The Assignment: Promote content and commerce in a free daily email from Prevention. The status quo got users to sign up, but too many were unsubscribing and not enough were buying. We needed to start speaking with our customers instead of at them.
Step 1: Welcome them with 21 days of fun, friendly emails that introduce the brand, link to prevention.com articles, and sell Prevention and Rodale products. Without sounding like a sales pitch. No big deal, right?
The first three emails are shown below.
Subject Line: Welcome to Prevention
Subject Line: We’ve got exciting stuff to share
Subject Line: Tell us more about you
Step 2: Experiment! Topics, lengths, frequency, ratio of content to commerce — we tinkered with variables for over a year. And for most of that time, we sent one email a day. I was busy coming up with countless concepts and copy strategies.
Below are three of the best.
Subject Line: 4 Moves That Banish Bra Fat
Subject Line: Start Your 2-Week Turnaround Now
Subject Line: A Strong, Sexy Belly from Yoga? Yes!