It’s like how they say, Wisdom comes with Age, Emails are the oldest member of the social media family. irrespective of new trends surfacing time again, it is but natural for everyone to resort to the old and the reliable when they want the job done.
Which is why it is important that your email marketing strategies are updated with all the upcoming trends and tools that help make this process more convenient and systematic than it already is.
Thanks to Sprout Social, we have for you the top ten performing tools, categorized based on their functions, which help you all out with regards to upgrading your email marketing systems in terms of functionality and delivery.
1. The Hemingway App
This is probably my personal favorite. You think your copywriting is clear and conversational? Wrong! Despite what Lupe Fiasco says, we need to dumb it down. We talk about our own products everyday, so we understand the terminology more than the average user or customer ever will.
We live and breathe our own products everyday, so we understand the terminology more than the average user or customer ever will. Because of that, it’s easy to fall victim to the curse of knowledge and include tech-speak in our writing. Plug your copy into this brilliant tool, and it will tell you when you’re being confusing or overly wordy—even if Hemingway himself doesn’t always pass the test.
“My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way.”
Well said, Ernie.
MailChimp also offers paid plans as an ESP, but its free service contains some pretty useful features too. One of the more popular tools available from MailChimp is the Subject Line Researcher.
With a user base of more than 7 million, MailChimp has gained great insight into what works and what doesn’t. This tool allows you to plug in keywords or phrases you’re considering for a subject line and see how well they performed for other users. People helping people. This is how the world is supposed to work.
While Litmus offers some outstanding features on their paid plans (cough…Builder…cough), they also provide free email tools that you’ll wonder how you ever lived without. That’s why they take the next three spots on our list.
Email marketers tend to keep their own inboxes pretty full, looking for cool ideas. With Scope, not only can you review and share desktop and mobile previews of your own emails, but you can also take an email you’ve received and use the Code Inspector tool to look behind the scenes and see how they pulled it off.
They describe it as “the place for email designers and marketers to learn, grow and educate each other about everything email.” Brands’ online communities are often rabbit holes of unanswered questions and less-than-helpful meanderings, but Litmus is different.
These are smart, tech-savvy problem-solvers helping each other conquer Gmail and Outlook. Whenever someone on my team is struggling with something, we frequently respond with “Have you checked on Community?”
Need to know what your email will look like in the inbox? Litmus PutsMail lets you enter your HTML, subject line and desired recipient addresses (up to 10) to see a fully functional preview of your campaigns.
Once you find a template that works, when you get into more complicated designs, nested tables will become the bane of your existence. This tool automatically indents your HTML files so you can quickly identify which <td> relates to which </td> so you don’t break everything.
7. Sublime Text
Not everyone is a coding pro, and if email isn’t the only thing you work on, odds are you don’t have a ton of time to code out fancy emails. Maybe someone else at the company does it, or maybe you use free templates.
But when you need to dig into the code to find errors or make subtle tweaks, the what-you-see-is-what-you-get editors available with most major ESPs can be difficult to use. Sublime Text color codes your HTML files to make it easy to find what you’re looking for.
Pro tip: Work with the saved file open in your browser and refresh while you edit and save within Sublime Text to test your edits.
Testing & Tracking Tools
8. Visual Website Optimizer
Once you build a great-looking, great-sounding email, it’s time to make it actually serves its intended purpose and figure out how to make it even better. VWO offers a variety of paid and free testing tools and case studies for marketers.
A/B Testing Duration Calculator
Sometimes, differences in conversion rates are so subtle that it’s hard to determine how long to run a test or when to give up and start over. With this tool, you simply enter the current rates, desired improvement, number of variations, and daily sends, and it will tell you how long to run a test before throwing in the towel.
Pro tip: Test everything. Have a hunch? Test it. Happy with how something’s performing? Test it anyway. Don’t want to test it? Just test it.
So now you’re testing like crazy, but you need to know whether or not your results are statistically significant. Enter this nice, clear tool to visualize your data.
Simply enter the number included each test group and the number of conversions for whatever you’ve chosen as your desired action, and IsValid will tell you if you’re ready to make a decision on the test and the exact percent improvement you saw.
Note: It’s crucial to understand what’s within variance when looking at your data. Run some A/A tests to see how much randomization you typically experience to ensure you don’t go celebrating a false positive.
10. Raven URL Builder for Google Analytics
If you or your team use Google Analytics to track site visits, it’s crucial to know where those visits are coming from. Knowing the sources not only helps you determine where to focus your marketing efforts, but it also helps prove that what you’re doing is working.