Email marketing is a powerful tool to speak to your audience, generate leads, share information, and be remembered by prospects. Email marketing has been written off several times over since the era of Web 2.0 and beyond. But the truth remains that Gmail has over 1 billion active users. Add to that the less popular email service, work emails, college communities and more; emails remain one of the highest used communication tools of the connected era.
However, breaking the clutter is a challenge across most marketing functions today. Email marketing is no different. Sometimes, all you need to come up with an idea that stands out is creativity. But some days, it could be just plain inspiration. So we went out and looked for some examples for the next time you need inspiration to make the most of your email marketing effort.
Much like its website, devices, advertisement, and product launch press conferences, Apple’s email marketing is minimalistic and truly mirrors the brand personality.
It says all that it needs to, without an overdose of words and pictures to dilute the message. It only says what is important and that alone is enough to make you want to switch or upgrade as the case may be.
Yet another brand that gets its email marketing right is Mango. Simple, clear albeit persuasive graphics, extremely relevant updates, and ones that are helpful to both fashion conscious and fashion ignorant shoppers. Add to that their end of season sale alerts being more honest and to the point than most other clothing companies, and you have a formidable brand loved the world over. That is the kind of authenticity it takes to win hearts of such a diverse, global club of fans.
Indigo’s special brand of irreverence in an industry that had thus far strived on luxury clichés, was truly a game changer. From check in signages to magazines, in flight announcements to meal packaging, Indigo does many things right and in style. Their email marketing is no different. I started 2016 with a whole series of Indigo flights through India, visiting friends and relatives. A few months later, I get an email in my inbox from a brand that not only tells me they are giving me a discount but also, that they miss me. While the offer details at the bottom might be a legal boilerplate, everything else about this emailer is fun, friendly, and persuasive. In short, truly Indigo.
Although Urban Ladder’s frequency of emails can get a little intimidating considering the category they operate in, sometimes their emails get it really right. The #ULStory campaign on social media and its application in email marketing was once such example. They gathered examples of how Urban Ladder furniture was used among its customers and used their creativity as inspiration for prospects in what was a minimalistic yet function and good-looking email. Since most of these ideas came from real users, they looked practical and realistic. Way more inspirational than a Photoshop image of what can only be a hotel room for most people. Kudos for this one, Urban Ladder!
Believe it or not, our favourite emails don’t even try too hard to be clever. They say what they need to, and they do it well. And what’s more is that they get out of your way quickly. Few things reflect the character of a brand better than respecting your customers’ time and intelligence.