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23 Ways to Tag and Segment Your Subscribers in AWeber

The days of one-size-fits-all email marketing are long gone. To get better results, you need to send targeted, personalized emails.

By delivering hyper-relevant content to those who are most interested in it, your subscribers will open, click, and purchase more.

In this post, you’ll learn how to use tags to create more targeted segments (or groups) of subscribers and increase your engagement.

What are tags and why should you use them?

Tags are simple words or short phrases you use to categorize and group your subscribers based on their interests, behaviors, or other shared attributes.

They allow you to segment your audience, send targeted one-time broadcast emails, and trigger targeted, automated campaigns. This leads to better subscriber engagement, improved chances of hitting the inbox instead of the spam folder, and higher conversions.

Start getting more personal with your subscribers and try these 23 easy ways to tag your subscribers in AWeber.

1. Tag someone who fills out your AWeber sign up form.

The easiest way to tag a subscriber is when they opt in to your email list using a sign up form.

With AWeber, you can create unlimited sign up forms, and you can apply different tags to subscribers when they fill out different forms. This way, you’ll know exactly which form a subscriber used to sign up.

For example, if you offer a 7-day email course, weekly newsletter, and downloadable checklist as lead magnets, you can have three separate sign up forms that apply unique tags to your subscribers. This lets you see quickly which lead magnets they signed up for. Iff they opt in to all of them, all three tags get applied!

Related: How to tag an AWeber sign up form

2. Tag someone who completes a custom field on your sign up form.

Let’s say you want to know a bit more about your subscribers at the time they sign up, such as what topics they’re interested in, or their experience level in a particular skill you teach.

You can collect this additional information, beyond just their name and email address, using custom fields on your AWeber sign up form, and you can associate a tag with each custom choice.

This allows you to segment your subscribers from the time they join your list, and create personalized experiences for each of them.

Related: How to tag a custom field in an AWeber sign up form

3. Tag someone who fills out a sign up form on the AWeber Atom App.

Do you attend in-person events? Using the AWeber Atom App, you can create a sign up form on your mobile device to collect subscribers’ information in person, and use tags to remind you which event you met them at.

And if you attend multiple events, you can change which tags your Atom App sign up form applies. That way, you know where you met each particular subscriber.

You can even set up an automated welcome Campaign ahead of time that would go out to each new subscriber you met at that event.

Related: How to tag someone with the AWeber Atom App

4. Tag subscribers when you import them into AWeber.

Perhaps you have a list of new subscribers you’re migrating to AWeber. (Side note: We offer free migration support. Contact our experts to learn more!) You can easily import your list along with any existing tags or apply new tags.

You can also update existing subscribers’ tags when importing a list into AWeber. This will add any new tags in your import file to your existing subscribers.

Related: How to tag subscribers when importing into AWeber

5. Tag someone who fills out a sign up form on a landing page that integrates with AWeber.

You can use a landing page provider like Unbouce or Growtheme to invite your audience to subscribe to your email list, and tag them so you can send them the perfect email campaign based on the page or form they completed.

6. Tag someone who fills out a sign up form that integrates with AWeber.

Although AWeber enables you to create sign up forms in your account, you can also integrate your AWeber account with other sign up form providers, such as OptinMonster, Hello Bar, MailMunch or ConvertFlow. These providers support AWeber tags, allowing you to tag your new subscribers in your AWeber account.

7. Tag someone who makes a purchase.

Have a digital or physical product? Providers like Shopify, WooCommerce, ThriveCart, 3dcart, and DirectPay allow you to easily add your customers into your AWeber account and tag them so you know who purchased from you.

AWeber’s Shopify integration even allows you to apply unique tags for each product your subscribers purchase.

Related: Watch this demo to learn more about AWeber’s Shopify integration

8. Tag someone who abandons their shopping cart.

 With AWeber’s Shopify integration, you can tag a subscriber who left items in their cart and didn’t purchase them. You can send them an automated email to encourage them to finish their purchase.

You can apply a generic tag when someone abandons any purchase  , or you can apply unique tags based on the product that someone abandons.

Related: How to set up cart abandonment with Shopify

9. Tag someone who completes a quiz.

Quizzes are a great way to provide a fun, interactive, and educational experience for your audience. Tools like Interact and Quiz Cat allow you to create engaging quizzes and tag your subscribers in AWeber who complete your quiz.

10. Tag someone who registers for your webinar.

Webinars are a great way to engage your audience directly and provide educational content to your subscribers. Tools like EasyWebinar allow you to add your webinar registrants directly to AWeber, and tag them based on the webinar they signed up for.

Then, you can automate reminder emails and follow up with your registrants after the webinar to share the recording and special offers.

11. Tag someone who subscribes from a text message.

Using a tool like Call Loop allows you to invite your audience to text a number to join your email list. Using the Call Loop integration with AWeber, you can add these individuals automatically to your email list, and tag them.

12. Tag someone who enters your contest.

Contests are a great way to engage your community and grow your email list. Using tools like Gleam or ViralSweep, you can automatically add contest participants to your AWeber email list, and tag them based on the contest they joined.

13. Tag someone who uses an online calculator or requests a custom quote.

Do you offer quotes, online calculators, polls or chatbots as part of your business? Tools like Outgrow allow you to add your interested prospects automatically to your AWeber account, and tag them accordingly, so you know exactly who they are and what they expressed interest in.

14. Tag new contacts from your CRM.

Do you use a CRM to manage client relationships? With tools like Agile CRM, you can automatically add your client and prospect contacts to your AWeber account, tag them with specific categories, and automate emails to keep your contacts engaged.

15. Tag someone who begins your automated campaign.

One way to tag subscribers is when they begin a campaign. This is helpful if you want to easily identify subscribers who are currently going through a Campaign so you don’t send them your regular broadcast emails as well.

Once they complete the Campaign, you can automatically remove that tag.

Related: How to use tags at the beginning of a Campaign 

16. Tag someone who completes your automated campaign.

Another way to tag subscribers in a campaign is at the end of the series. This allows you to link campaigns together.

For example, you may have multiple welcome campaigns for different sign up forms, and you may want them all to flow into a general nurture campaign after each welcome campaign is complete. Simply apply the same tag at the end of each campaign, and then set the general nurture Campaign to start on that tag.

Related: How to use tags at the end of a Campaign

17. Tag someone at any point in your automated campaign.

Let’s say you have a welcome campaign where your first two emails welcome your new subscribers and introduce them to you and your business.

Then, for the rest of the campaign, you’re trying to sell them on your products or services. You can apply a tag before the sales emails begin so you know which subscribers are being actively sold to. With this data, you can assess the effectiveness of your offers and improve the sales copy.

Related: How to use tags in the middle of a Campaign

18. Tag someone who opens an email in your automated campaign.

Tags can also be used to record specific actions your subscribers take within your campaign. For example, you can tag subscribers when they open specific messages in your campaign.

This helps you identify subscribers who expressed an interest in the topic of the email by opening it.

Related: How to add a tag when someone opens a message in a Campaign

19. Tag someone who clicks a link in your automated campaign.

Similarly, you can tag subscribers when they click specific links within the messages of your campaigns. This is helpful when you’re trying to learn more about your subscriber’s preferences.

For example, in our blog welcome campaign, we ask what our subscribers are interested in learning, and we provide links within that email. Each link has a different tag, and it allows our subscribers to self-select their interests so we can better target them with relevant content.

Related: How to add a tag when someone clicks a link in a Campaign

20. Tag someone who opens a broadcast email.

You can also tag subscribers when they open one-time, broadcast emails. Similar to tagging subscribers who open your Campaign messages, this helps you identify who is interested in the topic of the email enough to want to open it.

Related: How to tag someone who opens a broadcast

21. Tag someone who clicks a link in your broadcast email.

If you’re promoting an upcoming webinar in a broadcast email, you can tag anyone who clicks the registration link and send them an automated email with the link to join the webinar. This improves the subscriber experience by eliminating the need to fill out another form to sign up for the webinar.

Related: How to tag someone who clicks a link in a broadcast

22. Manually tag an individual subscriber.

In addition to automatically tagging subscribers, there are times when you may want to manually apply tags to individual subscribers. 

Let’s say you meet someone at an event and they agree to join your email list, but you don’t have a sign up form handy. You can add them to your list manually, and apply a tag that indicates where you met them. You can also apply another tag that adds them to an automated email campaign.

Related: How to manually tag an individual subscriber

23. Manually tag a large group of subscribers.

Let’s say you want to launch a new automated email campaign to subscribers who are already on your list. You can create the campaign and set it to launch for subscribers with a certain tag. Then, identify which subscribers you’d like to add to the campaign, and apply a tag to them all at once.

Or, let’s say you’re launching a new course and want to promote it to subscribers who have expressed interest in the course topic in the past. You can search for those subscribers and bulk apply a tag to them. henThen, create a segment of subscribers with this tag and send a one-time email to them that promotes your new course.

Related: How to manually tag a group of subscribers

Start using tags today.

Using tags to organize your subscribers enables you to provide a more personalized experience for your subscribers and increase your engagement.

Not an AWeber customer yet? Start your free 30-day trial today and try AWeber’s tags today.

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AWeber’s Live Video Show Is about to Launch — and It’s Unlike Anything You’ve Ever Seen

At AWeber, our mission is to help small businesses succeed with powerfully-simple marketing tools and the support you need to use them.  

That’s why we regularly host free summits and webinars about marketing. It’s why we write a blog focused on email marketing, and we send our weekly newsletter FWD: Thinking. And it’s also why we offer 24/7 customer solutions.  

Now, I’m proud to introduce our latest free marketing education for small businesses — the FWD: Thinking Show.  The FWD: Thinking Show is a free, monthly live show where you’ll get marketing and business strategy from the smartest marketers in the world.  

Get-rich-quick marketing schemes don’t work. Top-secret formulas that cost thousands don’t guarantee results. Outdated marketing tactics don’t produce revenue anymore.  

Marketing that delivers real business growth takes effort, a bit of risk, and planning. This is the kind of marketing strategy you’ll get from the FWD: Thinking Show.  

And episode 1 of FWD: Thinking launches LIVE next week! Join me at 2:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 22 as I interview Lee Odden, the CEO of TopRank Marketing.

What’s the format of the show?

  The show is like a webinar, podcast, and keynote speech combined! Each episode of the FWD: Thinking Show will follow this agenda:  

1. Quickfire Q&A

Liz Willits, the host of the FWD: Thinking Show, will ask the guest questions about their career, their best marketing and business advice, and more.  

2. Innovative ideas

The guest speaker will share one innovative business or marketing strategy to accelerate your growth.  

3. Audience Q&A

This is your chance to ask the smartest marketers in the world anything and get tailored advice.

Who is the first show guest?  

Lee Odden is a lightly bearded B2B marketing strategist, author, international speaker and CEO of the fine team at TopRank Marketing. His work integrating search, social, content, and influencer marketing for B2B brands has been recognized by numerous publications including the Wall Street Journal, The Economist, and Forbes.

Who is the host?  

Yours truly. I’m a professional speaker and marketing expert. I help run content strategy at AWeber. And I’ve taught hundreds of thousands of small business owners and entrepreneurs how to successfully grow their businesses online.

Get your ticket to the FWD: Thinking Show!

It’s free! You can get your ticket here, and access the show on Wednesday, June 22 at 2:00 p.m. ET.

For the best experience, I recommend attending the live show. But if you can’t clear your schedule, claim your ticket to get an on-demand video of the live episode. I’ll email
the on-demand video within 24 hours of the live show.

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Meet AWeber’s NEW WordPress Plugin

WordPress is the most popular content management system in the world. (Nearly half of all websites use it!) So it’s no surprise that it’s also one of AWeber’s most used integrations.

That’s why we rebuilt our AWeber for WordPress plugin to make it even more powerful and simpler to use to help you find greater success with email marketing. Here’s what’s new with our WordPress plugin.

It’s now easier to add sign up forms to WordPress.

You now have three “easy as pie” ways to add your sign up form to your WordPress website using the AWeber plugin.

Widgets

You can add your sign up form to your WordPress theme using the widgets in WordPress, which means it’ll be added to every page on your website. For example, consider adding your sign up form to your blog sidebar or website footer.

Related: How to add an AWeber sign up form using WordPress widgets

You can only place the AWeber widget in one widget area. If you want to add it to other widget areas, you can use the next method: shortcodes.

Shortcodes

Shortcodes are snippets of WordPress code that allow you to add your sign up form anywhere on your site. You don’t have to create these; WordPress automatically creates them for each of your sign up forms.

You’ll find your shortcodes inside the AWeber plugin under Forms.

If you want to add your sign up form to your entire site, simply copy the code and paste it into a text widget.

Related: How to add an AWeber sign up form using WordPress widgets

You can also add the shortcode to a specific page or blog post using the WordPress page editors, which we’ll cover next.

In the WordPress editors

To add an AWeber sign up form to a page or blog post using WordPress’s classic editor, simply paste the shortcode, or use the built-in AWeber button inside the formatting menu.

If you’re using WordPress’s Gutenberg editor, simply click the “plus” icon to add a custom AWeber block. Alternatively, you can also add a shortcode block and paste your shortcode.

Related: Detailed step-by-step instructions on how to add an AWeber sign up form to a WordPress page or post

Automatically add commenters and WordPress users to your AWeber email list.

We’ve also made it easy for commenters and users to subscribe to your email list.

The AWeber for WordPress plugin now allows you to add a checkbox to the comment section, where users can opt into your email list when adding comments on your pages or posts.

Related: How to enable the “Subscribe on Comment” feature 

You can also apply tags to new commenters and users who join your list so you can segment your subscribers and send them more personalized emails in the future.

Easily see where each sign up form is being used on WordPress.

You can also quickly view where all of your forms are being used across your WordPress website.

If you ever need to remove or change the form you’re using on a particular page, you can quickly access that page right from the AWeber for WordPress plugin.

Track you sign up form performance without leaving WordPress.

One of the biggest benefits of the new AWeber for WordPress plugin is that it saves you from having to toggle back and forth between your AWeber and WordPress accounts.

Quickly track how your sign up forms are impacting your email list growth without ever leaving WordPress. You’ll learn what’s working and what’s not, so you can optimize your sign up forms for better results.

Check to make sure the plugin is installed correctly.

You don’t have to be a technical whiz to use the new AWeber for WordPress plugin.

Easily make sure your plugin is installed correctly by using the ‘System Info’ screen to view the compatibility details.

Need help troubleshooting a problem? We’ve put all of the necessary info in the System Info screen. Share this with our 24/7 Customer Solutions team and we can get you back on track in no time.

Related: How to find the technical details of your AWeber for WordPress plugin

How to get started with the new AWeber for WordPress plugin

Already an AWeber customer? Download the AWeber for WordPress plugin today, and connect it to your AWeber account.

Plus, check out a recorded demo of the AWeber for WordPress plugin inside our customer community on Facebook.

Once you’ve had a chance to try it out, we’d love to hear your feedback. Leave us a review in the WordPress marketplace.

Not an AWeber customer yet? Start your free 30-day trial today and start using the AWeber for WordPress plugin.

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Are You a “Megaphone” Email Marketer?

avoid being a megaphone marketer

Think of your email list like a group of people you’ve invited over to your house for dinner. They’ve RSVP’d “yes” because they’re interested in what you’ll serve them and what they’ll learn from being there. 

Now, do you stand at the head of the table with a megaphone and tell them all about you and your business? Holler about all the amazing promotions you’re running? Do you let anyone else at the table speak? 

Or do you engage your guests in a lively conversation and discussion? Do you ask them what they need or want from you, or the best ways you can serve them?

“You can use email like a megaphone—where you’re just speaking loudly and not actually listening—or you can use it to create a conversation,” said AWeber’s Content Marketing Manager Jill Fanslau on the small business sales and marketing podcast Stay Paid.

One of the easiest ways to create conversation in your emails is by asking a question, said Fanslau. Ask your audience a question at least once a quarter to better understand what content they need and want from you. 

The best part about engaging your audience in a conversation? “You could get your next 10 email ideas by sending one question in an email,” said Fanslau. Your subscribers’ answers  could spark an idea for your next blog post, your next product, or your next lead magnet. 

There are a number of ways to ask a question in your emails: 

  1. Include a sentiment widget at the bottom of every email. (You can easily do this inside AWeber.) This gives you a quick and easy way to gauge whether your audience liked your content. Think of it like a “temperature check.”
  2. Send a survey. Asking your audience to complete a short survey can give you rich insights into what you’re doing right and what you can do better. (You may need to provide an incentive to get your subscribers to fill it out.)
  3. Reach out to individuals directly if you want to have a more personal, one-on-one conversation. If you receive great feedback, you can even ask that subscriber for a testimonial, to leave a review, or for a case study.
  4. Ask a simple question and encourage all of your subscribers to reply with their thoughts or feedback (good and bad). Let them know that you’ll read every single response. Reply to as many as you can so your subscribers know there’s a real person there. 

For more email copywriting tips and insights on engaging your audience with email marketing, check out Fanslau’s interview on Stay Paid. Or, listen on your favorite podcasting apps like Apple Podcasts, Stitcher or Google Play.



AWeber supports entrepreneurs and small businesses with powerfully-simple email marketing solutions. Get your free trial today.

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5 Ridiculously Cool Ways We’ve Used AMP for Email

AWeber and AMP for Email

Everything you know about email is about to dramatically change forever. 

That’s a bold statement, but it’s true…I know because my AWeber teammates and I are using revolutionary email technology that wasn’t widely available a year ago. In fact, we were one of the first marketing teams to start using it a few months ago. 

I’m talking about AMP for Email.

What is AMP for Email?

With AMP (which stands for Accelerated Mobile Pages) for Email, your message is no longer a stagnant document that gathers dust inside an inbox after it’s read. It’s now a living, ever-changing experience that encourages the reader to stick around. To explore. To interact. To come back again and again. To participate.

It transforms a previously static medium into an interactive and dynamic channel in which to communicate with your audience.

That means readers can book an appointment, RSVP to an event, sign up for a newsletter, leave a product review, answer a survey or quiz, or view a live package shipping update — inside an email.  They never need to open a new window or head to their browser.

AMP for Email became available in Gmail in March 2019. The tech is still in its infancy and only currently available for Gmail, Outlook, and Mail.ru users, but it will become more widespread and robust in the very near future.

And right now, AWeber is the only small business email service provider to support the new AMP for Email technology for our customers. We are continuously evolving how powerfully-simple it is for you to send AMP for Email-powered messages in AWeber.

“By adding AMP message support to our API, we’re ensuring our customers have the most up-to-date tools and technology at their fingertips to create messages that will help them connect with their customers and rapidly grow their businesses,” said Chris Vasquez, Director of Product at AWeber.

AWeber isn’t just empowering customers to use AMP for Email. We’re using it ourselves.

How AWeber is using AMP for Email in our own email marketing

Since AMP for Email launched, my teammates and I have been using the tech in our weekly email marketing newsletter, FWD: Thinking. In fact, anywhere from 25% to 30% of all clicks on the newsletter’s main call-to-action (CTA) come from readers viewing an AMP-enabled version. (We still send an HTML version every week, too, for people not using Gmail, Outlook, or Mail.ru.)

We’ve only scratched the surface of what we can do with the technology, but it’s exciting to experiment to see which AMP elements drive the most engagement from our newsletter readers. Keep reading for a list of some of the interactive and dynamic AMP for Email content we’ve tested so far.

AMP for Email: Image Carousel 

We showed off our free, seasonal GIF guides in interactive image carousels inside the newsletter. As a FWD: Thinking reader, you could easily click or tap the arrows inside the email to scroll through a handful of GIFs. 

If you weren’t viewing the AMP-enabled version of the newsletter, you would have seen a single GIF at the top of the email. You had to click into the blog post to view more.

Big news! AWeber just added the image carousel into our drag-and-drop email builder. Just drag it into your email and add up to 6 images. You can use it today! Not an AWeber customer yet? Sign up for a free trial of AWeber.

We have tested the image carousel with two GIF guides so far:

Fall GIF Guide, August 2019

AWeber Image Carousel AMP for Email

Check out AWeber’s Fall GIF Guide.

Holiday GIF Guide, November 2019

Check out AWeber’s Holiday GIF Guide.

The percentage of readers clicking the AMP image carousel element increased by 28% from our Fall GIF Guide to our Holiday GIF Guide. 

The Holiday GIF Guide could have been more popular among AMP viewers, but we doubted that could account for such a drastic increase.

One of the main reasons we can surmise for the significant boost in engagement? In the short time between the two emails, Outlook made AMP for Email available and GSuite rolled out AMP support so it was turned on by default. 

Our hypothesis: The pool of potential FWD: Thinking readers seeing AMP for Email elements in their inboxes (desktop and mobile) is increasing every single month as more Internet Service Providers make it available. The percentage of people interacting with AMP elements will only continue to go up.

AMP for Email: Feedback Form

We’ve always collected questions and feedback from our readers. It helps pinpoint our readers’ biggest pain points and spur new educational content ideas. 

In the past, the CTA for our newsletter’s feedback form took you to a separate webpage to fill out. With AMP for email, you can now submit your question directly into the email. No leaving the inbox! This reduces friction for the user and increases our likelihood of garnering responses. 

AWeber Feedback Form AMP for Email

Our readers who received the AMP-enabled version of the newsletter noticed the change. One subscriber, Andre V., even wrote into the feedback form:

I have a question about this form in the email… Does it submit? What wizardry is this?

Andre, meet AWeber’s sorcerer, AMP for Email.

AMP for Email: Sentiment Widget

AWeber gives all customers the option to add sentiment widgets to their emails. You can think of them as quick “temperature checks” to make sure your subscribers find your content useful or not.

Previously, the sentiment widget would take you to a separate landing page outside of your inbox. There, you could add more info about why you liked or didn’t like the email.

AMP for Email, however, allowed us to make this element interactive and dynamic. Not only can you click on the smiley or frowny face within the email, but you can also write your response inside the message, too.

AWeber Sentiment Widget AMP for Email

Plus, you can find out how many other subscribers felt the same as you. If you leave the message, come back later, and click the face again, the numbers may update depending on how many people interacted with the AMP element while you were gone.

AMP for Email: Polls and Quizzes

We recently conducted a quiz inside our FWD: Thinking newsletter using AMP for Email. (It’s a lot like the quizzes you see inside Instagram or Facebook stories.) 

AWeber Email Quiz AMP for Email

After you clicked on an answer, you were automatically given the correct answer and the percentage breakdown of how many other FWD: Thinking subscribers chose each answer. 

Just like with our AMP for Email sentiment widget, if you left the newsletter and came back later, you could see updated percentages of subscribers’ answers.

So what happened if you didn’t have access to AMP? You were taken to a separate landing page that gave you the answer to the quiz. However, you never got to see the dynamic breakdown of subscriber percentages clicking on each answer. 

We also conducted a poll to see if people were sending Black Friday and/or Cyber Monday email campaigns this year — and we offered the final results in a followup email the next week. 

AWeber Email Poll AMP for Email

The experience for AMP users was the same as the quiz. You received a percentage breakdown of subscribers who were or were not sending Cyber Weekend email campaigns. If you didn’t have AMP, you were sent outside of the inbox to a separate landing page.

Overall, for both the quiz and the poll, we saw about 20 to 25% of the total clicks come from people using the AMP for Email element.

Next Steps: AMP for Email inside AWeber

Right now, getting set up to send AMP for Email messages takes a bit of work since you need to authenticate your sending domain and apply to be an AMP for Email sender in Gmail, Mail.ru, and Outlook. (You can see the full directions here.) 

But once you’re all set up to send AMP for Email, AWeber’s product team is making it as seamless and as powerfully-simple as possible for our customers to send AMP messages through our platform. We are currently the only small business email marketing provider that offers AMP for Email capability in our API, and we have already launched our first AMP element — the image carousel — in our drag and drop email builder.

For a rundown on how to use AMP for Email in AWeber, sign up for our free webinar on January 17.

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Check Out What’s New inside AWeber!

AWeber New Features

At AWeber, we’re always working to deliver powerfully-simple features for you. Our goal: to remove the complexity of email marketing so you can concentrate on making your business more awesome.

The 3-minute video below introduces you to the latest AWeber features that simplify how you send emails to your prospects and customers.

You’ll learn about Smart Designer, a free, intelligent design assistant that lets you automatically create an amazing-looking, branded email template in seconds. You’ll also see how Team Hub enables multiple users to collaborate around a single account. And you’ll discover all the ways we’re innovating our easy-to-use, industry-leading drag & drop email builder.

Click below to watch the video!

More exciting updates from AWeber!

In addition to the features in the video above, we’re also excited to announce that we’ve added the following updates to our platform:

  • AWeber’s WordPress plugin was just completely revamped to make it even easier to grow your email list quickly. 
  • Broadcast stats have gotten a visual refresh to make it easier to understand who is opening and clicking your emails. 
  • The default email template in the drag-and-drop editor has been updated with some new, modern styles that render beautifully on all devices.
  • The tag dashboard now gives you a complete view of your tags, so you can better segment your audience and automate your emails.
  •  The campaigns list page lets you now easily see how many people have received each of the messages in an automated email series.

We hope you’re as excited as we are about these amazing new features. Go test them out and let us know what you think! Log in to your account now.

Not an AWeber customer? Sign up today for a free 30-day trial. You’ll get access to all of our powerfully-simple and innovative features.

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The 5 Emails You Should Send This Cyber Monday to Skyrocket Sales

cyber monday email examples

Cyber Monday’s online sales hit an all-time high in 2018, capping out at a record $7.9 billion, according to Adobe Analytics. That’s an increase of 19.3% from the previous year — and sales are only expected to go up this December.

Are you ready to hit “go” on your Cyber Monday email campaign? Here’s a content calendar you can use to make sure you’re maximizing your promotion. 

Your 5-Email Campaign for Cyber Monday 2019

November 29: Send your “teaser” email. Tease your promotion with a “preview” email sent out three days* before Cyber Monday. Let your subscribers know something big is coming on December 2 — but don’t tell them what. Get them excited for the announcement.

*You don’t want this email to go out more than three days in advance or you might cannibalize your sales leading up to the promotion going live. People may be hesitant to purchase if they know a better deal is just a few days away.

December 1: Send a countdown email. The night before your promotion goes live, send a 12-hour countdown email to your audience. (The anticipation!) You can schedule this ahead of time inside your AWeber account.

Don’t have an AWeber account yet? Sign up for a 30-day free trial, and get your Cyber Monday emails scheduled!

December 2 (morning): Launch your promotion. Send your promotion — whether it’s a coupon code that gives your subscribers a certain percentage off their purchase, a free gift with their purchase, or a special giveaway for the first 200 customers who purchase — on Cyber Monday.

Related: Automatically Create Your Own Beautiful, Branded Email Template in Seconds!

December 2 (afternoon): Resend your promotion. Not all your subscribers will engage with your email. That’s okay: Their inboxes are flooded on Cyber Monday with deals. That’s why I recommend resending your message to anyone on your list who didn’t open or click later in the day. It’s another opportunity for you to reach them. 

December 3: Post-promotion email. With AWeber, you can “tag” subscribers that go from your promotion emails and hit a certain page of your website. The next day, send that group of subscribers that made it to a certain product page or the checkout — but never ended up making a purchase — a followup email. Let them know the product is still available, reiterate the benefits of purchasing, and tell them that you’ll extend the promotion another few hours just for them!

Creative Cyber Monday Email Examples 

Below are a few of our favorite Cyber Monday email marketing ideas from years past. Use them as fodder to create and launch your own email marketing campaign with AWeber this Cyber Monday. 

Cyber Monday Email: Chubbies 

Chubbies, the brand that’s known for short shorts (think: “Larry Byrd” short shorts…i.e. lots of skin), had fun with their Cyber Monday email campaign. They called it Thighber Monday, and turned it into an event.

A new free gift — like duffle bags, blankets, hats, and more — was revealed every hour of Thighber Monday via email. If you bought a product on their site, you would receive that hour’s free gift along with your purchase. 

The campaign kept people coming back to their inbox hour after hour to check out which free gift would be unveiled next.

Cyber Monday Email Chubbies

Cyber Monday Email: Melyssa Griffin

Digital marketer and coach Melyssa Griffin helps bloggers and entrepreneurs grow their audiences and incomes. For Cyber Monday, Melyssa bundled all her online courses together for a fantastic deal. Bundling or packaging certain products can make the promotion feel larger and more impactful than giving a discount for each separate item.  

Cyber Monday Email Melyssa Griffin

Cyber Monday Email: Taco Bell

Taco Bell didn’t offer a Cyber Monday promotion. Instead, they banked on how hungry you’d be after a long day of online shopping. Taco ‘bout a novel idea. 

Cyber Monday Email Taco Bell
Photo courtesy of Really Good Emails

Related: 5 Powerful Ways to Drive More Sales Through Email

Cyber Monday Email: Everlane

Remind your customers of how good they always have it! That’s what Everlane did with their “No sale here” email. They called out the fact that their prices are already 50%  lower than most retailers, day in and day out. 

Cyber Monday Email Everlane
Photo courtesy of Really Good Emails

Cyber Monday Email: Lewis Howes

Motivational speaker and coach, Lewis Howes, focused on “exclusivity” for his Cyber Monday deal. He played up all the benefits of being part of the elite, members-only program and offered a significant discount on his monthly coaching program. 

Cyber Monday Email Lewis Howes

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Are Plain-Text Emails More Likely to Reach the Inbox?

Plain-text emails inbox

Has a marketing “expert” told you plain-text emails hit the inbox more often than HTML emails? Or that plain-text emails have a 100% deliverability rate?

If so, they’re lying or misinformed.

In this post, I’ll debunk the common myth that plain-text emails reach the inbox more than HTML emails.

Plain-text emails are NOT more likely to reach the inbox.

I interviewed email marketing and anti-spam expert Laura Atkins to get her take on this myth.

Laura is a founding partner of the anti-spam consultancy and software firm Word to the Wise, and she has over 20 years of experience tracing internet abuse. At Word to the Wise, she advises businesses on how to reach the inbox and respond to spam complaints.

I asked Atkins if plain-text emails are more likely to reach the inbox.

“Anybody who tells you that does not understand how email filtering actually works,” she says.

Are simple emails with fewer images and links more likely to reach the inbox?

I asked Atkins this question as well. She says the amount of images and links in your emails does not impact inbox placement. However, the reputation of the domain (URL) you’re linking to and the domain where you host images that are within your email does matter.

“Every link that you put in an email, every domain you link to in an email, every image that you link to in an email has its own reputation. If that image happens to be something that a lot of spammers use, it’s going to have a bad reputation,” Atkins says.

If you use the same links and images that spammers use, your email is more likely to go to the spam folder. To avoid this, don’t like to sites with a bad reputation or include images hosted on a site with a bad reputation within your email content.

Not sure if a site has a bad reputation? You can use tools like Cisco’s Talos to check. Just paste the domain you’d like to check in their reputation lookup field. If it’s blacklisted, don’t include it in your email content.

Pro tip: Don’t use link shorteners, such as bit.ly or tinyurl.com, in your emails. They can hurt your chances of reaching the inbox, too.

How do you reach the inbox?

Some people will tell you there are simple tricks to reaching the inbox, like not using the word “free” in your subject lines. This isn’t true, says Atkins. They don’t understand how delivering emails works.

“Anybody who tells you, ‘if you do X your email won’t go to spam,’ doesn’t know how filters work,” Atkins says.

Atkins went on to explain that internet service providers (ISPs), like Gmail and Yahoo, use an algorithm which decides whether or not to deliver an email to the inbox or the spam folder.

These algorithms are complex and use machine learning. There are no easy tricks to deceive the algorithms. They are designed so that spammers can’t trick them.

Their number one goal? To deliver emails their users want and expect.

“This is their sole reason for existence … to identify what mail users want and to give it to them,” Atkins says.

Atkins says the best way to reach the inbox is to,

“Send mail your recipients want and expect.”

At AWeber, we recommend following this 4-step strategy to make sure your subscribers want and expect your emails:

  1. Set expectations on your email sign up form. Explain how often you will send emails and what kind of content you’ll send.
  2. Reiterate those expectations in your welcome email
  3. Consistently deliver emails with the content you promised.
  4. Clean your email list regularly to remove subscribers who no longer want your emails.

The main takeaway? Whether your email is an HTML or plain-text email has nothing to do with landing in the inbox or the spam folder.

In fact, people often confuse simple HTML emails with plain-text emails. They think they’re sending plain-text emails when they’re really sending HTML emails. Let’s dive into the difference between the two types.

What’s the difference between plain-text and HTML emails?

An HTML email contains HTML code that impacts the appearance of an email. Here are some examples of common HTML elements that might be inside an email:

  • images
  • bullets
  • hyperlinked text
  • columns
  • headlines
  • call-to-action buttons
  • bolded or italicized text

AWeber’s weekly newsletter FWD: Thinking is an HTML email.

Related: Subscribe to AWeber’s weekly FWD: Thinking newsletter to get email marketing advice and tips.

But this message from fitness expert BJ Gaddour is also an HTML email.

It doesn’t have images. It doesn’t use a fancy template. But it is an HTML email, because it contains bolded text and hyperlinked sentences — both HTML elements.

Most people think this email is a plain-text email, because it looks simple. But it’s not.

What does a plain-text email look like then?

It looks like this.

This email from Matt Chauvin of 20sJazz.com contains no images and no formatting. And notice that a full link is displayed in the email. With plain-text emails, you can’t hyperlink text. (For instance, Matt couldn’t hyperlink the word “Video” in the above email.)

In fact, a plain-text email contains only text, no formatting. But many people incorrectly label HTML emails with limited formatting as “plain-text emails.”

To illustrate the difference between a plain-text and HTML email, here is an HTML email from health food blogger Gina Homolka of Skinnytaste.

You can see there is a logo, italicized font, hyperlinked text (Spaghetti Carbonara), and an image.

Here is the plain-text version of the exact same email:

If you think so, someone lied to you.

Big difference, right? The HTML version is much more visually appealing than the plain-text email. It’s also much more likely that subscribers will want to engage with the HTML version, because they can visualize the food from the recipe.

Spread the word.

Know a marketer or business owner who only sends plain-text or simple emails because they believe it will get them into the inbox? Send them this article.

And if you’re currently sending a plain-text email or want to enhance your current template, build a branded, HTML email in seconds for free using AWeber’s Smart Designer.

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The Top Holiday Email Marketing Tips of 2019

Top Holiday Email Marketing Tips for 2019

Black Friday is less than a month away. Are your promotional emails ready?

Implementing an effective holiday email marketing strategy can help drive ecommerce and online sales, increase charity donations, or get your subscribers directly to your store.

But don’t wait until the last second to get started on your emails: Winter holidays are the top consumer spending events of the year, according to the National Retail Federation, and some businesses are already sending holiday emails.

That’s why I’m hosting a Facebook Live on November 5, 2019 at 1 p.m. ET on AWeber’s customer community page. Tune in to learn how to:

  • Create a revenue-driving email marketing plan for the holiday season.
  • Execute exciting holiday promotion ideas.
  • Write must-open holiday subject lines. 
  • Add holiday cheer to your email design.

And more!

Watch on November 5th. Even if you can’t stream it in real time, you can always catch it later. The video will stay up on AWeber’s Facebook customer community page.

Not an AWeber customer yet? To catch more Live videos from our email experts, sign up for a free trial of AWeber and join our private Facebook community. (Only AWeber customers can join!)

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This Email Copywriting Formula Will Defeat Writer’s Block

person typing on keyboard

Picture this: You fill your mug with piping hot coffee and sit down at your desk to write a sales email. You fire up your laptop and open a fresh draft. 

But, you find yourself staring at a blank screen — unable to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard). You have writer’s block.

AWeber’s Liz Willits recently joined an episode of “Beyond the Hustle” — a podcast for entrepreneurs who hustle to make their dreams a reality — to share an email copywriting formula that helps her eliminate writer’s block.

Related: The 3 Best Copywriting Formulas for Email Marketing

“When you want to transition from providing value to selling your product or service, just remember ‘P.A.S.’ — problem, agitate, solution,” shared Willits.  

Start an email by highlighting a problem your audience experiences, and then agitate it by explaining why it’s a pain point for your audience. This demonstrates that you understand their struggles, and sets you up to sell your product or service as a solution, said Willits. 

“The goal is to show how your product or service is going to change your readers’ lives.”

For more tips on how to write effective emails, how to use email marketing and social media together, and what you should avoid in your email marketing, listen to episode 72 of Beyond the Hustle with Liz Willits and Carolina Millan below. Or, listen on your favorite podcasting apps like Stitcher or Spotify



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