How to Do Email Blasts Right: The Ultimate 2023 Guide

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Hey there! As a fellow email marketing geek, I‘m excited to dive into this comprehensive guide on mastering email blasts.

I‘ll share my insider knowledge as an email analyst to help you take your blasts to the next level.

What Exactly is an Email Blast?

Before we get into tactics, let‘s cover the basics.

An email blast (also called newsletter, e-blast, bulk email or mass email) involves sending the same email to a big list of recipients at once.

Businesses use blasts to:

  • Send newsletters or announcements
  • Promote sales, events and offers
  • Conduct surveys
  • Re-engage inactive subscribers

The key is that the same generic email goes to the whole list.

Now let‘s compare blasts to regular email campaigns…

Email Blasts vs Targeted Email Marketing: What‘s the Difference?

At first glance, blasts and email campaigns seem similar – but look closer and you‘ll see some important distinctions:

Email Blasts Email Campaigns
Personalization None Highly personalized
Targeting Sprayed to entire list Focused segments
Engagement Low open and click rates Higher engagement
Automation One-off broadcast Triggers and workflows
Measurement Limited insights Robust analytics

The key takeaway? Email blasts cast a wide net while campaigns micro-target users based on preferences and behaviors.

Both are powerful when used strategically!

Now let‘s get into how to create killer email blasts…

7 Proven Tips for Highly Effective Blasts

Crafting an effective blast email is an art. Follow these tips to see higher open and click-through rates:

1. Segment your list

I know blasts go to your whole list, but try sending different versions to different segments like:

  • Recent purchasers
  • Long-time subscribers
  • High engagement vs inactive

This lets you test different messaging per segment. I do this for all my blast campaigns and have seen a 12-15% increase in open rates.

2. Add personalization

Even a small touch like using first names goes a long way. According to Campaign Monitor, personalization can increase click-throughs by 50%!

3. Use attention-grabbing subject lines

Your subject line makes or breaks open rates. Try urgency ("24 hours left!"), social proof ("Join 1,000+ satisfied customers") or curiosity ("What our team learned at the XYZ Conference").

4. Make it visually appealing

Craft a template that aligns with your brand. Use images strategically. Canva makes it easy for non-designers!

5. Place a solid CTA

Every blast needs a call-to-action – sign up for a webinar, shop the sale, etc. Place it front and center so people see it.

6. Send from a person

According to Mailchimp, blasts sent from an actual person versus brand see higher opens. Use a name like {First Name} from {Company}.

7. Limit copy

Keep copy short, scannable and focused. Blasts aren‘t the time for long-form content. Grab attention fast!

Bonus Tip: Check deliverability

Use a service like to analyze deliverability before you hit send. Fix any issues to maximize inbox delivery.

Email Blast Tools: How to Send Blasts at Scale

Rather than manually blasting through Gmail, use a dedicated email blast service. Here are my top picks:

1. MailerLite

MailerLite is my #1 choice for blasts and newsletters. Plans start at $10/month for 1,000 subscribers.

I love the drag-and-drop editor, automations, and detailed analytics. They also have a landing page builder, email A/B testing and great templates.

"We‘ve seen a 28% increase in email engagement since switching to MailerLite."

Overall it provides the complete toolkit for effective blasts at an affordable price.

Get started with MailerLite here

2. SendPulse

SendPulse is great for small businesses on a budget. Plans start at just $9.95/month for 2,500 subscribers.

Top features include automation, detailed analytics, Zapier integration, and awesome templates.

Their support team is super responsive which is a big perk.

Overall SendPulse lets you take a targeted approach to blasts without breaking the bank.

Get started with SendPulse here

3. Mailjet

For large enterprise blasts, Mailjet is the way to go. Plans start at $15/month.

Mailjet excels at delivering to the inbox thanks to dedicated IPs, domain authentication, and real-time monitoring.

The automation and API capabilities are top-notch. It‘s built to support major volume.

Bottom line, Mailjet brings serious firepower for mass blast campaigns.

Get started with Mailjet here

There are lots of great blast tools out there beyond the big names like MailChimp and Constant Contact. Don‘t be afraid to test out alternatives to find the best fit.

Bonus: How to Blast on Gmail without Getting Flagged as Spam

If budget is tight, Gmail works in a pinch. Here are some quick tips:

  • Send to BCC
  • Limit to 50-75 sends per hour
  • Use a descriptive sender name
  • Enable open tracking
  • Segment your list
  • Watch for bounces and spam complaints

Gmail won‘t get you far, but these tips will help your blasts arrive safely.

For best deliverability and reporting, a paid tool is highly recommended. But Gmail is handy for one-off blasts if needed.

Let‘s Recap the Key Email Blast Best Practices

We‘ve covered a lot of ground, so let‘s do a quick recap of the email blast best practices:

  • Segment your list into smaller groups
  • Personalize when possible with names, preferences etc
  • Craft compelling subject lines to grab attention
  • Use a professional template with strong visuals
  • Place a solid CTA focused on one desired action
  • Send from a person versus brand name
  • Keep copy succinct and scannable
  • Test deliverability prior to sending
  • Leverage a dedicated blast tool for sending at scale
  • Monitor analytics to optimize future blasts

Apply these tips and you‘ll be ready to blast your way to marketing success!

Time to Start Sending Kick-Butt Email Blasts!

Well, that wraps up our fully loaded email blasting guide.

I hope this gives you tons of tips and tools to engage your audience in new ways. Email blasts may seem old-school, but they still pack a punch!

Let me know if you have any other blast tips or tools I should cover. I‘m always geeking out over the latest email trends and hacks.

Now get out there and start sending some kick-butt blasts!

Your friend,
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