According to email marketing statistics, the average expected ROI is $42 for every $1 you spent in an email marketing campaign with better email deliverability. Let that sink in. A whopping 42x return is definitely a gold mine in any marketer’s eyes.
But, all good things either come at a cost that is difficult to attain. Email marketing does not cost a bomb, but, it definitely is a tough nut to crack. Email deliverability is a huge challenge for small, medium, and large enterprises alike.
According to verified sources, 21% of emails never make it to the recipients’ mailboxes. They are either labeled as promotions or are directly filed as spam never to be seen but to be deleted after a long time. This applies to opt-in emails as well and not just cold emails.
21% of opt-in emails never make it to the inbox.
To get that whopping 42x RoI, you have to make sure your emails are delivered into the right primary inbox placement of your target audience without a spam folder. There are parameters, checks, and best practices that you have to follow to make that happen.
To begin with, email delivery and email deliverability are two different things. An email is said to have been delivered when it successfully reaches the server from where it will be dispatched to the subscribers inboxes without spam folders. Email deliverability is when the email successfully reaches the intended recipient’s inbox.
In other words, email deliverability is the real crux of the matter. It is the ultimate metric that matters. Every other precedent is to understand what’s working and not working in terms of delivery.
That said, achieving email deliverability is not an easy affair. The list is pretty long and can be difficult for anyone to keep on their mind. A checklist can help keep things in order. Having a checklist ensures you don’t miss out on anything vital.
“Under conditions of complexity, not only are checklists a help, they are required for success.” – Atul Gawande, the author of the ‘The Checklist Manifesto’
Running an email marketing campaign is definitely a complicated process. Achieving email deliverability is difficult even if you have all the ingredients in place.
So, here is a checklist of everything you need to do to achieve maximum email deliverability.
Ticking off every single box in this checklist will maximize your chances of your email being read; if you have done a great job, even responded to.
For convenience, this checklist can be divided into five sections:
Let’s get started with the first and most crucial part of email marketing. Building the email list. A good email list is what maximizes your email deliverability. Having a huge email list of invalid or outdated emails is of no use. In fact, it can do more damage than good to your marketing efforts.
There are a couple of things that you must do in terms of your email list to maximize your email deliverability. Here are some of them:
Most users are opt-in for newsletters and updates to be delivered via email. But, when they receive the first email quite a long time after you subscribed, they might have little or no memory of opting in.
The result? They assume it to be a mistake and hit the unsubscribe link. To avoid that situation, it is always better to send a welcome email as soon as the user gives an opt-in.
In fact, almost every industry sends welcome emails to create a connection with its users.
A welcome email achieves two things:
Now, welcome emails are expected and have little chance of getting ignored. It is the following emails that do not get opened, get labeled as spam, or simply receive a quick unsubscribe.
To avoid those scenarios, ensure that your email ticks off all these items:
Next, the email subject line.
Your email subject line is what creates the first impression in your audience’s mind. In fact, your subject line should be a fine work of copywriting. A well-written email subject line will get your email opened and read.
When it is time to write your next email subject line, follow this golden nugget of advice:
“Use a subject line that will make someone curious about what’s inside your message.” – Brian Dean, Backlinko
As simple as that. Your users don’t get to see the entire email at first glance. What they see is the subject line. Your users will open your email only if the subject line is interesting or one that invokes curiosity.
To make sure your email subject line is optimized to get your email opened, follow these checkpoints:
The email drip campaign is where the real work happens. Everything that you have done so far including building the email list, getting double opt-ins, and writing the perfect email will be put to test at the campaign stage.
Quite a lot can go wrong at this stage, so it is necessary to have a few checks in place to ensure that your efforts do not go waste.
The email marketing platform is the launchpad for your emails. It needs to have the right set of capabilities to make email marketing work for you. A wrong choice of email marketing platform and internet service providers can cause all your efforts to amount to nothing. Also, take care of sender reputation.
Here are some things to look for while prepping your email marketing platform.
If you are choosing an email marketing platform or email service provider for the first time, make sure you choose one that lets you create a custom mailing domain.
The purpose of a checklist is to ensure that all-important tasks and checks of a process are completed without fail. It eliminates the possibility of an important check slipping through the cracks. A checklist also ensures that even if a novice is to run the operation, they are able to follow all the steps involved without missing anything.
This checklist for email deliverability is also created to ensure that your emails reach their intended destination without fail. There are sub-tasks you have to tick off under each of these categories to maximize email deliverability. Check out the top cold email mistakes to avoid.
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