January 10

Who are the Most Qualified People to Design Your Emails? Your Audience!

There is a lot of conflicting information on the internet about email layout and design: Use HTML (No! Text-only). Add emojis to your subject line (NEVER add emojis!). Send long-copy emails (Less is more!).

You can weigh in on the debate or follow the advice of your favorite digital marketer or…you can ask the experts! Who are they?

Your audience!

Who’s better qualified to decide what will appeal to your audience than your audience? They are, without a doubt, the most qualified people to design your emails!

See Related: The Ultimate Cheat Sheet on Email Marketing

An image of a business woman talking to a room full of people, demonstrating that your audience is full of people who are most qualified to design your emails!

The Most Qualified People to Design Your Emails: Your Audience

First of all, there are some email design rules and tips that apply generally to all emails – no matter who the audience is, or what product is being promoted. These include adding a clear call-to-action; keeping your subject lines short and descriptive; making sure the email looks great on mobile, etc.

But remember, your audience is unique. They have distinct likes, dislikes, pain points, and motivations – so what might work for one digital marketer’s audience might not work for yours.

Additionally, your demographic might be older. They may appreciate larger, more legible text versus cool interactive features. Or, your audience might be stressed and on the verge of burnout. They would find a soothing color palette more appealing than a loud, busy email with an embedded video and headlines that shout at them.

Split Testing Your Email Audience

So, how can you find out what your audience likes? Split testing! Also called A/B testing, split testing is a method of testing where two versions of an email are sent to a test audience to determine which performs better.

For example, you can split test emails A and B. ‘Email A’ has an embedded video and ‘Email B’ does not. The email that gets the most click-throughs ‘wins’ and you can send it to the rest of your list. The winner also provides you with valuable information about your audience, for example, that they prefer to receive information via video, not text.

You can split test various elements of email content, layout, and design including:

  • Short vs long copy
  • 2 different calls-to-action
  • 2 different subject lines (e.g., one with first-name personalization, one without)
  • Plain text vs html
  • With/without buttons (or 2 different button designs)
  • Images/no images (or 2 different images in each)

Most email marketing platforms have split testing capabilities and will walk you through it, step by step. All platforms are unique, but this is roughly the process you will go through:

  • Choose your goal (e.g., increase open rates, click-throughs, etc.)
  • Decide what to test.
  • Select test market and size.
  • Decide how long to run the test.
  • Monitor results and choose winner.
  • Send winning version to the rest of your list.

How to Get Started Emailing Your Audience

To start, test a few elements of an email you’ve already created to see what gets the most traction. Likely, most platforms will recommend the best variable to test based on the goal you choose, but don’t be afraid to branch out and test other elements. Every test you run will provide you with valuable insight into your customers – so, testing is never a waste of time!

Remember, your target audience is unique. Find out what motivates them and appeals to them by putting it to the test.

Want to learn more about how you can design emails that your target audience love and are dying to open? Join us for my FREE, 5-Day, Jumpstart Your Email Marketing Event, starting January 22nd! Check it out and save your spot today HERE!  


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