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It’s time to focus on the next big holiday coming up: Father’s Day Email Marketing (June 16 for 2019).
By some measures, Father’s Day isn’t as big as it could be. According to research from the National Retail Federation, Americans spent a total of $23.1 billion on Mother’s Day in 2018. Yet for Father’s Day, that figure reached just $15.3 billion. Similarly, NRF found that where 86% of Americans celebrate Mother’s Day, only 77% do the same for Father’s Day.
To help make a bigger splash for Dad this year, here are 15 ways you can use advanced real-time personalization experiences in your Father’s Day email marketing campaigns this year (or for any holiday)!
15 Tips for Using Real-Time Personalization in Father’s Day Campaigns
- Use a timer to count down to the big day. Actually, there are two recommendations here: First, you can use a timer to show exactly how much time is left before Father’s Day, or, you can be a little more creative by counting down to a special sale. Both create urgency and encourage shopping.
- Put important dates on the calendar. Similarly, you can use a calendar function to put a Father’s Day event on an official calendar or call attention to the final deadline when someone can buy a gift and still receive it in time. Make sure you include critical information and links directly in the meeting invite.
- Include shipping details in the email itself. Now, marketers can add tracking information directly with a order-confirmation email. This saves time and doesn’t require recipients to visit third-party shipping sites for that information. They’ll be impressed…and more likely to buy more!
- Engage them in a new way—a fun poll: Come up with a fun, creative way to ask a poll question. (Maybe“What type of gift don’t Dads like to get?”) Recipients can see the total responses in the email itself, or you can encourage them to visit a dedicated landing page complete with gifts any Dad would love.
- Get social. Personalize emails with images and updates from your company’s social media sites. For example, pull in images from last year’s Father’s Day celebrations or other events.
- Use real images to show great gift options. Offer website images based on their past interests and behaviors to make purchase decisions a no brainer.
- Combine images with personalization. Consider adding their first name or other personalization to become part of the image. It will definitely catch their attention and increase your credibility and allure.
- Use images with time-based targeting. This may take a creative approach but dream up an email campaign with different offers that expire, but only to reveal other attractive offer. For example, a restaurant could display different promotions related to Father’s Day breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and have the email dynamically change to show the most appropriate offer based on the time.
- Use images in creative new ways. If you have the data, you could offer gift recommendations from a wife, the kids, or anyone else in Dad’s life. Get creative!
- Reveal something special. Use our LiveReveal capability to build excitement around a special offer, discount or promotion. These emails always encourage action, whether recipients should scratch off an offer, open a gift, or click a spinning wheel. They’ll love the experience—and the ultimate “prize.”
- Animate your email! Use images as animated gifs to create interest and engagement.
- Take it up a notch with video.The idea of adding video in email still has a tough reputation—many marketers think it’s harder than it actually is—but embedding videos can make your email shine.
- Use slides to show range of products he may be interested in. Golf clubs, clothes, tools, sunglasses—all will look better in a dynamic slideshow view.
- Map it! You can use geo targeting to create a map to your store or special Father’s Day destination.
- Offer real-time information. If appealing, scrape real-time information off of your website, including updating pricing information or special promotions, and serve it all up in a personalized, meaningful way.
Finally, become an email personalization ninja by combining many of these real-time advanced email experiences into one campaign or customer experience. You’re bound to create memorable, engaging, simply-can’t-resist types of email experiences any father will appreciate.