1. Use Interactive emails to engage subscribers

When most people compare the appearance of a website to an email, they’d probably say the website is more visually interesting. With moving elements and clickable content, websites tend to be more visually interesting.

However, this is starting to change as major ISPs like Gmail have started supporting interactive emails.

Interactive emails contain an element(s) that subscribers can engage and interact with. Typically, this means an element changes as a result of clicking or typing something.

There are a couple reasons why interactive emails will play a bigger role in 2017. One, more email companies are beginning to support the coding standards that allow for interactive elements in email (Gmail was a groundbreaking addition this year).

And two, interactive emails, when used well, can increase email engagement and click-through rates.

In the email below, we built an interactive carousel that allowed subscribers to click through the three images in the email:

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This carousel allowed us to place three images in one space, rather than stacking those images from top to bottom or relying on a GIF.

While a GIF would have acted similarly on a visual level by showing all three images in the same space, the carousel encouraged clicking and user engagement that a GIF would not.

However, while I love interactive emails, I would caution against building them just to create something cool.

Building an interactive element takes time and some knowledge of coding, and they are not supported by all email clients. So if you plan to use an interactive element, you should be confident that it will have a positive impact on your engagement and click-through rates before you spend time building it.

If you know how to code with CSS and HTML, use these instructions and create a similar carousel for one of your own emails.

2. Create emails that are easy to scan and read

As businesses send more and more emails to subscribers in 2017, you’ll end up facing more competition. And that only means one thing: it’ll be even more difficult to get your emails opened and clicked.

To cut through the clutter and immediately catch and maintain your reader’s attention, your emails will need to be easy to read and scannable.

A scannable email allows your busy subscribers to get the important information they need much faster. So instead of opening an email, seeing an overwhelming block of text and sending your email to the trash folder, they’ll read and click.

There are a few tactics you can use to make your emails more scannable, like using descriptive and/or interesting headlines to quickly summarize your point. Or, catch your subscriber’s attention by writing short paragraphs and sentences. To further increase readability, I also encourage you to use images and whitespace appropriately to separate chunks of text.

For the email below, Hotel Tonight uses three different sized headlines that vary from descriptive to interesting:

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While the main header “Pics, Please” is intriguing and fun, the subheadlines below are descriptive. This combination grabs the attention of the reader and then quickly gives them context.

Additionally, by writing short sentences and separating paragraphs with images, they’re able to create an easy-to-read email.

3. Personalize your emails with dynamic content

Personalized emails get 29 percent more unique open rates and 41 percent higher click-through rates.

While segmentation is one of the best ways to customize your emails to your subscriber, 2017 will prove that there are other methods you can try.

One method I and other email fanatics are most excited about is dynamic email content.

With a dynamic email, content is personalized to each subscriber based off data you have about that subscriber.

For example, in the email below, Grammarly created a dynamic email that shows a subscriber how they used the service in 2017:

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The numbers in the email are unique to each subscriber who received it. By using dynamic content like this, the subscriber can get a personalized snapshot of their account information.

4. Place your call to action at the top of your email

Earlier I explained how scannable and easy-to-read emails will increase email engagement in 2017. But the placement of your call-to-action button may be just as impactful.

Throughout 2016, the team here at AWeber HQ conducted a few email tests to figure out what makes up the perfect email. One test we ran was on call-to-action (CTA) button placement.

We created two identical emails with one slight difference: In one email the CTA button was positioned at the top and in the other, the button was at the bottom.

Version 1:

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Version 2:

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In the email where we placed the button at the top, we saw more than a 50 percent increase in clicks. We continued to test this top of the email button placement in other emails, and it consistently received more clicks.

5. Automate your welcome email

Companies using automation see 53 percent higher conversion rates than those not using automation.

Although automated emails aren’t a new tactic, we’ve found that many businesses aren’t using them (despite how effective they are). In fact, in a recent survey we conducted of over 1,500 small businesses, we found that 65 percent of people do not use email automation at all.

So if you haven’t started using email automation, 2017 is a great time to begin. And welcome emails are a great place to start.

When your subscriber signs up for your email list, they’re excited about the content they’ll receive from you. Your welcome email capitalizes on this excitement by giving them content right away.

A great welcome email can can prompt subscribers to engage more and unsubscribe less. And it may be one of the best performing emails in your automation arsenal.

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