Thompson Toyota Email: Does It Drive You to Be a Facebook Fan?

The primary goal of this email sent by the Doylestown, PA-based car dealership Thompson Toyota is to build the company’s Facebook fan base. Sent to customers, the email starts off with a strong subject line that is likely to drive a high open rate, especially among Facebook users: “Like Us on Facebook for a Chance to Win.” Recipients don’t know what they may win, but given that it’s sent from a car dealership, their curiosity is likely piqued. Could it be a car?

Rue La La Email: A Welcome Combination of Style and Substance

Rue La La is an invitation-only shopping website where members can buy from “private sale boutiques” that are open for a short time and offer top brands in fashion, travel, home, gourmet food, wine, and more. We recently reviewed a welcome email from a similar shopping website – Gilt. Compared to Gilt’s welcome email, this one does a better job of introducing the membership benefits to ultimately drive conversions.

Gilt Groupe Email: Does It Glitter or Is It Fool's Gold?

Gilt Groupe is a members-only shopping website that gives access to top designer labels at up to 60% off the retail price. In this welcome email, Gilt starts off effectively with a strong subject line: “Get Started with Gilt.” Sent to new members within minutes of signing up, recipients are looking forward to finding out more about Gilt.

Get the Click: Animoto

Animoto is an online video creation service that lets users take their own photographs, videos, and music and make polished, professional-looking video slideshows. In this email, the company is letting its users know that they can now grab and incorporate photos from Instagram – the popular iPhone application that allows users to snap pictures, add filters, and share them on social networking sites. Overall, the email successfully communicates this message.

Get the Click: Honda

Five days before this year’s Super Bowl, Honda sent an email with a link to a television commercial that would be played for the first time during the game. The ad for the new 2012 Honda CR-V stars Matthew Broderick in a reprisal of his role as Ferris Bueller in the classic 1986 movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Although we don’t know Honda’s criteria for this email list, we do know that current CR-V owners – including those who recently purchased a CR-V – were on the list.

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