Rather than run the risk of being marked as spam, you'll want to be sure that you are properly segmenting your email list.
Without segmentation you're essentially writing for a nameless, faceless group of recipients, which makes it increasingly difficult to establish common ground or form a connection.
However, emails that have been tailored to specific lists through segmentation receive 50% more clicks than those that do not. (Source: Marketing Sherpa)
If you need help determining how to approach segmentation, here's a few ways to go about it:
If you have several different buyer personas, you'll want to make sure that you're tailoring your content to their specific interests.
While you may present information to a marketer one way, it's likely that you'd speak differently if you were writing content for a CEO.
To increase click-through rates and conversions, your best bet is to create separate content that speaks to the pain points, goals, and areas of interest that are unique to their role.
If you're using marketing automation software like HubSpot, you can dig into your contact's past behavior to identify patterns.
Maybe you separate all of the people who downloaded offer X and send them one variation of an email, and send contacts that downloaded offer Y a unique variation that better aligns with their research.
To ensure relevance, you can create different lists for recipients living in different locations across the globe.
Once you get your email opened, you need to put forth body copy that keeps them there.
Keep in mind that this isn't something that can be cleverly disguised by a flashy design or compelling visuals.
Strategic body copy serves as your opportunity to persuade, provide value, and ultimately set up the conversion.
Don't know where to start? Check out the following tips:
Align content with the goal
Let's say you want your recipients to subscribe to your blog after reading your email. To ensure conversion, you have to make a strong case for it. Define the value of a subscription to your blog. What's the benefit for them? How will it make their lives/jobs easier?
Email copy doesn't have to be cut and dry. Increase engagement by sharing a compelling statistic or telling a relative story.
As it turns out, our brains are wired for storytelling, so if you want to ensure that your message resonates, try to connect it to a relative event or situation in your life.
Attention spans are short (to say the least.) If you want to improve the effectiveness of your copy, cut it in half.
Focus on saying what you need to say in as few words as possible, while using short paragraphs and bulleted lists to ease readability.
Optimize for mobile
According to Litmus, 38% of emails are opened on a mobile device and 78% of U.S. email users will access their emails via mobile by 2017.
To improve engagement, design your emails so that they adapt accordingly to different devices. This may mean reducing certain copy, resizing images, stacking modules, or leaving extra room around buttons to avoid missed clicks.
With that being said, be sure to leverage visuals to reinforce or simplify what's written.
If you want to generate leads from your email marketing initiatives, it's critical that you have a highly visible CTA every time.
This CTA will be responsible for carrying your recipients to wherever it is they need to go to complete the conversion.
To ensure the effectiveness of your call-to-action, stick to these guidelines:
“So, what button copy should you use? Click here, buy now and order now are a few call-to-action texts that you see around. I’ve found that generic phrasing, like the words above, don’t really impact conversion rates by much. If they do, then there are other elements on your web page that need to be tested," says CrazyEgg and KISSmetrics co-founder, Neil Patel. (Source: ConversionXL)
Before you fall back on something universal like "submit" or "sign up" ask yourself what is going to motivate your recipients to click the button. What are they getting out of it?
Your recipients should be able to spot your CTA instantly.
To ensure this, you'll want to employ a high contrast color that stands out against the background. This will help to draw the recipient's eye to the action you want them to take.
Align the CTA with the copy
If you're sending an email about your latest ebook, be sure that the primary CTA is driving recipients to the landing page for that offer.
While it seems obvious, many emails lose their effectiveness due to poor content/CTA alignment.
Simply put, define an overall goal and create a conversion path that makes it easy for them to follow through.