Topic: Hall of Fame – Great Email Campaigns

Whiskey & More has a brilliant welcome email. It’s on brand, concise, humorous, tells you everything you need to know, sets the right expectations, and it does it all in about 60 words.

Why this email is particularly brilliant is that they state that they won’t inundate your inbox with emails,  because they are ‘too busy sussing out great deals on whiskey’.

Which surprisingly, contrary to pushing people away, is actually comforting for the subscriber because it sets expectations up front that they don’t need to be afraid of them flooding their inbox, and drives home the concept that these guys are focussed on what they do best and as a subscriber that makes me feel even more confident in them and their products and services.

It makes me look forward to the very infrequent emails I will be receiving, because supposedly they will be packed with some fairly impressive whiskey deals, and really from a whiskey company that is what you sign up for right?

Whiskey&More

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It’s great when a brand sends emails that are so true to it’s brand, that you can almost hear them speaking and taste their product through the email.

One such company is Innocent Drinks, who do the cutest emails and has one of the easiest and funniest sign up, welcome and email processes I have come across.

I thought I would start at the beginning and run through the process, first the sign up, then the welcome email then the newsletter, so you can get a sense of the process in order. (Better yet go to their website and sign up if you haven’t already and get a taste of this for yourself!)

Like every good website should, they have a prominent email sign up facility, and it’s humorous, by enticing me with a comfy couch and love and friendship, (But no pocket money)

Sign Up

I sign up, and immediately a note appears in place of the sign up form saying: ”You will shortly receive an email confirming your subscription. By the way, we will never, ever pass your details on to anyone else, but you knew that anyway, didn’t you. Your information will only ever be used to send you what you ask us to send you. If you would like to leave the family, use the unsubscribe button when you next receive an email from us.”

This is a great way to instantly and effectively confirm that I have subscribed, and assure me they won’t share my details with anyone, and let me know I can unsubscribe from ‘the family’ if I want to, however by giving me the option and not feeling locked in, makes me feel safer and makes me never want to leave…. aww.

Sign Up Confirm

That message the disappears after a short time, and they claim back a bit of space on their website,  and I then receive a cute and welcoming welcome email right away. It’s opens with the subject line ‘Welcome to the innocent family’ which gives me warm fuzzies and makes me feel like I am being welcomed into some big friendly and exclusive family.

I also love that the call to actions point to the ‘ceiling’ and the ‘moon’ and the ‘grass’ and the email includes a polar bear in a snowstorm! Can you see him?

 

Welcome Email

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After you have digested the entrée welcome email and clicked on all those links and seen where they all go, it’s time to wait for the main course of the email newsletter to arrive into your inbox. And there are many delicious ingredients!

Innocent Drinks

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Overall I love the use of creative copy and the tone of their brand language in the emails. For example, in the pre-header,  instead of saying ‘click here to view online’ they say ‘If this email looks a bit weird just click here to see it look not so weird’. I also really like the fact they have included a ‘sale’ star in the header that let’s you know the email is free! (Woo!) I know we all know emails are free but something about putting that star there telling me it’s free makes it feel even more like a bonus and my brain is thinking it’s getting a great deal!

There is strong brand consistency between the email and the website, with the same font, logo, colours, so when I do click any of the call to action links from the email to the website, it feels like the same environment.

The content of the email is fun, engaging, has a good mix of bright colours, white space, company news, human interest stories, and fun links to click on, and best of all, in their footer, they say “call us on the banana phone

These guys are really engaging, provide a seamless experience between email, website and social media, they use clever copy, great design and interesting content to deliver fun, fresh and funky emails, and in my eyes they are doing everything right.

How do I love this Upworthy email? Let me count thy ways.

Upworthy

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I love it because it starts with ‘Well, hello there! How do you feel? Because you look great!’ And really who wouldn’t love that.

I love it because the subject line is one of the coolest I’ve ever seen besides being the optimum word limit for subject lines, it is unique and attention grabbing which is the whole point. It says: Welcome To The Upworthiest. Turn On Your Images And Buckle Your Seatbelt!

I love it because the pre-header which besides being a best practice feature is very chatty and friendly and encourages replies and interaction:  Want to say hi back? Reply to this message!

I love it because the content of the email uses humour to set the expectations about what you can expect in future Upworthy emails, it points you to some of the best content on their website to immediately engage you on their site.

I love it because the call to action is big and bold and direct and potentially cheeky but effective and says ‘Want more? We got more. You’ll just have to keep opening our emails!’

I love it because the sign off says ‘Love from all of us at Upworthy’ in big bold letters – so it is both friendly and really obvious who it is.

I love it because of the awesome copy in the footer, which reminds people where and how they signed up for these emails, using visual cues to jog peoples memories, which is in the past, (Because people do forget) they then introduce the welcome email which they are reading, which is in the present, then get the subscriber looking forward to future emails, using humour and emotional appeals, which is in the future, (Because who doesn’t love getting stuff that makes them laugh and cry and share great content) and it ends brilliantly with an obscure question that really gets you thinking, and which got me imaging how much fun the copywriter and designer had making this email and writing the copy, because it is just so brilliant.

Alpha Recruitment sent an attention grabbing email recently saying ‘Keep Calm and Like our Facebook Page’ and it certainly got my attention!

They sent this solus email out saying that since they have won their category in the SEEK Sara’s awards so many times they are not in the running this year, however you can still show that you back them by going and liking their Facebook page.

The email is really just one big Like button with the call to action front and centre, with just a brief amount of clear concise copy which explains what the email is about but keeps the focus on the visual call to action. A great feature of the email is their play on the ‘keep calm’ slogan and the Facebook colour scheme which I’m really liking, and all these factors come together seamlessly to create a simple campaign that really stands out.

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This email puts much more into the email marketing efforts of Muchmore Music than just the same ol’ same ol’. 

Muchmore Music sent out this re-activation campaign to their subscribers asking if they still wanted to be on their database. Why? Because they noticed that some of the subscribers hadn’t opened their email for the last three email campaigns.

For many of you I think it would be fair to say you may analyse inactive subscribers once every six month’s or perhaps once a month. Have you ever analysed the reports for inactive or unengaged subscribers after just 3 sends?

It is a wise email marketer who asks their audience what their preferences are, if they actually want to be on your database, and regularly running re-engagement campaigns are a key part of any self respecting email comms programme.

 


If you would like to read more about re-engagement here are some of our key blog posts on the subject which should give you some ideas.

Engagement – why it’s important

Creating engagement with birthday and preference emails

Ask your subscribers what they want by doing a survey

Or you can always talk to us :)

 

Vroom Vroom!! The copy in this email is certainly a lot better than the headline of this post anyway.

I read something the other day that said if you are not cracking up laughing when you read your email, it’s too dry and it’s probably got too much marketing speak in it.

Well this email does the best job I have ever seen of doing exactly the opposite. The email is humorous, personable, dobs in the company bosses, claims Chuck Norris built their mobile app and offers support for Facebook addicts via their Facebook page. Well they had me at hello – I personally don’t know this company but their email has made me laugh and I now want to download their app and like them on Facebook.

To see the full version of their email click the image below and enjoy this fantastic copy for yourself.

 

 

What do you think of this email? And have you seen any better copy examples?

This month’s email makeover from the expert team at Jericho is…  Grabaseat!

Click the image below to check out the ‘before’ email:

 

Click on the image below to check out the ‘after’ email:

What do you think of our Grabaseat email makeover?

As a follow up to our previous post about the mobile optimised email by Foodily, We bring you part #2 which is featuring…. lastminute.com

Last Minute is a travel deal site that gives you access to last minute deals, cheap hotels, and so on.

Check out the beautiful desktop version of the email below.  Click the preview below to see the full email.

For comparison, let’s look at the mobile optimised version below. The responsive design means that it automatically adjusts to my mobile screen, the design elements move around, it has simpler content with easily clickable elements.
The differences between the desktop version to the mobile are, the header only shows only the left portion of the image.

Moving down the email, we see the intro automatically adjust to the space, and the call to action buttons form a stack, where they move and align themselves one on top of the other.

Moving down, the next section is the blog, and again we see the content adjust to one column wide and ‘stack’ itself up so the right hand half of the content moves so it is under the main image.

Finally the footer of the email – the buttons move from being 4 buttons wide and 2 high to being 4 high and 2 wide. Followed by easily clickable social media links.

What do you think of Last Minute’s email?  Do you receive this email? Love to hear your thoughts!

Back in 2008 we saidWelcome emails have a huge advantage in that they are the most opened of all emails you’ll ever send

Back n 2010, we saidThe email you send to welcome a new subscriber or customer is always the most read email you will ever send

Back in 2011, we saidThe welcome email is the most important email you send because for many of your subscribers, it’s their first email experience with your brand, and perhaps their first interaction with your company

In 2012, we saidEmail provides the highest ROI of any digital marketing channel, and that welcome emails provide the highest ROI of all

Whether it’s the first time someone registers for your e-newsletter, the first time they walk into your showroom, or their first on-line purchase, first impressions can make a huge difference to whether the prospect is ‘in’ or ‘out’ of your on-going eDM program – and with lifetime value measurements, your on-going revenue!

We have been writing about welcome emails for years. It’s always good to recap so we thought we would bring all our welcome posts together and all the best and worst welcome email examples we have collected and give you a grand line up of welcome emails. We have gathered more examples of welcome emails for you to look at, comment on, learn from and copy for your own welcome email program. We have underlined key areas of each Welcome email, and each thumbnail links to a larger version of the email image. Also each company name below links to their website.

Example 1: We Heart It is a new site like Pinterest, that allows you to find and collate images and share them. I just signed up the other day and they sent me this nice welcome email. It is a clean, simple email that covers what it needs to, introduces you to the site and provides some key links for the subscriber, including links to download their app.

Example 2: Polyvore is a fashion site where you can create outfits, collate items that you like, mix and match products and share it with others while offering brands insight into their customers. Their welcome email, like WeHeartIt, is a clean, simple email that covers what it needs to, introduces you to the site and provides some key links for the subscriber, including links to download their app.

Example 3: KNOW from Positively Wellington Tourism is a top quality e-newsletter that features all the latest events, places, people and news that is going on in Wellington. The KNOW welcome email itself is simple yet smart. It  clearly and concisely sets the expectations to the subscriber the frequency of communication, the type of content, reminds you of the email address you registered with, it links to key content on their site, they invite you to connect with them on all their social networks, it even allows you to invite friends. They even link back to the subscribe page in case you forward this email – allowing a clear path to subscribe if the friend you forwarded it to wants to sign up too. We can’t find a thing wrong with this email, can you? (Disclosure: KNOW is a client of our agency, Jericho)

Example 4: Anthropologie is an office favourite here at Jericho. We love the gentle design and the clever copy in the Anthropologie emails. The Welcome describes the frequency and content of the emails, and they invite you to help the emails arrive by adding them to your address book.

Example 5: Alice is the shopping site where you can buy all your non-perishables, leaving you free to get your fresh supplies from your local markets. The Alice Welcome email includes clear calls to action to get started – the best place to do this is in the welcome email. Could improve: They mention emails they will send that are related to your activity, but no mention of what else they will send or how frequently.

Example 6: Old Navy  If a Welcome offer for your first purchase is what you are after, Old Navy is here to help with 20% off your first purchase. In their welcome email they link to their family of brands, to their Social Media profiles, and offer T&C’s for the promo. Could improve: There is no description of email frequency or content, and there is no way to share the email to your social networks which means missing out on the newly engaged readers propensity to share right when they are most excited to meet you.

Example 7: Rachel Zoe  earns a special mention before we even examine the Welcome email. That’s because as you’ll see if you visit the site, the home page is all about the email registration. It is unthinkable how many websites we find that force you to search to sign up for email. The best email marketers (including the GAP family of sites) use the priority real estate of their home page to sell you to the sign up. If you make money sending email then your number one goal should be to get the email address of your site visitor. Sure you want them to look around, but if you get the email address you get the chance to make your case time and time again… This Welcome email does a number of things right. It welcomes warmly. She sets expectation of frequency, and content. She covers the housekeeping with how to get the email delivered to you and tell your friends, and a nice obvious unsubscribe too.

Example 8: The Whiskey Shop email is a basic looking email with a value-add which incentivises the registration, The Whisky Shop from Auckland nails a great Welcome on a low budget.


Example 9: Underground Skate has a basic email that covers what it needs to and major subscriber engagement – works so well because of the style, and copy. In fact their copy is so good we have previously done a whole blog post on it which you can read here.

 

Example 10: Outstanding in the wrong way this welcome email misses the mark in almost every way. Dull, unengaging and confusing. It was also sent in the middle of the night long after I had subscribed. This is a major Government department and although we expect them to be a bit behind there is simply no excuse for emails like this leaving the building. The newsletter it prefaces is a useful and important communication, however it is let down by this welcome email. Check out the reply email address. Not only am I unlikely to retain this email for future reference, as am I commanded to do, I am actually a little bit frightened of it.

We would like this to continue to grow into the best resource for welcome email examples on the blogosphere. You can help! Comment on these ones, and send examples of emails you have received, good or bad, email us!

When the DMA and the EEC sent an email to talk about their upcoming conference this morning we were a little taken aback with what we received.

We might be all the way down here in New Zealand but after 12 years we know our way around email design best practice… and this wasn’t that.

Turns out there was some kind of error somewhere, so we thought we’d try to help and jump in and make it look a bit more like email marketers would expect to see from their guiding lights.

Check out the before and after shots below (you need to click to enlarge them to full size) and please let us know what you think in the comments below or via @JerichoCrew on Twitter:

BEFORE:

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Overall, the original design was quite disorganised. The main focus in terms of imagery seemed to be around the location of the conference, rather than the content. And we’re unsure what re-purposing the classic ‘Got Milk?’ advertising campaign adds to the communication.

The images used are quite rough and, in places, have been stretched disproportionately to fit a gap. The headshots used for the speakers are of varying sizes (which again makes the design look rough/messy) and are laid-out in a way that means they aren’t associated with their corresponding text (profiles on the left).

The various logos aren’t given space, making the composition quite cramped. The main call-to-action for this communication should be to register, but although it features at the top of the email, it doesn’t really stand out and is given no more prominence than the other calls-to-action.

 

AFTER:

 

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We looked to simplify the layout and make it easier to follow. The conference name and date are given prominence, with supporting imagery which ties in with the content of the event, rather than the location.

We used a short blurb to explain what the event was about, followed by the call-to-action, in orange, so that it stands out. We placed the speakers’ images with their profiles and gave their logos space to breathe. The speaker section is followed by the same call-to-action. The reason for this, is that we don’t want recipients to have to scroll back to the top to take action – we’re making it easy for them to do what we want them to.

Our secondary calls-to-action (Join EEC and Join DMA) then follow this and are treated in a way that they are still obviously clickable, but they don’t detract from our primary CTA.

What do you think?  We hope they use it, or at least let us have another try at a design they will use.  Watch this space.