4 Simple Email Tips from Cooks of Crocus Hill
Cooks of Crocus Hill, a culinary shop based in St. Paul, MN, teaches their customers about the simple joys of cooking with the right utensils. They serve up cooking classes throughout the year and use AWeber to announce them with perfectly plated emails.
We were really impressed with the strength and simplicity of Cooks of Crocus Hill’s visual branding in their email campaign. They’ve also achieved some killer open rates and very few unsubscribes. So we caught up with their web developer, Brad Renner, who shared their secret recipe for email marketing success. Their key ingredient is simplicity.
Keep Your Design Simple
The first thing we noticed about Cooks of Crocus Hill’s campaign is how beautiful their emails are. Take a look at a recent broadcast:
Their design is very simple – their logo, a headline, three images and a colored block of text. But their clean design is visually appealing, proof that you don’t need a lot of complicated graphics to compose an appealing message.
Cooks of Crocus Hill saves time by using the same template for all of their broadcast messages. “The template is designed to ensure reinforcement of our brand,” says Brad. Their brand relies on quality photographs of their products and classes and their current template complements their current site design, even down to the fonts they choose.
Keep Your Content Simple
Cooks of Crocus Hill believes that “less is more” when it comes to information shared in a broadcast message.
They keep their text simple and to the point, so subscribers receive valuable information in a visually appealing message that doesn’t take a lot of time to read. “We try not to overwhelm our customers with unnecessary information,” Brad told us. And for Cooks of Crocus Hill, it works.
Their open rates are consistently over 40% and their unsubscribe rate is incredibly low at only one or two subscribers per month. Their customers enjoy opening and engaging with the easily digestible emails that Cooks of Crocus Hill sends.
Keep Your Sign Ups Simple
“Sometimes it feels like companies will do anything to get customers to register for their emails,” Brad told us when we asked about Cooks of Crocus Hill’s list building techniques. “How many of those customers were just forced or tricked into signing up only to unsubscribe after the first email?”
That’s why Cooks of Crocus Hill takes a “hands-off” approach to list building. “For us it’s important that the subscribers we have really do want to receive email communications from us,” explains Brad. They do collect email addresses from their customers in the store, but they focus the most attention on gaining subscribers through the sign up form on their web site.
Keep Your Customers Satisfied
When we asked Brad which campaign reports he paid the closest attention to, he said that the unsubscribe rate is most important. Like we mentioned above, Cooks of Crocus Hill has a very low unsubscribe rate. And to make sure that number stays low, Brad likes to look back over their best performing emails to keep their campaign tailored to their customers’ needs and interests.
The closer you pay attention to what your customers want in your emails, the more they’ll want to engage with the messages you send. Learn from your own campaign – like Cooks of Crocus Hill does – to keep your customers opening and clicking.
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