[ContentMarketingInstitute] How to Deal With Email Unsubscribes

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On this subject, here is an article about Unsubscribes: You send a well-designed email with a meaningful subject line, follow all the best practices, and somebody still clicks on unsubscribe — the worst nightmare for any email marketer. While you cannot have a zero unsubscribe rate, you can mitigate your unsubscribes. A good unsubscribe rate is less than 0.5% (0.2% is within the norm). An unsubscribe rate above 0.5% indicates you need to work on the issue.

Negative and positive reasons for unsubscribes

According to MarketingSherpa, the top reason why your audience unsubscribes from emails is that they get bombarded with them from many sources. Receiving irrelevant emails was the second most frequent response, while volume of emails from the company was the third most cited reason.

Unsubscribes mean a higher customer churn rate, disengaged readers, and a drop in the conversion rate, but it’s not all doom and gloom.

Now, let’s look at three benefits of unsubscribes.

  • You maintain your sender reputation. An unsubscribe indicates the subscriber chose not to hear from you without reporting your email as spam.
  • You can find out why people unsubscribe. Direct your unsubscribe requests to a preference center and let the person select what he or she wants to unsubscribe from.

Here’s an example of Travelocity’s preference center:

You can also seek feedback from customers regarding why they’re unsubscribing from your emails by offering a drop-down menu of options (though don’t require them to give a reason to unsubscribe).

This information can help with an email marketing audit. It also acts as a motivator to create more relevant emails.

  • Your list contains only qualified contacts. Unsubscribes can be like bitter medicine. Your unsubscribes include prospects who are not that interested in your products or services. Therefore, your list is higher quality when they go. After all, you’re paying a price for every email you send. Why not send it only to the qualified prospects?

How to minimize unsubscribes

While unsubscribes have some benefits, your goal likely still is to reduce the number of recipients who opt out. Here are some ways to do that.

Segment your list

Segment your subscriber list based on relevant parameters like age, gender, educational qualification, job designation, purchase history, and pages browsed. Segmentation helps you to send tailor-made emails according to the preferences of the subscriber. That personalization reduces the likelihood the recipient will think of the emails as irrelevant to them.

TIP: Send personalized offers that give a feeling of exclusivity to the subscribers and make them feel special.

Map the content to the buyer’s journey

When it comes to email marketing, knowing your buyer’s journey is half the battle. Gather subscriber information through lead-nurturing campaigns and use it to map the content based on their buying patterns.

TIP: Use an Excel spreadsheet to sort out this information and draft the right content for the most relevant segments. 

Keep a watch on the number of emails

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