Email Marketing: How a creative throwback helped Dell boost revenue 109%
Meeting customer expectations can be tough, but exceeding them consistently introduces a whole new set of challenges.
How do you build fresh excitement around a new product when customers have become comfortably numb?
This was the challenge facing Dave Sierk, Consumer & Small Business Email Strategist, Dell, who shared an interesting case study at MarketingSherpa Email Summit 2013 on Dell’s approach to tackling this problem for a new product’s launch.
In today’s MarketingSherpa Blog post, let’s take a look at the throwback creative Dave and his team used to effectively communicate value.
Expectations on autopilot are tough to disrupt
Dell launches a few products a year, and as you would expect, most of them are laptops.
When the team prepared to launch the XPS 12 Convertible Ultrabook, a laptop that can transform from a laptop to a tablet, they realized communicating the new product’s value effectively would prove a little tricky.
Text and images don’t always cut it
How do you communicate that aspect through an email using text or images?
Image stills do not fully deliver the product’s fluid range of motion, and a wall of descriptive text telling customers about it is not very appealing either.
Let’s not forget an even bigger problem …
While the laptop’s motion could be demonstrated at a brick-and-mortar store, the gap in effectively demonstrating the product online would remain unsolved.
A blast from the past emerges as a solution
The team decided to use a GIF to illustrate the product’s full range of motion in the email campaign. Another advantage of using this throwback to the 90s was that the GIF solved the problem of showing online users how the product worked.
“It’s a great way for a customer to get a full understanding of how that product is going to work in their hands,” Dave said.
Delivering value to the inbox is why customers buy from you
After Dell compared the campaign’s performance against internal benchmarks, it proved a success. Dave’s team increased conversion 103% and boosted revenue 109%.
This example also serves as a reminder as to why capturing and delivering a value proposition is vital to your email efforts versus just plugging a few product images and text in an email and hoping for the best.
You have to go beyond just sharing what something is with customers and show them why it’s the ideal solution for them.
To learn more about this campaign and other inspirational and transferable takeaways from Email Summit 2014, check out the on-demand replay of “Email Summit 2014: Top takeaways from award-winning campaigns.”
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