Slime Bracket Hero

An Email Oozing with Engagement

From: Michaels
Date: 3/28/17
Subject Line: 1 Day Only! 20% Off Your ENTIRE Purchase
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While sports fans are glued to their basketball brackets, Michaels has started a bracket of their own — for SLIME! If you’re a parent, you’re probably aware of the latest craze sweeping the kid nation: homemade slime. One of the key ingredients is Elmer’s glue and it has been flying off the shelves like hot cakes.

Michaels jumped at the opportunity to announce that their 1 Gallon bottle is back in stock and to call attention to their “slime bracket” where you can vote on your favorite DIY blobby creation! Are you more of a shimmery mermaid fan or a gooey zombie brain type? The email encourages you to hop over to Michaels’ Facebook page where you’ll find images of the different varieties teamed up against each other. Vote for your favorite and see if it makes it to the next round. What a great way to spark interest and get people involved with your social network! The email includes product images of the googly eyes, beads and pom-poms needed to create a few of the slimes from the bracket. All the gooey options are sure to inspire new ideas and encourage you to shop where you know ingredients will be available.

Michaels did, however, miss an opportunity by not linking the products. I (along with other Facebook commenters) would have liked to see full ingredient lists for each creation along with measurements. Finally, I wish the email didn’t go on to cover Morph and Easter products; it felt like too much crammed into one email. If they were mentioned as a small sub-message it wouldn’t be so bad, but they took up half of the email.

Overall, this strategy is a fun way to inspire people to shop while encouraging social engagement.

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Get Social this Holiday

Maurices and Disney found clever ways to get their customers to interact with their social network pages this season! Let’s take a look…

From: Maurices
Date: 11/18/16
Subject Line: ‘Tis the season for shopping, saving & free shipping

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Maurices is running a promo that qualifies you to win your holiday wishlist. They call it the “Wish Pin Win Sweepstakes.” To enter, you fill out a small form, then pin any number of their products (to Pinterest) along with the required description line: On my wish list #wishpinwinsweepstakes #discovermaurices. I’m not quite sure how the user is linked to their Pinterest account, but I’ll leave that to the experts.

The idea behind this promotion has many advantages.
1. Engagement. It encourages shoppers to browse through the website, in turn finding products they’re interested in.
2. Customer Acquisition. By entering the contest, Maurices can gain access to a potential new customer’s contact information and ask if they’d like to receive future emails.
3. Future Targeting. By creating a wishlist, Maurices can better target each subscriber based on products they’re interested in. In this case, it can be obtained through their browsing history (since the wishlist is created in Pinterest rather than through Maurice’s website).
4. Even More Customer Acquisition. By posting products on Pinterest, word will spread about the best items you have to offer. Not to mention, products look so much better when suggested by a friend.
5. Conversion. By encouraging people to pin these items, the tedious work of browsing and compiling is now done — it’s easy for them to share it with friends and family. BAM, holiday wishlist complete.
6. Customer Retention. Offering contests keeps customers happy and waiting for the next opportunity to win.

Overall, this is a great way to market yourself using social media.

From: Disney Movie Rewards
Date: 12/01/16
Subject Line: Happy Holidays, Amy

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For the month of December, Disney Movie Rewards is giving free reward points for clicks! On December 1st they sent an email announcing the promotion: “Earn 5 Points Every Day!” I clicked the CTA in the email, logged in, and earned my free points. BOOM. Done. Easy. The second day, I went to get my points but saw new instructions. To receive points I must now visit their Facebook, Twitter OR Pinterest page. There, I would find a link to a magic code. I can then use that code on the Disney Movie Reward’s website to redeem my points.

A great advantage of this promotion is that it:
1. Makes customers aware of their social media presence, and
2. Encourages them to “like” the page so they’ll be reminded to redeem points (therefore opting in to future posts).
3. Also, by liking the page, and/or posts, their friends will become aware of the promotion as well.

There are a few things I might change about their strategy, however.
1. For the kick-off email, I would make it clear how the process works (that social media will be involved). Rather than linking to the Disney Movie Rewards website, I would provide call-to-actions to their social media pages.
2. It seems like a lot of steps to earn your reward. Rather than listing a link within the social media post, I would like to see the code displayed there instead. I can only think of one reason why you might want to use a link: to direct them to a page with more opportunities for click through / conversion. In this case, the landing page only has the magic code.

Overall, still a creative way to incorporate social media.

Kudos to Maurices and Disney on finding unique ways to grow your customer base and engage existing customers through social media.

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Let’s Talk Social

With the many forms of social media out there, it can get confusing to know what kind of information can be found in each place. These brands did a good job breaking it down.

From: The Land of Nod
Date: 7/27/2015
Subject Line: Keep up with the latest and greatest.

This is my favorite design. I liked the use of tape, clips and fun fonts. It’s not overly wordy. The combination of bold and blue text made it easier to scan. Even the implementation of the icons is lovely.

Land of Nod

From: HomeGoods
Date: 7/30/2015
Subject Line: Like, tweet, pin, post, watch. Connect with us, Amy!

I love the quote bubbles that show what type of information can be found in each section. Rather than describing, they give an example — “I scored this for a client @HomeGoods for $299!! Made my day.” The information is easily digestible and thoughtfully put together.

HomeGoods

From: J.Crew
Date: 7/30/2015
Subject Line: Hello, @jcrew

I like the design and simplicity of this email. In this example, the images pretty much do all the speaking.

J Crew

From: Bluefly
Date: 7/25/2015
Subject Line: You Have A Friend Request!

I like the overlapping samples of imagery in the Instagram and Pinterest sections. It’s enough examples to give a really good idea of what can be expected in each location. Facebook could have used a bit more love though.

Bluefly

From: UncommonGoods
Date: 7/29/2015
Subject Line: Be First to Know

This email was well done overall, but one of my least favorite of this group. Even though the design is nice, the information wasn’t quite as scannable. They could have used titles or other ways of breaking up or highlighting text.

UncommonGoods

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