11 Ways to Improve Your Click-Through Rate

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When your email newsletter has a healthy open rate but poor click-through, you start to wonder where you’re going wrong. Your emails are being read, but how do you convince people to navigate to your site?

To find out, we asked a group of entrepreneurs from YEC their strategies for improving email newsletter click-through rates.

They share their tips below:

Use Buttons Instead of Links for Key Calls to Action

Joshua DorkinWe managed to drastically increase the click-through rates of some of our key emails and newsletter links simply by transforming links embedded in text into big green buttons. Users are instantly aware of where we want them to click, and the impact is even more noticeable on mobile devices. It’s far easier to click on a large button in an email on your phone than it is to click on a link.

– Joshua DorkinBiggerPockets

Share Something Unexpected

Kelly AzevedoWhen you’ve sent out a survey, created a new product or built something new for your audience, leave a little suspense in the newsletter. Give some background on why the reader should care and tease them with the answer, which is something they must click to see. If done with the right tone and content, you’ll see an increase in engagement. But use this strategy sparingly lest your newsletter feel like click-bait!

– Kelly AzevedoShe’s Got Systems

Write Your Call to Action Like a Headline

Tarek PertewWe run a popular daily email on innovation called Wakefield, so we’ve done quite a bit of testing over the years. We all know an enticing headline increases open rates, but we don’t all treat our call-to-action the same way. With a CTA, you get the benefit of the buildup before enticing readers to click. For example: “I’ve just told you that X company is hiring like crazy. See all 52 jobs here.” It works.

– Tarek PertewUncubed

Use More Pictures and Less Text

Josh SpragueWe like to keep our newsletters picture friendly with as little text as possible. The logic is to keep it simple since we all have too much email already. Lots of product pictures help to convey the message and offer the chance to click on what interests them without a bunch of clutter. Our open rates average 36.7 percent and clicks 7.16 percent, which I think most would agree are quite good and are trending up.

– Josh SpragueOrange Mud

Utilize Videos

nicole mAt a recent small business expo, I attended an email marketing workshop offered by a leading SEO firm. They had tested multiple email formats and determined that a video offering received the highest rate of click-throughs. Instead of leaving a reader to a sales page or content page, try linking to a video that pitches your product instead.

– Nicole MunozStart Ranking Now

Offer Expert Commentary

Adam RoozenPeople love to hear what other people have to say, especially if it’s a known key influencer. Give your readers a break from your brand voice, and give them a rare opportunity to listen to another.

– Adam RoozenEchidna, Inc.

Personalize the Message

Andrew SaladinoAn email is more actionable when it directly affects the person reading it. Is there data you can collect about your reader that can be tailored to their interests or needs? Use it to trigger an emotion within the reader, which ideally will have them clicking for more.

– Andrew SaladinoKitchen Cabinet Kings

Hire a Good Copywriter

Vik PatelHealthy open rates and poor click-through rates imply that the content is failing to interest and engage the reader. A skilled copywriter will craft content that is engaging and link it to an effective call-to-action. We all get too much email. If you want your emails to stand out, they’d better offer something valuable and interesting to your audience. A copywriter can help with that.

– Vik PatelFuture Hosting

Make Them Time-Sensitive

Andrew SchrageMake your subject lines calls to action, and make them time-sensitive. When a reader knows prior to opening the email that action is needed soon, you can get better results. You might try a subject line like, “48 Hours to Save Money on the Latest Tech”.

– Andrew SchrageMoney Crashers Personal Finance

Use Power Words

Kristopher JonesPower words are words that produce visceral meanings. If someone is reading your newsletter and it generates a powerful emotion inside of them, you have reached them on a deeper level. For example, instead of saying that the performance of your product “beats” the competition, say that it “annihilates” the competition. Some other examples of power words are accidentally and stumbled upon.

– Kristopher JonesLSEO.com

Show What’s in It for the Customer

Jayna CookeConsumers always want to know what is in it for them. If you give them a reason or incentive within the newsletter subject, it will attract more attention. For example, giving away a free Apple watch, an iPad, or even a free usage of your product.

– Jayna CookeEVENTup


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Scott Gerber
Scott Gerber is a serial entrepreneur, internationally syndicated business columnist, author (Never Get a 'Real' Job), TV commentator and founder of Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization comprised of the world's most promising young entrepreneurs.
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  • http://www.kenyanjobshub.co.ke Walter

    I have been wondering why my email click through was so low! The problem was that, i was boring people with blunt texts. Although making videos for my audience will be a huge task, i will try to utilize images with less texts as indicated by Josh Sprague. Also i will follow Andrew Saladino’s advice of making send emails personal.

  • http://thhmmichaeljackson.blogspot.com/2015/05/aaliyah-her-beautiful-voice-and-loving.html Adam Safar

    That makes since to increase your visibility of your call to action. It would show more importance to viewers. You as an author are saying to your viewers that you want them to see this if anything else. Also, the fact that you are trying to help the viewers out by saying to them, “this is a perfect location for you to learn more about what they have searched.” That is a great way for user experience to your site. Having the content about them understanding that you are trying to help them is awesome. Viewers can see that if you address it to them. This article has helped me out a lot. When I go to update my pages I will make sure to keep these tips in mind when doing so.

  • http://www.sharelocalbusiness.com Mandeep Hooda

    yes CTR really matters when we are going for with paid methods. A high CTR means we are able to drive people to our website and the rest work will be depend on the landing page. These experts advise are amazing that really helpful for all who are searching for their questions related to CTR. Thanks Experts.

  • http://enterprisemonkey.com.au Cedric Markwatson

    Click Through Rate (CTR) is a powerful weapon to get top position in Google SERP. It helps in both keywords ranking and paid advertisement. A high CTR means users find the informative that they are actually searching and we able to engage right people on our website.

    Very helpful and amazing experts advise we have founded by this stuff. Thanks for sharing your valuable thoughts with us.

  • http://ppcprofessionals.com/ppc-consulting.html Steve Kaplan

    There were some really great points here that certainly will help CTR.
    There was one point that wasn’t mentioned and that’s:
    Use An Appealing Layout
    If an email looks ugly it’ll drive down CTR. A great reads great and engages the reader but it should also look great.