Campaign Corner: How do I make my ward emails more effective?

The Campaign Corner series looks to give three tips about commonly asked campaign issues. Do get in touch if you have any questions you would like to suggest.

Today’s Campaign Corner question: I have built up quite a large number of emails for residents in my ward and I’m expecting a close fight in May. How can I get the most out of emails to them?

  1. Email inboxSubject lines matter: the subject line on an email is rather like the headline on a Focus leaflet – it needs to give people an instant reason to read on and should get over your key message so that they get it even if they hit delete rather than reading on. As a result, often the most effective subject lines therefore are short, clear and factual.
  2. Timing of emails matter: not everyone has an organised inbox, and for many people if an email is not near the top of their inbox when they check their email it does not have much chance of being read. So you need to time your emails to match up to when your recipients are most likely to be logged in to their email system.
  3. You need to track email performance: you can only know if you are succeeding at #1 and #2 if you are tracking your email performance statisics: what is the open rate on your emails and how many people are clicking through on links in your emails?

Got any other tips? Please do share them in the comment thread below.

Want to know more about local campaigning? Campaigning In Your Community by myself and Shaun Roberts should be right up your street. It’s available for only £4 from ALDC and you can read an extract for free here.

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5 Comments

  • I think that Campaign Corner is an excellent series but should it not be in the Members’ Forum section of the website?

  • “I have built up quite a large number of emails for residents in my ward and I’m expecting a close fight in May. How can I get the most out of emails to them?”

    I’d suggest that any political campaigner planning to make use of a list of email addresses they have “built up” should be particularly aware of the Information Commissioner’s guidance for political parties:
    “You must have the individual’s prior consent to communicate with them in this way. In addition in all such communications you must identify yourself and provide an address that individuals can use to object and request that you do not send them any further communications.”
    http://www.ico.gov.uk/for_organisations/sector_guides/~/media/documents/library/Data_Protection/Practical_application/PROMOTION_OF_A_POLITICAL_PARTY.ashx

  • @paul hunt:

    “I think that Campaign Corner is an excellent series but should it not be in the Members’ Forum section of the website?”

    Mark is such a Liberal that he believes our opponents need as much training as we do. 🙂

  • @Dave Page
    Really? You don’t open any emails from the party as they ‘stalk’ you?
    Do you read emails from Tesco, Amazon, Play, BBC and so on?
    I think you’re being a bit over the top to be honest – exactly why do you object?

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