How To Build An Effective Welcome Series
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Automated welcome workflows are the best way to start the relationship with news users on the right foot. Here is a hands-on tutorial and 4 great examples from real-life brands.
Numbers couldn’t be clearer: a Welcome Series is an exceptional tool for improving a user’s first impression and laying the first brick for a lasting relationship.
- 74.4% of consumers expect a welcome email when they subscribe. [source]
- People that read at least one welcome message read more than 40% of their messages from the sending brand during the following 180 days. [source]
- Welcome emails have 320% more revenue per email than other promotional emails. [source]
- The average open rate for welcome emails is 50% — 86% more effective than email newsletters. [source]
The absolute minimum is, of course, setting up a single welcome email. Setting up a welcome series, however, lets you get a lot more out of the period that is normally referred to as the “honeymoon” with the user: the first week/ten days, when the user is much more open and receptive to brand communications.
How to build a Welcome Series with MailUp
Step 1. Create a new workflow
In your platform, go to Automation > Workflows > New workflow, and select Welcome Series.
Step 2. Enable the welcome email
The welcome email must be enabled. Click on the pop-up to be taken directly to the relevant section, where you will have to click on Enable welcome email. When the flag is green, click on Create a workflow.
Step 3. Set the workflow settings
You can set basic workflow settings here (such as name, sender address, and reply address) and the time lapse for triggering the flow itself. Then click on Next.
Step 4. Choose the messages and define the workflow’s structure
This is where you build the actual workflow: select the messages (email and/or SMS) to use, define the waiting time between sending one and the other, and set the conditions for the next sending.
Step 5. Set the sending conditions
Apply the workflow to filters or groups, enable date and time restrictions, and apply exceptions. The workflow is ready! Click on Next.
Step 6. Enable the workflow
Click on Next to make the flow operational, then click on Save to complete the operation. Done!
What *not* to do
A Welcome Series offers such an interesting opportunity that it is hard to believe that some brands choose not to use it. Yet even today, way too many small and large companies send confirmation emails that are similar to the one below.
What is intrinsically wrong with this email? Nothing, it actually does what it’s meant to do: it notifies the user that they have correctly subscribed to the newsletter. That’s is.
Yet it is a huge waste of potential: why not communicate something that is actually valuable to the user? Let’s look at it in more detail:
- Thank-you message. OK, that’s all right.
- Credentials reminder. This makes sense if you’re signing people up for a reserved area or a password-protected service (because they might eventually need to recover this information), but for a newsletter it’s really not necessary.
- CTA button. The only interaction the user can have with this email is nothing less than to unsubscribe. It’s basically a slam dunk. Being straightforward and transparent about opt-out options is OK – but here it would be much better to link your website or something else interesting.
In short, there is a lot of room for improvement. The best idea is to create a welcome series that resembles the way we introduce ourselves to people we have just met: a series of emails that tells something about your brand, puts it in an interesting and intriguing light, and makes the user want to continue the conversation and learn more.
In this post we outlined the psychological drivers that trigger positive reactions in every consumer, and explained how to exploit them in the various episodes of an automatic welcome campaign. Today we’ll address the practical side of the question, breaking down 5 Welcome Series from real-life brands.
4 Great Examples for Welcome Series
- Day 0. So Nice To Meet You!
- Day 2. A Free Gift (‘Cause It’s Glow Time)
- Day 9. Want a Free Birchbox with That?
- Day 0. Welcome to Adidas!
- Day 1. Welcome to our team.
- Day 0. REI Welcomes You With 15% Off
- Day 2. Check Out What REI Has to Offer
- Day 3. Love REI?
- Day 0. Welcome! Enjoy $10 off $30
- Day 3. Find Your Cup of Tea
- Day 5. Brewing Made Easy
10 Email Design tips for the Welcome Series
To finish off, here are 10 Email Design tips to guarantee that your messages will be effective, well-made, and have optimal potential.
- Remain ever-faithful to your brand’s visual identity
- Use each email to highlight one type of content
- Limit the amount of text in the email: make it simple, light, and easy to read
- Choose an opening image that can’t be ignored
- Try a “postcard” style email featuring a CTA button
- Highlight the benefits of having subscribed with a numbered list (as long as it is graphic and original)
- Emphasize any special promotions with a larger font and centered text
- Separate the different calls-to-action visually within the body of the email
- Try to alternate commercial and editorial content to remain constantly interesting
- Mix a high-impact photo with clear browsing and a discount coupon to entice the user to visit your site
Are you ready to set up a welcome series? Activate your free trial now!