If you receive the #emailweekly regularly, you have been subject to innovative/ridiculous designs, delayed sends, obscure subject lines and the odd error here and there. Some of these were on purpose, others weren’t. I guess you could say we’ve kind of learnt something from each one.
We like to think of the weekly as a playground for email code so we thought we would bare all for the eyes of our subscribers. Here is what we’ve found from AA/AB testing/sending the email weekly so far:
Marketers spend a lot of time thinking up clever, witty, interesting content ideas for campaigns (and spend a lot of money implementing them). What if the content you need is already sitting there in front of you; disguised as some boring yet meaningful security measure.
Harvey Nichols thought outside the box and this is the campaign they came up with. We love this idea. Click the image below, sit back and enjoy…
If you’re an ecommerce company (or you work at one), you’ll know the struggle of getting your checkout process seamless and as user-friendly as possible. You may also be aware that the average basket abandonment rate is around 70%. Now, that sounds daunting, but realistically some of these users had little intention to buy in the first place and there is not much you can do about that (incentivise, you can definitely incentivise). Something made them put those items in their basket, that’s all you can be sure of.
Well, actually not much. But that’s because we already know the results of this test are useless.
Last week Clickhole posted this excellent send up of subject line “best practice”, including such gems as ‘Start your subject line with “GOOD EMAIL”‘ and ‘For urgent emails, write “I HAVE YOUR DAUGHTER”‘. We’ve been questioning the value of perceived subject line best practice for a while – there’s obviously a lot of value in writing a subject line that grabs your audience, but we’re not convinced that following an arbitrary set of rules is the right way to get there.