Aristotle’s 5 Email Messaging Strategies That Get Results
What does an ancient Greek rhetorician know about email messaging? Aristotle knew how to captivate his audience and drive them to action. While the word seems dated and highbrow, rhetoric is simply the art of persuasive speaking and writing. And persuasive writing is a must for your effective email campaign.
Aristotle knew that for a rhetorician's argument to be effective it had to drive action from its listeners or readers. To help other rhetoricians, he defined how you can use specific topics of invention (i.e., persuasive techniques) to achieve specific results from your readers. Now we can use those rhetorical techniques of Aristotle's to create effective email messages!
1. Definition: Showing the RelationshipThe technique of definition is when you show your readers the meaning of a product, word, idea, etc. The goal of the definition technique is to frame the story on your own terms — to establish your point of view as the correct point of view.
One great example of definition messaging is a phrase that you see used all the time is "Learn from experts who actually do what they teach." They have "defined" themselves as an expert. And they have also defined what type of training is better — it is better to learn from those who actually do what they teach. The definition technique is a classic brand building technique.
When to Use the Definition Technique in an Email Message: The perfect time to use the definition technique is to establish yourself as an authority with new customers or new email subscribers. The definition technique allows you to establish what you do and why it matters to the reader.
2. Comparison: Revealing Similarities or Differences
Using analogies, metaphors, or similes is a great way to implement Aristotle's comparison technique. The power of comparison is when you use it to explain complex idea or product that is previously unknown to the reader. For example, let use an analogy to explain blogging frequency to someone who has never blogged: Blogging is like exercising, you will see better results when you do it 30 minutes every other day rather doing two hours once every other week.