Anniversaries symbolize the birth of something important and had lasted the ups and downs of its life. Even for a business, that’s something you have to acknowledge (if not celebrate). This applies to not just your own company’s anniversary but the anniversary of your own B2B clients!
Everybody loves a good joke or two. Research suggests that people love it more when you have a good sense of humor. Who doesn’t? It’s a good way to present yourself as creative, optimistic, and most of all, human.
Hence, it’s easy to see why readers would go for email copy that comes off as clownish but still drives a point compared to flat and mechanical tones that are detached from their business experience.
However, a joke only works best with the people who can understand the sense placed into it. How do you that given the text restrictions of email? These tips will show you:
- The Subject Line is Your Opening Act – No one’s denying it. The worse copies are unimpressive. They have that “feel-free-to-ignore” look (even when the subject seems pretty important). Instead, use creativity to throw in a few ridiculous subject lines that will provoke prospects to read on.
- From Header to Delivery – Don’t just stop at that click. Keep drawing them in! Use eye-catching images, graphics, or even videos! Its important keep readers thinking, “Huh?! What the heck is this? Who sent it?” Your introductions should make sure that the people keep reading. It ties together your subject line with the rest of the copy. A good joke matches its reference to be funny so make sure to make it as relevant as possible.
- Call-to-Action as the Punchline – Your ending act will be what makes it sound human. Add some intended bloopers or comedic punchlines in that simple, clear call to action that leads to a click. Limit your clickable items in the email as much as possible with demos, forms, or any other simple action that they can just take.
It’s already spring so it make sense to freshen up your marketing strategies and try something new. For email marketing, bringing in an early April Fool’s can be a good start. Remember, the bottom line to using humor properly, being creative, and showing your human side, is to be different from the generic copy. Shock them with an unconventional subject line and then keep them laughing till they click!
With spring comes spring cleaning. And it’s not just the home and office that needs cleaning out, the same applies to your current B2B marketing strategies.
In terms of email deliverability, things aren’t really going all that well for marketers around the world. Return Path says inbox placement rates have declined from 82% last year to 78% in the first half of 2013. That’s almost 1 in every 4 emails not reaching the inbox. But there’s one thing you can do to buck this trend, and it involves enhancing your sender reputation.