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Freedom of Choice: the Unsubscribe Button

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Hi guys,

Hope you are doing great! Today I would like to talk to you about freedom of choice. Let’s say that you are launching a new startup. At this stage, the primary channel of promotion would be email marketing, as it’s one of the most effective and cost-efficient promotional avenues. The goal of any email marketing campaigns is a committed action, such as a click-through. But no matter how hard you try to tempt existing and potential customers with new promotions, creative content and discounts, there always will be people who wish to unsubscribe.

Despite all the contradictions, the best possible way to improve your email marketing campaign is to place the Unsubscribe button in the most prominent place. In most cases, the Unsubscribe button is hidden at the bottom of the letter, made so small that it is almost impossible to find it. And even if you find the button, it may not be the end. You may come across such a complex procedure that successfully unsubscribing without a university degree can be a hard one.

For example, the unsubscribe process provided by one of car rental services is rated as one of the worst ever.

Marketers have to understand that hiding the Unsubscribe button doesn’t solve a problem. When a person decides to opt out, hiding this option will lead that user to hit the Spam button. If you have dealt with email marketing, you should know that the more spam reports your provider receives, the smaller the probability is that your email will get to the client’s inbox in future.

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The first and the easiest way to make the Unsubscribe button more user-friendly is to place it at the very top of the letter.
One promotions site places this button right at the top of its newsletter. When you hit the button, there is no complex procedure or forms to fill out. You just hit the button and that’s it. Funny approach along with the simplicity never better increases customer loyalty.

You can say that easy unsubscription is a risky enterprise, and you would be absolutely right. But taking this risk is much more rational than leaving your clients no other choice than hitting the Spam button.
Once someone tries to unsubscribe from your email newsletter, you can take different approaches to leave him on your subscription list. For example, after the unsubscription, you can send the last goodbye email stating that the user has been removed from the recipients list, but offering the re-subscribe option.

Another approach is giving your clients an alternative to completing their unsubscription. For example, a men’s clothing retailer offers several options before removing a client from their recipient list. Instead of complete removal, a client may change the frequency of emails.

The conclusion that can be made is obvious: when someone wants to unsubscribe, hiding the Unsubscribe button will not prevent him from doing that. So provide freedom of choice for your clients and you will see how their loyalty grows.

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Written by: Serge