Subject line secrets for fundraising

Here’s some interesting research on subject lines from Eloqua’s Chart of the Week.

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In this study:


  • Using a recipient’s name in the subject line improves open rate of email.
  • Using a recipient’s company name slightly decreases open rate.
  • Using other personalized information in the subject line improves it by nearly 10%.
  • An exclamation mark hurts, but only a little. Surprisingly little, given the alarmism of spam filters about exclamation points.

What might fundraisers do with this information?

Use donors’ names in subject lines now and then. Like Meet the kids you helped, DONORNAME

Find other things from your data to include. Like Homeless heat emergency in DONORCITY or Build a bridge from Africa to DONORSTREETNAME.

Thanks to the Be Relevant! Email Marketing Blog for the tip.


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2 responses to “Subject line secrets for fundraising”

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    J. Fonger

    Great info. Thanks for sharing. Now I need to figure out how to do this in Constant Contact.

  2. J. Fonger Avatar
    J. Fonger

    Great info. Thanks for sharing. Now I need to figure out how to do this in Constant Contact.

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