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Using Preheaders Effectively in Your Email Campaigns


What is an email preheader?

A preheader is a small section that appears at the top of your email, above your message content.

A lot of companies use a call to action in pre-headers in their email marketing campaigns to encourage recipients to open and read their emails – so how can you effectively use pre-headers in your campaigns?

Below we’ve outlined email preheader best practices to improve your campaigns:

1. Include an online version link of the email

If people cannot see the full email via their mobile device, give them the option to view it on a webpage to encourage them to click through the email and see what you have to say.

Clicking a link

2. Deliver a punchy compelling summary of the email to get subscribers to open the email

People are busy. Many people scan emails rather than read them top-to-bottom, and many use Gmail-style text snippets or their email program’s preview pane to determine which emails to read. It needs to be a short and sweet summary that the recipient can quickly glance at. Giving people an overview of why they should read your email can increase the odds that they’ll actually do so.

3. The proper placement

The marketing preheader should be in the top left of the email. Your functional preheader text (such as add to address book, unsubscribe, forward to a friend) should be in the top right corner.

Typing an email

4. Character count

Be aware of the length of the preheader text that will be displayed in the inbox preview. This length varies depending on the ISP. iPhone’s display about 140 characters (in the vertical view) regardless of subject length. Gmail shows about 100 characters for the subject line (this number can vary based on the screen size). Some ISP’s like Hotmail don’t show any.

Try to focus on only a few of the above for campaigns, also do A/B testing to see what works best to your recipients. 

Creating More Effective Campaigns

There is certainly more that goes into a successful email marketing strategy but preheaders are one area where small changes can make a big difference. Ready to get started? Take it slow. Try to focus on only a few of the above for your campaigns. Additionally, try A/B testing to see what works best for your recipients.

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