that growing your list is just another way of growing your business or expanding your organization.

    *After you start to put into practice these tips and tricks weve shared with you today for optimizing your subject lines, of course youll want to check your progress over time to see whats working and what isnt working. [CLICK] Because youve kept a clean record of your sent campaigns by using identical file names as your subject lines, youll be able to see with just a glance at your analytics page, which subject lines performed the best and which returned higher open rates. This will help you to better understand what techniques your audience responds to and which they do not, over time making you a pro at reading your audiences wants and needs and tailoring your marketing to continue to appeal to them.

    In this example you can see which campaign subject lines returned great open rates, and which did not. [OPTIONAL]: Can you pick out some of the techniques that were used?

    To increase your open rates, after the first email has been sent, give it a few days and make a copy of the original email but title it and use one of the other subject lines you had come up with in your brainstorming session to appeal exclusively to those who did not open your email the first time around. Oftentimes the second attempt will catch someones attention which will again increase your open rates and lead to more measurable results for your business. If you need help doing this refer to FAQ5990 in the Helps & Tips section of your account or give us a call.

    In the end, crafting compelling subject lines takes time and practice, but with a bit of time youll perfect the art and learn to enjoy the brainstorming process of writing them. And after having put in that much work to really master the craft, be sure to regularly track your progress with your built in analytics tools. Youll be glad its organized and easy to read and report on so you can continue to make changes and adjust as needed. *

    Weve covered a lot today. We hope you are now feeling more confident to write better subject lines for your campaigns. Lets recap what we talked about today:

    Brainstorm at least 3 versions of your subject lines Get into the habit of brainstorming multiple versions of your subject. First, write and design your email and then get with a friend, a coworker, a partner or spouse and have fun brainstorming Stand Out subject lines. After a few times this will become second nature and youll enjoy increased open rates and maybe a coffee or a beer with friends!

    Test on mobile & desktop before sending Remember TO ALWAYS ALWAYS test your email in as many email accounts and devices as you can, like (iPhone, Android, Blackberry or Windows phones and tablets) - Sign up for some free accounts to see how AOL vs Yahoo! Or Outlook displays your subject line and your message. Do dont want to spend all that time designing a great email and crafting a compelling subject line for a popular email client to truncate your subject line at a crucial word or render your email incorrectly.

    Consider preview pane and use preheader text Look for templates that include a preheader text option and use it to your advantage! Craft your subject line first, and your preheader text should further convince someone to click on your message. Short and sweet is key, (but this also in a way give you