5 Easy Ways to Boost Your Open Rates Using Irresistible Pre-header Text
No doubt the battle for attention in the inbox is fierce.
People’s inboxes are bursting at the seams.
According to a DMR research the average person receives 121 business emails in a day as brands fight to gain people’s interest on the most profitable channel of all — email. Companies push everything from free trials to paid products or services through countless email campaigns.
Worse, recent studies show people’s attention spans are getting shorter and shorter by the day.
To get your email opened and read, you’ve got to go an extra mile.
That’s where the pre-header text comes in to rescue the situation. Arguably, pre-headers are the most underrated and underutilized aspect of email marketing. In this post, I’m going to show you five simple ways to increase your email open rates through crafting seductive pre-header text.
First, let’s get the basics out of the way.
What Is A Pre-header And Why Do You Need One?
Pre-header text is a bit of text that follows the subject line when an email is viewed in the inbox.
It gives the recipient a chance to preview the content of a message and decide if it’s worthwhile to open it.
The pre-header fuels readers’ appetite for a drink by screaming ‘Don’t miss our wine clearance’. This makes it more likely for them to check out the message.
#3. Hook readers through WIIFM
People are selfish by nature.
They don’t give a hoot about your brand.
All they want to know when interacting with people and brands is: “What’s In It For Me” (WIIFM). What can I get from this? That’s all they care about. Give them that and they’ll eat from the palm of your hand all day long.
But how do you do that?
In a word: benefits.
Show them how they’ll benefit from opening your email. Giving readers a sneak peak of the juiciest benefit they’ll get can lure them to open your email.
They add hard-to-ignore visual interest. Slip in a relevant emoji and your email instantly stands out from the pack.
Experian conducted a study on the use of emojis in the subject line of an email. According to the research, the open rate of emails with emojis in the subject line was 56% higher compared to bare ones.
Wayfair found an engaging way of making their message stand out of their subscribers’ inboxes by using the clapping hands emoji.
It’s been said the sweetest sound in any language is one’s name. Certainly, Carolyn’s heart warms up to the email when she sees her name.
Pre-headers: The Secret Ingredient To More Opens
Don’t waste your precious pre-header space.
It’s prime marketing estate you should take full advantage of.
The pre-header text is a subtle weapon savvy marketers use to increase open rates and supercharge their marketing campaigns.
With a bit of creativity you too can come up with winning pre-headers that grow your business.
According to his cheeky wife’s baseless claims, Qhubekani Nyathi aka The Click Guy, is an irresistibly handsome dude. He helps SMBs rapidly grow their income and impact through actionable long-form content that ranks high, builds authority, and generates tons of leads. He is a contributor to top blogs like Crazy Egg, Search Engine People, Techwyse, AWAI, and more.