One of the most common questions/myths I run into is about email frequency. “How often should we send emails? We don’t want to bug people and have them unsubscribe…”
My answer is always the same: you’re asking the wrong question.
The question you should instead be focussing on is: How can we make our emails more relevant.
Although frequency is a factor, a much bigger factor is whether you are providing value to your readers. How can we know this? We can start by considering our own behaviours as a starting point.
I personally subscribe to a few email newsletters that are sent daily including:
- Morning Brew
- WHAT the AFF
- Stratechery (paid membership)
If frequency were the biggest issue, then there’s no way I or anyone else would stay subscribed. And yet these daily newsletters have hundreds of thousands of subscribers.
No, the reason I stay subscribed, is because the content is relevant. I look forward to reading them most days (admittedly some days I just don’t get to them, and they go unread – but I never unsubscribe).
That’s all well and good you say, but what about our own results?
Here’s an example from one of my wife’s sites – where we send a daily email update – take a look at that open rate:
We’ve been running this email campaign every day (even weekends) since March (ie just over 4 months) and the open rate is still very reasonable (at 42%).
What’s even more surprising, we started it as a test thinking hardly anyone would sign up (ie because it is a daily email). But it turns out that there’s a lot of interest and after some targeting testing we’re getting decent conversion rates using Facebook Lead Ads as well as a super simple landing page (take a look at how basic the sign up page is). Even the simple sign up page converts quite well (at 73%):
So, what are the takeaways from all this? A few things:
- Relevancy is crucial (far more so than frequency)
- Targeting your signup is important (good signup conversion rates are a good indicator of staying subscribed)
- You need to test constantly
- You don’t necessarily need a fancy signup page or slick design – but you must offer something relevant and useful to the specific audience