How Becker’s Healthcare Drove 1,000 Email Signups Per Month
In an increasingly cluttered content landscape, where every organization is calling itself a media company, how can you stand out? By creating an emotional connection with your audience.
So how can you do that? Start by welcoming your new readers with a thoughtful welcome email series. This serves as an opportunity to demonstrate your publication’s value and topical expertise, then tell readers what you offer and where they can find it. Besides making your new readers feel welcomed and appreciated, this prepare your readers to engage with you across all of your various content channels.
And once your audience finds the resources they like most, they’re more likely to stay engaged and subscribed for the long haul.
In this case study, we’re spotlighting a company that’s doing it right: Becker’s Healthcare.
Becker’s welcomed and nurtured new readers by sending them a welcome email series within three days of entering their database. To execute their welcome series, they used Omeda’s marketing automation solution to create a month-long series of weekly emails, which introduced recipients to Becker’s suite of educational content, webinars, whitepapers, events and more.
When possible, Becker’s used dynamic content to further personalize these emails to individual interests and preference. This attention to detail paid off, as Becker’s drove 1,000 new contacts to their educational offerings and 26,000 new form submissions in just 4 months.
Here’s how they partnered with Omeda to do it:
About Becker’s Healthcare
Becker’s Healthcare is a Chicago-based media organization that provides forward-looking business news, analysis and guidance for healthcare professionals. Their portfolio includes Becker’s Hospital Review, Becker’s ASC Review, Becker’s Spine Review, Becker’s Clinical Leadership & Infection Control and Becker’s Dental Review.
In addition to its five print and digital publications, Becker’s Healthcare has a wide variety of educational content spanning many channels, websites, webinars and whitepapers to their live and virtual events, e-newsletter and podcasts.
This presented the Becker’s team with two challenges:
- With so much on offer, new readers may not realize how many resources are available to them — and miss opportunities to engage across Becker’s many channels.
- The team at Becker’s spends so much time on content creation that they struggle to manually create, activate and manage audience engagement campaigns.
To address both of these challenges, Becker’s partnered with Omeda. They created a welcome email series that introduced new readers to their wide variety of content and educational offerings.
The Becker’s team hoped would that this, in turn, would spark:
- Continued e-newsletter growth
- Increased conversions (form fills) for their webinar and whitepaper learning opportunities
- Increased conversions and attendance for our live and virtual event opportunities
- Continued podcast listenership growth across their flagship and niche lines
The welcome series: set up, audience and strategy
The Becker’s team used Odyssey, Omeda’s marketing automation tool, to create a month-long voyage of weekly emails.
These emails educated new readers on the organization’s e-newsletters, live and virtual event programs, podcast lines, and lead generation programs (whitepapers and webinars) in hopes of sparking long-term engagement across all channels.
Emails were sent to any reader who had entered the Becker’s database within the past three days and had a valid email address in their profile.
Because users could enter the system through a variety of means (completing an opt-in form, engaging with content, etc.), the welcome series was designed to explain all that Becker’s had to offer in a very general sense.
Personalizing at scale with dynamic content
However, if they had additional behavioral data on a contact, Becker’s used dynamic content to personalize each email’s content to that person’s specific interests.
Through demographics they’d previously established in Omeda’s Audience Builder database, the Becker’s team could easily embed dynamic content into the email sequence that tailored sectioned content to the unique interests of each reader, based on their job title/role.
In accordance with their most common and important audience segments, they presented e-newsletter, lead gen, event and podcast offerings that aligned with the following topical areas:
- Health IT
If they didn’t have title information available for a contact, they assigned the user a “default” content tag. Readers with this tag received a more general overview of Becker’s resources, then they were directed to sign-up pages or preference selections for those offerings. From there, they could subscribe for relevant e-newsletters, publications, etc.
They continued sending emails until the reader engaged with a form, either for a webinar/whitepaper or signing up for a live/virtual event.
The Becker’s team then created an Audience Builder query that checked anyone in their Odyssey list for new form submissions. So once a user downloaded a white paper or signed up for a webinar/event, they could be easily removed from the campaign.
Since launching the campaign, the Becker’s team has seen some impressive results. Highlights include:
- The welcome sequence’s first email earned a 4% click-through rate and helped Becker’s drive nearly 5,000 new contacts to its e-newsletter preference form.
- There, new visitors could easily sign up for their offerings with only their email address. This streamlined sign-up process helped Becker’s earn 1,000 signups per month.
- Combined, the lead gen and event-based emails drove over 1,000 (1,088) new contacts to their educational offerings. There, users could sign up for the promoted asset or another one that caught their interest.
- This campaign, combined with Becker’s other lead gen efforts, helped them drive over 26,000 form fills in the first four months of 2023 alone!
Best of all: The campaign runs almost entirely on autopilot. The team no longer has to manually pull contacts — or manually create and send new welcome emails — every time they run the campaign.
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