If email marketers have learned anything over the past few years, it’s that every customer is now a moving target. They’re checking emails on their phones and tablets, which means they’re doing a lot of different activities at the same time.
Responsive email design strategies play a critical role in this new world. Customers are always on the go and your emails need to offer real-time content that reflects their needs in the moment.
One simple way to do this is to start creating geo-targeted emails. Ordinarily, a customer checking their personal email on a lunch break isn’t too likely to redeem a discount offer. But if they see a personalized map that shows that a store is right around the block, that can change.
Geo-targeting can help brands create contextual marketing campaigns. Here are three companies that have used maps in emails effectively:
You’re out having lunch somewhere and you check your email. Your favorite shoe store has sent you an email with a one-day only offer. But going out and buying shoes wasn’t really on the agenda, so what do you do? If you’re like most people, you probably delete it just to keep your inbox under control.
But what if the email had a personalized map that showed you that a store was right around the corner? Geo-targeting for email marketing can personalize a customer’s experience and transform an email into a useful shopping companion.
We’ve discussed how Steve Madden used geo-targeted emails to personalize the customer experience. Using email to show the location of nearby store to customers can help increase foot traffic to retail locations.
Another benefit of geo-targeting is highlighting places where products or rewards points can be redeemed. Recently, AIMIA did just that and saw some significant results.
Ready to trade in your snow boots for sandals, and dark colors for warm pastels? Although spring weather may not be here just yet (at least not here at Movable Ink headquarters in New York!), it’s never too early to start getting excited about the warmer months ahead.
We love how this agile email marketing campaign from Lilly Pulitzer made clever use of social media to create excitement around the new Spring 2014 collection, and also incorporated real-time geo-targeting to show each subscriber the nearest store location.
Lilly Pulitzer encouraged recipients to share what they love about the new spring collection by using #hoorayforspring on Instagram and Twitter. The latest tweets using that hashtag were displayed directly in the email. To make it as easy as possible for subscribers to engage with the campaign, a click on the “Tweet Now” button prompted a tweet with the hashtag pre-populated and ready to send. If a subscriber opened the email on mobile, the tweet loaded directly in the Twitter mobile app using deep linking. Want to test out deep linking to Twitter for yourself? Just click the email image here to share this post!
This campaign also used real-time geo-targeting to display a local map and address information of the nearest retail location where subscribers could shop the spring collection. The store information and map is determined and populated instantaneously at the moment of every email open.
Interested in learning more about how Agile Email Marketing technology from Movable Ink made this campaign possible? Reach out to us at email@example.com or request a demo.
Each season, the Movable Ink team honors five innovative brands for creating agile email marketing campaigns that stood out in the inbox.
The Winter 2014 edition of The Inkredible Five highlights our five favorite emails of the past season that incorporate time-sensitive offers, real-time social media feeds, live geo-targeting, video, and image personalization to create eye-catching and relevant campaigns.
Find out how leading brands cut through the clutter during major holiday shopping events including Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and the final days before Christmas.
Ready to be inspired? Download the e-book.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2013 holiday season is just around the corner. This season, Movable Ink is giving you the gift of email marketing inspiration. Download the 2013 Holiday Email Marketing Inspiration Guide to check out six creative ways that Agile Email Marketing technology can be used to create engaging, memorable, and profitable email experiences. You’ll see how you can:
- Drive in-store sales by showing a local map of nearby store locations and open hours.
- Unveil a new product using video and an animated countdown clock.
- Offer enhanced customer service by including a “click to call” button in mobile email.
- … and more!
Make 2013 your most successful holiday season yet— download the free guide to learn how.
Questions on these examples? Give us a shout at email@example.com
If you’re looking for even more holiday email marketing inspiration, be sure to check out this post by Lalit Chopra, our Director of Strategic Partnerships, on Silverpop’s blog: “Guest Expert: Movable Ink’s Lalit Chopra on Creative Ways to Boost Holiday Sales with Agile Email Marketing.”
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Finish Line used real-time geo-targeting in this agile email marketing campaign to show each recipient a map of the nearest retail store. Since the map is based on each recipient’s current location at the moment of email open, the email is always relevant and highly personalized.
By including barcodes in this email’s template, Finish Line made it even easier for mobile consumers to take advantage of available discounts when in-store.
To see more “Emails We Love,” check out our Pinterest page. Questions? Reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-270-6033.