Next, let's talk about a few
ways to help improve your response rates. If you want to
increase your response rate to permission based e-mail
mailing, it's not hard to do. Mostly it has to do with your
writing style. But once again copywriting for e-mail
communications differs from everything else.
A couple of Ground Rules:
What we said in the last
article was to write your e-mail copy "for
But for this article we'll give
a few ways to do that. When you write for voice, you want
to speak with a writing voice, that delivers up the dialog
exactly the way you would, if you were talking to your best
friend. It is best expressed as your most natural voice or to
write the way you speak to a friend. This will take a little
practice but like anything else, you'll get better and better
at it. In a minute we'll talk more about the importance
of your writing style.
Here's The primary e-mail
marketing tip - for a greater response rate
If you want to improve your
response rate, the single most important thing to remember, is
to only offer advice that you offer to a genuine friend. If
you are writing just for the sake of making a dollar, you'll
never really develop a long term relationship with thousands
of readers. In other words, offer something of value and your
readers will appreciate you. Practice writing for voice and be
yourself, they'll get to know you. But remember that if you
don't really have much to offer or if you start pitching sales
for junky products, you won't ever have much of a subscriber
base. I'm saying it because it needs to be said, focus on
things you know have genuine value. Buy them yourself. Test a
See for yourself if something is really true before you ever
recommend it to your readers who have given you their trust.
7 more Tips for improving E-mail Response Rates and Improving Your
When you write to your
reader, although you know you could have thousands of
people reading your communication, always speak to the
individual in singular as opposed to plural. Personalized
communications that are genuine flow much more nicely that
speaking to a group.
Example: I hope you enjoyed reading this month's
Rather Than: I hope everyone of you has enjoyed reading
this month's newsletter
Learn how write verbose or
descriptive dialog. Be expressive but be yourself. Work in
the benefits of a product you are describing. Offer your
thoughts or any insights use natural phrasing that makes
it clear exactly what you are saying.
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Instead of writing "to
impress" which many tend try to do out of habit, you
are writing to communicate. Make it very easy to absorb.
Speak in a way that makes your value added points very
Watch for opportunity to
accent the benefits especially. If you are offering your
opinion or a review of something, don't hesitate to give
both sides. People value your advice and look to hear some
bad with the good.
Example: Talk about the good and the bad
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Remember that if you are
doing a series of articles or tips or newsletter using an auto-responder,
you deliver your messages over a series of sequential
communications. Writing in this fashion is not only
effective because it can be digestible in smaller bites,
so to speak. You also can build some anticipation if you
do a little foreshadowing to close one message by letting
the readers know what's coming up next.
Example: (In closing)
That's about it for this week's Insurance News, but next
week watch for the 5 most common oversights that people
make when dealing with insurance companies. Next week,
we'll show you the most important things you need to be
aware of when purchasing insurance.
Also remember that you can
insert short little personal communications between
messages. By doing this, you give your readers the
opportunity to call you, or ask a personal question.
Everyone, knows that they are getting an auto-response
message, but the important thing is, if you write these
well, people still will respond. Remember a relationship
should be 2 way communication, so give your readers a
non-threatening reason to contact you if they want.
Day 1 - The Newsletter goes out to the new subscriber.
Day 2 - Nothing
Day 3- You set up the following message (personalized to
call them by first name)
It's John Alexander here. I just wanted to personally
welcome you to our newsletter.
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months in our Free
SEO Tip of the Day. In the meantime, welcome aboard.
Don't hesitate to write if you have any questions.
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What else goes into the
e-mail marketing success mix?
High value information
Just about anything that is useful but you want to keep
the full focus on offering value to your readers.
Offer the best value and be totally uncompromising about
how you care for your readers. Your readers will know the
difference between you and the average flim flam artists
out there because of the heart you put into your
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