Last updated on October 2, 2017 - My Free Marketing newsletter 👀
Before I show you how to get 30% more opens, let me prove something.
What’s your normal email open rate?
You may think you have an insanely good open-rate on your emails but...
50%+ of the people ARE NOT OPENING your emails.
Why work so hard if only 1 out of every 2 people open your emails?
That’s like you going to the bank, giving them $10 and they always give you back a $5.
So, here’s how to increase your email open rates by an additional 30% at least.
I call it Double-Opens!
Last week I emailed out on SumoMe how to 10x your email conversions.
Here’s how the open rates looked:
71% of people didn’t open the email which you KNOW hurts my feelings. #sadnoah
How many people are NOT opening your emails? I’m guessing it’s similar.
So I did what Neal from Easybib taught me at an exclusive marketing meetup and it got me 30% more opens!
Step 1. Take the SAME email you sent and CHANGE the subject line to something new
Step 2. Email it out a week later JUST TO YOUR NON-OPENS
The results speak for themselves:
11% more total opens so far which is 30%+ more opens than if I did nothing.
1 minute of work = 7,028 more people read my email.
I’ll let the wantrepreneurs of the world spend 80 hours on writing their business plans, while I grab more people and make more sales with this one little tweak.
Your 1 minute homework: If you’ve sent an email to your list in the last 4 weeks. Go into your email software, and re-send to the un-opened subscribers.
Then tweet at me: "Wowza! This worked. So Simple. I got [##%] open rate on my resend."
And if you want more email marketing tips to grow your list and your business, check out the 3 biggest marketing strategies from the founder of Mad Mimi.
P.S. If you DON’T have a 1 million+ email list already, then installing SumoMe on your site right now is by far the lowest hanging fruit you can do. Two minutes of work = should 2-4x your daily email subscribers!
Doesn't this hurt deliverability if you're resending an email to people who didn't open it the first time?
Awesome tip. My open rate increased by 51% and my click rate increased by 40%. I will do this for every campaign going forward 🙂
Thanks! I tried to send the same email this morning.. Waiting for the results 🙂
Great post Noah! How many times can you continuously do this to the same group of unopened? The group will dwindle each time as more people open the email but where do you draw the line and say it's not longer worth the time?
Thanks for sharing this, Noah. In most cases I do the same, but I had clients who refused to implement this strategy because they thought those who didn't open the email in the first phase weren't interested at all. Well, some of them probably weren't interested but for others maybe it was just a bad moment, or maybe they had too many emails and newsletters in their inbox and preferred to delete everything that wasn't actually urgent. But it's wrong to assume they weren't interested at all if it's just one email they didn't open. So yes, I think this method should be used more often, and as other commenters have said, in lots of cases simplifying is the best solution.
Tried this for the first time yesterday... Original email got 55% open-rate (I have only 450subs so openrates are higher) and the second one got 31.9.
Thanks for this great simple tip.
Great tip! I'll use it asap! PS. I use SumoMe but it's sooooo buggy for me! My readers complain that they always get the "Houston, we have a problem" message lol
I ALWAYS open your emails Noah.
Lol, that's actually brilliant, great tip! Although for me, I'm still using mailchimp, I wonder if I can track all the people who opened? -probably not.
Another factor may prove this is worth doing is that people might be away from their offices (on vacation or on business). When they are confronted with larger numbers of emails when they finally sit down to go through them may tend to skip over the less critical emails. So having another go at sending the same message or slightly different message may arrive at a less stressful moment in time.
Does this not cause spam blocking, despite subject change, in email filters? Let me know.
How did I not think of this earlier..
Yeah! Nice Idea. Most of the time, it is the subject line which helps in deciding whether to open an email or not. 🙂
So simple it hurts! I think that it should be part of the plan for any marketer. Also the platforms who deliver these campaigns and other providers ie MailChimp or Campaign Monitor etc should offer this service as a real feature which would set them apart.
So there a way to inject this into an established sequence on Aweber.
As it stands, if drop in a new message (let's say... between already established message 5 and 6), this would cause subscribers to be resent all the messages again below the new inserted message wouldn't it?
This sounds awesome! I'm going to give it a shot but just thought it would be great if you could just create a duplicate in your automatic sequence so it could run on autopilot.
Hit me up Noah!
Hey Noah, this is an interesting way to increase email open rates. I've shared this article.
Just wondering how you think this would compare to just following up on the previous email. Do you think you'd get a lower, same or higher open rate?
I love this trick, simplest idea is the best. THX
Nice blog Noah! For whatever reason I do not get new subscribers very often unless I ask people to visit my site. I have $0 budget to advertise to people to go visit my site! So hopefully I'll find more free advice and tacos that help!
I love using SumoMe for one simple reason- IT WORKS. It works really well even compared to other paid products. And the additional functionality is also useful.
@noah- Can you give some tips for growing a new internet marketing blog's traffic? What are the optimal strategies for new blogs to grow the traffic?
Never thought of this method. Simple and something that is easy to do. Let me try that and will update the same soon.
Email marketing has been part of my campaign and yes, I'm not really sure about my email's open rate. So I am hoping that this post of yours will be of great help not just to me but to other brands who have been using email marketing the wrong way.
Jon Morrow has been talking about this for a long time and that's where I picked it up from him. I've KNOWN about it, but I have only done it a few times. Yes, it does work. But the problem comes when you already have a content schedule that's pretty beefy that's sending 3 emails per week. So if you send an email on Monday...70% doesn't open it...but you've got emails coming to them on Wed. and Friday this week. But you also have 3 new emails coming to them NEXT week, too. There's really no where to squeeze that email back in. Otherwise, you're going to be sending out emails 5 days a week. OR....you're going to have to spend time figuring out who you emailed and when. It gets too confusing. This is only realistic if you're sending 1 email (maybe 2) per week. More than that and you're spamming people, I think. (At least, that's how I feel).
Would love to know your thoughts on that.
This is an amazing tip, Noah... I will try it on one of my tutorials site and excited to see the results!
Having sent over 269,000 emails in 3 years with an open rate of 19 to 46% average it depends on the offer. If your email isn't compelling, relevant, educational and/or entertaining, no one will respond. Kinda depends are you dealing with consumers or businesses. Blindly pounding the same content rarely fools the highly interested, but it is true you have to send something 4-7 times for success. There is no easy button, and calling with an email will increase your odds. Match emails with Olark.com since many emails are opened and toast in less than 15 mins.
This is a great strategy. I've been using it for years in a few of separate niche's with lists that are much smaller. Only thing I do differently is send it out 2-3 days after the original mailing (as apposed to the week you suggested).
Wow, Such a Simple trick and never get into my mid. Thanks for sharing. I am going to Try it.
Great tips. Subject line testing is important.
Hahaha Noah, love the Double Double expression 😀 . Great job
This is a great idea , Noah, Thanks for sharing it!
This is really interesting,
Most times, this is one of those little but important things we usually devalue not knowing that they can create a very tremendous impacts on our business.
Any thoughts on the impact on the very many people who did open it, but where your email system didn't register the open (e.g. images switched off or reading the email in the preview pane as very many people do).
My gut feel is that this strategy annoys some of your best subscribers (the ones that open first time, but where the open didn't register) in order to get more opens from your worst subscribers (the ones who don't open first time) so I'm ambivalent.
Using same Email I sent for non-opens is good idea. But partially its content is not properly operate, non-opens will be having a problem.
Taco- Man! What about the subject line, do you vary that one reesending the mail? Kebab-Man.
And to think I was going to talk to sonmoee in person about this.
This wetsibe makes things hella easy.
mine is just 10% CTR
Wow Noah, What a cool trick! Thanks tons 🙂
I had a similar experience to Omar.
Was averaging a 45% open rate with 25% clickthrough. I tried this strategy, and I got 27% more opens but my next campaign dropped to 33% opens and 7% click-throughs.
I even reworded the re-send. I wonder what the deal is.
Just wanted to update this: I switched over to ConvertKit and their resend option didn't negatively affect my open rates like it did with Mailchimp.
This is a great idea Noah, thanks!
thanks for sharing Good tips noah, Now i spent 1 minute for make better email headlines 😉
This is a great idea Noah, But...
since I started doing this I noticed a huge decrease in my email open rate, from 30% to 20% open rate.
Maybe it's due to the fact that ISP see this a spam?
(sending the same E-mail twice)
This is a great idea, Noah. Thanks for sharing it!
What effect does this have on your unsubscribe rate? I always worry about email fatigue.
If you wanna make quantity then you'll have to worry about your unsuscribre rate.
If you wanna make quality, you'll never mind.
If people wanna unsuscribe after my second mail to increase the open rate, no problemo.
I rather have less people suscribed and more readers, than less readers and more suscribed.
I also worry about the email fatigue. A good open rate means means a good reflection on you, but a bad email is a bad reflection on your company. I don't think it's worth gaining 10 opens for one unsub.
Matt, I've been doing this for about 6 months and I don't see any more unsubscribes or complaints than normal. I don't do it for every email I send, but maybe a quarter of the time.
Sometimes the simplest idea is the best. This is a good example of slap on the side of the head good idea.
Awesome tip, Noah. Love this idea. Why have I not been doing this already?
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