Badsender of the week: A headline with the same "Headline" every day! Ok or Ko ?

Unless there is an incredible concept behind it, it is totally "Ko"! Yet, that's what Libération has been doing for its daily newsletter since I subscribed to it (that's a little more than six months ago).

Every day, the subject of the newsletter sent by Libération is invariably the same: "The news update from + DATE + to the morning".

Why what is unthinkable with the paper version of the daily becomes possible with email? Yet, the Libération newsletter probably generates considerable traffic on its website. A traffic that is essential to the digital monetization of the newspaper. So why not optimize? Why this laziness?

It is all the more regrettable that with email, the online press has an extremely powerful tool ... but underused. If you haven't read it, I recommend you to read this article : Behavioral targeting: A potential revolution for the media ... example!

For the rest, the newsletter gets a score of 4,5/8 for the checklist (see below) ... which is not too bad ! It is relatively well constructed, readable ... Some points are nevertheless to be improved :

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  • Total absence of call to action (but everything is clickable);
  • Technical links in grey on grey background (header and footer);
  • No text version available;
  • An address in reply-to ... but which does not exist;
  • No preference center;

On the positive side, we can note the implementation of a strategy to convert readers into paying subscribers! A strategy that should be further refined.

Identity card

Generic email information:

  • Subject of the email : The news update of Tuesday, July 02 in the morning
  • From : NewsLetter Libération
  • Preheader : To view this email in a web page, please visit our online version
  • Emailing platform : Emailvision

Checklist :

  • Link to privacy : KO
  • Link to unsubscribe : OK
  • DKIM : OK
  • Text version : KO
  • Text to Image Ratio : OK
  • List-unsubscribe : OK
  • Friendly reply : KO
  • Mobile ready : Bof

Screenshot of the email


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4 réponses

  1. It can also be so that the content is clearly identified, easily, by the recipient. It's his newspaper and no matter what news he reads, he reads it. Adapting the subject to the news is potentially allowing the recipient to "miss" the email, and increase the chance of being caught by the filters because of hot spamwords temporarily. Finally, it can make the content look like a service email for some filters since the content is always similar but behaviorally there is a good responder behind it. Maybe that's just the incredible concept behind it 😉

  2. Same comment, same answer 😉

    For me, identification remains the prerogative of the "From" field, not of the object! I understand the idea of filters ... but with the rise of behavioral analysis to the detriment of content analysis, I'm not sure that this is a good strategy in the long term.

    On the incredible concept ... I have a doubt 😉

  3. Thanks for the article, I agree with you 100%

    The date is convenient at 100% especially in their case but it must be narrowed down like: June 25 or Vend. 25/06

    Now it would have been practical to put in the title of the mail a part of the title of the articles, it motivates even more to read (instead of the text that is repeated unnecessarily ...)

    e.g. Friday 25, Snowden affair, Delphine Battho, Gattaz at the medef ...
    ditto for the title of the newsletter page, a plus for natural referencing

    and don't forget to use the header example x-date-newsletter, this is the kind of information on which outlook and gmail are now able to make filters or searches

  4. We have done some testing of regular items with clients whose regular newsletter we manage.
    And believe it or not, when we go out of the regular object by trying to innovate, the opening rate drops!
    But of course there is a compromise to be found between the two, especially with the header

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