One of its main strengths is the variety of goals that can be achieved, including sales, customer service, client acquisition and retention.
Campaign may have slightly different KPIs, but there are some that are universally applicable.
Here is a summary of some of the most important email KPIs that marketers need to be aware of .
The most basic measurement of email success and one that doesn’t actually reveal much, the open rate simply shows the proportion of recipients who opened your email.
One major flaw with this metric is that it’s generally tracked using an impression pixel, so if a subscriber’s email client doesn’t automatically download your images then it won’t register as an opened email. Nonetheless, it’s worth tracking this metric over time for any major fluctuations or long-term trends, and for comparing the efficacy of different subject lines.
Marketers should also benchmark their efforts against other their industry peers.
Another basic measurement of email success, revealing the proportion of people who clicked on a link within an email.
Email service providers setup different tracking URLs for each CTA, allowing marketers to compare the efficacy of each link in driving clicks, as well as users’ subsequent on-site behavior.
This metric is more useful than a standard click-through rate as it shows the percentage of unique clicks compared to the number of unique opens. It is therefore a more accurate indicator of how well your email content is performing.
The conversion rate tells you how many people that clicked through your email and went on to achieve a goal. This doesn’t necessarily mean sales, it can refer to any action that is relevant for your business, such as a downloading a white paper or even scheduling an appointment.
Tracking this metric over time will give you a good idea of the type of content and creative that is most effective for your subscribers. However it is obviously influenced by other factors such as design and your product offering, so it’s a good idea to compare the conversion rate from the email against your other marketing channels.
It’s inevitable that email subscriber lists will decline over time as people grow tired of your marketing messages and decide to opt out forever more. However the rate at which people opt out is impacted by the frequency, quality and relevance of your email marketing. It’s important to track this metric to ensure your messages aren’t repelling potential customers. Industry data varies, but in general an unsubscribe rate of around 0.5% or lower is okay.
The bounce rate refers to the number of emails that failed to deliver due to an invalid or non-existent email address. This may not seem like a problem, but in the eyes of internet service providers a high bounce rate can label you as a spammer. You should carry out regular list hygiene checks to remove invalid emails or you may end up being classified as a spammer.