Few things in life beat the feel-good nature of Spring. The warm weather and the sunshine can motivate you to clean house and begin new projects.
Spring is also a great time to review your marketing programs and tech stack, including your email service provider. Excellence doesn’t happen by chance, especially in today’s highly competitive and shifting digital marketplace. You may spend months planning various campaigns and programs, but if your email technology falls short, your results will suffer. You need to know how your ESP helps you succeed and whether it gives you the tools to help you succeed.
There are many terrific agencies that provide in-depth, custom ESP audits, but here are a few key indicators to get you started:
Recently, the hype surrounding the “Internet of Things” has reached an all-time high. Among enterprise businesses, this has driven and inspired serious concerns over security — this Gartner report’s headline says it all: “It’s Time to Isolate Your Services from the Internet Cesspool” — and how aligning Marketing and I.T. can allow it to improve.
Most attacks originate from the public internet. The more devices that are connected — cars, watches, security cameras, DVRs — the greater the risk for being hacked. The global cost of handling cyber attacks is expected to rise from $400 billion in 2015 to $2.1 trillion by 2019, per Juniper Research.
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.