We’re generally a pretty positive bunch here at SaleCycle. However, in response to our blog ‘5 Incredibly Effective Ways To Improve Your Email’, I thought it would be fun to turn the concept on it’s head and look at the five remarketing tactics we love to hate.

Take a read through and let me know your thoughts in the comments section below!

Hare and Tortoise - SaleCycle
It doesn’t always pay to take your time…

1 Batched Email Sending

With the likes of Amazon, eBay and AO.com now able to offer same-day delivery and Argos having blazed a trail with Click & Collect nearly half a decade ago, it seems incredible to us that some brands still don’t respond to cart abandonment in real-time.

Statistics show that up to 50% of abandonment emails convert within the first 24 hours of someone leaving the site – which means you’re potentially missing out on half of your revenues by not remarketing within this window.

Send your emails in real-time, testing whether they should 30 minutes after the shopper abandons or an hour. Look into sending a second email 24 or 48 hours after to encourage customers back to the site.

Discounting is Dead
We all love a discount. Just know when to use them.

2 Discount Codes

They seem like such a great idea. If you provide someone with a 10% discount code or offer them a free gift, the customer will be more likely to return and purchase, right?

Actually…that’s wrong. More and more, the customer is instead being trained to wait for the discount code. To purposely abandon their basket in the hope that you will show them a pop-up or send them an email incentivising them to return. Research shows that rather than provide an increment over non-incentivised campaigns, it instead eats into your margins.

We don’t like them and actively encourage brands to avoid using them. You wouldn’t grab everyone trying to leave a high street shop and offer them 10% off if they buy right then and there. Have faith in your brand and your products.

Unresponsive Mobile Phones
Email has evolved just like the humble cell phone…

3 Non-Responsive Content

This is email marketing 101. Mobile now accounts for over 50% of email opens. Think about that for a second. More than half of the content you are sending to your customers is being opened on a small screen.

In spite of this, we all receive emails every day that fail to respond to the size of the screen they’re being opened on. Conversion rates on mobile are already ¼ of what they are on desktop – you effectively reduce this to 0 by not providing a mobile-optimised experience. Yet still we see people make this mistake time and time again.

Dear Customer Service
A little extra thought goes a long way…

4 A Failure to Personalise

Personalisation was the industry buzzword of 2013, with every software business beginning to offer some degree of “personalisation”. The level of this varied wildly from advanced segmentation technology, to a full-on personalisation of the shopping journey.

You may not have access to the thousands of algorithms needed to fully personalise the customers’ experience, but there’s no excuse for not nailing the “basics”. Ensure that your remarketing content shows the customer items and content that’s totally relevant to them – the items they abandoned, for example.

We’ve lost count of the amount of times we’ve thrown our hands in the air in frustration at SaleCycle Towers because someone has received an email that doesn’t mention their name, or what they abandoned and simply asks them to come back and reclaim their basket. It doesn’t take long to integrate some simple codes to pull in complete basket content or to address the customer by their first name. Get creative – some of our favourite work involved changing the look and feel of an email to match the gender of a fashion shopper, or reflect the destination of a traveller.

Don't Be Boring
Keep it light and your customers will listen…

5 Being Boring

Let’s assume you’ve got the other four points in this piece nailed, and that you’re close to mastering remarketing to your customers. What’s next?

Well, far too many businesses would sit back on their laurels and not try to push themselves to do better. Start looking at what else you could incorporate into your remarketing efforts.

There are so many other ways to keep pushing your remarketing campaign, such as integrating with SMS providers to target people on mobile; experimenting with Review Content to increase click-throughs; using Gamification to increase engagement; and even 1-touch payments to attempt to remove the click from the process entirely.


The industry is moving quickly and the winners will always be those who can keep ahead of the curve.

This blog was originally published by PerformanceIN


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