In my continuing series of posts about unsubscribing from mailing lists, I highlight best practices by organizations.
I’ve always thought unsubscribing from mailing lists should be quick and easy to do.
Which is why I’m giving a UX win to Consumer Reports and how they’ve designed a process with the user in mind, making the unsubscription process easy to understand and complete.
How Organizations Make it Hard to Unsubscribe From Mailing Lists
Your email address is crucial to organizations promoting their services and products who hope to convert a mailing list subscriber to a paying customer.
When someone wants to unsubscribe, organizations often make it harder by using
- Confusing language
- Convoluted steps
- Multiple confirmation pages
in their attempt to keep you subscribed to their mailing list.
Which is why I highlight organizations with an easy-to-use unsubscription process.
I’ve said it earlier in this post, and I’ll say it again.
It shouldn’t be hard to unsubscribe from a mailing list.
Consumer Reports Unsubscription Process
When I recently took a Consumer Reports online survey, I was automatically subscribed to their mailing list.
A common strategy, one I don’t agree with, and I usually immediately unsubscribe.
This time I forgot.
I didn’t think about it until I received a promotional email message this week from Consumer Reports.
Thankfully, Consumer Reports made it easy for me to unsubscribe, providing an unsubscribe link at the bottom of the message.
I selected the link and was directed to a confirmation page, which provided additional options to stop receiving other promotional emails from Consumer Reports.
As well as an option to resubscribe.
The whole process to unsubscribe and confirm I wasn’t subscribed to any other Consumer Reports mailing list took less than a minute for me to complete.
What I Liked About Consumer Report’s Unsubscription Process
Through their design and language, I could tell the Consumer Reports design team cared about the user experience:
- The unsubscribe link was where I expected it, at the bottom of the email message
- Consumer Reports confirmed I would no longer receive promotional emails from their Consumer Reports Member Communications
- An option was provided to stop receiving other promotional emails from Consumer Reports (I had no reason to think I was subscribed to other emails, but confirmed I wasn’t subscribed)
- Consumer Reports confirmed I would receive important information about my account and newsletters I opted to receive
- The confirmation page provided option to re-subscribe to promotional emails from Member Communications.
- Good line height
- Easy-to-read font
- Large font size
- Short paragraphs
- Plain language
made it easy for me to read and understand my options.
Consumer Reports went the extra step to provide the option to stop receiving any other promotional emails.
Well done, Consumer Reports!
One Recommended Improvement
I only found one issue I would change in the Consumer Reports process: write descriptive link text for “click here” links on the confirmation page.
By writing descriptive link text, the text will make sense out of context.
In addition, screen readers users (who navigate a page by a list of links) will be provided meaningful content, rather than multiple “click here” links.
Unsubscribing from Consumer Reports mailing list was straightforward.
Their process was fast for me to complete with easy-to-understand wording.
It was clear to me their design team took time to understand the process and craft wording that was easy to read and understand.
Thank you, Consumer Reports!
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