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4 Email Marketing Ideas to Steal from Big Brands

Have you ever watched a Superbowl commercial and thought, “If I had a budget as big as that company I could make the best commercial.”? It’s easy to assume a large budget means a lot more possibilities and I won’t argue that.

Big brands can afford to hire the best and the brightest marketers out there. And that’s why you can learn a lot from them. But what they do isn’t always out of reach. In fact, there are many ways to copy what they do for very little (if any) money.

Email marketing, for instance, is a level playing field these days. It takes very little money to build an email list and begin nurturing customers and potential customers.

Here are a few ideas "stolen" from big brands that you can easily adopt in your business for stronger conversions.

Summary Emails

If you have an online community, blog, or other place where exciting things are occurring around your brand, you don’t want anyone to miss the action. But none of us are online all the time. Even those of us who spend a lot of time online may miss something due to busy days or algorithms that aren’t quite in tune with what we deem important.

That’s why sending a periodic summary email of top discussions, important Q&As, or hot happenings can go a long way in engaging your audience. Keep the emails brief with headlines, 1–2-line teasers, and links back to the action.

Use your marketing software to keep track of what links are clicked and what information is important to whom. It can help you better customize future emails and create more content that your audience is interested in.

Customize Your Message

If you send emails to a lot of people, don’t send the same one to everyone unless everyone on your list is interested in the same thing. Look at your data and customize a message for targeted groups within your larger group. This type of targeting makes people feel like you know exactly what they need, and they will be more prone to act on your suggestions in the future. Recently, Walgreen's sent a weekly flyer email in Florida. Because the state is a COVID hotspot right now, Walgreens placed a red banner at the top of the sales flyer email reminding readers that the area is experiencing “high COVID 19 rates” and it invited consumers to schedule a COVID test today.

Use More Effective Buttons

If you use buttons in your email, give some thought to the language you use on them. What is it you want the button clicker to do? What will motivate them to action?

“Learn more” is probably one of the most common phrases used, and because of this, it is no longer as effective at driving action. If you have someone who’s dying to know more, they will click the button. But if you have someone who’s not quite curious yet “learn more” isn’t going to persuade them to do anything.

A recent email from Mindvalley used the button “I want better health habits.” This is effective for several reasons. It focuses on the consumer's needs and desires. And it flips a switch in their mind that they are already on a path to an end goal. It causes the brain to think “Mindvalley helped me” before they even clicked on the button to learn more about their resources.

Get Into Your Customer’s Mind 

Thinking about what your customers are doing in their lives and wrapping your marketing message around that can be an incredible way to increase conversions and sales.

For example, what do people often do in the summer? They go on vacation. How do they get there? Many people drive. Summer is synonymous with road trips.

One company used this idea in a recent email and the email reminded readers that their snack foods are the perfect addition to a summer road trip and the email invited readers to find a nearby location to place an order. The button directed them right to their app so they could find a restaurant and place an order.

The company also sends emails right before lunch (and at the time most people are on their way home from work) reminding people how good their food would be for their next meal. Anticipating the reader's needs catapults the company to the top of mind, making people more likely to buy.

You don’t need a large budget to succeed in email marketing, but you can learn a lot from those who do.

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