There is an accepted convention that there will be an unsubscribe link at the bottom of the latest email or newsletter, so don’t break the pattern. Be cutesy (if you must) and put it somewhere else as well, but please include it at the bottom!
Keep it one step awayI was confronted a few times with about seven further options after clicking “unsubscribe”. It’s definitely not my idea of fun to untick six boxes that would then (I hope) lead to an unsubscription. Don’t do this.
Don’t pretend like it was a mistakeDon’t patronise your user and pretend like it was all just a ‘mistake’. They know what they’re doing and you’re being annoying and needy by pretending that “you probably unsubscribed by mistake”.
Don’t pointlessly send me to your homepageSome unsubscribe journeys were really weird, sending me all over the place. I am 99.9% sure that users don’t need to be sent to your homepage after they have just asked to stop receiving emails from you. A blank page saying the job is done is much more appropriate.
Ask for feedbackUsers also appreciate the ability to leave feedback. Don’t make it compulsory, but give people the option to tell you why they’re leaving. Give them some quick and easy options so they can give feedback quickly and efficiently.
Learn from itIf people keep leaving, take some time to delve into your analytics to learn some lessons from it.
- What types of emails are turning people off?
- Do you have any unsubscription patterns or peaks that you can recognise?
- Do people take any other actions when they leave?