By now we can already feel the gradual change in the seasons as the days are getting longer, meaning you’ll need to start preparing your spring email campaigns.
Getting ready for the new season isn’t something that’s relevant just for shoe, clothing and home renovation brands. Instead, you can use effective spring email campaigns for virtually any niche.
But FYI: just remember to use our proven techniques on creating the best email subject lines.
In today’s guide, we’ll go over (click to jump ahead):
After all, spring is a time for new starts, about planning for the year, and especially getting outside the home after the long winter hibernation. Therefore, if you can tap into the common spring themes, you can probably find a way to wake up your sales as well.
And just remember, there are some great spring holidays you need to be aware of in 2018:
- International Women’s Day (March 8)
- St. Patrick’s Day (March 17)
- The official first day of spring (March 20)
- April Fool’s Day (April 1)
- Earth Day (April 22)
- Mother’s Day (May 13 in USA)
- Tax Refund Season (beginning March in USA)
And there are still plenty more.
In fact, Laura Hall from Shiply says to take advantage of as many spring-related days as possible:
“There’s a lot of time off in the Spring with Easter and the two bank holidays in May, so reminding customers about those and marketing how they can improve their time off will be appealing for them. With Spring also comes the promise of warmer days, so timing it right and anticipating the approach of summer in good time could set you ahead of your competitors.”
So let’s look at the best performing spring subject lines, as well as the 9 best, most inspiring ideas for your spring email campaigns.
The 9 best-performing Spring-themed subject lines
We searched through more than 10,000 of our bigger brands’ 2017 Spring email campaigns to find out what the best, highest-performing subject lines are.
Because we’re dealing with subject lines, we’re focusing mainly on which subject lines had the highest open rates.
Then, we’re also looking at the click rates for each spring subject line.
Find out what the highest-performing Spring subject lines are so that you can improve your ecommerce results.
General Spring subject lines
According to our research, the following subject lines were the best-performing, related to Spring in general:
#1 Spring subject line: “Spring Featured Item!”
- Open rate: 56.4%
- Click rate: 3.5%
#2 Spring subject line: “Spring Has Arrived!”
- Open rate: 55.6%
- Click rate: 2.4%
#3 Spring subject line: “Spring Break shipping”
- Open rate: 44.6%
- Click rate: 3.5%
As you can see from this data, the highest performing spring-themed subject lines include (obviously) the word ‘Spring.’
As we mentioned before in our regularly-updated Black Friday subject lines guide, it’s important that you include the holiday or season (or references to the holiday or season) in the subject line clearly.
That way, you’ll quickly grab your visitors’ attention.
Find out what the highest-performing Easter subject lines are so that you can improve your ecommerce results.
Easter subject lines
#1 Easter subject line: “New limited quantity available bundle + Easter Friday Freebies”
- Open rate: 29%
- Click rate: 5%
#2 Easter subject line: “HUGE EASTER SALE!”
- Open rate: 28%
- Click rate: 7%
#3 Easter subject line: “Easter Special! 20% Off Everything This Weekend!”
- Open rate: 25%
- Click rate: 2%
As we can see here, Easter is everywhere—and the click rate is absolutely great.
While usually ecommerce merchants think that you shouldn’t use ALL CAPS in the subject line, the results say differently.
Remember—ABT: Always Be Testing.
Just because it works for one business, doesn’t mean it’ll work for you.
But the opposite is also true: just because it doesn’t work for one business, doesn’t mean it won’t work for you.
Test, learn, improve.
Find out what the highest-performing Mother’s Day subject lines are so that you can improve your ecommerce results.
Mother’s Day subject lines
#1 Mother’s Day subject line: “25% Off Plus FREE Lip Gloss Mother’s Day Special ”
- Open rate: 32%
- Click rate: 5%
#2 Mother’s Day subject line: “Happy Mother’s Day Weekend!”
- Open rate: 26%
- Click rate: 6%
#3 Mother’s Day subject line: “Celebrate Mother’s Day with us!”
- Open rate: 22%
- Click rate: 2%
With Mother’s Day subject lines, we see, again, that what merchants would consider no-nos (putting discount percentage, plus FREE, plus text-emoji) actually worked here.
A 32% open rate (plus great 5% click rate) means the subscribers were interested and eager to engage.
When you’re creating your Spring-themed subject lines, don’t hesitate to try out many different things and see what works.
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#1 Highlight the most “Spring-like” items in your store
Delight your subscribers on the first day of spring and invite them to shop for the most important or fashionable products for the new season. Tell them it’s a great occasion for them to update their wardrobes, tool shed or other categories.
Have you seen the NordStrom newsletter? You can see how nicely the dresses are highlighted. The ladies in the newsletter seem gentle, youthful and fresh—just like spring. It is attractive, interesting and desirable.
But just make sure you’ve got a great Spring theme going on in your email communications.
Nedelina Payaneva from Asian Absolute says it’s one of the most important things you can do:
“Get your customers in a cheerful mood by using a themed email template. Always be cautious when using an Easter theme unless you know your audience. Sending emails on an Easter template may be offensive to some readers because Easter has religious connotations. To play it safe, choose a colorful spring theme with nature elements like flowers, trees, and animals instead. You’ll still lift your readers’ spirits and put them in a receptive frame of mind.”
#2 Send an International Women’s Day email (March 8th)
Congratulate your subscribers (after you’ve segmented your women subscribers first) and remind them to spoil themselves.
Try to be more emotional, as this is a day to celebrate the political, economic and social achievements by women. The right image, an incentive or even a famous quote can come in handy.
These are the most popular woman-related quotes that are light and related to fashion:
- “Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world.” – Marilyn Monroe
- “Elegance is the only beauty that never fades.” – Audrey Hepburn
- “Beauty will save the world.” – Fyodor Dostoevsky
However, you can also go for something a bit more meaningful by celebrating women, and doing so without any obvious promotional message:
- “Well-behaved women seldom make history.” – Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
- “Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.” – Judy Garland
This will be more related to building up your brand, rather than using the particular email to increase your sales.
In your business, you should always have a mix of long-term and short-term strategies and tactics.
But don’t forget to add free shipping!
#3 Introduce top season trends and combinations
Combinations of clothing, shoes and accessories are trending at the moment.
People love it when someone offers stylish ready-made combinations. Use them! According to this season’s trends, create combinations with your store products.
In this way you will create value for your customer as well as promote your products.
Since you have the combinations ready, you can use them in your emails and social media. You can also save them as a .pdf file or presentation, e.g. “Fashion guru tips”, and publish them on your store.
Look, what nice products Silversands uses in their emails:
You can also look for an interesting interview with a “fashion guru” or celebrity talking about the season’s trends. Embed this video on your site and write about it in your newsletter. We’ve written about how video effectively increases click rates earlier.
The purpose is to find more occasions to direct your subscriber to your website. A great example is the recent Asos.com newsletter.
Spring is an absolutely great time for combos, and Desiree Thomson agrees:
“Attract new customers with with special combos – Spring is an important period for gardening. There’s a lot of work to be done on the yard, but people barely have time. In this case you can just do a two for one deal. Take the following line as an example: ‘Book lawn mowing and weeding today and play for only one service’.”
#4 Organize a winter clearance or garage sale
Do you have leftover items you could sell to make room for new arrivals? Dedicate a week for a final sale, if you still haven’t done it already. Consider sending campaigns of 2-3 emails.
Highlight the sale in the subject line and preheader. If you give discounts for all your goods, you already have a clear message (“all stock on sale”).
However, if the sale is going to be only for particular items, how do you know which one to highlight? Show those items that generated the most interest in your store.
They will drive direct traffic to your online store and help customers discover less popular stuff.
#5 Entertain your subscribers with a lottery
Omnisend (previously Soundest) users can send a Scratch Card to their subscribers. It is an interactive email feature that doubles or even triples the click rate.
Scratch card ideas:
- Announce a lottery with a defined number of winners and let your subscribers scratch for the prize—such as a discount, free shipping, or something from your store.
- Hide an inspiring quote that makes your subscribers smile or visit your store and buy something for themselves.
You should try our unique Scratch Card. Keep in mind that the Omnisend 14-day Pro trial includes this feature:
As an alternative to Scratch Card, try our high-converting Gift Box.
The settings of the Gift Box enables you to control the number of giveaways that you want to share. If you are familiar with the Omnisend Scratch Card, a Gift Box setup will look the same.
Besides our Scratch Card and Gift Card, you can also try to use traditional lotteries and contests.
In fact, Digital Marketer Anthony Kane thinks it’s one of the best ways to kick the season off right:
“Running fun, engaging contests can be a great way to kick-off the season and Q2. Take to social media to help promote engagement and strengthen brand awareness. While contests can be scheduled during any part of the year, the Spring comes paired with a variety of holidays to tie the competition to. Connect with your customers while building relationships with new faces by running a Spring time contest or giveaway.”
#6 St. Patrick’s Day spring email campaign
St. Patrick’s Day is getting more and more commercial every year. Along with Ireland, all English speaking countries more or less celebrate this day by wearing green and organizing parties.
In the USA, 52.3% of the population celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and in 2017 they spent $5.3 billion.
This is one more occasion in which you can send an email to your subscribers. If on the St. Valentine’s Day people buy red items, on St. Patrick’s Day green is king.
Just look at the chart below at what people do on St. Patrick’s Day.
For a fresh-looking email design, you can also try one of Omnisend’s many email backgrounds dedicated to St. Patrick’s Day as well as our beautiful email templates.
Update your signup pages and pop-ups. Change the colors and the copywriting, and this will help you boost new sign-ups for your spring email campaigns.
#7 PUT YOUR STORE IN THE SPRING MOOD
Don’t forget that after your subscribers click on your links, they’ll be going to your store.
So that means you can’t have those winter clothes and snow-boots on display any more.
Give your website a spring cleaning as well. That way, you’ll be able to carry your happy, springy mood all the way through from your emails, to your website, to your checkout counter.
Jim Milan thinks this is a great idea and he uses it for his website as well:
“Make sure your homepage is updated with Spring-relevant images. At Auto Accessories Garage, we don’t want images of snow plows as the main slider images as we head into the Spring season. Instead, we shift the focus toward tonneau covers, deflectors, and other products that protect a vehicle from Spring rainfall and debris. We also ensure the images feature people outdoors in Spring clothing. This decreases the bounce rate and gets people to click through to more pages on the site which helps with our rankings in organic search. ”
#8 DON’T FORGET TAX SEASON
This is also a great time for you to put forward your big-ticket items.
After all, beginning in March, people will have already received their tax refund checks, at least in the US.
By mid-April, many people will be getting their checks in the mail. With the average refund check coming in at more than $3,000, it’s a good time to put forward your big-ticket items.
Zety’s Victoria Sawtelle thinks this is a great opportunity that’s worth taking advantage of:
“One strategy that works well is sending promotions that mention tax season. A little more spending cash, a nice discount, and an engaging email is the golden formula for increased spring sales. Some bigger ticket items are much easier to promote around this time as people can usually go for something outside of their usual budgets.”
#9 MAKE MOTHER’S DAY A BIG FOCUS
For the most part, everyone loves their Momma.
This is a big holiday, where grateful children, husbands, brothers and fellow sisters show their appreciation for the mothers in their lives.
And of course, while flower shops will be dominating this holiday, you can relate your own products to Mother’s Day. Mothers enjoy electronics. And clothes. And shoes. And movies and games.
Just make sure to focus on your own customer profiles, what women (probably aged 25+) enjoy. There’s a chance that they’re mothers, and you can use this to find what’s most popular with that group.
Then promote those products to all your customers, making sure to include related themes, images, and wording to really promote this special day.
SEO Discovery’s Gurbir Singh agrees 100% and says there are lots more ways to get your brand involved in this holiday.
In fact, you can even include simple campaigns to raise your brand awareness, without selling your products directly:
“Mother’s Day is a huge opportunity for marketers. Don’t let this spring pass by without honoring mothers everywhere. Send out flowers to mothers, release a video thanking them, run a mothers-only contest, offer mothers a special deal or recognize them at a special event for mothers. Spring Maternity did a really good job of this. They asked pregnant women to share a photo of their baby bump in order to win prizes and gift cards valid at their store.”
If you’re on Shopify and looking for even more great marketing tips, check out Prisync’s fantastic blog post about the 10 best Shopify Marketing Tactics.