Five Steps to Make a Compelling and Catchy Subject Line
Want to create clickable content with a catchy subject line? Read on.
Have you heard the phrase, ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’? Well, when it comes to emails, you can scrap that thinking. Despite what many say, people do judge emails solely by their subject lines. As a business, you know that creating great content to go in your communications is important. What’s equally as important is getting prospects and clients to follow through on actions – like opening an email. Even if your content in the email is killer, if your subject line is letting you down, don’t wait by the phone for calls.
The subject line is the single most influential factor in generating an email open. Making a catchy one that stands out from the crowd to guarantee a click-through is worth spending time on. Here are five tips to get you started.
- Inject a bit of humor
Everyone loves a laugh. General humor can work really well in email subject lines as they surprise recipients and make them smile. If your business can exude a bit of fun and humor, let it! Personally, puns are our favorite weapon of choice.
- Avoid ‘spam’ words
It can be tempting to write an email subject line which will encourage subscribers to open the emails, such as including words like ‘free’ or ‘one time only offer’. Unfortunately, many of these words trigger an email provider’s spam filters, sending your well-crafted, well-written email straight into the junk folder.
- Personalize, personalize, personalize!
Although a little more complicated (and time-consuming) to do, adding in the recipient’s first name definitely catches their eye. If a subscriber thinks that an email was personally written to them, they’re more likely to feel inclined to click on it.
- Invoke curiosity
Next to no one will open an email that they think will waste their time. One of the simplest ways to inspire a click is to create curiosity and spark your subscriber’s imagination. Use short sentences and questions to just this. For example, a florist may use, ‘Ready for Mother’s Day?’, whereas an auto insurer may put, ‘Auto insurance: Are you getting what you pay for?” Simple, yet it directly engages with the reader.
- Format it
Now that you know what you’re going to say, consider how you’re going to say it. It’s best to avoid using all capitals that can appear aggressive, and aim to stick to using 50 to 65 characters. Better yet, add special characters (punctuation, symbols, and emojis (but perhaps not all three) to show that you have something different.
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