A Simple Mantra for State-Of-The-Art Emails
Is good email marketing an art or a science?
It all depends on who you ask.
For art gallery founder Anthony Schaller, successful marketing comes from combining creativity with a guiding mantra: “Simplicity. Consistency. Stay the course.”
Since getting started with email marketing seven years ago, Anthony has built an engaged email list of over 8,000 contacts.
Regarding his customers at the Schaller Gallery, Anthony says, “It’s definitely a niche market. It’s discretionary spending.”
Despite his demographic challenges, Anthony uses email to reach and engage his audience and push gallery sales.
Let’s have a look at how Anthony’s mantra ties into his art gallery’s email strategy:
When it comes time to create a new email, Anthony focuses on clean design and concise copy. His emails showcase new ceramics from the gallery and include links to his social channels, website, and exhibition calendar.
As you can see in the example below, Anthony uses a muted background to make the ceramic images pop. The straight lines and black and white background contrast with the artwork’s curves and colors.
Anthony sums it up well: “Minimal words, a lot of imagery, stick to the point and get them to the website.”
To drive action, Anthony limits the number of links he includes in each email and uses buttons to make his links stand out.
“We’ve noticed when we go back to look at all the click-throughs, it’s really about sending that email about one thing. That’s what works best for us,” he says.
Tip: Use this infographic to create a creative call-to-action for your next email.
Branding is another important element of Anthony’ email design. By creating consistency across his emails and online channels, he reinforces his gallery’s brand each time he hits send.
“Our branding stays the same, the font we use stays the same. We will match colors based on the images within the email itself, but not a whole lot. We really try to make it about the pieces in the imagery, and the backgrounds will be black, white, grey.”
You can easily recognize the similar look and feel in each email:
Consistency also plays into the frequency in which Anthony sends emails.
“We typically send out three or four emails a month based on when we have new works or a new exhibition,” he says. “We have a show at the beginning of the month, the middle of the month, the end of the month. We space out the emails about seven to ten days apart so we don’t overload people.“
Tip: Not sure how often to email your subscribers? Use these tips to keep your subscribers updated, without overwhelming them.
3. Stay the course
As a business owner, you know your audience better than anyone. So when it comes to email marketing, stay authentic and speak directly to your specific audience.
“Make sure that what you’re putting out there in an email and its presentation represents you,” Anthony says. “Always use the same ways of speaking. Don’t switch from casual to formal to funny to this to that…just stay the course and avoid trends.”
That’s not to say you should never make adjustments. When making small tweaks to his email strategy, Anthony always makes informed decisions, using his email reports and business metrics.
“We can look at one email campaign to another and see almost identical open and click-throughs, but our sales are completely different. Sales really help tell us if we’re doing well or not.”
Can Anthony’s mantra work for your business?
Art and science aside, Anthony sticks with email marketing because he sees his efforts pay off with each new purchase.
“Years ago I had a… business sales consultant for ecommerce talk to me about data,“ Anthony recounted. “He very point blank just said, you count sales. That’s success.”