Check My Headline - See How This Works!
Recent studies show that 33% of email recipients open them based on subject line alone. And, since everyone is inundated daily by tons of emails, catching folk’s attention and getting them to stop and read your email … is your objective.
So how do you write email subject lines that cut through the noise? Creating headlines that work takes knowing how to construct it. One researcher in this field has cracked the code for writing the perfect subject line. After hundreds of subject line tests, he filtered proven data to the following five tips that will greatly improve your subject lines and increase your open rates.
1. Important Words First
What makes your email more important than all the others in their inbox? Just get to the point! Simply changing the leading structure of the headline text with the important keywords can increase open rates by 10-20%. As an example, a recent email headline from Chase to their Sapphire Preferred cardholders said: “Earn 10K bonus points – Invite a Friend”. Rather than asking recipient to do something first, Chase front-loaded the subject line with the benefit the reader will receive. Boom.
2. Ask a Question
Since people love to talk about themselves and their interests, asking your addressee a question right away piques their curiosity. And, as a result, they’re likely to respond positively by opening more of your emails. One email from a fitness instructor phrases her subject line as a question to engage her recipients: “Need Motivation to Work out? Watch This” The call to action is right there in the headline!
3. Numbers Often Help
Numbers are easy to read, help us make sense of complex concepts, and set up the expectation (e.g. 5 Things Your Subject Lines Are Missing). Godiva used numbers to do both in this headline idea: “2 DAYS LEFT: Up to 40% Off Flash Sale”
4. Personal Names Work
People really like to see their own names or pronouns - “you” or “your” - for a more a personalized touch. A study by Experian finds that using emails with a personalized subject line is 26% more likely to be opened (depending on industry.) Oddly, 70% of companies do not personalize emails. One SiriusXM recent email about MY free trial ... by adding the recipient’s name to the subject line. Clearly SiriusXM sees them as a person and are truly interested in them. “Michael, Your SiniusXM Trial Just Got More Awesome!”
5. Rhymes, Alliteration, & Puns Now and Then
Writing a subject line that rolls off the tongue, will get a higher open rate. While it’s not easy to come up with these crafty word plays very often, when you do, they work. Here are two very good examples: “Social Music Marketing: Bands, Brands and Fans” and “An Unusual Arsenal: Tech Tools to Topple a Tyrant.”
Writing appealing email headlines takes practice. You can stop writing clunky or boring email subject lines. Writing them shorter and sweeter works better, so why not take the time to practice. Write several, send them out and watch the responses.
Have some fun. Check My Headline - See How This Works!