Email Retargeting Best Practices
These best practices will help you as you create retargeted email campaigns for site visitors, product browsers and people who abandon carts.
Deliver Value in Every Email
Every time you contact your visitors, you should present them with something that is valuable to them. This increases the % of emails they open from you, and keeps them engaged.
“How can I deliver real value”, you ask?
Present people with personalized products and info
Do your best to present people with products they are interested in. This is easy with abandoned cart emails, but if a site visitor viewed multiple products, think about which product is most likely to convert them into a new customer.
You should never send an abandoned product browse email containing every product that someone viewed on a site, unless they only viewed a few products. Always limit the number of products you present in retargeting emails to a maximum of 3-5 items. This way, your emails feel personalized and your content is relevant.
You’ll also want to think about the image to text ratio that helps ensure your email deliverability. MailChimp recommends 80% text, 20% images.
Send messages at the appropriate time
Marketers want to get the right message to the right person at the right time.This is especially true for retargeting.
The best time to send retargeted emails will always be determined by the actions that a site visitor has taken.
For instance, abandoned cart emails are most effective when sent either within a few minutes (to catch people who are still shopping) or at least within a few hours of someone abandoning their cart. This way, when you reach out to them (with free shipping, a discount, or another incentive to buy) they can satisfy their non-buyer’s remorse and know they are getting a good deal on their purchase.
People who abandoned a web page, on the other hand, aren’t nearly as invested in buying the product. You can wait a day or two to email them, with more of an informational or branding approach than your abandoned cart emails.
Personalize retargeted emails
While personalization is a winning strategy, remember that you will not be able to get as personal with unidentified visitors as with your subscribed audience (eg: it’s best to address a visitor by First Name when they’ve subscribed, but avoid that for unidentified audiences).
Each campaign (cart abandon, product browse, page visit, etc.) needs to be personalized according to the behavior of the site visitor, and presented in a way that is most likely to make them convert back into a site visitor and even into a new customer.
Use social proof
Social proof is unbiased evidence that the product you are selling is beloved by your customers.
Social proof comes in the form of online reviews from customers, testimonials, case studies and content created by online influencers, fans or customers.
Social proof works because 85% of consumers trust online reviews as much as personal recommendations, so don’t miss an opportunity to provide people with social proof of a product’s quality in your emails.
All of this content can be pulled directly from your site and added into your email campaigns quite easily.
If you’re retargeting, it means that whatever incentive you have on your site, is not enough to entice an immediate purchase. This may be your last chance to get the sale, particularly when targeting prospective, first-time customers, so give them an enticing incentive. Think about lifetime customer value when creating your incentive offer.
60% of shoppers abandon cart because of high extra costs (shipping, taxes, etc.). By giving them an unexpected discount, you can help lower the price point that caused the pain that caused them to abandon the cart.
In fact, 54% of shoppers will purchase products left in shopping carts, if those products are offered at a lower price, so don’t miss this opportunity to drive conversion rates with the help of additional discounts or value.
What metrics are the most important in email retargeting?
Purchase Conversion Rates –What % of your visitors purchase on your site in general? What % purchase after receiving a retargeted email? Track this metric on a per-campaign basis, and remember, sometimes visitors start in an abandoned product browse campaign and complete their purchase after an abandoned cart campaign. There may be multiple campaigns involved.
Return on Investment –Measure the cost of creating your triggered email campaigns, the tech involved in delivering them, and the human time involved in optimizing them. You’ll find that these campaigns will deliver some of the highest ROI of any marketing you do.
Return on Email Spend –For your prospective email or unidentified campaigns, think of them as performance marketing campaigns. These campaigns will drive measurable purchases, noted through Last Click Attribution, as well as additional brand awareness, as tracked through clicks, site visits, and purchases in near-last-click sessions. Ideally, you’re tying all of your visitor data together to your own identity graph – but that’s a conversation for another day.
Email Open rates –Highly dependent on your subject line, you should see >30% open rates for your abandoned cart emails, >20% for your abandoned product browse, and >15% for your other emails.
Email Click to Open Rates (CTOR) – CTOR is calculated as # of clicks divided by # of email OPENS. It looks specifically at the effectiveness of your creative and your Call To Action (CTA). You should aim for >20% CTOR with all of your retargeting emails.
Email Click Through Rates (CTR) – CTR is calculated as # of clicks divided by # of emails delivered. This measures your overall email effectiveness. If you’ve got a 20% Open Rate and a 20% CTOR, then you’ll have a 4% CTR.
Head to Head Incentive Comparison: Conversion rate for campaigns with offers vs. campaigns without – This metric shows you how effective discounts, free shipping and other offers are for converting customers, and the ROI you are receiving from offering discounts in retargeted campaigns.
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