While implementing deliverability, some of the best practices consist in trying to maintain a healthy subscriber base and improve deliverability through re-engagement strategies.
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For years, ISPs have used engagement feedback metrics from their users to decide where to place messages, or whether at all they should deliver them. User engagement consists of both positive and negative feedback and ISPs monitor both on a constant basis. Having no engagement is perhaps one of the main contributors of negative engagement. From a deliverability perspective, consistently sending campaigns to users who show no engagement can also lower the overall reputation of your IP address and domains.
ISPs such as AOL, Gmail, Microsoft and Yahoo! view non-engagement as unwanted email and start redirecting messages to the spam folder. Additionally, these subscribers may no longer own the email account and this can be used as a “recycled” spam trap. This means the address was invalid for some time and all messages are rejected. If your subscriber management system is not removing “hard bounced” addresses, it’s very likely are mailing spam traps that lead to significant delivery issues.
Fortunately, customers who use the Adobe Campaign platform can view inactivity within their instance by reviewing the open and click data according to the segment. Since non-engagement can hinder delivery, the first thought can be to just remove subscribers from the database. However, this may prove to be a wrong option in some cases. Therefore, a re-engagement (also known as a win back) strategy is the best recommendation to retain the subscribers that are interested in receiving mail, and gradually phase out those who no longer show activity.
According to a Return Path study, re-engagement campaigns came out with a result of 12% open rate compared to an average 14% for normal campaigns. Although only 24% of subscribers had read the re-engagement campaign, around 45% of them read the subsequent messages.
The next step is to determine the frequency of the re-engagement campaign. Unlike reconfirmation messages, re-engagement campaigns are meant to win the subscriber back with a series of emails over time. The following example provides an example of the frequency.
Subscribers that engage with the campaign by following the open or click activity are added back to the engaged list of subscribers.
The next phase is to identify subscribers who continually show no activity and gradually reduce sending emails to them over a period of time. If there is no activity within the past year, it is good to put the subscribers email subscription on hold. Although they have showed no interest in the email content, there is always a last chance to have them re-activate their subscription by sending a one-time re-confirmation campaign.
Re-confirmation campaigns are a good way to ask subscribers who are inactive for a long time if they want to remain on the subscription list. When creating the campaign, it is preferable to add a “click here” link so they can confirm the action and verify their address. This way, the action can be recorded in the database. Below is an example of a reconfirmation email:
Once the subscriber has taken an action, a landing page with the confirmation of their re-subscription can be offered. Below is an example of the landing page: