Here come the holidays -- a great opportunity to try an emotional approach with your emails. At no other time of year do we have an important marketing season that also evokes so many -- and such deep -- emotions in people's hearts. After you've optimized your offers, schedule, targeting, and so on, turn your thoughts to fitting the tone of each email to the season.
Think of that lonely little holiday email of yours, sitting patiently in someone's inbox like the smallest present under the tree, hoping to be noticed, opened, delighted over, and clicked, bringing joy to the user and ringing the register for you. If you can connect with the emotions of the holidays, your emails will have a better chance of standing out and inviting user engagement.
Here is a selection of seasonal emotions, drawn from the songs on the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers ' list of top holiday favorites. While you're crafting your holiday emails, crank up a festive playlist to get in the same mood your customers will be in when they receive those emails.
Sentimental: "White Christmas." The molten chocolate tones of Bing Crosby etched this song into our cultural memory in 1947 and for all time. The words express the longing we all have for warmth, togetherness, and good wishes. Consider how you can wrap your messaging in a blanket of sentiment, and make each email exude good will.
Jolly: "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town." St. Nicholas is the very symbol of gift-giving at Christmas -- and he is a "right jolly old elf," whose "round little belly shakes when he laughs, like a bowlful of jelly." Like this delightful image, "jolly" conjures up many wonderful connotations, including good spirits, cheerfully festive and joyous. Your messaging can be playful and spirited, too, bringing cheer to your customers.
Traditional: "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." While most marketers today are skittish about using religious references, remember that the vast majority of your customers are still celebrating religious festivals at this time of year, and that is why they are buying gifts in the first place. You can speak to their sense of tradition without taking sides in the debate, with messages that pay homage to time-honored values and forms of celebration.
Loving: "Winter Wonderland" For many, the holidays are a time to love and be loved: forgetting old feuds, giving generously, and coming together with friends and family. It should be easy to tap into the love that swirls around at the holidays with words that express this ideal in caring for others with gifts, services, food, and thoughtful extra touches.
Excited: "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree." The holidays are fun, and for many adults the time is filled with rounds of parties, cookie exchanges, and family get-togethers. And let's not forget the children, with all their excitement about presents and grandparents and winter vacations, oh my! Let your emails reflect the general exhilaration of the season, showing how your offering can enhance your customers' merriment.
Longing: "I'll Be Home for Christmas." There is no doubt that for some, the holidays bring a shadow of loneliness or loss, and many people (particularly women) feel stress due to the many extra tasks required of them -- shopping, cooking, decorating, and so on. To touch these customers, include a grace note of empathy and comfort in a way that works with your product. Reach out and show how you can help relieve some of the stress by making preparations easier or by suggesting ways they can have a more convivial holiday.
Many people today decry the commercialism that surrounds the holidays, yet they still want to shop. Create an ethos in your communications that reflects the emotions that abound at this time of year, and you may achieve the best of both worlds.