The 2013 holiday shopping season is already underway, which means we’ve been keeping an eye out to see the creative ideas marketers have dreamt up this year to captivate their email audiences.
One recent holiday email that caught our attention comes from Lilly Pulitzer. By using Agile Email Marketing technology, Lilly Pulitzer included an image in this campaign that when clicked, prompted a pre-populated tweet to open that included the #buymelilly hashtag. The image was also deep-linked so that if the subscriber opened the email on a mobile device with the Twitter app already installed, the tweet would load ready-to-send in the mobile app versus requesting a log-in to Twitter in a web browser. The user’s device was detected at the moment of email open, and the optimal click-through action was also determined in real-time.
We love this email because not only does it unite social media and email together seamlessly, but this approach is a clever way to make it easy for fans of Lilly Pulitzer to share with their networks what’s on their holiday wish lists this year.
Gone are the days of “one-size-fits-all” email marketing. Today’s email marketers are sending campaigns that are fully agile, updated in real-time, and highly personalized. Curious how email marketing has evolved over time? Take a look at our infographic below to find out:
To get you in the Halloween spirit today, here’s one of our favorite spooky emails sent from ivivva, a member of the lululemon family. The email promotes Zombie Yoga Month, a series of local community events held by ivivva where girls all over North America took to their yoga mats to join the “zombie yogapocalypse.”
The agile email included a real-time local map which showed the nearest ivivva store location, hours, and contact information at the moment of email open.
iPad dominates when it comes to brand marketing email opens on tablets, according to Movable Ink’s latest research, the US Consumer Device Preference Report: Q3 2013. The data reveals that despite the nearly equal market share between the two, consumers are 15 times more likely to open brand emails on an iPad than on an Android tablet.
“This quarter’s report shows that tablets are gaining momentum, quickly becoming a primary driver of email marketing interactions,” said Vivek Sharma, Co-Founder and CEO of Movable Ink.
The report, based on aggregate email open data from over 100 enterprise B2C brands, offers critical insights into the current email marketing landscape:
The growing role that tablets are playing in the mobile shift
The latest in the battle between iOS and Android
Differences in email engagement across smartphones, desktops, and tablets
How often do you take a chance with your email marketing, not knowing if a new approach could be an unbelievable success or a complete flop?
At Best of the Best, a UK-based company that offers their customers the chance to win luxury automobiles through online skills-based competitions, they’re more than familiar with the idea that taking a chance can result in a huge pay-off. Perhaps that’s why when Jarrod Purchase, Email Marketing Manager for Best of the Best, wanted to try something entirely new with an upcoming email campaign, he thought it was worthwhile to give it a shot.
We caught up with Jarrod to learn more about his recent “Hold onto this email” campaign, which encouraged subscribers to check back on the same email message over the course of three days to see new offers. Best of the Best had never launched a multi-day, single-email campaign like this before. Would taking a chance pay-off?
Brooke Burdge, Marketing Manager, Movable Ink: Jarrod, what was the main goal of this campaign? Jarrod Purchase, Email Marketing Manager, Best of the Best: We run a competition every 15 days to promote discounted tickets for dream car giveaway competitions. We had a few main goals for the “Hold onto this email” campaign. Of course, we were aiming to increase revenue and strengthen customer engagement in a new way. But we also wanted to drive more customers to participate in the competition earlier on in the 15-day period, and to make repeat purchases. Typically, customers participate more towards the end of the competition period since there is less waiting time to find out if they won, and they very rarely purchase more than once in each 15-day competition period.
BB: What did you do differently with this campaign to help you achieve your goals? JP: Instead of sending three separate emails on consecutive days with three varying offers, we decided to consolidate our efforts into one, fully dynamic email that changed depending on when it was opened. The email became almost like a scavenger hunt in the inbox, where customers could come back the next day to discover something completely new.
BB: Can you walk me through how the user experience changed depending on which day the email was opened? JP: Sure. If you opened the email on the first day of the campaign, you would see images of three car types in a row. The Aston Martin was labeled “Today,” the Range Rover was labeled “Tomorrow,” and the Porsche was labeled “Wednesday.” The Aston Martin image—the featured deal of the day— appeared in full-color, with the other two brands in black & white. This allowed recipients to see what deals were coming up, but kept the focus on the current deal. At the bottom of the email template, we included five images of different models of the automobile brand being promoted that day. For example, on day one, subscribers would see promotions for five different Aston Martin vehicles in this space. A live countdown clock at the top of the email showed how much time was left until the next day’s featured offers became available.
If the same subscriber re-opened the same email again on day two, they would notice that major changes have taken place. Now, the center image of the Range Rover is in full-color, and the five images at the bottom of the email are promoting various Range Rover models. Also, the headers of the other deal offers have changed—the Porsche is now “tomorrow” versus “Wednesday.” The experience is similar on day three. When the campaign was finished, all images turned to black & white and the call-to-action changed to visit our site for other great offers.
The last thing to point out is that the email was also mobile optimized. When opened on a mobile device, the images in the bottom section dropped underneath each other to better fit the width of a mobile screen.
BB: How did this email perform? Do you have any results you can share? JP: Overall, the campaign was a success. We saw positive results in re-opens, revenue, repeat purchases. For re-opens, 23% of subscribers who opened the email on the first day returned to open it again on the second day. 7% of the “day 1” openers returned again on the third day.
For revenue, we experienced a 170% increase compared to our forecasted revenue for the 3 days. The campaign was launched at the start of the 15-day period, and as I mentioned earlier, we typically see the most revenue coming in toward the end of the competition. The campaign significantly lifted our early sales, which in turn increased the likelihood of repeat purchases made throughout the rest of the competition period.
Approximately 7% of customers purchased more than once. This number is much higher than what we typically see for repeat purchases during our 15-day competitions.
BB: What might you do differently if you were to launch a similar multi-day, single-email campaign in the future? JP: We’re curious to see what would happen if instead of giving subscribers a glimpse of the upcoming offers in black-and-white, we simply showed black boxes with question marks to keep future deals a surprise until they were available. It’s unclear whether our subscribers returned to the email because they were anticipating the upcoming Range Rover or Porsche offers, or if their curiosity about upcoming, unannounced offers would have driven even more re-opens. In the future, I’d like to run an A/B test to see which option drives more re-opens and revenue.
BB: How did Movable Ink help you out with this campaign? JP: Our team at Movable Ink is always a reliable source of new ideas for our email campaigns. Movable Ink’s technology makes it easy for us to experiment more, and to get more creative with the emails we send.
People don’t expect interesting things to happen in their email marketing. They’re used to seeing interactivity and real-time content on the web, but that experience isn’t as common in email. Movable Ink helps us bring that experience into email to strengthen the overall effectiveness of our email marketing channel.
At Best of the Best, we rely strongly on our email program for driving visits to our site and participation in our competitions. This campaign was an entirely new approach for us, and it was risky to try something that we had never done before and weren’t sure how it would turn out. But in the end, we’re happy we did it. It was fun to experiment, and taking the risk certainly paid off for us.
Each season, the Movable Ink team honors five brands for creating highly innovative, relevant, and memorable email experiences.
The Inkredible Five, Fall 2013 showcases exceptional emails from leading brands that incorporate video, real-time social media feeds, time-sensitive offers, mobile optimization, and live content from the web.
Looking for creative holiday email marketing ideas?In our recent webinar, Andre Prevot, Strategy Director, and Alison Lindland, Account Director, of our Client Experience team offered a closer look at the six email examples in our 2013 Holiday Email Marketing Inspiration Guide, and revealed six more innovative ways to use Agile Email Marketing technology in holiday campaigns.
Below is a quick recap of the 12 ideas shared on the webinar:
Holiday Email Inspiration: 12 Ways to Stand Out and Boost Sales 1. Use video-in-email and a countdown clock to unveil a new product
2. Use social media to make emails interactive
3. Personalize an image with the subscriber’s name
4. Optimize creative in real-time to maximize each email’s effectiveness
5. Check back on the same email for new deals every hour
6. Show real-time shipping status information
7. Show nearby store locations and open hours
8. Change the products that are promoted based on each shopper’s current location
9. Use barcodes in mobile emails to drive in-store sales
10. Promote current best-sellers
11. Include a “click to call” button on mobile email during open hours
12. Promote your mobile app on each device
Questions? Reach out to us at email@example.com.
We recently announced the appointment of Adam Stambleck as Vice President of Client Experience. With more than a decade of email marketing industry experience in progressive client services roles, he will lead our Client Experience team and program, and will work closely with the world’s leading brands to implement ROI-focused Agile Email Marketing campaigns.
“Adam is a stand-out Client Experience leader, who is not only immersed and experienced in the world of email marketing, but is also deeply passionate about delivering exceptional experiences to the marketers he works with every day,” said Vivek Sharma, Co-Founder and CEO, Movable Ink. “We are thrilled to have an executive of Adam’s caliber join the team, and are excited about the contributions he will make to the success of our clients, his team, and the company.”
Mr. Stambleck joins Movable Ink from top ranked email service provider Yesmail Interactive, where as Vice President of Account Management, he was responsible for retaining and growing client accounts, and played a key role in the build out of the company’s New York office and operations. Stambleck’s client roster at Yesmail Interactive included household brands such as Google, Avon, eBay, Darden Restaurants, Scholastic, and Panasonic. Prior to Yesmail, Stambleck was Associate Director of Account Management for the direct marketing agency Paradysz.
“Movable Ink is bringing real innovation to email marketing, and I am thrilled to have this opportunity to work with the world’s elite brands to help them take the concept of personalization to a whole new level,” said Stambleck. “With Agile Email Marketing, brands have the ability to better reach, engage, and deliver value to their customers, ultimately creating memorable experiences and driving ROI for their companies.”
It’s officially football season, which also means sports fans across the country are glued to checking their Fantasy Football team scores. Managing your Fantasy team while on the go is one way to stay ahead of the game—which is where ESPN’s Fantasy Football mobile app comes into play.
To promote the mobile app, ESPN sent the email shown below on the morning of the 2013 NFL Kickoff. By using Agile Email Marketing technology, the same email offered two entirely different experiences when opened on a desktop or on a mobile device.
When the email is opened on desktop, the main call-to-action is to manage the team from your mobile device, and links to more information about the app’s capabilities and the various mobile platforms that are supported. Icons for the AppStore, Google Play, and Windows Phone Store are all shown.
When the same exact email is opened on a mobile device, a few major changes happen. First, the main image is an animated gif of a mobile device with the ESPN app open, scrolling through a team roster to show the functionality of the app. In the example here, the app is shown inside an iPhone screen, but if the fan happened to be using an Android or iPad to read the email, the image of the device shown would match the device actually being used. Also, the call-to-action changes to be device-specific, (notice, “Manage Your Team From Your iPhone”). When fans click on “Download The App For Free,” they are brought directly into the app’s download page on the AppStore, Google Play, or Windows Phone Store—depending the device currently in use.
ESPN gives new meaning to “mobile optimization” with this email. For more tips on how to make your mobile emails stand out, check out our “Mastering Mobile Email” series.