Five tests to make your fundraising emails smarter

As this post at My Emma blog points out, The secret to email success isn’t luck. It’s knowledge. And knowledge comes from testing. Here are five very smart tests for your email program:

  • Test your subject lines.
  • Test your from name. (There’s no one right approach, so test various things.)
  • Test your send times.
  • Test your CTA buttons. (DONATE may be your best bet. Or may not.)
  • Test different types of content. (Short messages, long message, ask, no-ask, other kinds of engagement.)

Caveat: If your email list is smaller than 100,000, most tests you run will give you statistically insignificant results. “Ties” of a sort.


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2 responses to “Five tests to make your fundraising emails smarter”

  1. Any suggestions for testing a much smaller list? Say 2,000?
    BTW, thanks for your blog, podcast, and books. They have been a huge help, and we’ve seen real results.

  2. Any suggestions for testing a much smaller list? Say 2,000?
    BTW, thanks for your blog, podcast, and books. They have been a huge help, and we’ve seen real results.

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