Just a few more trends to uncover, email is still very strong. It’s still the number one way to share things on the internet. As email marketers we need to remember this, incorporate it into our campaigns, and track it as closely as possible. Did you know it was possible to track forwards? I’m not talking about the forward to a friend button, that rarely ever works… I mean actual forwards. There are some methods to track forwarding and printing email that don’t work in 100% of email clients but are enough to measure trends.(channel a little bit of James Spellos)
Even compared to other ways to interact, email still seems to be the thing people will use the most.Look where Face-to-Face ranks, and by “Face-to-Face” I can only assume they mean video chatSo you guys have now survived the chart section of this presentation… I only have like 2 more charts in this whole deck… hopefully it gets more interesting for here on. But one last slide on “the current inbox state” and why this year is different… and it just didn’t fit in nicely anywhere else… one trend happening now has greatly effected email…
Deals! That’s right, the rise of deals, local deals, daily deals… all the bargain, couponing stuff has increased the use of and interest in legitimate email. Most all these sites uses email as their primary distribution method… it’s almost as if their product is the email itself. How many people in here are signed up for Groupon, Livingsocial, Facebook Deals, Google offers or something similar?Something to consider with this trend… it’s training people to expect deals… or at the very least “finds”… something that they are getting for having signed up that they want to know about right away and that it’s getting posted publically to everyone on a social network. Start thinking about how you can work this trend into your marketing campaigns… not that you have to give deals, but what can you do differently knowing that this is what people are coming back to the inbox to do?
Bacon… they signed up for it but don’t necessarily want it… they aren’t always unsubscribing or rejecting… maybe they don’t see the email, maybe they are lazy or scared to unsubscribe or maybe they are really just waiting for an email to be relevant again. Either way, it’s something marketers have to deal with… you have to figure out if you are now the bacon or at the very least how your “wanted email” is competing with Bacon. A good way to tell if you have fallen into the former is to see how many subscribed addresses you have compared to the level of activity over 3 or 6 months. If you see a low level of activity then chances are people have “emotional unsubscribed”… in which case you may be the bacon and need to adjust your tactics accordingly. I don’t want to dwell on this too much but it may be the number one problem you are facing today so please take note. (? If you think you fall in this category you can always ask me about what to do later)
The graph (provided by Symantec Intelligence) shows significant drops in spam levels occurred when investigators coordinated their efforts and brought down numerous major spam networks such as “Rustock,” said to be responsible for 40% of all junk email.As you probably noticed on the last graph, the good news is that spam is on the decline. It’s not time to start celebrating yet, it is still a huge problem, but things are moving in the right direction. This is mainly due to two factors, increasing intelligent spam filters and a couple of major spam outlets getting shutdown… both of which are making it increasingly more difficult for spam to be profitable, which is discouraging would-be spammers.The result? People are using email more and more as they get less frustrated with it… as long as they don’t choke on the bacon.
The best way to start, is to show you an example from a mobile site. USC launched their new mobile site 2 – 3 years ago and started showing up on top 10 list for best mobile sites. Why?USC – explained
Bad informationDifficult to use/navigateActually brokenMissing key information
The New Inbox and Other Innovations
The New Inbox & Other Email Innovations
Simms Jenkins• Founder / CEO at BrightWave Marketing• Author – The Truth About Email Marketing, iMedia, ClickZ and quoted in hundreds of articles• Founder: • EmailStatCenter.com • SocialStatCenter.com• Digital marketing guy since ‘99• Ran CRM for Cox Interactive #EEC12 @BrightWave @SimmsJenkins
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Email Vs. Social?More than 90% of adults internet users inevery age group subscribed to emailsfrom brands, while significantly fewer"liked" companies on Facebook orfollowed them on Twitter. - ExactTarget"Subscribers, Fans, and Followers: DigitalMorning" (2010)
Is your campaign broken? “A machine is broken when it no longer does what it was designed to do.” – Vacuum Cleaner SalesmanIs the content relevant to theuser on the go?Is it easy to navigate withthumbs?Was it designed withsmartphones and/or tablets inmind?