Email marketing still has many years of life left in it until the next best communication method takes over, and the fact that you can get really creative with your email campaigns these days is a real boon too. In ‘Ways to Make Your Emails Pop Part 1’ we discussed why using your creativity to add interactive features to your emails increases open and click-through rates and we looked at two major ways you can make your emails pop. In this article, we’ll be looking at 3 more, below and then our list will continue in our third article ‘Even More Ways to Make Your Emails Pop’ …

Add Unique and Creative Interactions

There are so many unique and creative additions you can email to your customers these days, like scratchie cards or prize wheels, for instance. If your email or marketing automation platform doesn’t have these as standard features, you should be able to easily integrate a third-party app that does allow you to use these features. If you’re using Swift Digital’s suite of tools, we have many of the features mentioned in this article included as a standard feature; however, you’re also able to access a huge range of interactive features and other tools by connecting apps through our integration options.

So why do scratchie cards and prize wheels work? People are curious by nature, want instant gratification and these tactics have been shown to be almost irresistible when people have a card or wheel right in front of them! That means that your customers will almost definitely scratch the scratchie or spin the prize wheel inside the email if they see it, which means all you need to do is entice them to open your email, which won’t be hard to do if you mention the free scratchie, wheel or other chance to win in your email title. Think of it like this – you’ve received two emails in your inbox. One of the emails has a title that says “Get 5% off today” and another one reads “Try our free scratchie today for a chance to win up to 50% off”. Which of these emails are you more likely to open? Even if all but one of the scratchies contain only a 5% off voucher, you’re still enticing a huge number of people to open your email who wouldn’t usually bother. More opens = more chances of customers buying from you, especially if you create a sense of urgency with the discount you give them.

You can get more creative with this too. Why not reveal your discount or message using a peeling action, or a zipper, a sliding action, a tearing action or a pulling action? These all create interaction, entice recipients to open your emails in the first place and they also help you stand out from the crowd.

Add Menus to Emails

For the same reason you’d add menus to a website, you can (and sometimes really should) add them to your emails too. Menus make your content easier to navigate and prevents your readers from having to scroll through a whole bunch of information that’s irrelevant to them in order to find the info they want. Ideally, you’e using customer segmentation and personalising your emails for each group, but this isn’t always possible, but if you regularly use menus when delivering a lot of information in your emails, you’re allowing customers to more quickly choose the important content for themselves.

You can use standard menus, drop-down menus (also called hamburger menus), tabs and more, as long as they’re interactive and properly optimised for mobile. The menus are used the same way as on a website, where you click on it and it gives you navigation options. In some cases, you may be able to create a mini version of your website home page if that’s a look you’re aiming for.

Another great option is an accordion menu, wherein each section of your email can be expanded and collapsed so that you’re able to fit a large amount of information into what appears (when the entire thing is collapsed) to be a small email with a single menu.

Add Videos

Videos are a great way of turning a boring email into something more exciting. They are also a great method of disseminating a large amount of information in a compact way – a 60 second video can contain 200-400 words worth of speech, which is a lot of space if those 200-400 words were written as email text! What you include in your videos is only limited by your imagination, but many companies use email embedded video to show off new products, update customers on the latest news, provides ‘how to’ instructions and so much more.

By embedding a video into your emails, you’re increasing the chances of readers actually viewing the video, simply because it’s so much easier for them to do than clicking a link to view the video elsewhere. It’s also a preferred way for people to gain information, with approximately 50% of people saying they first look for videos about products or services they’re intending to use and 43% of people saying they’d like to see more videos from their favourite brands.

A tip: Ensure you get the main message into the first half a minute of your video, as most people only watch the start of a video and grow bored after about 2 minutes.

We have a few more methods on our continuing list, which you can see by clicking through to ‘Even More Ways to Make Your Emails Pop’. If you don’t want to wait to find out more about Swift Digital’s Marketing Automation platform, give us a call now on 1300 878 289 or click here for a demo.