Creative Cage Match: ModCloth vs. Zenni Optical

Let’s talk about fashion and shopping, shall we? Oh no, I don’t mean brick-and-mortar shopping. As if! I mean online … because when you’re busy, who has time to go to from store to store when you can do it all from the comfort of your laptop and your favorite yoga pants?

There’s a reason that pro-wrestling is so popular — and it’s not just the juicy drama and bespangled costumes. People love a good fight, and have for millennia, dating back to the gladiators of Rome and beyond.

So, once a month I’m going to select two marketers and toss them into a Creative Cage Match. I’ll be looking at everything ranging from email to direct mail, website to mobile site. It’ll be a mix of objective and subjective, and each time a marketer will walk out of the ring triumphantly.

Let’s talk fashion and shopping, shall we?

Cher from Clueless ShoppingOh no, I don’t mean brick-and-mortar shopping. As if! I mean online … because when you’re busy, who has time to go to from store to store when you can do it all from the comfort of your laptop and your favorite yoga pants?

In this corner we have ModCloth, an e-tailer that launched its site in 2002 and is headquartered in San Francisco. ModCloth specializes in vintage-inspired and indie clothing, shoes, accessories, and housewares, and was founded by high school sweethearts Susan Gregg Koger and Eric Koger in a college dorm room. I have some clothing from ModCloth, as well as a light-up ceramic squirrel. You know, the essentials.

Across the ring we have Zenni Optical, an online retailer for prescription glasses and sunglasses, which was founded in 2003 (originally as 19dollareyeglasses.com). Known around the Web as a great resource for purchasing stylish, inexpensive — but good quality — eyewear, Zenni packs a punch with prescription eyeglasses starting at $6.95 plus shipping. I’ve been a customer since at least 2008, and currently own two pairs of Zenni glasses and one pair of sunglasses. Why shouldn’t my myopic astigmatism look good?

Email vs. Email: The Long Scroll

Today I’m going to look at emails that put the scroll bar to use (excuse the little gaps, I had to stitch these together!) … and first up is Zenni Optical!

Zenni Optical Email
Zenni Optical Email
Zenni Optical Email
Zenni Optical EmailThe subject line for this email is “Presenting the Zenni 10,” which had me curious. Once you open the email, you can scroll through Zenni’s top 10 picks (five for the ladies, five for the gents), each of them being instantly shoppable with a “Shop Now” call-to-action button.

I like that, even though I’m scrolling a bit, its not a taxing email to get through, and if I’m interested in checking out a particular pair of glasses, I just need to click a button! Simple, highly visual … you can’t really go wrong here.

Author: Melissa Ward

Melissa Ward is the managing editor for Target Marketing, and she has opinions! More importantly, she's a nerd for great copy and design, a disciple of authenticity, and really loves it when marketers get it right.

3 thoughts on “Creative Cage Match: ModCloth vs. Zenni Optical”

  1. I tried to click on the “Shop Now” button when I saw the men’s blue pair of glasses haha!

  2. That would be interesting to look at! It would be interesting to see if there was a tapering off, or if for the ModCloth email that people sped past some of the summer items they didn’t care about, and then spent time over the sale area.

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