For an email app you can tweak and integrate into your own apps even further, there's Django Drip. An open-source project from our own Zapier dev team, Django Drip is designed to make it easy to send automated emails to your users. But it can also send an email to everyone in a list whenever you want, making it a great tool to send email newsletters to all of your users.
Think about mobile. If a campaign doesn't show up on mobile devices, it's not going to perform very well. Everything you send should be mobile-friendly. Check out ReturnPath's "Email in Motion" infographic for some data that might affect the way you design your emails. One of the highlights: According to the study, 63 percent of Americans and 41 percent of Europeans would either close or delete an email that's not optimized for mobile. Might be time to start using a responsive template.
One of the most common questions that people who are new to email marketing typically have is whether their email marketing program should feature a newsletter or a direct sales email … or even a hybrid of both. Of course, the most effective email marketing programs will contain a combination of both types of emails. However, it's also important to take the time to think through what the difference between an email newsletter and a direct sales email is. With the information that you gained in the previous chapter about the different types of email marketing, their users and the types of information contained in them, you'll then be able to read this section and begin to visualize what your email marketing program should look like.
Given the robust features at the planning and execution phases of email campaigns, we had high hopes for MailChimp’s analysis and reporting — and we weren’t disappointed. Reports include all the standard performance indicators, but it also includes analysis pulled from the millions of emails sent through MailChimp. This enables you to see how your campaign stacks up against the industry average, a level of detail that’s rare among free services. Add to that an integration with Google Analytics and an interactive map that shows where in the world your emails are being opened, and you’ve got a service that seems impossibly comprehensive for a free plan.
Maybe there is someone out there that still likes getting monthly or weekly emails in their inbox with subject lines like “August newsletter: update of company events at blah blah Inc.” However, for most of us the word “newsletter” has become unattractive; devoid of meaning and therefore any value. We don't like the newsletters we receive nor do we get anything out of them so we resist creating our own email marketing campaigns in fear of being that meaningless content dribbling into others inboxes that we dislike so much ourselves.

Think about mobile. If a campaign doesn't show up on mobile devices, it's not going to perform very well. Everything you send should be mobile-friendly. Check out ReturnPath's "Email in Motion" infographic for some data that might affect the way you design your emails. One of the highlights: According to the study, 63 percent of Americans and 41 percent of Europeans would either close or delete an email that's not optimized for mobile. Might be time to start using a responsive template.


First of all, BuzzFeed has awesome subject lines and preview text. They are always short and punchy -- which fits in perfectly with the rest of BuzzFeed's content. I especially love how the preview text will accompany the subject line. For example, if the subject line is a question, the preview text is the answer. Or if the subject line is a command (like the one below), the preview text seems like the next logical thought right after it:
Looking for a very simple way to send emails? Sendicate just might be the app for you. Its interface is stripped down to be focused just on your emails, with an editor that lets you pick the sections you want to add to your emails and fill in content without any clutter. There are still themes for your emails, but they're tucked away behind a menu so you can focus on your content.
At the end of the day, the right email marketing tool is one that will always be able to fit the changing needs of your business. Email tools that can be configured, customized, and adapted mean that no matter what form your organization takes, or where it might be headed, you’ll always have the right tools to keep your email marketing campaigns achieving results.
On the email side, you'll have all the features you'd expect, with a familiar, Office-style editor that lets you drag and drop message components wherever you want, making it easy for anyone on your team to edit your email campaigns. Then, you can further your email marketing by sending out SMS messages with your latest announcements and deals, with all the same tools to gather contacts and segment them into lists that you're already using with your emails.
Readers of email are merciless. If your messages are not targeted to their needs, they will quickly delete your message or, worse yet, they may unsubscribe from your mailing list. To increase the relevance of your messages, think about how to make creative connections with what's going on in your readers' world. Possibilities include holiday and seasonal promotions, connections to major news stories and entertainment events.

Whether you decide to emphasize a content-driven newsletter or more direct-sales driven emails, your ideal email marketing mix will include both used at appropriate times. Take some time to think about the different versions of emails and how they fit into your email marketing goals, the size and content of your email database, and your own in-house resources. Now you can begin to fully visualize the types of emails you may want to send. However, there is still one more factor to consider, and that is the use of an email auto-responder program.


If you run a brick-and-mortar business, you're likely sending emails about events and sales to get people to walk into your store. Even with a digital business, live webinars and time-limited discounts can help boost traffic. Constant Contact is an email app that's also great at managing all of those other things you do, so you can create events and promotions, send them out to your existing contacts, and gather new contacts—all from one app.
Save articles and videos with its browser add-on, or connect your RSS feed, Twitter account, and more to pull in more content you've already shared. When you're ready to send an email, Revue shows each content item you've saved in the sidebar, where you can drag-and-drop them into your email. You can then customize the description, and add additional sections and dividers to organize your email. It's one of the fastest ways to build a weekly news email from existing content.
Email newsletters so often restate things you've already written on your blog. Curated instead lets you gather everything you want to write about, then organize them into categories and turn them into emails in minutes. You'll save links then pull them out of the Collected Items list into your email body, adding a summary along with a category. You can also add text sections with categories as well.
"Why aren't millennials moving?" The subject line of this email campaign reads before citing interesting data about relocation trends in the U.S. Trulia doesn't benefit from people who choose not to move, but the company does benefit from having its fingers on the pulse of the industry -- and showing it cares which way the real estate winds are blowing.

That means that immediately post-order is a great time to send a big “thank you” for their purchase, a confirmation of what they’ll be receiving and when (along with some beautiful pictures to heighten the anticipation and reinforce their purchase), tips and tricks on how to use the product and more. It’s also a great time to present additional offers for discounts for similar products to encourage follow-on purchases.  Some brands include a “thank-you” discount coupon for a future purchase. While the dopamine is flowing freely, it is also a good time to ask your new customers to refer their friends to your brand, so be sure to include an invitation to your referral program in the footer.


Unlike an email newsletter, a direct sales email has one goal: to drive sales and revenue of your product or service for clicks to your website. How you do this may vary with the specific content or tactic of your direct sales email, but the beauty of a direct sales email is that its purpose is simple. That also means that tracking its success is simple, either it generated sales…or it didn't.
Best are the extra apps and tools that come along with MailChimp. MailChimp's mobile apps let you send emails, and check your stats, and add new contacts to your lists on the go. You'll also come to love its smarts that'll automatically find the best time to send your emails based on its data from everyone else's campaigns or your subscribers' time zones, automations that let you send emails based on your audience segments, a customizable form and landing page builder to gather subscribers, and new Mandrill-powered drip tools to send transactional emails from the same app.
If you like to customize everything about your emails, down to how they're sent, Sendwithus is the email app for you. It's designed to let you send emails from your own app, using the transactional email sending service of your choice. Instead of building email features into your own app or site, Sendwithus gives your team one place to manage your email templates, organize and sort your contacts, then trigger new emails via a CURL or API call. You can use Amazon SES, Postmark, SendGrid, Mandrill and more to send your messages, then track their stats and more in your Sendwithus dashboard.
One of the advantages of email marketing is that it can be used to connect with a varied selection of individuals and audiences. On the other hand, because it is so versatile, there really isn’t any single set of best practices that always result in effective campaigns. Therefore, the ability to test email campaigns with built-in testing tools can help you determine what is effective, and what belongs in the spam folder.
Constant Contact's event campaign tool lets you schedule your upcoming events, create a registration page, and spread the word via email and social networks. Then, its social campaigns tool helps you create coupons or downloadable resources for social networks to gain new follows and keep your existing followers excited about your products. Tying it all together is Constant Contact's email tools that let you share these events and promotions in your email newsletter and easily add new subscribers to your lists whenever you run an event or promotion.
In 2009 Return Path reported nearly 30% of commercial emails sent to users did not reach the inbox; in the same year Merkle reported a lack of relevance was the biggest reason users decided to opt-out of emails. With recipients able to dictate what email they chose to receive and given the power to block those they didn’t want, email started to evolve as a pull rather than a push strategy.
In terms of relationship building, email marketing done well can be extremely successful. Whether it’s a monthly newsletter that comprises targeted information to nurture leads or a blog post, emails can provide an online resource for recipients, positioning a small business as an expert in the field through the posting of regular, insightful and relevant emails.

Rewarding customers for past purchases, sharing sale information, or encouraging customers to tell their friends about your brand are a few of the things you can do with a segmented list. Or you can categorize customers based on their email behavior (who opened/didn’t open an email). Then, you can target each list differently, either educating them further on your business, or incentivizing them to buy with a unique offer.
One of the best ways to get these reviews is to use a service like Yotpo that allows buyers to submit their ratings from within their inboxes (as illustrated above). If you’d prefer a less automated approach, a simple text-based email that encourages customers to return to your site and leave a review after they’ve received their products may do the trick.
Gathering customer feedback via email works well for a few reasons. Your subscribers have already given you permission to contact them, which means they’re naturally more engaged than the broad audience you’d reach by publishing your survey on your website – and they’re more likely to have a vested interest in whatever you do with this information.

If you offered subscribers a coupon in exchange for their email address, make sure you set up your email automation to actually send the coupon code in the email. Create an obvious CTA that takes users directly to your website to redeem the coupon. If you offered a PDF or something else in exchange for an email, make sure it’s included in the first one.
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