Blog Newsletter Overhaul
Redesigning Grafix Artist Newsletter for better engagement
Grafix Artist is my personal blog for thoughts on Android Development and UI UX design. With approximately 1000+ subscribers, user email engagement was extremely low. Moreover, the email text felt robotic rather than personal.
I wanted users to engage more with my emails and me. For that, I had to work from the ground up.
Initially, at least one article per week was published on the blog. Emails immediately go out to readers in two cases:
1. New Article Email
Immediately sent after a new article was published on the blog.
2. Weekly Newsletter
An email that goes out on Friday, highlighting the last (latest) 3 articles.
New Article Email Redesign
Areas to Improve
- Optimize the preheader
To better convey what the current email is about.
- Email Copy
Write friendly emails that feel conversational rather than robotic. Copy must reflect writer’s personality to connect with readers on a personal level.
More prominent button with clear and relevant CTA copy
To create a simple email design that felt like a personally written letter to each reader.
Minimalism was at the core of redesigning the emails. The copy had to feel friendly and personal. Use of color must be intentional, attracting attention towards what we want readers to see (such as the CTA).
The redesign includes improvements such as optimized preheader, simpler email design, prominent CTA and friendly copy.
Weekly Newsletter Redesign
This email’s purpose was to re-engage readers. But it performed poorly as it was a repeat of the ‘New Article’ email which felt spam-like.
Areas to Improve
- Duplicate email copy
Resending the last post is a duplicate email with nothing to offer (except recent articles). Feels spam-like.
- High no. of Unsubscribes
A lot of unsubscriptions took place with this newsletter. There must be something of value in the email
- Low engagement & open rates
No new content that encourages readers to engage with the email.
Sometimes, a new article isn’t published in one week. Then, it doesn’t make sense to send a weekly newsletter as there is nothing new to offer. Hence the weekly newsletter was retired in favour of a monthly newsletter.
The design remains the same for consistency, but content had to be rethought.
Switching the frequency to once a month allowed more time to create a quality email.
The Monthly Newsletter provides a wealth of exclusive updates and news. This includes blog updates, answering common reader queries, what’s happening in the field of Design and Android Development, and interesting article reads.
Split and email subscribers based on interest in Design, Android or both.
(Sparingly) resend emails to subscribers who haven’t opened previous email.
- Welcome Email
Greet users and give them clarity on what they signed up for and what to expect in the future
Additional email engagement during big announcements and events. E.g. during dev conferences such as Google I/O
After the redesign, the blog newsletters saw a great increase in open rates. Especially open rates for the monthly newsletter just doubled!
More readers started replying back to the emails with queries, feedback and appreciation. Also, the unsubscribes that took place after each email blast drastically reduced.
- The power of copy
Friendly copy helped better connect with readers and encourage them to strike a conversation
- Minimally designed email works better
Along with friendly copy, it felt personal. Like a manually typed email sent to each reader.
- Limited use of color
Helps direct reader attention to areas that matter.
Can help drive more conversion if used correctly.
There is always room for improvement. I am constantly testing and tweaking the email designs to achieve higher conversion rates.
Some of the immediate changes for the future include:
- Better email Footer design
- Encourage readers to unsubscribe—helps reduce ‘dead weight’ and increase ROI