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Date: Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Brookstone has stepped into one of the most common holiday traps: over-sending.
I have received up to four emails in one day from Brookstone, and an average of more than one email per day overall. While a small handful of people may enjoy getting blasted by that many emails, I think you’re more likely to lose subscribers by over-sending.
Make sure if you’re sending more than one email a day that the messages differ enough to make it worthwhile. On 12/15 I received two postcard-style emails, a deal of the day AND a general product collage email. The two postcard emails were essentially the same: Free Shipping on orders over $95, and the other, Free Shipping on orders over $90 – baffling. The other two emails mentioned the free shipping offer again in a top banner. Were four emails really needed for the free shipping promo? I doubt it.
If you’re not sure how many emails to send, I would suggest creating a “my account” option where the subscriber can login and choose the amount (and type) of emails they would like to receive. If you already have an option like this on your website, make sure to include a link in each email to “change my email preferences.” If that’s too much work (on you or your subscribers), place a survey at the bottom of each email with a simple one-click answer.
EXAMPLE: How many emails would you like to receive from us?
[ ] More than two per week [ ] Two per week [ ] One per week
[ ] Bi-weekly [ ] One per month
If you give the customer a chance to control how many emails they receive, you’ll be more likely to retain your subscribers by giving them a program that fits their personal needs.