2. Segment Your Email Campaigns
Email list segmentation and personalized emailing were the most effective email strategies of 2017 according to DMA. It is still as effective today as it was in 2017.
Each prospect has different course interest as well could be at a different stage of enrolment as compared to the rest. So sending every prospective student the same mail doesn’t make sense. Not to mention the damage to the brand name.
For a great communication experience, it is wise that you segment prospects and emails into different groups. According to Emarketer, “39% of email marketers who segment their email lists see better open rates and 28% better email deliverability and more revenue.”
Some of the ways in which you can segment your audience –
By interests – Your college/institute might offer different types of courses and programs. Some students might be interested in an MBA, some might want to pursue the field of engineering. These are two different interests for which the same content doesn’t work.
By enrolment stage – Emails segmented as per the stage of enrolment. Different email campaigns should be set for prospects who have newly enquired, as compared to prospects who have filled out the form or those who have completed the admissions process. They all would want to see different information. Make sure you segment them accordingly.
By location – Segment emails differently for local students and students from different states. Questions may vary for students who are not local and need some more information about the locality of your institute.
Making use of a powerful and customised CRM automation software would help you make this process easier. With a CRM solution in place, you won’t have to make segments manually for certain tasks. For example, whenever a prospect student takes the next step in the enrolment process, your marketing team can update the information which will help them re-segment according to the next stage they are in.
3. Powerful Subject Line
The goal of every email is to give value to its audience. Your prospect receives a bunch of emails into their inbox on a daily basis. In order to make sure you do not get lost in that chaos it is important that you have a solid subject line. You can achieve this easily by running an A|B test on email campaigns with different subject lines to see what works best for you.
If some of the prospects from your segment lists are behind on filling out the application form, you can mention that straight away in your email subject line.
“Two days until deadline”, “Have you signed up for our XYZ program yet?”
This subject line gives them an idea about the importance of the mail. If they are really interested in taking admission in your institute, this email will help them speed up the process.
4. Keep it Short
Apart from the powerful subject lines, it is also important that you share unique and relevant content in the body copy. The content can be about the recent blogs you published, webinar news, upcoming events, links to videos and testimonials. The most important thing, when it comes to writing body copy is to keep it short and simple, it shouldn’t be all text, include some images, pdf, and videos to make it more engaging.
One more important thing to keep in mind is to write action based content which has important CTA’s. Prospects should take some action after they have gone through your email.