5 Ways To Upgrade Your Email Strategy in 2022

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Email is a critical channel for prospecting, engaging with new customers and re-engaging previous ones. However most businesses are still using flows, funnels and messaging concepts they developed years ago and many companies are missing out on the latest tools. techniques and features that can help re-energize email revenue.

Here’s 5 ways your business can upgrade your email strategy in 2022:

Smart Segmentation

80% of the clients we work with have 3 or fewer segments:

  • Newsletter/Updates Sign Ups
  • Customers
  • Previous Customers

Each one generally has a set email flow plus ad hoc emails for news, releases, feature announcements. In the past, the idea of segmenting beyond this point usually encountered two issues: extra work to create and maintain segments and whether there’s any incremental benefit.

Both of these questions are easily resolved as modern email marketing programs have built in tools to help manage extra lists and there is absolutely a better return when you can right size your customer messaging, especially for upsells and reactivations.


A/B is something many organizations strive to implement but often fail to do so in a meaningful way.

Often an organization runs a single test or maybe two and then runs out of ideas or internal willpower to continue refining messaging concepts. Often they believe they have gotten the low hanging fruit out of the way when in many cases results normalize over time and no appreciable gain is noticed.

If you’re not experimenting with basics like subject lines, taglines and main header images, your organization should really look into building a testing repository where ideas and results can be put side by side for all team members to access and contribute to.


There was a big push in the mid-2010s to implement 1:1 personalization and often at massive implementation costs.

However brands, even small 10 person companies, can implement there own level of personalization without breaking the bank. Adding personalization is both from a framework in thinking of how users are leveraging products and the practical application of setting up simple data rules and captures for things like abandoned carts, time since last interaction, products you may also like etc …

You don’t need a 6-7 figure software platform and there are a number of out of the box add-ons within platforms that can help brands do this quickly and effectively.

Better Triggers

One of the biggest improvements an organization can make is tying site interaction data to their email lists and developing flows based on it. Users often take 10-20 steps before completing an action and leveraging email as a soft nudge to get them to the next step can quickly pay dividends.

If you use Intercom or a similar technology, most of these actions can be plug and play … example existing user goes to a knowledge base article on price breaks for additional users -> triggers an email to user with a limited time discount coupon/deal.

You’ll want to work on trigger timing to make sure you avoid the creep factor of emailing someone while they are on the site but little steps like the one above can produce major revenue gains.

Rethink Customer Flows

The pandemic changed how we buy and think about the products and services in our lives. There’s a lot of value in going back to what infrastructure is in place and seeing if it makes sense for not only the current environment economically but the current environment overall.

Preferences, use cases, price sensitivity has all changed and companies need to adapt their email messaging flows accordingly.

Paid Media

How to Get Your Brand on Connected TV

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Connected TV is quickly becoming a powerful medium for brands to reach consumers and cut through banner blindness with powerful targeted and contextual ads. Developing a successful Connected TV strategy requires thinking critically about your audience and creative strategy and when done well can produce incredible results.

Getting Your Brand on Connected TV

There are two ways to get on Connected TV platforms. The first is to use a programmatic agency that already has layered platform and audience data and becomes a plug and play solution where you just add creative and tracking. The second is to work with the platforms directly either doing a massive buy schedule or using their self-serve platforms.

I would encourage brands that do not have in house media buying teams to leverage a programmatic network. That’s going to take out a lot of headaches and frustration in terms of initial setup and what you’re paying in terms of pass through markup given the relatively high CPMs (see below) is fairly minimal on a percentage basis.

For brands with a dedicated media team, especially one that aligns really well with your audience prospecting team, being able to fine tune every campaign aspect and negotiate with platforms themselves definitely provides a compelling case for brands.

How Expensive is Connected TV?

CPMs for Connected TV are significantly higher than what you’ll see on social media and programmatic display networks. Whereas programmatic CPMs can be in the $6-8 range, Connected TV is usually around $50 CPM. Thus you really need to focus on your data as soon as ads begin to show to ensure you aren’t wasting spend with poor messaging or poor placements/advertiser matches.

Given the High CPMs, it may not be the best fit for brands with low price, low margin products as the CAC will generally be higher than other channels. However for higher priced, higher margin products, you’ll find CAC can be below other channels by as much as 10-15%.

How Powerful is Connected TV?

CTV is really powerful because users are beginning to develop blindness on different social ad networks. They can spot ads, influencers and paid promotion a mile away and scroll right past it whereas CTV is still new and when you catch someone at a pause point where they’re invested in what they’re consuming, they will watch and pay attention to the ad.

Furthermore CTV has really taken off post-Covid and given how the medium has splintered and how many platforms are introducing ad supported versions of their product, impression and engagement opportunities are everywhere.

In early testing with our brands, we’ve seen just how powerful this effect can be and if your brand is looking to expand to CTV and needs help developing a custom media strategy, there are a number of agencies that specialize in CTV media plans.

Analytics CRO

3 Easy Ways to Improve Your Site’s Conversion Rate

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Your site’s conversion rate can make or break your ability to generate sales and leads online. Site owners often spend countless hours, utilizing numerous A/B testing tools, to try and come up with the perfect headline, call to action and button color only to see their work result in very minor improvements.

Creating statistically significant improvements in conversion rate is more than just testing a red button vs an orange button, it’s making foundational changes to user experience that drive meaningful results. Here’s 3 ways you can quickly see massive conversion rate gains on your site with minimal work involved:

Shorten the Checkout

Many sites still use a multi-page checkout experience flow like this example

  • Account creation
  • Shipping
  • Payment
  • Review
  • Confirmation

Each one of these steps allows a user to leave for a variety of reasons and marketers have been obsessed with trying to plug leaks between each step vs taking a step back and trying to simplify the checkout experience.

First of all review pages shouldn’t need to exist, a review process (verifying name, shipping, addresses, amounts) should be within the checkout UI vs a dedicated page.

Second newer iterations of some of the world’s most popular carts have the ability to conduct the process within a single screen. In my experience, moving from a multi-page funnel into a single page can improve checkout rates by 25-50 basis points.

Add Payment Methods

We live in a world where people utilize Apple Pay, Amazon Pay, Paypal and a host of other services to regularly conduct transactions and sites that let users leverage 3rd payment systems have an immediate advantage over their competitors.

Often the pushback we here from merchants when looking at 3rd party payment platforms is the swipe fee. These can be 25-40 basis points higher than their negotiated merchant processing rates and while this is important to factor from a margin perspective, consider the incremental revenue generated that would have otherwise gone elsewhere especially for people trying to checkout on mobile devices.

Furthermore adding payment installment providers like Affirm can generate significantly better checkout rates on higher AOV carts especially if your brand sells items that tend to skew toward younger demographics.

Give Options

With the first two recommendations we’ve focused heavily on the cart experience and now I want to focus on the product experience. The most common dead end on a retail site is a product being out of stock and for most sites the response is to provide an input allowing users to be notified when a product is back in stock.

That is by far the worst product experience you can provide because by the time you notify someone, if at all, that their product has been restocked, the momentum to drive a conversion is often gone and your happy to let you know email ends up in the trash.

A product being out of stock should be viewed as an opportunity rather than a liability. Consider carousels with substitute goods that are bought in place of that item, additional configurations of quantity and amount and what else users who view/purchase the product tend to buy.

Don’t let an out of stock product create a u-turn for your visitor. Instead use it and embrace it as a retailing opportunity.


Avoiding One Size Fits All for Email

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Email should be every brand’s highest performing channel but often brands struggle with how they can extract value without overwhelming their subscribers. In this post I’ll show you how to design email segment strategies that will perform well without overloading and alienating your audience.

Why Did They Subscribe?

This is the fundamental question that will drive your email marketing flow. Most sites have three sign up points, newsletter, promo and checkout and often they make the mistake of assuming consumers on all three lists want the same outcomes.

Newsletter / Signaling Signups – These customers aren’t ready to buy but want to be kept in the loop so that later on when conditions are more favorable, they may turn from subscriber to buyer

Email for Promo Code Signups – These signups are often the most fickle because the motivation for signing up is strictly a financial incentive for the end user

Checkout Opt-In – Web consumers at this point implicitly expect that they’ll be added to a marketing email list after they purchase and in our experience, even when checkout funnels have clear opt outs, if a brand has a strong enough value proposition people will often consent.

The first mistake outside of a basic post order flow is that many companies send the same exact emails to each list instead of meeting consumers where they are and designing campaigns around them.

What Do They Want in the Relationship?

Referring back to these core groups, we need to understand what they would be looking to get out of subscribing and staying engaged.

Newsletter signups will definitely need nurturing in addition to product announcements, use cases and upgrades to feel confident they are making the right decision when they’re ready to buy

Promo code subscribers will likely respond well to offers, closeouts and deals and aren’t going to want to click on emails detailing minor edits and holiday announcements.

Checkout opt-in subscribers will want post purchase nurturing of how-to guides, enhancements and with the right mix of both can easily be upsold both for deals/promo and new releases.

Flow Design

Each intent should have it’s own flow with very few emails being sent to subscribers on all three lists.

Pre-Purchase Subscribers

  • Nurture Flows
  • Use Cases
  • News/Enhancements/Launches

Enhancements / Launches

  • Promo Subscribers
  • Deals and discounts
  • Value Add

Checkout Subscribers

  • Next Steps
  • Use Cases
  • Pertinent Updates
  • Enhancements/Launches

This is just a 101 level article. For ways to really dive deep into email, follow this space.


My Favorite Changes in Google Analytics 4

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Google Analytics 4 provides businesses with a fresh interface and new metrics with which to view their performance.  It’s a major change that’s been years in the making and we’re highlighting some of the new enhancements in GA4 that solve common reporting problems and provide additional insights to marketers.

The End of Bounce Rates

Bounce rate has been a core KPI for many businesses but the metric and thinking behind it was long overdue for change. The classical definition of bounce rate is how many people landed on your site but didn’t advance to another page.

It was supposed to be a barometer for both traffic and landing page quality but often reporting around it had to be filled with caveats because a high bounce rate does not always mean a poor performing page. If someone lands on your site and clicks to call or successfully fills out a form that doesn’t take them to a confirmation page, in both instances the bounce rate would be 100% even though you had conversions in each example.

Because of this brands began to use it as a directional metric that when layered with conversion rate by page was a better metric set. In GA4, bounce rate is replaced with engagement rate which takes into account actions on page and provides a measure of true engagement not based on page progression.

Events by Default

In the old version of Google Analytics, if you wanted to track events (button clicks, video plays, tab clicks) you had to add special code to the site that would fire whenever a user took an action. For sites with content areas that varied significantly between pages, implementing full event tracking was a nightmare for marketing and development teams.

The new GA4 can automatically track and standardize events eliminating the arduous work of setup under Universal Analytics. Marketers can still append custom parameters to each one if they need additional context but the days of page by page div implementation is now over.

Native Cross Domain Tracking

Another obstacle for marketers involved measuring ROI among campaigns that could include multiple domains. For instance if a client has their own careers site as well as a careers page on their main corporate site … measuring an ad click to one that resulted in a conversion on the other was difficult to implement and track.

GA4 can now track activity among multiple related domains which will help marketers truly measure their efforts among the entire brand spectrum. The days of caveating reporting to try and account for accretive conversions from other sites/campaigns are now a thing of the past.

Get Started Today

If your business has yet to migrate to GA4, you need to get that setup soon so that you don’t lose year over year data. There are a number of guides to get started as well as agencies that can implement it on your behalf.