Top Performing Email Subject Lines for Small Businesses

Top Performing Email Subject Lines for Small Businesses

We send a lot of emails on behalf of our customers … 102,500,000 last year to be exact. We’ve found that there’s a symbiotic relationship between email subject lines, open rates and increased sales. Email opens are key to gaining more business and carefully crafted subject lines are essential for better email open rates. But many business owners don’t give this much thought and instead default to unoriginal, dry subject lines. The downfall: These emails have notoriously low open rates.

So what can you write to entice readers to open an email and engage in your content? At OutboundEngine, we craft eye-catching, branded emails on behalf of our customers, and we work hard to ensure high delivery rates that are well above industry averages. After reviewing the emails we sent on behalf of business owners across many different industries in 2016, we’ve determined which three subject lines for each received the most opens. Here’s a list of the top performing email subject lines and their corresponding header images to help you build a solid strategy for 2017.

The industries covered in this post are:

  • Financial Advisors
  • Home Services
  • Legal – Criminal Defense
  • Digital Marketing Agencies
  • Health and Wellness
  • Automotive

Financial Advisors:

1: Is 2016 the year you pay with your phone?

Email Subject Lines for Financial Advisors

2: What’s the one thing that every successful investor does?

Email Subject Lines for Financial Advisors 1

3: How to Make Your Travel Dreams a Reality

Email Subject Lines for Financial Advisors 2

Home Services:

1: 7 Safety Essentials for Your Home

Email Subject Lines for Home Services

2: 4 Backyard Water Features for Your Enjoyment

Email Subject Lines for Home Services 1

3: 4 Basic Electrical Upgrades for the DIYer

Email Subject Lines for Home Services 2

Legal – Criminal Defense:

1: Do you have to tell police who you are?

Email Subject Lines for Legal Criminal Defense

2: What kind of lawyer do I need?

Email Subject Lines for Legal Criminal Defense 1

3: What is your right to remain silent?

Email Subject Lines for Legal Criminal Defense 2

Marketing Agencies:

1: Is email an essential ingredient in your marketing mix?

Email Subject Lines for Marketing Agencies

Email Subject Lines for Marketing Agencies 1

3: Understanding the Latest SEO Best Practices

Email Subject Lines for Marketing Agencies 2

Health and Wellness:

1: 5 Surprising Health Benefits of Massage Therapy

Email Subject Lines for Health and Wellness

2: How much should you exercise for a longer life?

Email Subject Lines for Health and Wellness 1

3: Surprising Benefits of Curiosity and How to Cultivate It

Email Subject Lines for Health and Wellness 2

Automotive:

1: Tires 101: What to Look For and What to Check

Email Subject Lines for Automotive

2: Cool New Safety Features Available in 2016 Vehicles

Email Subject Lines for Automotive 1

3: Tips for Dealing With a Traffic Ticket

Email Subject Lines for Automotive 2

Wrap-up

In 2016 the most highly engaged emails we crafted were written to help, not sell. The stats we’ve accumulated clearly show that the more creative and helpful an email subject line is, the more engaged the end reader will be. Not only that, but when you send interesting content, the likelihood of your emails getting forwarded to other people increases significantly.

By writing enticing email subject lines and providing sincere and valuable content, you encourage active readership and continued engagement. This not only goes a long way toward building a strong relationship, but it also increases repeat business and referrals from your past clients.

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