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Here is an ‘exceeding expectations’: “Your Open rate has historically been above 20% but dipped to 8% around November and has stayed there. I looked at the short URL of the email campaign you shared for your November campaign and it looks like your template is a single image containing all the information. Generally, you want to have a balanced image-to-text ratio as a single image email is more likely to end up getting caught in spam filters. Constant Contact actually has an article on this. Have you always been using a single image for your emails?”
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Our opens use to be 12% or more, good by industry standards but lately opens are way down. Business-to-business, so I can't get real funny with the subject lines. I try to do a general interest Monthly email & then split out the subjects with more info throughout the month. I think I lost some of my active subscribers when I switched my CC account.
Hi Debbie, do you also include photos, graphics, or video to catch the readers' attention? The stats show the average person receives 121 emails a day and spends less than 14 seconds reading each email. Subject lines that create a call to action (i.e. messages like, last call, urgent, limited space, etc.) work well to get an emailed opened, and dynamic content with images and color engage the readers.
Thank you for your advice! You make some great points about the behavior of recipients and what tactics might draw their attention. You also got your advice in under the wire, so you are the lucky winner of this week's bonus entry toward the prize! Thank you so much for participating.
Debbie - I'm curious what you meant when you said you "switched your CC account".
If the email looks like it's coming from someone new, they might not know it's still you. (For example, the sender name used to be "Debbie's Dynamite Donuts" and now it's "DDD Express".)
If what changed was your return email address (firstname.lastname@example.org is now ddd @email.com), your recipients might need to add the new address to their address book so it doesn't go into their spam folder.
Either way, I would try sending a cross-over email with a subject line of "we've moved" (or something similar) telling folks about the transition with the name or email. That might reconnect some folks who were lost. Good luck!
Someone else used to handle the emails thru constant contact. When I took over as Marketing Director, I started doing the emails. Long story short, we had to create a new constant contact account. Lost our history and had to re-enter our contact list. It's my belief that I lost some of our more active contacts.
Not sure that I see how the example is about contacts or contact management and debbie8621's comment/question doesn't relate to contacts or contact management. So, I am confused as to what you are looking for.
You're right, it might seem a little vague how it fits in. Contacts management can be very broad. In this case, @debbie8621 was asking for advice on why her Open rate was dropping, which we do highlight in our instructions as an option to ask for assistance. @ExecutiveD39's advice focused on changes they could make to their email that might help improve their open rate. It does skate the line a bit, as it's focused more on email design, but also suggests subject line additions that might help.
I'd encourage @debbie8621 and others to share a little more insight into how their contacts are organized, too, as it could be something like segmentation might make a big difference!
To clean up our list(s), I downloaded the "Least Engaged" report from the Contacts / Insights page. Then I went through them one-by-one and unsubscribed those names who hadn't had any actual contact with us in 4 years. It was a time-consuming process, but it feels good to be rid of the 175+ folks who didn't really want our emails but hadn't taken the time to unsubscribe themselves.
I also regularly check the bounced emails, so we weed out the bad emails too.
I would suggest instead of unsubscribing your least engaged contacts to simply delete them. Resubscribing a contact is a bit involved where a contact that has been deleted can be added back to your list easily. I have also found that it is common for contacts to not be engaged for long periods of time for many reasons, and express gratitude that I kept reaching out sending the occasional email, even though they did not open, and are quite happy to reengage. The most common comment is that I was staying "in touch".
I'm just starting out! I have created a few test templates and imported in content. I wish the formatting from the import would stick -- it seems I have to go into the email and add the line breaks, bullets, etc. to make it pretty again.
Several years ago I started with Constant Contact. I had been sending a weekly news letter with my personal email. My email list got large enough that I began having problems. I joined CC and their rep talked me thru the simple process of importing my email lists. Additionally, the duplicates were recognized and only sent 1 new email from me. Best move I made from a time savings standpoint and at a $$ I could live with.
if you receive leads from FB or any other plattform, is really easy to import them to CC, (at least you run your FB campaings trhu CC, they will auto update), the fun part is that you can actually rename any data field when you upload contacts, for easy recognition and for import back on another platform, we use podio as well, so we receive leads from FB, upload the lists to CC, engage them via email if they don't pick up the phone, and import the leads with their repective follow up on podio.
We review our unsubscribe list weekly. We have an auto notification come in from Constant Contact and we check that list with our client base. We want to make sure our clients are receiving our content and most of the time the unsubscribe is done by accident.
Hi I run a local ice cream truck and I was wondering what can I do to get more of my email subscribers to come to my business.
I also need help a better open rate and click rate for my emails I send out.
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