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3 Days, 3 Offers, 1 Email: Interview with Jarrod Purchase, Email Marketing Manager for Best of the Best

Best of the Best Hold Onto This Email Campaign

The subject line—“Hold onto this email…”—hinted of the multi-day, single-email experience.

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 Jarrod Purchase Email Marketing Manager Best of the BestMarketing 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.

Best of the Best mobile optimization

The email was also optimized for mobile device users.

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.

For questions or to learn more about Agile Email Marketing technology from Movable Ink, reach out to us at contact@movableink.com.

The Inkredible Five, Fall 2013: Five Exceptional Examples of Agile Email Marketing

                         
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.

Ready to be inspired? Download the e-book here.

Emails We Love: ESPN’s Fantasy Football Mobile App

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.

ESPN Fantasy Football Kickoff Email

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.

Hot off the press! The Inkredible Five, Summer 2013

Inkredible Five Summer 2013

The best agile email marketing campaigns of Summer 2013.

Each season, the Movable Ink team honors five innovative brands who are breaking the mold with agile email marketing campaigns that truly stand out in the inbox.

The Summer 2013 edition of The Inkredible Five includes examples of exceptional emails that incorporate video, social media, live inventory, and even real-time weather information to create deeply engaging experiences.

Ready to be inspired? Click here to download the e-book.

Mastering Mobile Email: Part 3- Contextual Optimization

Mastering Mobile Email PDF

Click to see a list of all 15 tips for Mastering Mobile Email.

Earlier in this three-part “Mastering Mobile Email” series, we shared 5 tips for optimizing your email template and design, and 5 tips for using mobile email to drive cross-channel interactions.

But why stop there? Let’s take mobile optimization one-step further. The nature of mobile devices themselves allows for real-time optimization and advanced targeting. How can marketers take full advantage of the unique possibilities inherent in mobile email?

Here are 5 ways to optimize your emails based on the real-time context of your mobile consumers:

Contextual Optimization
1.     Optimize creative for different mobile devices. Show the most relevant creative based on which mobile device is being used to open the email. RadioShack promoted certain mobile products based on the user’s open device (see example).
2.     Promote device-specific app downloads. In our last post, we explained how it’s possible to deep link to your brand’s mobile app using email. But you can also target users in real-time with app download calls-to-action based on the device used to open the email. Check out these examples from Comedy Central and Starbucks.
3.     Target by current weather conditions. Show recipients’ creative specific to the weather conditions at their location when they open the email. Seamless, the food delivery service, showed a weather forecast and encouraged readers to order in on rainy days (see example).
4.     Optimize for mobile connection strength. Serve lower resolution images if a mobile carrier is detected, since the email recipient is not connected to a WiFi network. Learn more about mobile carrier targeting here.
5.     Optimize video-in-email. Use device-targeting to ensure mobile email recipients enjoy the best possible video-in-email experience available to them at time of open, depending on ISP/email client. Learn more about video-in-email here.

Have questions on any of the tips covered in the “Master Mobile Email” series? Give us a shout at contact@movableink.com.

Looking for a full list of the 15 tips on fully optimizing for mobile in one place? Download the 15 Tips for Mastering Mobile Email list here.

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Mastering Mobile Email: Part 2- Cross-Channel Integration


In our last post in the three-part “Mastering Mobile Email” series, we shared 5 tips for optimizing your email templates and designing for mobile. In today’s post, we highlight 5 creative ways to integrate mobile email with other channels:

Cross-Channel Integration
1.     Include a “click-to-call” button when appropriate. Don’t forget that smartphones are also actual phones! When it makes sense to use, a “click to call” button is a simple way to directly connect mobile email recipients to a customer service hotline or other important phone number.
2.     Social media sharing. Make it as easy as possible for readers to connect with your brand in social media by incorporating deep linking to social media mobile apps. Learn more about deep linking here. Try out social media deep linking for yourself by clicking the image in this post. If you’re reading this post on a mobile device, clicking the link will automatically detect whether or not you have the Twitter app installed, and if so, will launch the app with the pre-populated tweet ready-to-go.
3.     Deep link to your own mobile app. In addition to deep linking to social media apps, it’s also possible to deep link to your brand’s mobile app when it is detected as installed on a user’s mobile device. If the app is not detected, the user can automatically be linked to the appropriate mobile app download store, whether it’s Apple’s AppStore or Google’s Play. Learn more about how Seamless, the food delivery service, did this in this case study.
4.     Use barcodes to drive offline sales. Barcodes in emails help mobile consumers take advantage of coupons when in-store. Express does an excellent job of incorporating barcodes in mobile emails to encourage cross-channel conversions (see example).
5.     Add a real-time local map to drive in-store sales. Mobile customers are on-the-go, so make use of real-time geo-targeting to show mobile users the store locations closest to them. We love how Matrix used a local map to show subscribers where they could find Matrix products near them in a recent newsletter (see example).

Now that you’ve mastered mobile email design and cross-channel integration, check out these 5 tips on optimizing emails based on the real-time context of mobile users.

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Mastering Mobile Email: Part 1- Template and Design

Mobile use can no longer be described as a consumer trend—it’s now a mainstay of modern media consumption. Email use on mobile devices is no exception, as we recently reported that over 69% of emails from leading B2C brands were opened on a smartphone or tablet.

However, the concept of “mobile optimization” represents much more than making your email fit a specific pixel width. In this “Mastering Mobile Email” three-part series, we’ll feature a total of 15 tips to help you fully optimize your mobile email campaigns. Let’s get started with 5 tips for making the most of your email template and design:

Template and Design
1.     Edit your content. Simplify your mobile template to include your highest-priority content. When it comes to mobile, less can mean more.
2.     Use a single-column layout. A single-column layout that stacks content vertically enables scrolling and avoids forcing your readers to zoom in and navigate around the email.
3.     Mobile-friendly fonts. Increase font sizes and place text on high-contrast backgrounds.
4.     Put primary calls-to-action “above-the-fold.” Follow a vertical hierarchy, and place your most important call-to-action above-the-fold – i.e., the part of the email template that is immediately viewable when opened on a mobile screen. For a one-stop guide to mobile screen sizes, check out this list from screensiz.es.
5.     Think “all thumbs.” Enlarged buttons allow for easier click-through. Apple guidelines suggest using at least 44 x 44 pixels for any tappable elements. Incorporate ample white space between the elements of an email to help each piece stand out and make it easy to click-through on links. Bare Necessities does an excellent job of optimizing mobile call-to-action links (see example).

Ready for more mobile tips? Check out how to fully optimize your emails for the mobile inbox using cross-channel integration.

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