Email marketers making plans for upcoming campaigns should take a closer look at mobile.
In analyzing open and click rates from our enterprise customers between Q1 2015 and Q4 2016, we’re seeing signs that consumers are becoming more comfortable opening email marketing messages and engaging with offers from their smartphones. Over the past two years, the percentage of email opens on desktops has declined, while the percentage of overall opens happening on smartphones has gone up about 7%. Smartphone click rates, which were a fraction of overall clicks at the beginning of 2015, are also significantly higher. More clicks are now happening on smartphones (47.5%) than desktops (41.7%).
Businesses use email marketing to engage, re-sell, upsell, and create long-term experiences with customers. Customers are used to receiving highly individualized messages from brands they know and trust. In some cases, smaller and mid-sized businesses do this better than the global enterprises. Why? The more data you have as a marketer, the more difficult it is to be nimble. It’s far more complicated to manage and utilize your customers’ information properly. Many enterprises have so much information to use in personalization that they find it difficult to get personalization right. The pressure is on as consumers expect larger, well-known brands to be the leaders and trendsetters when it comes to delivering a relevant experience.
The quest for greater personalization in email and digital marketing continues to be a hot topic (and goal) for enterprise businesses. In 2016, more than half (54%) of senior marketing executives surveyed in “Breaking Down the Barriers for Successful Enterprise Email Marketing” said that improving email personalization was their number one priority for 2017.
But just because an email, or any digital marketing content, contains personalized information doesn’t mean it will be successful. According to Himanshu Sinha, a digital marketing executive for Expedia, Inc., personalization can be a double-edged sword.
As we move into 2017, marketing departments are busy making plans for success in the coming year. Their email marketing efforts are likely front and center as studies continue to show that email is the most dependable way to reach customers and has the highest return on investment.
Still, the level of personalization and timeliness marketers can achieve determines much of email marketing’s success. The companies moving closer to a 1-to-1 experience for their customers are seeing the highest returns. Successfully personalized email campaigns get the responses, clicks, and conversions companies want. And they quickly boost numerous other goals such as customer retention, engagement, new customer acquisition, and brand awareness.
“It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” says the popular Christmas song, and that goes double for business. The holiday season is filled with events and traditions that require gifts, products, and services that give the economy a healthy boost just in time for the new year.
Email marketing plays a critical role in holiday sales. The masses’ preferred communication method is email and it has the highest return on investment for marketing dollars. More than 70% of people say they have made a purchase due to a promotional email, and 92% of customers say they like to receive updates or promotions from businesses they frequent.
Still, in the rush to capitalize on the season, you may be missing key elements that drive customers to engage with your brand. Here are three rules email marketers can learn from the Spirit of Christmas to make their holiday season merry and bright.