Try crazy subject lines to get your emails opened

Its hard to get your emails open. One thing worth trying: truly unusually subject lines, as described at My Emma: 3 risky tactics to try in your next email.

Risky? Maybe. But how much more risky than getting the same old low open rates?

  1. Use a wacky subject line. (Don’t even try to be relevant. Just be weird. You make break through the clutter.)
  2. Be vague — very vague.
  3. Change your “from” name. (Make is a person’s name. Or even use it to reinforce the message, as in, savethebats@organization.org.)


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The future of fundraising is not about social media, online video, or SEM. It’s not about any technology, medium, or technique. It’s about donors. If you need to raise funds from donors, you need to study them, respect them, and build everything you do around them. And the future? It’s already here. More.

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