How many emails do you get per day? And of those tens/hundreds/thousands you get in your personal inbox, work inbox, and more, what makes you open one but not another? It's probably a combination of factors - who's sending it, the time of day you receive it, the subject line, and the type of content.Now let's look at email from the other side - when you're the sender. If you use email as a marketing tool to promote your upcoming recreation programs, it's important to understand and optimize all of the factors so that your emails stand out to your customers. Here are four ways to do that:1. Collect data about your customersWith so many recreation activities for the public to choose from, it’s important for your community organization to get creative to increase participation. Get started by taking a closer look at your customer data. You can uncover trends and identify ways to increase registrations. After that, take that information and use it to create targeted marketing campaigns and offers.Continue reading...2. Understand the statisticsLast week, I attended HubSpot’s webinar, The Science of Email Marketing. Known as the Social Media Scientist, Dan Zarrella compiled the statistics and presented the webinar. It was one of the more useful webinars I’ve attended because it gave hard evidence rather less-than-concrete theories. These 14 statistics will help you get more opens and clicks. Continue reading...3. Improve the contentEmail is an inexpensive and effective way to communicate with members of your community. Most (or all) of you probably use email marketing to spread the word about your events, classes, programs, and news. However, do you have a strategy in place? In this article, we’ll cover eight necessary steps you should take to ensure that your email marketing is on track for success.Continue reading...4. Play with enticing subject linesWe need subject lines that pull inbox scanners from their numbed slumber in which most emails are unceremoniously deleted. If our email is to be read, our subject lines must save our recipients from mindless autonomy.Continue reading...Take these four steps/resources and improve your emails. You'll improve open rates, clicks, and ultimately revenue. What else has worked for your effective email campaigns? Comment below.