News flash: email is still a valuable tool for marketers. Shocking, huh? I was skeptical too, especially considering the large quantity of marketing emails that I delete daily without even reading the subject lines. However, according to “surveys have found both US and global marketers [rate email as] the most effective digital marketing tactic and the one that delivers the best ROI.”

Whether you are a Marketing Director for a Fortune 100 company, or a public speaker promoting an upcoming presentation to a short list of email subscribers, it is vital to maximize the potential ROI of email marketing. The secret to successful email marketing is in the details. For example, subject line, timing, and frequency of emails all impact the success of an email marketing campaign.

Below are 33 tips to help your emails stand out in crowded inboxes, and generate the engagement that you need to achieve your marketing goals.

33 Email Marketing Tips, in 140 characters or less from Ethos3 | Presentation Design and Training

1. Start using marketing emails now. “Email reaches three times more people than Twitter and Facebook combined.” @Buffer

2. “Quit wasting people’s time. Only email when you have something truly valuable or helpful to say.” @HennekeD

3. Need inspiration for your next email? Use your social media metrics to identify your most popular content. @AWeber

4. Send skimmable emails. Write in short paragraphs. Use subheadings and visuals to break up blocks of text. @Forbes

5. Send mobile-friendly emails. 63% of US consumers delete emails that aren’t optimized for mobile. @MarketingCloud

6. Write subject lines to intrigue your mobile audience. 60% of email opens happen on mobile devices. @SproutSocial

7. Be brief.  Some mobile email servers show only 38 characters in the subject line. @CIOonline

8. The preheader, the “text that’s above the header image,” is viewable from the inbox. Use it wisely. @DJWaldow

9. Make sure your emails provide something of value. “Answer the “What’s in it for me?” (WIIFM) question.” @HuffPostBiz

10. Send special offers to your most loyal subscribers, the people who consistently open your emails. @AlexIvanovs

11. “A good rule of thumb is the more frequent your emails, the shorter they should be.” @CampaignerEmail

12. Design emails that are easy to read. Feature your logo, images, a clear CTA, and minimal content. @ConstantContact

13. Master CTAs. “Be clear and direct with your users, telling them exactly what you’d like them to do.” @VeroApp

14. Don’t be self-centered. Focus on your subscribers, not on yourself. “Use less ‘we’ and more ‘you.'” @MitchLapides

15. 3 phrases to avoid in your email subject lines: “Help, % off, and Reminder.” @Econsultancy

16. Simply put, email subject lines should “describe the subject of your email.” @MailChimp

17. Ask questions. As subject lines, questions typically perform better than statements. @LitmusApp

18. Don’t send overdo it. Typically, as marketers increase email frequency, subscriber engagement goes down. @DavidMoth

19. Learn from @Buffer; send personal emails. Share revenue goals, describe a failure, or tell a story. @MarketingLand

20. The first step for email marketing: define your audience. Then, determine the type of content they want. @MailChimp

21. Organize your list with audience segmentation tools. Deliver content that is customized for each segment. @EmmaEmail

22. Develop a system. With a process, you can spend more time being creative, and less time putting our fires. @HubSpot

23. Don’t send large files. The longer an email takes to load, the higher the bounce rate will be. @EntMagazine

24. Use a landing page. Your email content should lead to a landing page customized for email subscribers. @LalwaniVikas

25. Help. “If your emails no longer solve a problem, then your subscriber will no longer open them.” @EmailDelivered

26.  Keep your list organized. “Establish data de-duplication best-practices across departments/systems.” @MarketingProfs

27. To build your email list, offer an interesting and valuable incentive to signup for your emails. @KimanziC

28. Don’t only send emails when you need to sell. Schedule content-based emails to be sent consistently.  @KISSmetrics

29. Emails with “boring” subject lines perform better than subject lines that are “salesy” or too sensational. @TutsPlus

30. To find the best time to send emails, mine your data. Don’t have data yet? Send emails on weekend mornings. @KevanLee

31. Run A/B tests on emails to find the optimal CTA, subject line, design, personalization style, and more. @Unbounce

32. Avoid the inbox traffic jam.  Most marketers send emails on Thursdays at lunchtime; don’t send at this time. @ClickZ

33. Collect leads in Slideshare using LeadShare. Use a CTA to get email readers to view one of your decks. @Ethos3

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