Subject Line Stats That Matter

Email inboxes in the modern day are nothing short of a digital cacophony of noise. Left alone, your unread emails will stack up very quickly, with emails coming from a whole host of sources talking about a range of different topics. Relating to my own role, I’ve now accrued a mighty list of PPC and Digital Marketing newsletters that populate my inbox, with the subject line often being the only distinguishing factor in my decision to open or skip past an email.

For the email marketer, this makes grabbing the attention of your audience more difficult, but when done right, it can totally transform your results and open rates. As your subject line is the first point of contact with your intended audience, mastering the subject line is the difference between an opened email and just another unread email bound to the annals of history.

In this blog, we intend to explore the world of statistics to gain a deeper understanding of the science behind subject lines and discover the secrets that make users stop scrolling and engage with your content. 

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30 Subject Line Statistics That Will Keep You Ahead Of The Game 

  1. Subject lines containing the recipient’s first name can increase open rates by 22.2%
  2. Emails with 6-10 words have the highest open rates at 21%
  3. Only 6.9% out of 1000 subject lines contain emojis
  4. Subject lines with the first word capitalised have a 16.7% open rate
  5. The mere presence of the term “newsletter” can result in an 18% reduction in open rates, while subject lines featuring “you” may lead to a 5% decline in email open rates
  6. 47% of email recipients decide whether to open an email based on the subject line
  7. Email subject lines that are interactive have 70% higher opening rates
  8. Emoji in the Subject Line has an open rate of 13.65%
  9. 69% of email recipients report email as spam based solely on the subject line
  10. Email subject lines that create a sense of urgency can result in a 22% higher open rate
  11. Subject lines having discount-based offers have a below-average opening rate of 38.31%
  12. Subject lines posing a question can lead to a 44% higher open rate
  13. Emails that do not have a name in the subject line have an opening rate of 15.70%
  14. Emails with the subject line “Re:” perform 92% worse than other subject lines
  15. 21- to 25-word subject lines only have a 9% open rate
  16. According to research, only 45% of abandoned cart emails are opened
  17. As per the research, 10.7% of cart abandonment emails lead to recovery
  18. Exclamation marks are attention catchers, and 29% of marketers use them in their subject lines for abandoned cart emails
  19. A question mark in email subject lines increases the number of opens by 44.437%
  20. Using offers or special deals in the subject line increases email open rates by 14% and click-through rates by 34%
  21. Subject lines that create curiosity have a 22% higher open rate
  22. Email subject lines with how-to topics having the keyword “how to” have an average open rate of 37.2%
  23. Using offers or special deals in the subject line increases email open rates by 14% and click-through rates by 34%
  24. Emails with no subject have an open rate of 8% more than those with a subject line
  25. Emails with “Fw.” in the subject line were opened 17% less than those that don’t
  26. 82% Of Marketers Aim To Keep Their Subject Line Length Under 60 Characters
  27. A/B Testing Your Email Subject Lines And Content Can Boost Your ROI By 28%
  28. 33% of email recipients open emails because of catchy subject lines
  29. The industry with the highest open rate is government, at 28.77%, while the industry with the lowest open rate is Vitamin Supplements, at only 15.03%
  30. 81% of emails are now opened and read on mobile devices

Bolster Your Marketing Efforts With Embryo

Crafting an enticing email subject line is key to your email open rate success. Data suggests that a more personalised approach leads to a more engaged audience, while FOMO and curiosity are also big “hooks” that can help capture your audience’s attention.

Subject to endless emails on a neverending basis, mastering the art of the subject line is the clear-cut way to separate yourself from the crowd.

In short, writing an email with a generic subject line is the quickest way to waste a marketing effort. Take the time to know your audience and tailor your email subject line to the person who’s receiving it. Only then will you sow the seeds of success. Contact us today to discover how this can be achieved for your business.

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