There are many free, open-source responsive template design tools. Moreover, email service providers typically provide templates for their customers.
Reflect the segment. The highest-converting emails are personalized to the recipients based on behavior or demographics. The template and content should reflect that segment. Common email segments include:
Ecommerce Email Templates
This email from America’s Test Kitchen targets one-person households.
For example, the email below from America’s Test Kitchen targets a segment of one-person households. It would likely be ineffective for recipients in large families.
- Auto-load coupon or offer codes into a shopping cart via a click on the email.
- Ensure offers are straightforward and obvious.
- Minimize the copy and shopping options.
Reflect the goal. Arrange an email template around the end action you want the recipient to take. What’s the objective? I frequently encounter email templates that do not reflect the goal. This confuses the reader, resulting in fewer conversions.
This email below from Famous Footwear delivers value from the offer (“BOGO 1/2 Off”) as well as from the rewards program (“Bonus Reward Cash”).
This email from Famous Footwear delivers value from the offer (“BOGO 1/2 Off”) as well as from the rewards program (“Bonus Reward Cash”).
- Use images that represent your offer.
- Images with people tend to convert better.
- Make all images clickable.
- A/B test images to optimize clicks.
- Review heat-map reports to determine which images attract the most interest.
Emphasize value. To keep new subscribers opening your emails, every layout should include a clear value proposition, such as:
- Free shipping.
- Fast shipping.
- Dollar- or percentage-off discounts.
- Bonus reward points.
- Unique or hard-to-find products.
- How-to webinars or articles.
In this post, I’ll address the key conversion elements of an email template.
Write a strong call-to-action. A call-to-action is the main button a recipient will click to respond to your offer. Sometimes an email conversion comes down to the CTA language. Minor tweaks in the text can have a big impact on response.
- Age or gender.
- Life stage.
- Past purchases.
Shoppers tend to procrastinate. Reminder and last-chance notifications can greatly increase conversions. Also, send automated, triggered emails to shoppers who clicked on an email but abandoned the checkout process.
Use relevant images. Large images are tempting, but they do not materially increase conversions in my experience.
- Keep the text short.
- Action words tend to increase clicks. “Get the Discount” is better than “Buy Now.”
- Entice curiosity.
- Avoid words that require a commitment, such as “download” or “register.”
- Use buttons large enough to tap with a finger on a phone.
- Keep call-to-action buttons near the top.
- Offer multiple calls-to-action.
- A/B test calls-to-action for the most clicks.
Close the Loop
Make the intended action easy for the user. Remove barriers that hinder conversions. Consider these tips: