October 8, 2015 Rutika Salaskar

Key Ingredients to Include in Your Email

Creating good email is like baking cake. Adding right ingredients at the right time and right amount can give you a perfect outcome. Unlike baking, even email marketing is an art and a science, so finding perfect email is maybe more tough than finding that piece of a cake on which you can give up your dieting and grab one.

Today most of us receive emails on daily basis, but only few stand out of all masses. So, there must be some secret recipe to a “Stand-out” email.

EMail Marketing - ingredientsLet me take you through a recipe for your email success:-

  • Add one part objective/strategy and timing
  • Add two parts content
  • Add a heaping tablespoon of design (for e.g. some eye-catching graphics)
  • And, finally add a generous sprinkle of personalization and segmentation

What should your email recipe consist of?

Each amazing email is made up of mix of many things, just like a cake. For success you need all ingredients right. Below are the basic and must include ingredients you can’t skip:

  • Objective/Strategy and Timing

Objectives/strategy act as the flour for your cake, and the foundation for your email. There are multiple reasons why we send emails: welcome, reengagement, abandoned cart, newsletter, new content, discounts… and the list goes on. But it’s very important that you think through each send and understand your underlying objective for sending the email. Why are we sending this email? How does it benefit our audience? What message are we trying to send? What are my goals associated with this email? Taking the time to stop and think about your approach to the email and execution makes all the difference and helps you concoct the perfect email recipe.

  • Content

Content is like the baking powder of a cake. It helps the email rise to its full potential. It’s a critical ingredient and without it, your email will not compel your audience to do what you want them to, whether that is to download, purchase, or reengage. Content is key to communicating your core message and getting your point across.

  • Design

Design is like sugar—sweet and pretty, but also necessary for a cake to be appealing. We all love a good-looking email. When you open your inbox and click on an email and up pops a beautifully designed email template with catchy call-to-action buttons and thoughtful imagery and font. Presentation is everything (and really helps when you’ve put so much hard work into a well-crafted email).

  • Personalization and Segmentation

This is your butter; it holds your whole idea together. Like cake preference where some people like red velvet cake and others prefer chocolate or vanilla cake, with email you have to consider your audience and their wants and needs at that specific time. Segmented lists and dynamic content really show your audience that you’ve thought about their needs and care about building a personal relationship with them. Use your data to build on this.

Here’s a few questions you might ask yourself:

  • Does this audience need to receive this email? Does my audience need to be segmented?
  • Will the information resonate with my audience? How will they react?
  • How are you personalizing the copy of the email? Have you included tokens to populate personalized content, such as first and last name?

Rutika Salaskar

Sr. Marketing Professional at SMARTe Inc

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