As you may have gathered from the above, it starts with your subject line. In today’s flow of information and quick clicking, all words can leave an impact. So how do you write a good subject line? Let’s start with the basics.
Who the sender is can play a significant role in whether or not the email is opened and read. The recipient won’t take the time to read if they don’t know who the email is from, then it almost doesn’t matter how good your subject line is.
Therefore, use a real name as the sender, for example, “Emma” or “Emma from Get a Newsletter”. Using a proper sender is good for several reasons:
If your subject line is too lengthy, the whole sentence won’t be visible, especially not on mobile devices. Therefore, it is good practice not to exceed 50 characters.
To be safe, try sending it to yourself and check on your mobile if you can read the whole subject line.
Let’s be honest. A subject line telling, for example, “OPEN THIS AND GET $100 OFF!!!!” will not get more people to open your newsletter. In fact, it has the opposite effect, in most cases.
According to a study by the Radicati Group, 85 percent prefer a subject line without capital letters. It is no wonder since no one wants to feel threatened or yelled at, which capital letters can make you feel.
Now that the basics are set, let’s move on to 5 methods to help you form a great subject line.
A study conducted in Norway showed that when using a subject line that combines a question with an audience-reference indication, such as “Is this your new iPhone 14?”, the headline generated a higher click-through rate than other headlines, such as “For sale: Black iPhone 14 128 GB”.
When we become afraid of missing out, we feel compelled to act. Offer something for a limited time to encourage your subscribers to open your newsletter and act before it’s too late.
Keep in mind, that all messages from you may not be urgent, so be sure to use FOMO when it’s a limited-time offer. You don’t want to be like the boy who cried wolf.
Subject lines containing two benefits are a very effective formula. You start with the first benefit, for example, by writing “How”, and end with the second benefit. It couldn’t be simpler.
The subject line becomes very effective as you see the links between the first and second benefits. That is if you achieve the first benefit, the second follows.
As well as building confidence when you share knowledge, this type of subject line works well. It forces you to describe the content in a clear way while creating curiosity and added value. Everyone wants to make sure they haven’t missed anything.
If your subject line is:
Remember that once the reader opens the email, the content needs to promise what your subject line has said and provide value to the customer.