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If yes, email templates can be the answer to your prayers.
Templates enable brands to quickly design and deploy customized email campaigns, saving time and effort. You can even reuse the same templates for different campaigns, saving even more time, while connecting with your audience in personalized ways, and delivering amazing brand experiences.
Conduct an email template audit to find the gaps that prevent you from meeting your email marketing goals, and guide your decision-making.
Read on to understand why template audits are important for your brand, and how you can get the most from the exercise.
Email templates can become outdated, or fall short of supporting the brand’s goals. But if you don’t know where the gaps are, you can’t address them, much less improve the performance of your email marketing program. Here’s where a template audit can be a game-changer.
With a template audit, you or an external auditor can gauge template performance, identify any gaps, and take steps to close those gaps. Thus, you can establish improvement baselines and identify opportunities for campaign optimization.
A/B testing is an invaluable part of every email marketing program. By setting up different versions of the same campaign and sending each version to a different subset of your broader audience, you can determine which version is most likely to resonate with subscribers. Also known as split testing, A/B testing offers a great way to increase the probability of email opens, clicks, and conversions.
But the fact that A/B testing is “split” testing is also its drawback. Essentially, this means that at any given time, you can only test different variants of a single element. If you want to test multiple elements of two email variants with different subject lines, you can’t do so with a single A/B test. For this, you need to run multiple A/B tests, which takes time and effort. Plus, you need to find the right sub-audience for every test, which requires multiple segmentation efforts.
If this sounds like a familiar issue, you probably test only one or two elements before deploying a campaign. Since you don’t have advance visibility into whether your audience will like the other elements, you don’t know whether your opens and click-throughs may be affected by those elements. And since you don’t know what will work – and more importantly, what won’t – you can’t take the necessary action to retain the good and cut out the bad before it affects your campaign results. By the time you do figure out where the gaps are, the deployment is already done. At this point, you can only measure campaign results, and invest additional time and money in redesign if results are below-par.
Further, by operating in such a black hole, you probably reuse existing templates, even though you aren’t getting the results you expected. Conducting an email template audit is an effective way to break this vicious cycle and avoid all these issues.
Thus, an email template audit can help you proactively understand whether all email elements are functioning optimally before a campaign send. If something is working well, you don’t have to expend additional development cost or time on a redesign. But if something isn’t, the audit results will tell you exactly where the issues are, so you can focus your efforts in that direction. This is one reason why an audit performed by a team of experts like Email Uplers is really valuable.
External auditors have advanced expertise in various aspects of template audit. Plus, they come with an outside perspective and knowledge of email marketing best practices – both of which can generate highly relevant audit results, and also show a clear pathway towards improvement.
Ideally, you should audit all the below elements:
When conducting an audit, it’s best to divide the template into individual sections, and tackle each separately. This ensures that every section is given the attention it deserves without overwhelming the auditor.
Keep in mind that a template audit should be holistic. Don’t limit your audit to just the visual esthetics or content. Also check placement, functionality, responsiveness, and of course brand-relevance.
If you can’t test for all the elements explained in the previous section, start with those elements that you would normally A/B test, such as:
Also, since each email has a different purpose, the audit should start with this purpose (the all-important “why”) in mind:
Email templates are a valuable element of your email marketing program. However, to ensure that you continue to use the best and most effective templates, you must avoid falling into the “fit in and forget it” trap. Conduct regular audits to tweak your strategy and ensure that you get the best possible results from every campaign.
The audit experts at Email Uplers can audit your email templates and provide a simple, easy-to-follow implementation plan. Click here to know more.