When it comes to writing email copy, it’s not hard to see why so much focus is spent on subject lines. Chances are that your subscribers receive many permission–based emails every single day. If your subject line isn’t compelling, not only will it not get opened, but there’s a chance that it won’t even be seen. Joanna Wiebe shares her tips for creating captivating subject lines that get opened.
Think back to the most important email you sent last month. What comes to mind? It could’ve been a newsletter or promotion, but it’s also possible that the most important email you sent last month was actually written months ago—in the form of a transactional email.
For most brands, a person’s email address is as good as any currency. Not just because it’s how they communicate with and, advertise, promote, sell, and even deliver their products to customers, but more importantly, because it signals the subscriber’s willingness to listen.
Writing for email may be one of the most difficult jobs in marketing. Different segments require different messaging. The devices your subscribers are using affect the perceived value of your copy. (What’s helpful on desktop may be long and laborious on mobile.) And subject lines? You have just a few short words to compel your subscribers to open, otherwise all that copy you wrote has significantly less impact. The words we choose matter.