From a consumer experience perspective, I will use a magazine publication as an example. When I walk into a book or convenience store, there are hundreds of publications on the magazine wall. I have an affinity towards hybrid/electric automobiles and on the cover of Car and Driver there is feature on the Tesla electric powered Roadster which draws my attention. I open the magazine to the table of contents. The teaser in the table of contents further generates interest on the topic and directs me to the article. I flip the pages to the article to only find a half-page article on the Tesla Roadster in a 200-page magazine!? Let's just say the promise of the feature call-out on the magazines cover was not fulfilled, resulting in a poor experience. The next time I see a Car and Driver publication, even if it has a cover feature that I have an affinity towards, I may think twice about browsing the magazine based on my previous experience.
Consumer Experience: Email Marketing vs. Magazine Publication
Email Subject Line > Magazine Cover Call-out
Email Content > Magazine Table of Contents (Teaser Content)
Website Content > Magazine Article
So what does this mean for your email program? You can do all the subject line testing you want but if you do not follow through on relevant email content and web experience to fulfil your brands promise, you can expect a decline in engagement with your email communications further down the email relationship lifecycle.
Fulfill your brand's promise!
1) Does the "from address" reflect the brand communication the consumer signed up for?
2) Is the subject line relevant and does it align with the email and website content?
3) Does the email content fulfil the "promise" of the subject line?
4) Does the website content deliver on the value proposition that your subject line and email content "promised"?
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