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Best website builder for 2021: Squarespace, Wix and more compared

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Whether you’re a small business owner, artist, photographer, writer or consultant, there’s a website builder out there for you — even if you don’t know how to code.

Well-known website builders such as WixWeebly och Squarespace make it easy for even a newbie to put together something polished in a relatively short time, even when they need advanced features like an e-commerce platform or email marketing. Gone are the days of needing to be a web developer with a lot of money, time and coding skills to create a simple website that looks professional.

Finding the best website builder depends on the website owners’ particular needs — the process can be overwhelming because there are so many choices from free website builder options for a simple website to e-commerce website builder platforms for a more complex business website. But the growth and complexity of the website building industry also means you have more choices than ever before, and you can easily find the best website builder tailored to your wants and needs.

It’s true that a few favorites have emerged — and those top website builder options are usually a good place to start — but even the front-runners aren’t ideally suited for every scenario. To make it simple for you, we’ve compiled all the information you need to make a good decision on the best website builder and get to the fun part of designing your own website. We took into consideration factors including if the builder offers an SEO tool, a solid customization option and the strength of the company’s customer support.

Free trial? Starting price*
Best overall website builder (and best for free) Wix ”unlimited” w/ ads $13/month
Best prepackaged design Squarespace 14 days $12/month
Easiest to use Weebly ”unlimited” w/ ads $12/month
Most customizable Duda 30 days $14/month
Best no-frills option GoDaddy 30 days $10/month
Best for writers and bloggers WordPress ”unlimited” w/ ads $5/month
Best for basic e-commerce Shopify 14 days $29/month
Best for bigger stores BigCommerce 15 days $29/month

*Starting price doesn’t include cheaper plans if they are ad-supported. Some vendors offer free domain hosting for the first year on some plans as well.

To compile this list, we researched the prices, plans and features of over 12 different website builders and scoured reviews from several sites (including PCMag, Wirecutter, WebsiteToolTester, SiteBuilderReport, WPBeginner and more) to see where there might be any consensus. We also surveyed the CNET staff, and ultimately spent time building some test sites using the tools below (if we weren’t already members). We paid particular attention to the categories that not only differentiate one site from another, but that actually matter to business owners, artists and creators such as SEO features, mobile-friendly website builders, live chat options, available plugins and customer support.

If, by the end of the list, you’re still not sure which direction to go with your website building, we’ve included a guide at the bottom, including key questions you should be asking yourself as you start your online venture. Finally, if you already have a website and just need a host or you’re interested in building a WordPress site, check out our list of best web hosting services.

Best website builder overall

http://www.google.com/

Wix

Wix is the clear front-runner in the race for website builder dominance. It’s the biggest player with over 110 million websites built and boasts the greatest quantity of tools, capabilities, and freedom.

Wix covers the full ease-of-use spectrum by offering an AI-fueled automatic website creator on one end (“Wix ADI”) that requires minimal effort from the user, all the way to Wix Corvid, an open development platform for advanced applications like Javascript, databases and data-driven dynamic pages. To maximize the experience, we do recommend choosing one lane (e.g., Wix ADI, specific templates or design-from-scratch), since it can be difficult to maintain consistency across your website design if, for example, you start with a template but then decide you want to totally customize it.

Like many competitors in this space, Wix offers a basic free website builder plan that lets you create a free website starter site with ads. If you like what you see with the free website builder, you can spend up for a premium, ad-free site. Pricing falls within industry standards with a $13-per-month “Combo” plan that covers most needs for a personal website. If you need an ecommerce website builder for your ecommerce store,  Wix offers a $49-per-month “Business VIP” ecommerce website plan for your online store. Those prices do not include a domain, so you’ll need to account for that separately. And if you’re interested in stats and analytics, you’ll either need to get a Google Analytics paid plan or another third-party tool, as Wix doesn’t have its own.

Despite being the clear favorite among most reviewers, Wix does have a few drawbacks. Wix was one of the few builders that has data limitations for each of its plan tiers, so if you want to upload endless photos and videos, or expect more than 5,000 visitors a month to your site, make sure you do the math before choosing a plan.

Also, the editor’s freedom and range of options can be overwhelming for folks who don’t have the time or inclination to make lots of little decisions and the web design flexibility means you’ll need to be more hands-on with the format and layout, as opposed to more structured or limited editors where you can’t draw too far outside the lines.

Best prepackaged design

http://www.google.com/

Squarespace

Squarespace strikes us as being the cool kid in high school — flashy and hip on the surface but lacking substance underneath. We found it to be in between Wix and Weebly in terms of ease of use, though it did get consistently positive marks from reviewers for the quality of design. Where we think it really might shine is for small- to medium-size businesses who want a nicely designed page and room for e-commerce growth with lower transaction fees.

The Squarespace editor isn’t as intuitive as Wix and Weebly, requiring a little bit of work until you get the hang of it. It has a fair amount of add-ons, website templates and tools, and the universal style editor and strong photo editing are helpful. The responsive website editor means that your site will always look good on a mobile device, but you won’t be able to make mobile-specific edits like with Wix or Duda. We also found consistent high marks for helpful and responsive customer support, which should put business owners’ minds at ease.

Squarespace starts off with a $12-a-month Personal plan, which includes unlimited storage, bandwidth and a domain, and offers an $18 Business website plan that includes unlimited contributors, a Gmail pro account, and e-commerce store builder capabilities. If you go for an “Online Store” plan, you can choose between $26 and $40 a month, the latter of which includes a few final touches like abandoned shopping cart recovery and gift cards. It’s important to note that the $26 online store plan, while maybe slightly above the market rate for an e-commerce site, comes with no transaction fees. So depending on your sales volume on a given month, those savings for our online store could really add up.

Overall, Squarespace’s website is a good analog for what you get with its products: clean, professional and inviting design, but without the layers of design power or freedom you get from other builders.

Easiest to use

http://www.google.com/

Weebly

Weebly flies under the radar relative to Wix with 50 million websites created, but offers some excellent options depending on your needs. If you want a simple and easy-to-use do-it-yourself website editor, a large site (more than 25 to 30 pages), unlimited storage, site portability and affordable yet powerful online store capabilities, Weebly plays a good David to Wix’s Goliath.

The editor is one of the easiest website builder options to use and the low learning curve still nets great-looking sites. That ease-of-use means the editor is more limited in terms of add-ons and design flexibility and it doesn’t have the range of options or mobile customization that a builder like Wix has. Still, in our testing, we never came to a point where we found those constraints to be limiting. For a high-octane web designer, though, it could come up.

Weebly’s prices are similar to competitors like Wix or Squarespace, but its free plan option is one of the most generous among free website builders and for just $5 a month you can get up and running with your own domain name (albeit with Weebly ads). Its $12-per-month plan will give you an ad-free site with analytics and commerce capabilities, while the $25 plan gets you more store tools, like tax and shipping calculators, inventory management and discounts.

Weebly is a good option for those who may be more limited in terms of their time investment and its commerce options outshine competitors like Wix and Squarespace. For those who are wary of committing to a website builder knowing that you won’t be able to pick up and leave later on, Weebly also offers the ability to download site files so you can move to another host, a rarity in the site builder landscape.

Best for building a customized experience

http://www.google.com/

Duda

Duda is a smaller player compared to the other builders above with around 15 million websites built and it focuses on a specific market segment: designers and design agencies. It caters to individuals and groups that make a lot of sites, but with a powerful and easy-to-use builder and a number of differentiated offerings, it’s emerged as a good option for anyone looking to develop an online presence.

Duda’s builder boasts a number of features that set it apart, including mobile site customization, detailed data analytics (e.g. advanced metrics like form submissions, time on page and bounce rate) and user personalization so you can easily display specific messages or offers to users based on the time of day, their location or their browsing history. It’s also known for its multilanguage support and a free e-commerce add-on that allows you to sell up to 10 products.

Duda’s pricing is a little bit higher than its main competitors like Wix and Weebly, starting off at $14 per month for the Basic plan. At $22, you can add up to four editors for your site (instead of only one with Basic), access advanced analytics and begin using Duda as a white-label/custom-branded builder, another one of Duda’s selling points. Its “Agency” plan at $74 per month is geared toward web designers who are building pages for multiple clients and includes eight websites and the ability to download site files for portability.

Duda is a little expensive, but fills some of the voids that the main players have, like analytics, multilingual capabilities and better personalization and mobile customization.

Best For basic, no-frills websites

http://www.google.com/

GoDaddy

GoDaddy is best known for its custom domain names and web hosting services, so it makes sense that it also offers website builder software. The name is a mouthful — “Websites + Marketing” — but it’s a similar templatized experience like the other options on this list, designed to get a basic site up and running in under an hour.

The free tier includes such niceties as email and social media marketing, PayPal payments and an SSL certificate. The $10 monthly plan is straight-up basic; $15 adds an SEO tool; $20 tacks on extended support for appointments and its $25-per-month Ecommerce plan is for online store capabilities, including some impressive product listing and shipping options for your ecommerce website.

Despite the fact that GoDaddy is better known as a domain seller, a domain isn’t included in those prices — you’ll need to add that separately. But all in all, GoDaddy’s current website creator is a nice step up from its now-discontinued GoCentral product. Likewise, by switching to a free tier, there’s no longer a 30-day timer on your experience, so you can take your time kicking the tires to see if GoDaddy is right for you.

Best for writers and bloggers

http://www.google.com/

WordPress

When most people talk about WordPress, they’re usually referring to the free open-source software available through WordPress.org. That’s very powerful, but it takes some time to learn and still requires that you find a website host and domain name. If you’re interested in going the advanced route of WordPress.org, we recommend you check out a tutorial or guide such as those you can find on WPBeginner or WebsiteToolTester to learn how it works.

The WordPress.com website builder is something else. It’s similar to the other builders listed above and is primarily geared toward bloggers and writers. The WordPress website editor is fairly limited compared to other services, but is easy to set up and has everything you need for blogging. We should also note that it’s not an intuitive drag-and-drop website builder like Wix or Weebly.

Its pricing is fairly cheap, starting off at $5 per month to remove WordPress ads and giving you 6GB of storage. From there it goes to $8 for 13GB of storage and online selling capabilities, and finally a $25 option that allows you to use custom WordPress theme options and add-ons. The $8 option seems like the best deal if you’re setting up a blog and thinking about monetizing it at some point.

Overall, WordPress caters to bloggers who don’t want or need to spend a lot of time on website design, but it feels very limited for most other use cases. That said, anyone who’s looking for more robust off-the-shelf CMS (content management systems) options should consider Joomla och Drupal. Both are arguably less user-friendly than WordPress, but offer more customization options. At least one CNET editor also felt that Drupal and Joomla also offered faster page loading speeds.

Best for basic e-commerce

http://www.google.com/

Shopify

If Wix is the clear favorite for most website building needs, Shopify fills that role for an e-commerce store. The platform offers an easy and user-friendly way to get an e-commerce website store up and running online, and it supports business owners throughout the process with their e-commerce tools. Shopify is a safe place to start for most “e-tailers,” though similar to Wix, that doesn’t mean it’s perfect for every scenario.

Like most other commerce-focused builders, Shopify’s platform is geared toward your product and sales details. Fortunately for those without a ton of experience setting up a retail operation, Shopify’s process ensures you won’t miss an important step as it guides you through inventory, customer information, and tax and shipping rates. And if you still have a question, Shopify offers 24-7 phone and chat support and an active online community forum.

Given that its user base is fairly defined, Shopify doesn’t offer a plethora of plan options, and its prices come in above the market average. The “Basic Shopify” plan is $29 a month and covers most of the basic needs for an online store, while the $79-a-month plan offers gift cards and more staff accounts. From our perspective, it was hard to rationalize the $50 jump from basic to standard, but if you factor in the reduced transaction fees and shipping discounts, it might make sense. If you’re running a bigger operation, they also offer a $299-a-month plan.

The main drawback of Shopify is probably its pricing model. If you want the support, guidance and a builder that will take care of most of the technical details, the extra costs are worth it. And the many apps available are enticing, but can also add up if you’re using those that cost extra. If after considering the different e-commerce features you’re still on the fence, we recommend you calculate the total cost of additional add-ons and transaction fees based on your sales, and then compare with competitors like BigCommerce, which offers more product variants and combinations and lower fees.

Best for bigger stores

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BigCommerce

BigCommerce lives up to its name — it’s best for medium- to large-scale online stores that can cash in on the lack of added transaction fees and unlimited product variants. The store site builder might not be quite as easy to use as Shopify’s, but the amount of time you spend getting used to it could save you a lot of money down the road.

The editor has a lot of features and flexibility when you’re getting set up, but similar to Wix, that can be overwhelming for newcomers. If you have a little experience, however, those features and tools — like product variants and tax rates — will probably come in handy as you grow or if you’re already at scale.

BigCommerce’s price tiers are identical to Shopify’s at $29 (Standard), $79 (Plus), and $249 (Pro), but what you get at each level differs. Even the lowest BigCommerce plan at $29 gives its clients unlimited users, unlimited bandwidth and storage, unlimited products, and no added transaction fees. You can even link your e-commerce site to eBay, Google Shopping and Amazon. Where the pricing gets a little tricky is with the sales thresholds: The Standard plan only supports annual sales of less than $50,000, while Plus supports up to $150,000 and Pro up to $400,000. So basically you save a lot of money on transaction fees the more sales you rack up, but if you have enough sales, you have to upgrade to the next plan tier.

As with all the online store builders, it’ll be worth it to do a little math based on your product inventory and expected sales. No transaction fees — they even have a discount deal worked out with PayPal where you can save an additional 0.5% to 1% — strikes us as a major deal-maker depending on your size, so if you’re a bigger operation, take advantage of the 15-day trial and give BigCommerce a shot.

How to choose the best website builder

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Given the wealth of options and the fact that many website builders don’t allow you to pick up and move later on, it’s important to enter the fray with a clear idea of what you need. By first establishing your priorities and direction, it will be easier to find a match for the best website builder and avoid buyer’s remorse down the road.

In terms of pricing, most builders offer two to four different price tiers, each with a different set of features. This can make comparing services difficult, since they don’t make it easy to line up apples-to-apples, but that’s a big reason why we’ve created this handy guide!

Generally speaking, you can get a good individual website built for around $8 to $10 a month with an annual subscription. Most e-commerce plans range between $20 to $25 per month, and if you need an enterprise-style plan with multiple editors and VIP-level support, prices can go up to $300 per month for a premium plan.

Storage and bandwidth are usually unlimited, but there are exceptions like Wix, which scales its storage capacity according to the plan tier. And even its lowest tier plan has a decent amount (3GB of storage and enough bandwidth to support up to around 5,000 visitors per month).

After the big questions like price and storage, finding the best website builder all comes down to what you’re looking for. Below are some guiding questions to help ensure you’re ready to shop like an expert and find the best website builder for your needs.

What is the purpose of your site?

Your first step should be to determine the primary goal of your web presence. Do you want to sell a product? Attract potential customers for your services? Build a portfolio page?

By first establishing your raison d’etre, you’ll be able to prioritize the tools, plugins and capabilities you want in your builder and not get pulled off track by a fancy add-on that isn’t actually helping you achieve your goal. If you’re primarily interested in racking up sales, start by looking at the e-commerce specialists, like Shopify and BigCommerce. If you’re a photographer or web designer who wants a beautiful website or portfolio website, Wix and Squarespace are good places to start. Wix might edge Squarespace if you want more control over the design, while Squarespace might be better if you just want a stylish frame for your work.

If you just want something easy to use, Weebly and GoDaddy both offer intuitive builders, with Weebly offering more features and design finesse, while GoDaddy is much simpler and more limited. If you’re setting up a site or store and you want to present a customized experience to users or you have something specific in mind for the mobile version of your site, Duda offers the most customization capabilities. And if you’re a wordsmith who can’t be bothered by design decisions and fancy editors, WordPress can help you get your blog up and offers good ways to reach your readers.

How much time do you want to invest in building your website?

This obviously will vary depending on a number of factors, not the least of which is how clear of a design vision you have and whether you have experience building a website. That being said, each site builder has pros and cons when it comes to level of usability or ease-of-use based on the features, flexibility and intuitive design of the editing interface. On one end of the spectrum you have a builder like Wix, which is very easy to use but also comprehensive — the sheer number of options and tools makes it hard to whip up a site quickly. On the other end, you have a builder like WordPress or GoDaddy, each of which doesn’t provide you with a ton of options when building your pages.

Most people will want to devote enough time to their site that it serves its purpose of representing you online in a good light, so we generally recommend you take the time to learn your editor and take advantage of the many options available.

How much design control do you want?

This goes hand-in-hand with time investment, since the more control you have, the more choices you have to make. There are builders like Squarespace that have a fairly rigid design structure, but still let you customize fonts, colors and content, and on the other end of the spectrum you have a site like Wix, that lets you place objects anywhere on your site (at your own risk!), or Duda, which allows you to customize the mobile experience or create custom user experiences based on browsing history.

How big is your site?

Certain editors are more geared toward large site structures (40-plus pages) than others, so it’s important to know whether you will have a ton of pages and sections, or whether it’s more in the realm of a glamorized digital business card or fancy work portfolio.

The number of navigation levels, for example (which you can think of like file folders (or Inception): a page within a directory within another directory would represent three levels of navigation), can be an important consideration. Most pages probably use two levels — sections and the pages within each section, but online stores and other types of sites might need more. Weebly and BigCommerce are probably the best examples of builders that support large site structures, while Squarespace and Wix limit you to two levels of navigation.

How important is e-commerce?

Every builder we researched has an e-commerce option available, but that doesn’t mean that they’re all up to the task. A site like WordPress isn’t really what you want if your plan is to sell products online, while a site like Shopify or BigCommerce is expressly focused on online sales and has lots of e-commerce features. If you really just want to have a clean and easy-to-use online storefront, one of the dedicated e-commerce builders makes the most sense, but if it’s more of an ancillary service or simply nice to have, you can go with the builder that feels the best and sign up for its e-commerce option. There are even builders like Duda, which allow you to sell up to 10 products for free using another plan.

How big is your sales operation?

Transaction fees: While we’re not small business owners, we do like math and this variable struck us as particularly important. If you sell $10,000 of products in a month with a 3% vendor processing fee, you’re spending an extra $300 every month. If you’re paying your website host an extra 1% to 3%, that’s another $100 to $300. Those numbers greatly eclipse the monthly rate you’re paying, and add up even more if you’re selling significantly more. So before you choose a builder, make sure you read the fine print about transaction fees.

Many builders don’t charge on top of the Square or Paypal rate (usually 3%), but some do. Shopify charges extra if you don’t use Shopify Payments, but if you do use its services, you can get a rate below 3%. Then there are sites like BigCommerce, which doesn’t charge extra and even has a PayPal discount, but has sales limits for each plan.

We know you’re a smart and savvy business owner who pays close attention to the books, but we thought it would still help to remind you: do the math before signing up.

How flexible do you want to be with the host?

As we mentioned at the top, many builders lock you into their hosting service, but not all. If you’re afraid of commitment or think you might want to switch as your business or services evolve, go with a service like Weebly or Duda that allows you to download your website files for easy use on another host.

The other big factor here is the free trial period. The industry standard is around 14 days, but some go up to a month, and others don’t have a trial period but will give you your money back within 30 days if you’re not happy.

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How to Create an Email Marketing Calendar in 2022

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How many batch and blast marketing emails do you get in a day? More importantly, how often do you mark all of them as “read” without actually reading them? 

Naturally, you don’t want to be just another brand that clutters your customers’ inboxes. So how then can you cut through the noise and ultimately increase your open and click-through rates?

There are two things that determine a successful email marketing campaign: consistency and proper segmentation.

This means that you should be able to reach the right audience, at the right time, with the right message. 

One way to ensure this is through an email marketing calendar

With one, you can plan, create, and schedule your emails for the best possible results.

There are many ways to create an email marketing calendar including using spreadsheets or tools specifically designed for planning. 

PromoPrep Email Calendar

Now, let’s talk about how you can create an email marketing calendar.

Be Clear on Your Goals for Your Email Campaigns

The first step to creating an email campaign calendar is to figure out what type of messages you want to share to your customers.

Do you want to:

  • Promote a new product or event?
  • Re-engage your customers?
  • Encourage them to check out items from their abandoned carts?
  • Launch a seasonal campaign tied to an upcoming sale?
  • Send a newsletter or useful content to establish your expertise in the field? 

Identifying your goals can help you tailor a strategy that makes sense to your recipients. From this list, you can then start to plan the kind of emails that you want to send out, and when they will be sent out. 

Determine the frequency of your send-outs for each campaign

Now that you have a list of campaigns that you want to launch through email, you can then plot these on your working calendar. 

For example, if you want to start sending a newsletter, what are the best practices in doing so? Your research might tell you that it is best sent once a month. You can then go ahead and plot this in your calendar. 

You might also want to run a sale monthly. If so, be sure to block out a day in your calendar for send out. 

The idea is to plot these emails on your calendar to give you a visual idea of how your quarter (or perhaps, year) is shaping up. You might notice that some months may be overloaded with emails and some have huge gaps in them. You can then adjust your emails accordingly—both for your subscribers and the marketing team’s benefit. 

Determine Your Segments

The last thing that you want to do is to send emails that are not relevant to your recipients. After all, not everyone is going to be on the same stage in your marketing funnel — so be sure to segment your emails based on where they are in their buyer’s journey.  

You can do this by determining which campaigns you want to send to everyone, and which ones should go to a specific set of people on your list.  Doing this after you have plotted the frequency of your send-outs will also help you determine which segments will be overloaded with emails and which ones aren’t getting enough attention. 

Actionable tip: for every email that you want to send out, be sure to ask yourself who should this email go to and who shouldn’t receive this email. For example, you don’t want to send a welcome series to someone who has been in your mailing list for a long time.

The better you get at organizing your emailing list, the more equipped you can be in providing better value through your content. This will help you send targeted messages to the right people.

Start Writing Down Potential Email Subject Lines

One of the challenges that marketers face when drafting their email content is in writing the subject line. It has to be catchy, relevant and provides the recipient with a sneak peek at what’s inside the email. In other words, it is a pain to write. 

However, it deserves special attention because it will determine whether your email will get opened or not. No matter how much time you’ve spent creating superb content, well-designed graphics, and hard-to-ignore promotions, all of this will be irrelevant if your subject line fails to catch your audience’s attention. 

A component this important should be planned ahead of time. 

Our advice: Come up with a list of your potential subject lines and run them through email subject line testers. Even with these steps, there’s still a possibility that you’ll end up with an entirely different subject line as your content takes shape — but this will help. 

Determine The Type of Content You Want To Share in Every Email

The next thing that you want to do is to determine the content that you want to include in each of your emails. Your task should then include pulling relevant articles from your blog, linking videos from your brand’s channel, and creating graphics for the body of your email. 

All of this should then be saved in a single folder dedicated to every campaign. This eliminates the possibility of sending the wrong graphics or linking the wrong video to your emails. 

Of course, after all, this, be sure to link each specific folder to the right entry in your email marketing calendar.

Finalize the dates and times of your send-outs

Now that you have a solid idea of what you’ll be sending out, who it will be sent to, and what the content of each email will be, it’s time to determine your publish dates and time. 

Be sure to research what the best practices are in sending out emails. For example, you might find out that the best days to send emails are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. 

Plotting the send-out dates in your calendar lets you or your team manager plot the workflow so each member can be delegated a task with the corresponding deadlines—all in time for the publish date. 

Final Thoughts

Email marketing is all about providing relevant content to the right audience. While there is no single formula that can ensure positive results, coming up with a solid plan and a well-designed email marketing calendar is a good start. 

Just remember that your job as an email marketer does not end after the last email has been sent out. Be sure to constantly monitor each campaign’s performance, employ email A/B testing to improve open rates, and always be prepared to reevaluate and revise your approach. 

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10 Tips On Effective Email Marketing For Mobile Apps in 2022

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If you are one of those who thinks email marketing does not work, then you are definitely missing out on a huge market opportunity.

The reason most people conclude email marketing is least relevant is that they aren’t doing it effectively.

An effective email marketing campaign will still produce tremendous results in 2022. It is a good way that top app development companies in the USA can get their messages out to their customers and clients and can also help to strengthen relationships.

There are basically three types of emails; marketing emails, transactional emails, and operational emails.

Marketing emails consist of a newsletter, announcements, sales promotions, and press releases. Companies send these emails to people who want to receive updates from them. These include; clients, affiliates, prospects etc. This is the type of email you get when you subscribe to a website’s newsletter.

Transactional emails are emails that are triggered by a customer’s action or activities. Some examples of transactional emails include welcome messages, registration confirmations, tracking information, sales receipt, invoice etc. Transactional emails have the best chance of being opened as they are trusted emails. They provide an opportunity for more engagement.

Operational emails communicate important information about a business to customers. This includes informing them of holidays closures, service unavailability, maintenance plans etc. This is one of the least successful emails as people tend to skip it quite frequently.

10 Tips On Effective Email Marketing For Mobile Apps in 2022

Below are ten tips for effective email marketing during mobile app development;


1. Building subscriber list:

The first step towards an effective email marketing campaign for mobile apps is building your subscriber list. Of course, who would you promote to if you don’t have any subscribers?

App development companies can encourage sign up by making sure subscriptions forms are available on their homepage and in every other location on their site. Some websites even have sign-up forms that hover over the page and follows the users as they scroll. It is not intrusive, yet it catches attention.

Another effective method of encouraging sign up is by explaining to readers what they stand to gain by subscribing, perhaps a free ebook, or tutorial.


2. Proper targeting:

In order to have an effective email marketing campaign in 2021, you must learn to target your emails to the right recipient.

One of the top reasons why email marketing fails is because mobile app development companies treat all subscribers as the same, hence sending blanket emails.

To have an effective email marketing campaign you must segregate appropriately. This will require you to gather as much data as possible pertaining to your subscribers; their geographical location, their buying habit etc.

This way, you can send your subscribers messages that resonate more with their needs and interest. This makes it more likely for them to take up your offer.


3. Personalization:

Personalizing your emails is also another proven way top app development companies can boost their email marketing campaign.

Rather than sending a generalized email to all your subscribers using the boring “dear reader”, you can replace this with the recipient’s name.

Current emailing software allows users to interchange the generalized address pattern with the recipient’s name. This creates a feeling of camaraderie and trust and increases the chance of your email being opened and read.


4. Keep it simple:

It gets pretty confusing and annoying when you open a webpage and you are bombarded by flashy graphics, huge fonts and some other elements that obstruct the main content of the page.

Most times people just abandon such pages and head to alternative one. In order to prevent irritating their audience and potential customers, top app development companies need to keep their layout as simple as possible.

You should make it look professional. A good number of people often mistake simplicity with being cheap or substandard, and complexity with top-notch. That is far from the truth. The most successful campaigns and websites (Facebook, Google, and Instagram etc.) are built on simplicity and ease of use.


5. A powerful call to action:

There is no point sending dozens of emails if you don’t tell your readers what you want them to do with.

Call-to-action is an important element of a successful email marketing campaign. It is the push that is sometimes needed to turn a reader into a customer.

A call to action can ask customers to make a purchase, to subscribe to a newsletter, click on a link, fill a survey form etc.

Email marketing example from Netflix.


6.Proper formatting:

The manner by which the content of your email is presented also goes a long way in determining the success of your campaign.

Firstly, learn to use catchy titles and engaging opening lines. Your opening lines must be geared at holding and sustaining the attention of your readers.

Your opening paragraphs must be such as to highlight the subject matter of the content. Do not beat around the bush, you will lose your readers before they get to the sweet part.

Also, mobile app developers have to observe proper formatting of their content so as to make them easily readable. This will include using short paragraphs, using keywords and phrases that are relevant to their content, using bullet points to allow their audience be able to skim through their content and identify the key points, using of images to illustrate message etc.


7. Ability to unsubscribe:

This may seem like a point that is a successful email marketing campaign but it is actually beneficial to it.

For some reasons, a subscriber may want to opt out of your mailing list. If they are unable to or they find extremely difficult to, they may flag your email as spam and this will cause you problems down the line.


8. Ensure it is mobile friendly:

We are in the age of smartphones where the majority of users access the web via their phones than on their desktops.

Therefore, to have a successful email marketing campaign top app development companies must ensure that their emails are mobile friendly.

They must be able to open on mobile without any of the elements of the email missing. One way to confirm how mobile friendly your emails are is to subscribe to your newsletter and then view it on your smartphone.

mobile-friendly-websites


9. Test:

Before you send out emails ensure that you test and double check your message. Make sure all the properties and links to the email are working properly.

You should also check it on different platforms and on a variety of mobile devices. For a more efficient testing, you can utilize tools like Litmus. This tool tests and provides screenshots of your email as it would appear on different email platforms.

It is bad practice to send mass email without testing. If there is any major error this could damage the credibility of your brand tremendously.


10. Monitor your data:

For an effective email marketing campaign to promote your mobile app, it is important that you monitor your data. Take note of how many of your subscribers actually opened their emails and how many carried out the expected action. Other information such as time of day people opened the messages is also equally important.

You can also read more about personalization of mobile app och evolution of app design articles to learn more about.

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How Does Storytelling Work And Why It Should Be Used In E-Mailing

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How Does Storytelling Work And Why It Should Be Used In E-Mailing

We tell each other stories all the time: at family dinners, at friendly parties, during office lunches, sharing photos on social media, shooting dozens of stories a day. And this information sits much more firmly in our heads than just the facts.

Because when we read stories, our brain uses not only the language part of the brain, which converts words into meanings but also the parts of the brain that deal with emotions. We imagine taste, smell, color, and movement by combining what we’ve heard with our own personal experiences.

What is storytelling, where does it come from and where is it used

Storytelling is a method of conveying information in the form of a story in order to engage the listener’s sensory and emotional experience.

It is the emotional connection to the brand and the company that determines the audience’s affection and trust. And a story is a great way to start this attachment. Storytelling is more than simply that. Any story resolves a conflict, “does irreparable good”, or solves a problem.

How storytelling works

Our brain only engages the left hemisphere when we hear boring facts. Stories include the right hemisphere, which generates images, pictures, emotions. It is a chemical reaction that produces oxytocin, which creates the trust necessary for the success of any deal. When you bring in the emotional connection created by the story, the client doesn’t need to be persuaded.

Commercial storytelling serves several functions.

  • Propaganda
  • Unification
  • Communication
  • Influence

Propaganda

Stories have the power to inspire, persuade, and convince. They have the potential to be long-lasting and drive others to do useful things. In early 2017, Nike, for example, promoted women’s freedom of choice in sports.

Unification

Stories help to shape a project’s, brand’s, and/or company’s culture and establish a common identity. Lego came up with a cute commercial, utilizing a sketch from one family’s life to demonstrate how to bring together customers and a company that creates cubes, after which parents stop walking barefoot in the house.

Communication

Stories inspire trust, and trust is the key to understanding. The greater the understanding, the more effective the communications that lead to the goal.

Influence

Stories inspire and build credibility. Steve Jobs was a brilliant entrepreneur, inventor, and industrial designer, as everyone knew. And when he gave his famous Stanford speech, the world recognized him as a wise man in whom one believes unconditionally.

Features of commercial stories

To build storytelling into a company’s marketing, you need to:

  • formulate the purpose of the story;
  • be client-oriented;
  • use the “situation-problem-solution” scheme;
  • show the audience the value of the brand;
  • if possible, use a story to engage the audience or make the client a full participant in it.

How to tell stories that people will believe

You don’t have to be a talented storyteller, creative research paper writer, or director to come up with a story. It is enough to take a plot, phenomenon, or event that really changed your life or the life of someone around you.

Stories can tell:

  • about the creation of the product;
  • about working with clients;
  • about successes and failures;
  • directly about the product;
  • about the company;
  • about anything in general, directly or indirectly related to your business.

Ways to tell a story

Marketers don’t just tell stories with text or video. It can be comics, cards, offline speeches, podcasts, other formats for presenting content, and even multimedia. The main thing is to follow the algorithm.

Storytelling algorithm

Analysis of the target audience for storytelling

True, but marketers and other associated professionals frequently overlook this step, despite the fact that any marketing activities, whether launching an ad campaign or implementing a new product, begins with research on the target audience.

Before telling a story to readers or listeners, you should assess their prior experiences and listening skills. After that, bet on the ones who are more loyal and receptive.

The main idea of storytelling

In marketing, a commercial story catches the user’s attention and establishes an emotional link to the brand, resulting in trust and leading the customer to take a specific action.

When starting to build storytelling in a company, a marketer should keep in mind that there is a story behind every fact. It begins the moment a fact is discovered, and its impact on the further course of events is obvious. This fact becomes important to a certain audience when it somehow affects the context of that audience.

Choosing a hero for storytelling

The stories that a company tells about its job or product are dependent on the client’s context – their life, habits, and interests – rather than the company itself. The main character could be the client’s image or the image of the relative (mother, spouse, child). It could also be a pet, a household object, or another familiar object.

The character is usually drawn from a living person, and the audience thinks, “Oh, this is what my mother would do, and this is what my friend would say”. The character must be completely understood in order for you to know exactly how he would act in a certain situation – for this, you must fully develop the character.

Choosing the plot

It’s not so much about the story itself in commercial storytelling as it is about the advantage the story will give. It is critical in marketing to demonstrate how the brand can solve the customer’s problem.

That’s why storytellers base their stories on the product’s usefulness to the customer. The basis of the story is usually as follows: the hero encounters a problem and solves it with the help of the company’s product.

Storytelling in email marketing

Companies that launch mailing lists often use numbers and a simple listing of facts, and don’t want to scatter the attention of subscribers. They think, if people have already opened the letter, let them get the “maximum benefit”. But why do they need this, if trust in the company has not yet been formed? And trust cannot arise without emotion.

Stories in letters that aren’t just numbers and facts, but also include a plot, characters, and emotional attachment, can affect readings, establish a relationship between the subscriber and the brand, and involve to use of the product.

Most consumers have already developed banner blindness and don’t notice the standard advertising in newsletters, but they are not yet accustomed to letters with stories. That’s why such emails draw attention to themselves.

Features of email storytelling

Content story emails are usually lengthy, but if your story holds the reader’s attention from the beginning, the recipient is more likely to finish the email and possibly take targeted action.

Important: storytelling in a letter begins with the subject and the preheader. No matter how exciting the story is in the letter, it may not be opened at all if the headline is boring.

Storytelling techniques in emails

You can tell stories in letters in the following ways:

  • Blog article announcements as standalone stories.
  • A short story that leads to a targeted action.
  • Letter from the blog editor.
  • Stories in article previewsю
  • Quotes and stories from the brand’s customersю
  • Stories with a brand mascot.
  • Cases.
  • Comics.

You can also include videos in mailings, tell jokes in letters, start a series of letters, conclude each letter with an intrigue – so the reader expects the next one, and use a variety of formats (text + photos + video) in your mailings.

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