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The Email Design Element You Haven’t Considered
Posted By Amanda Gagnon On January 29, 2013 @ 10:00 am In Email Marketing | 13 Comments
You feel it in your gut every time you hit the “queue email” button: the eager (or perhaps nervous) anticipation of response.
You do, of course, directly ask your readers for that response, whether it’s replying, sharing on a social network or purchasing. And your marketing copy has an encouraging effect.
But have you thought about what effect, direct or indirect, the colors in your emails have? Choosing colors may feel fun and carefree, but the hues you choose can actually affect your readers’ responses.
Kissmetrics, which focuses exclusively on customer conversion, explains that color has more effect than any other visual cue  in marketing.
They pulled data from marketing journals to create a visual representation of how colors perform (shown on left).
For a specific example, one company found that switching a link from red to blue prompted significantly more clicks  on the link.
The Color The Mood Inspired dark blue grave, intelligent, sated purple elegant, mysterious, exotic red exciting, dangerous, hungry light yellow breezy, optimistic, carefree dark yellow oppressive, overpowering pink gentle, soothing, pacifying gray practical, timeless green restful, uplifting brown stable, genuine black elegant, classy orange ambitious, cheerful white clean, safe
Every color triggers a unique psychological response. So while you’ll want your emails’ colors to fit with your usual branding, you’ll also want to consider the mood you’re creating within your readers.
The bag offered to help put life back in the recipients’ marketing campaigns and encouraged them to “B positive.”
This campaign had a 25% response rate – remarkable for a direct mailing. The costs of the mailing were paid for by the 3rd call.
Now, part of the campaign’s success was undoubtedly due to its shock factor. It’s not everyday you open your mailbox and pull out bright red blood.
But that bright red color, I would argue, added to the effect. The bold crimson commanded attention, and it also triggered urgency.
While countless studies have shown the psychological effect of colors, it would be presumptive to say that every single person will react to a color in the same way.
In fact, some may think color has no effect at all. Others may think the effect is minimal enough to not bother incorporating the approach in emails.
So as a marketer, I’m asking for your opinion: how much do you think color affects whether or not your email readers respond?
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 more effect than any other visual cue: http://blog.kissmetrics.com/color-psychology/
 significantly more clicks: http://visualwebsiteoptimizer.com/split-testing-blog/blue-link-vs-red-link/
 reported to increase appetite: http://www.colorschemer.com/blog/2007/07/17/why-food-companies-use-red-colors/
 ColorMatters: http://www.colormatters.com/
 ColorCom: http://www.colorcom.com/consultation/color-branding-marketing
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 Blackcoffee: http://www.blackcoffee.com/
 mailed bags of fake blood: http://www.blackcoffee.com/blog/2008/11/15/halloween/
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