When you check your inbox this Cyber Monday, get ready to discover a few surprises along the way. This holiday season, many of your favorite brands will be using Agile Email Marketing technology to deliver great deals in eye-catching, interactive, and innovative ways that you’ve never seen before.
Check out our infographic below to see the top 5 emails to look out for this coming Cyber Monday.
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.
Ready to get started with video-in-email? Join Movable Ink, Silverpop, and Invodo on Wednesday, August 28 at 1:00 EDT for a one-hour webinar on “Bringing Email to Life with Video.” Get examples, technical steps, and tips for incorporating video into your agile email campaigns. Register for the webinar here.
Join Movable Ink, Silverpop, and Invodo on Wednesday, August 28 at 1:00 EDT for a webinar on “Bringing Email to Life with Video.” This hour-long webinar will offer attendees an overview of why video is a highly valuable tool for creating engaging e-commerce campaigns, and what practical steps you can take to start incorporating video in your email marketing plans.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
TV Land created this highly-engaging email to promote the season premiere of “Hot in Cleveland,” a sitcom starring Betty White, using Movable Ink’s agile email marketing platform. Here are 5 reasons why we love this email:
Live show using live content. The first episode of the new season of “Hot in Cleveland” was aired live. By creating an email using live content, TV Land successfully added to the real-time nature of the season premiere.
Streaming countdown clock showed the days, hours, minutes, and seconds left until the show started.
Deep link to Twitter app on mobile allowed fans to wish the cast well before the live show with a pre-populated tweet.
Live stream of latest tweets showed the real-time social chatter that included the #HOTLive hashtag.
Embedded video of the “Hot in Cleveland” cast played directly within the inbox, with no need to launch an external media player or web browser.
Here’s a chart showing major ISPs/email clients and their support-level for video-in-email — from full “true” video, to animated gifs that closely mimic video, to static images with play buttons that launch video players in a web browser when clicked.
The chart is accurate as of its posting date (January 29, 2013) — we’ll make updates as the highly fluid ISP landscape continues to evolve.