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25 Email Design Best Practices for Publishers for Mobile and Desktop

It’s been reported that the average email users spends at average of 51 seconds on each email newsletter they read. If this average pertains to your market, you need to develop a way to maximize your email’s ability to connect with your audience.

The Mysterious UTM Code Explained

An Urchin Traffic Monitor (UTM) code is the way that businesses track sales from their origination point (like a tweet, email or a brochure) down the funnel to their conversion page. Every audience development campaign is packed with UTM codes to see which campaigns perform best. In Google Analytics, these codes can be tracked under the general “Traffic Sources” area just like any other source.

Email Marketing for Publishers: How to Convert Email Subscribers into Buyers

We talk a lot about how to convert website visitors into subscribers when we discuss email marketing for publishers, but once someone is on your email list, what should you do with them? I’m sorry to say, there are lots of publishers out there with large lists who aren’t using them effectively. They don’t want to “sell” to their list, but the consequenc

How to Get More Comments On Your Articles

Over the last five to seven years, a big gripe of many publishers is that they want to get more comments on their digital articles, but they’re getting fewer than ever before. Getting more comments might seem like a vanity metric, but we see comments as important indicators in search engine optimization. The more comments a post has, the higher it tends to rank. Because of this, we take the number of comments on a post to heart. And that big fat 0 staring at us never feels good.

Email Footer Examples and Best Practices for Keeping Readers Happy

We developed the Email Newsletter Scorecard with our friend and email marketing expert Jeanne Jennings. Let’s look today at #9: the all-important footer. In addition to abiding by CAN SPAM laws, having a footer resonates with the email recipient because it gives them a way to communicate with your brand, manage their subscription or opt out of your list if they choose. Giving these options makes your email newsletter and email spotlights more reputable.

Readers have come to expect that they can find this information in the email footer template of your mailings.

Magazine Subscription Websites: 4 Huge Mistakes You Might Be Making

“Do your job.”

Those are the famous words of New England Patriots’ coach Bill Belichick, and the mantra of the whole team, who I imagine you already know just won their fifth Super Bowl in the greatest game of all time (no New England bias here, nope!)
If you have a magazine, you have a magazine subscription website. Most publishers don’t use the same definition as we do, because I don’t think most magazine subscription websites do their job. They exist, and they process payments, but they do very little to attract (provocative pricing), entice (great copy and packages), and keep subscribers happy (digital archives and access).

Magazine Marketing 101: Selling More Digital Subscriptions

Digital magazine marketing will give you an afterlife

There are times in business when we feel like we’ve created something great, and we don’t understand why it’s not selling.

Back in 1967, a successful New York ballerina by the name of Marta Becket stumbled upon an old social hall in Death Valley Junction, California, population: 6. After

10 Email Template Testing Ideas You Can Use Today

Improve open, click-through, and conversion rates with these email template testing ideas

Even our best-performing emails tend to drop in engagement rates over time. In fact, every time we change email templates we will typically see a boost in click-through rates. This reason is mostly based on something new and shiny appearing in people’s inboxes. Even

12 Simple Ways to Streamline Magazine Marketing in Email

Do your magazine marketing promotions spark revenue? If they do, recycle them. If not, dispose of them.
A few years ago, a publisher came to us and during our initial conversations about email, we looked into their EMS backend and discovered that they were creating new email templates for every day of the week as part

How to Lift Your Freemium Conversion Rate With Freebies People Actually Want

If your freemium conversion rate is less than 2, you can use these resources to create better, more compelling and more clickable freebies.

Email is by far, the most profitable marketing channel most publishers use. So it’s no surprise that building an email list is one of the most important items on a publisher’s to-do list

How Successful Subscription Based Websites Do Marketing

No publisher can hope to have a successful subscription based website without getting the marketing right. So if you have, or plan to launch, one of our three subscription website business models – a portal, magazine website or newsletter website – it’s worth studying the winning strategies used by savvy publishers, including, of course, our own clients.

In Magazine Promotions, What’s Old Is New

Spend some time in your archives to discover magazine promotions and copy that can be recycled
There’s something about antiques that can make you nostalgic, even if you weren’t alive during the era the object was used. Maybe that’s a past life for you, or maybe it just makes you think of a movie you liked

The Best Magazine Promotion Ideas Start With This One Strategy

12 magazine promotion ideas stemming from a strict email marketing plan

The scenario plays over and over again: A publisher invests the time and money to build a multiplatform publishing website, only to wonder why they’re not generating as much revenue as expected. When we audit their efforts, we find they’re not sending any promotions for

10 Ways You Can Be a Better Magazine Marketer in 10 Days

When your magazine marketing job gets boring, that means your customers are probably just as bored. Pep up your magazine marketer game in 10 days!

Being a magazine marketer is fun, because you have the epitome of fun topics to promote. Hopefully you’re working in a niche that you’re passionate about, which makes everything you promote

How We’re Recycling Marketing Campaigns at Mequoda (And That One Time We Lost Revenue When We Stopped)

How we’re seeing a larger return on our marketing investment by recycling marketing campaigns across platforms
When I first started working at Mequoda almost 10 years ago, we wrote a lot of promotional copy. We sent several promotions per week, and each one was brand spanking new. For a company that was limited on resources at

Mastering Subscription Marketing Language with a Story

So you’ve launched your subscription website. You’ve determined the right price, and how you want to offer your subscription to customers, and you’re ready to think about ways to entice, persuade and convince them, whether it’s copy on a landing page, or an outbound email. Few subscribers ever make a decision to buy from you based solely on your price or offer!

Three Types of Content You Should Publish Daily

How creating, publishing, and promoting these three types of content daily will tackle all your social and SEO goals

Typically we find that content falls into three buckets: news, evergreen, and blockbuster. Most Mequoda publishers publish this type of content every single day because all three serve different purposes.

News content keeps your readers up to date

The Best Email Marketing Techniques Used by Publishers

The best email marketing practices encourage responsive design, endless testing, and customer retention strategies
If you didn’t already know, the Mequoda Method is a compilation of best practices derived from publishers who are making money online. They tell us what’s working for them, and when we see a trend that’s working for other publishers, it becomes

Email Upgrade: 5 Responsive Newsletter Design Tips

To be a responsive website designer, you must know how to design a website to be viewed effectively on any platform. For example, a responsive website design would never include flash, because around 30% of the smartphone market is carrying a flash-unfriendly phone. Additionally, you find new ways to deliver pop-up ads that don’t slide off-screen, making them un-closeable on mobile devices. Or you remove them altogether when the browser detects they’re on a mobile website.

The Best Email Newsletters Stack Content: 3 Publishers Show How

For a long time we and all our clients saw a large click-rate and revenue increase when each daily email newsletter featured just one product on the right-hand side of the email, in its own column. We’ve always stuck with the belief that the featured product should be aligned with the content of the email, like the one to the right.

The Best Email Template for a Daily Email Looks Like a Club Sandwich

Want to increase the click-through rates on your email newsletters? I’ll give you a couple hints: the first is to start using snippets of your content, and linking back to the full-length content on your site. That’s a test we ran two years ago when we were running full content previously, and it’s a test I for one, was happy won, because it makes creating daily email templates much faster on a day to day basis.

How to Promote a Magazine Through Email Spotlights

I recently talked to a publisher who, up until recently, almost never promoted his magazine. But he didn’t realize it. He has a Portal with free content, a magazine website that sells his magazine, and an online store with a dozen books that sell for $10-$20 each.

He felt pretty organized and was excited to brag about how well he’d been implementing the Mequoda Method. And we were excited to hear it.

So as not to divulge this particular publisher, let’s say he’s in the fishing niche. He has ten fishing topics he writes about on his portal, and he publishes five days a week. He also has ten paid books, one for each topic he writes about. So far so good, right? This makes daily emails a no-brainer for him.

Responsive vs. Fluid Design: Do You Have to Choose?

Design is a delivery mechanism for content – nothing more and nothing less. The more elegant, the better, of course, but getting caught up in appearances is never a good idea no matter what you’re doing. When we talk about good design at Mequoda, aesthetics (as much as we love them) take a back seat to user experience. And when discussing the responsive vs. fluid design problem, we always caution publishers to not overcomplicate things by getting bogged down in industry buzzwords.

5 Tips for Email Marketing Calls to Action

How to get your readers to act with buttons and text

The best emails are fully engaging; the content interests the reader enough to go through the entire email while the relevant calls to actions persuade the reader to get more involved with a brand. This can equate to purchasing a product, signing up for a future event or subscribing to more content through Twitter or Facebook.

In order to start this process, strong calls to action need to be employed throughout the email.

6 Daily and Weekly Email Templates That Increase CTR and RPM

Increase clicks and revenue by testing out these six different email templates
One feature of using a publishing and marketing system like the Mequoda System is that you get access to templates that can help you develop your business based on best practices. For us, these best practices are a composite of the 110+ different Mequoda

A Surprising Promotional Email Template That Builds Email Circulation

If there’s one thing that Mequoda folks have in common, it’s a powerful promotional email template that we call the circulation-builder, or circ-builder.

As a publisher, you might assume that this email template is created to strengthen your print circulation, but it’s not.

The circ-builder was developed to boost your email circulation through word of mouth while retaining your loyal email subscribers. You promote a freemium, which offers substance to your email subscribers, and in return, they forward it along to their colleagues and friends. The recipients of that forward will arrive at the landing page for your freemium, and if all goes well, they’ll sign up for the freemium and your email list.

Designing a Promotional Email: The Spotlight Template

Focus your copy and your customers will focus with you

At Mequoda, we call any promotional email that features a single product a Spotlight.

The idea behind this email is that the publisher is shining a spotlight on one product instead of trying to sell a bunch of things at one time. There are plenty of benefits to featuring one item, for example:

Revealed: The Mother Earth News Trifecta of Email Success

It’s no wonder Mother Earth News saw a 70x increase in revenues with enlightened email tactics in design, strategy and community

Use the Snippet Email Layout to Drive More Traffic

Different strokes for different folks, and different email layouts for different business models

What is the intention of your email newsletter? You spend a lot of time and effort trying to collect these email addresses, so certainly your email newsletter needs a defined business goal.

The Economist Turns Email Clicks into Digital Subscriptions

In my recent escapades of combing through the email calendars of publishers large and small, I’ve discovered a few secrets about the brands I’ve been spying on. The biggest secret of all is that rarely do any of them stick to a systematic system of email publishing.

Typically all of our emails are written, edited and scheduled to go out on Friday the week before. We publish at 10am Eastern when we publish editorial emails (Monday – Thursday) and 2pm when we publish promotional emails. Sometimes we switch it up to test out which times work best, but overall it’s fairly consistent.

5 Components of a Snippet-Based Email Template

Do you know how to develop a snippet-based email template for your newsletters?

If the email templates you are using for email newsletters and promos are successful in engaging your reader base and selling products, then you don’t need to necessarily make any changes.

However, there is always the chance that a new template can help in the areas where you may falter.

9 Tips for the Modern Email Marketer

Ways to get the most from your email marketing activities

As a daily editor, I’m always keeping my eyes open for the topics that our audience cares about. From email marketing to audience development and the advancements within the digital publishing community, there is always new content to share or existing strategies to remind people of.

Over the last few months, it has seemed that the topic of email marketing has been growing in popularity. Each week I find more industry members discussing ways to improve an email marketing strategy. Or they are sharing statistics on email marketing studies they have conducted.

Testing Email Campaigns: 6 Areas of Focus

Tips for better email marketing practices

Theories on what works the best in email marketing are great, but they aren’t complete. Even those who share their theories and have actively used their tips may not be able to help you. Perhaps they are in a different market or industry with a very different target audience. Just because something has worked for them, it does not necessarily mean that it will work for your email marketing campaigns.

5 Tips for Being a Good Email Marketer

After your email marketing strategy is in place, there are a few actions that will turn you into a better email marketer

If you are new to email marketing, or have been doing it without receiving the type of results you expect, there are a few ways to become better at optimizing your list and attracting new subscribers.

The tips below share ideas for becoming an all around better email marketer. If you have additional tips, please share them in the comments below.

Week in Review: January 30th, 2012 – February 3rd, 2012

Catch up on the Mequoda Daily’s blog posts for this past week

What You Need for Successful Email Campaigns

Email campaigns fall into an interesting category for online publishers. On one hand, it focuses on great quality content and intriguing headlines, which is familiar to successful publishers.

On the other hand, there are technicalities that must be faced before, during and after email campaigns are initiated. For instance, the process of email whitelisting needs to happen prior to ever sending any emails. And of course, a well-designed email template has to be created that successfully presents content and promotional products.

Customized Email Audits Available

After you’ve operated with a specific email template and strategy for a while, it becomes like second nature. You know exactly what’s needed daily, and you’re able to execute on it with ease.

However, consistency may lead to complacence, and if you want your email campaigns to always be as effective as possible, you have to take a critical look at them from time to time.

5 Ways to Integrate Email with Social Media

Email and social media are two popular Internet activities – are you marrying these two behaviors together?

Depending on your audience and the type of online business you operate, you likely find more value in one or the other: email or social media.

Companies with a strong social media presence can have information shared quickly through their network of followers or friends. This can translate to a lot of website traffic and new visitors learning about your content for the first time.

The Irrefutable Process of Email Whitelisting

Whitelist before you launch to avoid receiving hard bounces and ruining your reputation

Mequoda launches four to six systems each year, and in the process, I’m always impressed by our development team’s ability to juggle website details and get the sites live.

As CEO, I have the luxuries of being involved with the overall strategy and having really great people working for me.

4 Ways to Get Email Subscribers from Inbox to Sale

Email copywriting is only a small ingredient in the grand scheme of email marketing

Why do you send email promotions? Why do you send email newsletters? The answer is that you want the user to complete a task. Maybe the task is for them to click on an ad, or to click through to an article on your website. At the end of the day, you hope that your email newsletter will elicit some type of transaction.

How to Write a Better Email Call-to-Action

Four tips for getting more people to read your email and buy your product

Back in the day, you’d get an elaborate direct mail piece that may have lasted three to five pages. With the luck of a talented copywriter, you might even get people to read the entire letter, but they might at least skip to the end after reading through.

This method doesn’t work in email because people don’t like to scroll. They want to know right away, what you’re offering so that they can determine if they want to read the rest of your copy.

Email and Social Media Belong Together

The combination of the two will likely improve email campaigns

What makes for a successful email campaign?

Is it the email template you use? The information you provide? What about the combination of editorial and marketing content?

All of these email campaign attributes are valuable, but one not listed may be the most beneficial.

3 Problems & Solutions for Better Email Newsletter Marketing

Email marketing RESULTS don’t get better until YOU get better

The other day, social media guru Chris Brogan said, “email marketing isn’t dead…. sh*tty email marketing is dead.” This blunt and honest statement about email marketing is an absolute truth.

Email marketing and email newsletters are far from dead. Even Twitter and RSS junkies HAVE to check email and are willing to add their name to an email list, so long as the content is useful and the reader looks forward to getting the email when it comes in.

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