What you should know.

When using Pardot, something that you become adamantly familiar with is emails. They’re woven into every part of digital marketing these days. Within emails, links control interactions, new prospects, and the top-funnel process. So it’s fairly easy to say that links are an incredibly important part of email marketing. But did you know that you might be making a major mistake when incorporating links into your emails that are causing them to be marked as spam? Keeping these simple tips in mind can help you optimize your emails and link integration.

Don’t Overwhelm Prospects

It can often be tempting to try and stuff as many links into your CTAs as possible. However, having too many links can actually overwhelm your prospects, causing them to be less likely to click anything. Focus your message and focus your CTAs as well. With fewer options to get distracted by prospects will be more likely to have meaningful interactions with your content.

Every Link Counts

Another very important thing to keep in mind is that with too many links email deliverability can be affected. Try to keep your email links under 5 total. This includes social media links and linking your logo to your homepage. Count the links in your email and make sure they are staying a low number to help get your content to prospects correctly every time.

Don’t Have Surprise Destinations

When someone clicks on any of your links they should be able to understand what they're getting into. For instance, if a prospect clicks on a link to schedule a demo, and they get taken to an article, they might get frustrated and not dive further into scheduling a demo. That equals lost opportunities to you and your organization. Let your CTAs tell your prospects exactly where they’re going and what they’re getting into.

Tracked Links Are Your Friend

Something that commonly gets glossed over when it comes to links in your Pardot emails is custom redirects. It’s easy to grab a link from your website, put it in your emails, and be done. But with custom redirects, you can get information that allows you to go even further in order to maximize deliverability. Your links are limited, why not make them count with a custom redirect.

Always use HTTPS

It's important to keep in mind that Pardot rewrites every link that you put into an email so that it is trackable. This usually works well, until it doesn't. Pardot works best when you are using HTTPS links, so if you ever find an email is not tracking links make sure to check if the underlying link is an HTTPS link.

Track the same link in multiple places

If you have two links in your email that both point to the same place such as SalesLabX.com in the header logo and a button on the bottom, Pardot will count both of those as the same destination and you will not know who clicked on which link. The solution to this is to use a variable in the end of each link such as SalesLabX.com/?header and SalesLabX.com/?button. The browser will take both of those to the same page but Pardot will give you a break down of each section and where the prospect clicked.

Pardot email marketing has never been more important than it is these days. The links that are embedded in every email are what gain you new top-funnel interactions. Polishing your emails and their links can be all it takes for your organization to hone in on new prospects and new opportunities. Utilizing these simple tips can help your email marketing blast forward into better emails and link integration.

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