Abi Davies Guest writer
Posted 9th February 2017

Three simple first steps to personalising your newsletters

Topics: Broadcast campaigns

first steps to personalisation From publishing houses to museums to music streaming services, making marketing as personalised as possible has become a priority for organisations across the globe.

As we all know, ecommerce brands are no exception; and as machine learning continues to get smarter, so expectations for 1:1 personalisation in email marketing continue to rise.

A hero image that automatically changes according to a recipient’s gender? Product recommendations based on the local weather forecast for a customer’s geographical location? A countdown to Valentine’s Day that’s optimized according to open-time?

The ecommerce newsletter of the future knows few boundaries, but is it actually attainable? Thanks to dynamic content, the answer is “yes”: it is.

Most marketers shy away from personalisation because they simply don’t have time or the resources available to make it happen. But there are a few things you can try right now with minimal effort – all thanks to dynamic content.

Dynamic content blocks remove the need for marketers to create multiple templates for their different segments (e.g. one template for female recipients, one template for female VIP recipients, one template for male VIP recipients… zzzz) and instead deliver highly-personalised content from a single template.

Inevitably, there remain certain elements that will need to be created by you or your design team – such as your core assets (brand logo/different hero images per segment…). For now though, here are three ways dynamic content can personalise your newsletters without going all out.


With a good template editor, customising the copy for your brand’s newsletter can be achieved with minimal effort and zero additional assets. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Subject line & preheader text

  • adding a recipient’s name to the subject line and/or preheader text of your newsletter
  • adapt subject line/preheader text depending on recipient’s lifecycle stage (for instance, whether they are: a lead yet to make a purchase, an active customer or lapsed).

For example, here’s a screengrab from Ometria’s broadcast email template editor.

ometria template editor

Email heading/copy 

  • including a recipient’s name in the heading and/or overall copy of your email
  • incorporating the lifecycle stage in the live heading and/or overall copy of your email

Heading |

Dynamic header.png

Copy |

Ometria dynamic content template editor


New call-to-action


Another easy win when it comes to newsletter personalisation is displaying the right discount according to each recipient’s lifecycle stage or customer profile.

A few examples of data-driven, dynamic discounts include:

  • birthday offers (based on whether or not your brand has a record of recipients’ DOB)
  • VIP incentive: instead of offering a discount (as they would probably buy anyway) you can offer your VIP customers a preview of the new collection or invite them for an event (as shown below)
  • win-back incentive (e.g. “We’d love to see your face again, here’s 20% off your next purchase!” or “Win a trip to Paris!”)
  • first purchase discount (e.g. Welcome Alice! Here’s 10% off on us…).


ecommerce newsletter dynamic coupon

Product recommendations

Add more personalisation to your newsletter by choosing an appropriate product recommendation engine. This could be based on factors that are specific to either your brand (e.g. what’s in stock, items you specifically want to promote) or your customer:

  • “fully personalised” engine (e.g. where you can add products that customers recently viewed)
  • category specific
  • price range specific
  • blacklist certain products (for example, out of stock products or previously purchased products)

Dynamic product recommendations ecommerce email
Get started

The majority of the above can be carried out by a marketer independent of a design-team/ additional resources needed to create specific assets such as different imagery for each segment. Even if your brand relies on image based coupons or discounts, these are very easy to create and don’t need ongoing changes for weekly sends.

As long as you have a good template editor that enables you to use dynamic content, all of this is completely doable and has the potential to vastly improve your workflow.

To create an even more personalised newsletter, certain assets – dependent on resources – will be required, which is something we’ll be touching upon in our next blog post.

Here at Ometria, we’ve launched personalised broadcast email, enabling retailers to build newsletter camapigns in a matter of clicks. For more information, click here

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