Step-by-step Guide to A/B Testing Cold Emails and Follow-ups in Woodpecker

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Cold emailing requires some experimentation and learning by trial and error to get it right, trying out different subject lines or various versions of email copy to see what’s working and what’s not. And there’s no better way to find that out than by A/B testing.

Today I have a pleasure to introduce you to A/B tests in Woodpecker, a new feature we’ve just rolled out. First, let’s have a closer look at what elements of your cold email you should test to improve your open and reply rates. And then I’ll show you how to carry out an A/B test step by step based on an example.

Here we go.

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2 Quick Tricks to Speed Up
a Cold Email Campaign in Woodpecker

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I get it. You’ve connected your email address, wrote an outstanding email sequence, uploaded a long list of verified prospects and conducted a 5-minute campaign audit to check if everything’s right, but Woodpecker has sent very few of your emails so far. Let’s go through all the steps together and discover what can be improved to boost your sending.

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What to Do if You Feel Like Cold Emails Don’t Work for You?

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Have you ever felt like that? You’ve sent a cold email campaign and you’ve got poor response. “Argh, this just doesn’t work for me…” I bet most of us have thought that to themselves at least once. In moments like that, we are usually demotivated and we feel helpless. We feel like we want to give up. But if you give up too soon, you might miss a lot of opportunities.

Before giving up on cold emailing, you can do at least 12 things to verify if cold emails really don’t work for you, or if they haven’t work for you because you were missing something in your approach. See what you can do.

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Lean Approach to Email Outreach, or How Big Should My Cold Email Campaign Be?

Our users sometimes report to us that they couldn’t find enough time to run their outbound campaigns. Yes, a well-thought-out cold email campaign takes some time to get prepared. But what we often observe is that cold email senders want to go large from the very beginning: have a prospect base including thousands of addresses, an 8-touch email sequence with A/B testing, and so on. In this post, I’m going to show you why it’s more beneficial to start small. Check out what we call the lean approach to cold email, and why it’s worth testing.

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What We’ve Figured Out about Optimal Time for Cold Email Delivery: Vol. 2 Different time zones

The issue of different time zones complicates the definition of optimal email delivery time. What is 7 AM to our prospect in California is 4 PM for us in Poland. Many companies like ours have been prospecting overseas by sending cold emails. In such a case, should we aim at the optimal time on our prospects’ clock? Or should we consider our own office hours, so that we can react quickly if someone responds to our message?

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What’s the Best Time to Send Email Campaign: Vol. 1 Stats

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Time matters. Sending emails on particular days of the week and at specific times of the day may influence the open rates and response rates. That’s what has been proven by many studies. However, a major part of the research considers the best delivery time for email newsletters. Newsletters and cold emails are not the same, so can we apply those newsletter studies to cold emails as well? What is the best time to send email campaign?

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