When subscribed contacts stop interacting with your emails, it's a good idea to try to win them back with a re-engagement strategy. It's often less expensive to target a current contact than it is to find a new one. Winning the interest of inactive subscribers helps you make the most of your Mailchimp audience.
In this article, you'll learn how to target inactive subscribers to win back their interest.
Identify inactive subscribers
It’s normal to have some inactive subscribers who don’t engage with your email campaigns much, but who are still interested in your brand. Use Mailchimp's segment tools to identify your least engaged subscribers, and target them with relevant campaigns that can win their interest.
To get started, you'll create a segment based on campaign activity or contact rating to identify inactive subscribers in your audience. If you haven't done this yet, read Identify Inactive Subscribers for detailed instructions.
Choose your re-engagement tools
The best re-engagement strategy depends on your industry and your brand. No matter what industry you're in, a successful re-engagement email campaign or landing page uses relevant content as an incentive for subscribers to interact with your brand again. For example, if you have an online store, you could offer exclusive coupons or discount codes.
Here are some of Mailchimp's re-engagement tools that can help you attract your segment of inactive subscribers.
Send a series of re-engagement emails to inactive subscribers over time. You can also set post-send actions to automatically unsubscribe people or move them to different groups after they finish your automated email series. For example, use post-send actions to unsubscribe contacts if they don't open your re-engagement series.
Polls and surveys
Ask subscribers to complete a poll or survey, and send them a free gift or promo code when they complete it. If you ask the right questions, poll results can tell you what your inactive subscribers are interested in, and you can use this information to target them with additional campaigns and calls-to-action.
Use contests, giveaways, or raffles to generate interest in your campaigns. Check out some online giveaway tips from our blog.
Coupons or promo codes
Send inactive subscribers a special promo code or coupon, along with a message letting them know that it's been a while since they visited your site. Highlight a few things that have been updated since they last visited to draw them back.
Connect your store to collect data on your contacts' purchase behavior. Mailchimp will then use the data to identify personalized product recommendations for each contact. Armed with this information, you can then send an enticing campaign that automatically suggests products they might love.
After you choose your re-engagement tools, you're ready to create your campaigns. We strongly recommend you use A/B Testing Campaigns or Multivariate Campaigns to test different versions of your content and determine the most effective re-engagement strategy for your audience. For example, you may want to see if your subscribers are more likely to engage with a promo code for 10% off their next order, or a code for free shipping.
View your results
The most successful re-engagement campaigns will typically re-engage about 10 percent of inactive subscribers. Depending on the size of your audience and your sales goals, re-engagement campaigns have the potential to make a big impact on your opens, clicks, and sales.
View results in the Reports section of your account to see if your campaign captured the interest of your inactive subscribers.
For a broad overview of how well your re-engagement campaign performed, view the campaign report.
If you used a poll in your campaign, view the poll results in your report and segment subscribers based on their responses.
Return on Investment
If you use an e-commerce integration in your Mailchimp account, review your e-commerce data to determine your ROI.
View how many subscribers in your inactive segment re-engaged. View your segment.
If your results are lower than you expect, try increasing the discount or promotion in your next re-engagement campaign.
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