Mother's Day email subject lines that elicit emotion have a 21.5% higher open rate than those that do not, according to recent research from Yesmail and Persado.

The report was based on an analysis of 118,000 emails sent by Yesmail clients during the two weeks leading up to Mother's Day in 2014 and 2015. More than 12,000 unique subject lines were included in the data set.

Nearly two-thirds of all Mother's Day-themed emails include subject lines the elicit at least one emotion, the analysis found.

The average open rate for these emails is 10.3%, compared with 8.5% for those that do not elicit an emotion.

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Ayaz Nanji is an independent digital strategist and a co-founder of ICW Content, a marketing agency specializing in content creation for brands and businesses. He is also a research writer for MarketingProfs. He has worked for Google/YouTube, the Travel Channel, AOL, and the New York Times.

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