How to quickly learn which e-mail copy and creative points may be suppressing response.
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You aren't looking at a local weather map or an old-fashion sonogram. It's an eyetracking heatmap for an email. With this one image, I can tell what copy and creative people are looking at and reading. More important, I can quickly understand which copy and creative points could be suppressing response. According to my latest findings, about 60 percent of people who read an email only see or read 50 percent of the message.
It's vital, then, to ensure the part of the message that is read is clear, action-oriented, and powerful and drives response.
What Is Heatmapping?
Heatmapping isn't the newest whiz-bang email technology. It's inexpensive and quick to do. And works on more than email.
A few months ago, I was introduced to heatmapping by Eyetools. As a director of email marketing practice, I constantly search for new technologies, innovative email applications, and ways to optimize our email marketing process. Like you, I'm always challenged and restricted by email realities. Things like the wait for IT resources, lack of ability to integrate with homegrown systems, and funding challenges. I get really excited when I find something that can be implemented in a virtually barrier-free manner and can drive return on investment (ROI). This time, it's heatmapping.
Heatmapping records where people look at a specific document, how much time they spend looking at a particular element, and the order in which they look at the items. Eye tracking (how Eyetools generates its signature heatmaps) is a simple, effective process.
Six Reasons Why I Like Heatmapping
I've used heatmapping for a number of clients, both business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-consumer (B2C). Each time, the findings drive increased response. Here are the top reasons I remain a fan:
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Though heatmapping doesn't displace the fundamentals of effective email marketing, it is a phenomenal way to glean insights and validate best practices. In many cases, when our clients and account teams see the heatmaps, they see clearly how "common sense" the corrective actions can be. Without heatmaps, we often overlook common sense. Such failures can result in suboptimal response.
Some exciting learnings identified from recent heatmapping tests:
If you have questions about heatmapping or learnings for a specific scenario, send them to me. If there's interest, I'll share answers in the next column.
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Jeanniey Mullen is the vice president of marketing at NOOK by Barnes and Noble, focused on business growth and customer acquisition.
Prior to her role at NOOKTM Jeanniey launched a wearables fashion technology company called Ringblingz. Before getting into the wearables business, Jeanniey was the chief marketing officer (CMO) of Zinio, where she grew the business by more than 427 percent, into one of the largest global digital newsstands. Other notable roles in her career include her involvement as the executive director and senior partner at OgilvyOne, where she led the digital Dialogue business and worked with Fortune 50 brands including IBM, Unilever, and American Express, and being a general manager at Grey Direct. At Grey Direct Jeanniey launched the first email marketing division of a global advertising agency. Prior to her time in advertising, Jeanniey spent seven years in retail leading a variety of groups from Consumer Relations and Operations, to Collections and Digital at JCPenney.
One of Jeanniey's favorite times in her career was when she founded the Email Experience Council (which was acquired by the Direct Marketing Association). Jeanniey is a recognized "Women in Business," a frequent keynote speaker, and has authored three books and launched a number of companies ranging from entertainment to technology and fashion.
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