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Our Newest Web Project Launches

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Look Like Who You Really Are

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Redefining the word Customer

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Point Of Sale Displays that Sell Product

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What do your customers think of you

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Ten Print Advertising Tips

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The Value of Print Advertising

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Making Text More Readable

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Retail Reality-Product Demos-and You

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Ma Mark Marketing or the Importance of Email Subject Lines

Mar 19—Regular readers of the CE Marketing Prose newsletter may have noticed oddities in our last two emails. The February 19 edition went out with the subject line “Mark” in place of “Marketing...Read More

How to Stay out of the Trashcan or the Lessons Learned from a Parking Lot

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Five Ways to Make Time for Customer Outreach

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Brands that Communicate Win

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Content is Definitely King since Google Changed Search Algorithms

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How Pawn Takes Queen

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Should High-End CE Companies Bother with Social Media

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Rants from the Frozen Tundra

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Flying Without Navigation

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Coal into Diamonds - Turning Bad Consumer Reviews into Good

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Direct to Consumer Sales and Channel Stress

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The Top Twelve Things Your Website Needs To Do - Part Three

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The Top Twelve Things Your Website Needs To Do - Part Two

Sep 17—In our last blog post we wrote about four of the top twelve things a brand's website needs to do to be effective. If you didn't read Part One you might want to do that now...................Done? ...Read More

The Top Twelve Things Your Website Needs To Do - Part One

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Mar 19

Ma Mark Marketing or the Importance of Email Subject Lines

Regular readers of the CE Marketing Prose newsletter may have noticed oddities in our last two emails. The February 19 edition went out with the subject line “Mark” in place of “Marketing Insights to Help your Business Grow.” Doh! That was a mistake caused by a combination of a technical glitch and (mostly) human error. OK, we won’t make that mistake again! Not at least until the very next issue which went out with the even more enigmatic subject line: “Ma.” Double doh!

After that you probably concluded that we had finally slipped into full-fledged idiocy (in place of our normal semi-idiocy). And you would be right! Even though it was partly a technical issue, we could have been more careful and avoided making the same mistake. With reddened cheeks we offer our humble apologies for the errors.

But the real story here is the shocking results – way higher open rates! 


Subject line

Open rate

Click rate

Opt outs

Jan 21

Marketing Insights to Help Your Business Grow




Jan 29

Special Bonus Issue from the CE Marketing Pros




Feb 5

Marketing Insights to Help Your Business Grow




Feb 19





March 5





So what can we learn from these numbers? First, our usual open rates are good
for our type of email and the "mistake" email open rates are way above average for
our type of email. Next, our double-digit click-through
rate is spectacularly better
than any category average (typically single digit).  Despite the some-
what lower click-through
rates on the “mistake” emails, the total number of readers who clicked and presumably read our missives was higher than usual. That’s a win. 

So will we keep using nonsense subject lines? Nope. We’re not willing to bet that it would continue to work, nor that you wouldn’t start thinking less of our intelligence. You have the right to know that the email is what it really is – our damn good marketing advice to help your business grow. But it does point out that subject lines matter – a lot. If you want your readers to open your email communications you need to choose carefully. But how?

We use EMMA as our email campaign manager service. EMMA has the ability to test up to three subject lines with a portion of the mailing list before blasting out to the balance of the list. For example, if your list is 1800, EMMA will test 20% of the list (360); 120 people will get subject line 1, 120 different people see subject line 2 and 120 see subject 3. EMMA then monitors and reports open rate for each subject line. If you prefer (as we do) EMMA will automatically send the balance of the emails with the “winning” subject line.

Our typical subject line “Marketing Insights to Help Your Business Grow” had so consistently “won” the competitions that we stopped testing some months ago. But these recent results made us realize we should go back to testing to see if we can find something even better.

And your big takeaways here?

  • Email marketing still works if it is done well.
  • Measure every marketing activity. Without metrics you would shoot in the dark and be incapable of adjusting tactics for better results.
  • Test your subject lines.
  • Al and Paul clearly know what they are doing with this email-marketing thing so when I’m ready to seek help in building a successful campaign I am going to call them and only them and then I am going to give them money. Gee those guys are swell!

About CE-Marketing Pros
We’re a full service marketing/advertising agency specializing in helping consumer electronics brands and retailers compete more effectively. Former marketing executives with two of the most successful CE brands, Al Ballard and Paul DiComo help brands STAND OUT in a crowded and confusing CE marketplace. 


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