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Why personalized subject lines increases open rates

Why personalized subject lines increases open rates

Personalized subject lines tailored to healthcare providers focus on addressing patients' specific needs, concerns, and interests while showcasing the provider's commitment to their well-being. This helps healthcare providers increase open rates and effectively engage with patients. 


What does open rate mean?

Open rates refer to the percentage of recipients who open and view a specific email, newsletter, or other electronic communication sent to them. It is a commonly used metric in email marketing and communication campaigns to measure the effectiveness of the subject line, content, and overall email engagement. 


How do personalized subject lines help increase open rates?

Personalized subject lines have been proven to significantly enhance open rates. Emails with personalized subject lines are 26% more likely to be opened. By tailoring subject lines to individual recipients and incorporating their names or relevant details, marketers create a sense of relevance and connection that captures recipients' attention. This approach taps into the psychology of personalization, making recipients feel valued and intrigued, which in turn boosts their likelihood of engaging with the email content. In a crowded inbox, where countless emails vie for attention, this statistical advantage showcases the potent impact of personalization in driving higher open rates and fostering stronger connections between senders and recipients.

See also: Using email to personalize messaging during the patient journey


What are effective ways of implementing personalized subject lines in healthcare?

  1. Secure patient data: Implement robust data security measures to protect patient information. Use encrypted communication channels and storage solutions for sensitive data. This could include making use of communication such as HIPAA compliant email marketing.
  2. Obtain explicit consent: Obtain explicit consent from patients to use their personal information for marketing purposes, including personalized subject lines. Clearly explain how their data will be used and assure them of its security.
  3. Limiting information: Limit the patient information you use in subject lines to the minimum required for personalization. Avoid using highly sensitive information like medical conditions or treatments in subject lines.
  4. Appointment reminders: Send HIPAA-compliant appointment reminders with subject lines like "Your Upcoming Appointment at [Healthcare Facility]."
  5. Prescription refills: Use subject lines such as "Time for a Refill: Manage Your Medications."
  6. Generic celebrations: Celebrate patient milestones without disclosing specific medical details. Subject lines like "Congratulations on Your Health Journey!"


Things to avoid when personalizing subject lines

  1. Revealing sensitive health information: Avoid including specific medical conditions, treatments, or highly sensitive details in subject lines. Patient's health information should be kept confidential at all times.
  2. Unsubstantiated claims: Avoid making unsubstantiated medical claims or promises in subject lines. Ensure that any information you provide is accurate, evidence-based, and compliant with medical guidelines.
  3. Overly familiar language: While personalization is beneficial, using overly familiar language or attempting to establish a personal relationship beyond the professional context can be inappropriate and raise ethical concerns.
  4. Unsolicited health advice: Refrain from offering unsolicited medical advice or recommendations in subject lines. Always respect patients' autonomy and provide information within the boundaries of their consent.
  5. Emergency situations: Avoid using urgent or alarming language in subject lines that might cause unnecessary panic among patients. 
  6. Unsecured links: Ensure that any links in the email are secure and lead to legitimate sources. Avoid linking to unverified websites or platforms that could compromise patients' data.

See also: When is a subject line PHI?

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