Email Newsletters Hit a Speed Bump: Inaccurate Open Rates

  • Date
  • Posted by
    Amelia Condon
  • Comments
  • Category

As Clover Letter Emails Got Bigger in size, Founders Say, Its Open Rate Collapsed… Email newsletters are just as effective when working with existing customers, as they were from the very start. Also, the part of the problem may be the “offline reading” option, used by many people worldwide.

But another newsletter flagged an unexpected challenge last week, one that caused its founders to re-evaluate their primary method of distribution and introduce an app to complement it. Liza Darwin and Casey Lewis, who started Clover Letter in February for teen girls, wrote that their strong start was running into a problem.

Spam filters used by providers can prevent readers from getting their newsletters, which may influence their open rate.

As they got more comfortable with MailChimp, the service they used to manage and send Clover Letter, they said they began adding GIFs and Instagrams and other things that made the experience feel that much more exciting than your average promotional letter in the box. But that actually led to the problem of increased letter size, which certainlyserves as a huge disadvantage for many clients of Clover Letter. Their founders are now looking for various methods of solving this problem.

Share this Post:



3 day ago

Thank you for such an informative article! It is sad to realize that such an approach can lead to loss of Clover Letter clients. As many of your readers know, large newsletters can get “clipped” by email programs, which hurts the open rate because the image is located at the very bottom of the email. This may be the right time to develop a new way of using e-mails as the marketing tool.


3 days ago

I think this can be solved by developing a smarter newsletter layout. In my opinion, creators of Clover Letter should integrate more text than pictures so that readers could easily see and open their e-mails without downloading content.


1 day ago

I can’t really see a good solution here except converting images to text with proper formatting. However, I truly hope Clover Letter founders will eventually come to a properly working solution as it is one of the most popular teen newsletter communities. I hope to hear more from your authors about the recent news of online marketing and advertising industry.