Why Targeted Emails are Better Than Email Blasts

Email marketing is a tried-and-true digital channel that marketers across all industries are using to reach and engage their audience. For every dollar spent on email marketing, the average return on investment across industries is between $38 and $45. 95% of those who opt into email messages from brands find these messages somewhat or very useful. 68% of marketers believe email is … Continue reading »

Most Important Email Marketing Capabilities to Meet Marketing Goals

Email marketing should be the “launch point” to customer obsession, according to a report from Adobe and Forrester Consulting. Yet most marketers aren’t using email for this purpose, instead they’re relying on promotions and measuring performance through engagement metrics rather than customer satisfaction and innovation. In comparing those companies assessed to be “customer obsessed” with … Continue reading »

Ideal Marketing Mix [Study]

Struggling to optimize your marketing across channels? You’re not alone. It’s the biggest challenge facing marketers today. A new study from Millward Brown Digital finds that this continues to be a monumental struggle, with marketers demonstrating a lack of confidence in their media allocations. Just 32% of the marketers surveyed by MBD reported having confidence … Continue reading »

What Top Performing Marketers Are Doing [Report]

Top-performing marketing teams commit to the customer journey and the customer experience, collaborate with other business units and enjoy buy-in from their executive leadership, according to Salesforce’s latest annual “State of Marketing” report that surveyed almost 4,000 marketing leaders across various countries. 18% of respondents are “extremely satisfied” with the current outcomes realized as a … Continue reading »

Most Effective and Difficult Digital Marketing Tactics

Email is the most effective digital marketing tactic, and it also benefits from a relative ease in execution, per the survey from Ascend2 and its Research Partners. Given the B2B skew (66% of respondents), fewer selected paid search as being effective as did social media (34% and 41%, respectively). That’s despite other indications that paid … Continue reading »

The Value of Inactive Email Subscribers [Report]

Inactive email subscribers are still valuable customers, reports MailChimp in an analysis of 6.6 billion sends through its platform that included 60 million e-commerce purchases and 40 million email addresses from retailers using its list segmentation and automation e-commerce features. Inactive subscribers were found to outperform non-subscribers across key metrics such as order frequency, retention … Continue reading »

How SmartPhone Usage Affects Marketing Tactics [Study]

Adult smartphone users in the US estimate spending as much time texting as talking on their devices, per results from a GfK survey of almost 6,000 adult smartphone users aged 18-64. On average, respondents estimated spending 22% of their daily smartphone time on each of these activities. That figure was higher among Millennials (83%), mothers … Continue reading »

Digital Marketing Tactics Compared [report]

B2B marketers count lead generation as their top marketing objective, while B2C marketers are most heavily focused on driving sales this year, according to Webmarketing123’s latest annual State of Digital Marketing” report. The survey’s findings are split into B2B and B2C segments, allowing for a comparison of both groups. The results suggest that while B2B … Continue reading »

Acquisition vs. Retention: The Best Channels

Roughly 8 in 10 global company marketers agree that it is cheaper to retain than acquire a customer, but they’re more likely to be focusing on acquisition than retention, according to results from a study by Econsultancy with Oracle Marketing Cloud. In fact, 4 in 10 respondents to the survey say they are more focused … Continue reading »

Marketing Channels E-Commerce Companies Are Investing In

Media mix is a frequent topic all marketers are curious about. It’s a critical decision that requires getting and spending money, such as setting a media budget or purchasing a software tool. This MarketingSherpa chart illustrates the channels e-commerce companies are investing in. Email marketing is almost universally used by e-commerce companies Email marketing is … Continue reading »

Landing Pages – The Key to Email Marketing

Three-quarters of marketing professionals worldwide use landing pages as part of their marketing efforts, according to November 2013 polling by ExactTarget. And more recent research suggests that these are becoming a key feature of email marketing campaigns. In a February 2014 study by Ascend2, more than six in 10 marketers worldwide said that landing pages … Continue reading »

Mobile and Email Small Business Marketer’s 2014 Wish List [infographic]

With 2014 quickly approaching, many business professionals are planning to change their marketing strategies. Below are the top marketing objectives of small and medium-sized businesses’ (SMBs). Source: Direct Marketing News According to the j2 Global Forecast Survey: • 28.16% of small business professionals say increasing their online presence, such as setting up a website or … Continue reading »

Which Content Marketing Channels Are Most Important?

A new study from Unisphere Research (sponsored by Skyword) suggests that tried-and-true content distribution vehicles such as company websites and email campaigns are seen as the most essential for content marketing, rated as either extremely important or important by 88% and 73% of survey respondents, respectively. Interestingly, 7 in 10 believe that it’s important to … Continue reading »

Email Volume Growth Trends

The average email subscriber gets 416 commercial messages per month, says Return Path, and that number may just get higher. The latest quarterly email benchmark study [download page] from Experian Marketing Services indicates that email volume grew by 17.9% year-over-year in Q2. That follows an 11.6% increase in Q1, a relatively modest 5.4% bump in … Continue reading »

50% of Businesses Believe Social Offers Greatest Marketing Opportunities

Digital marketing offers greater opportunities for businesses over the next year than more traditional channels, according to a new report. When asked to identify which three marketing channels offer the greatest opportunities, half of brands (50%) mentioned social media followed by email (43%) and websites (35%). In fact the top 10 most cited channels are … Continue reading »

The Best Ways For B2B Exhibitors To Share Product Info

B2B exhibitors say that their most important objectives for participating in exhibitions are to build brand awareness and identify and reach new customers, according to a new study released by the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR). But how best to share product information in order to support those goals? Results from the study suggest … Continue reading »

How To Optimize Your GMail Campaigns

With over 400 million users worldwide, there’s a good chance many of your email subscribers are accessing your campaigns in Gmail. Optimizing your emails for specific email clients can help get your messages delivered and read. Emails that display the way you design them helps ensure your marketing efforts are much more effective. With the … Continue reading »

Gmail Tabs: Why They Help Email Marketers [report]

Curious about Gmail’s new Tabs feature and how it has impacted your marketing emails?  With Tabs, Gmail users are actually reading more of their marketing email. Read this new ReturnPath Report to learn about the early impact and implications of the email experience with Tabs. Take your marketing to the next level. Outsource to BersonDeanStevens. … Continue reading »

Personalized Ads – What You Need to Know

Email, social lead preferred personalized ad formats Personalizing digital ads has become a priority for marketers, as data has made them better able to segment and target their consumer base. And in general, consumers have shown a fair amount of receptivity to these personalized ads. In an August 2012 survey from ChoiceStream, 35% of US … Continue reading »

Email Subject Line Keywords – What’s Most Effective

Emails with the word “alert” in their subject lines have a 38.1% higher than average open rate and 61.8% higher click rate, according to a recent study by British marketing firm Adestra.The keywords “free delivery” (+50.7% higher open rate, +135.4% click rate) and “bulletin” (+15.8%, +12.7%) also performed very well in the email campaigns analyzed. … Continue reading »

Average Worker Spends 28% of Their Workday Using Email [McKinsey Report]

Your inbox is more important than your office. It’s where work really gets done. The average worker spends 28% of their time on email, according to a July McKinsey Global Institute report. That means more than two hours each workday are eaten up reading and writing messages. The quickest way to boost workday productivity is … Continue reading »

Email Beats Social for Influence and Conversions [study]

While Facebook may allow online influencers to reach large numbers of people, email is more efficient, as a larger proportion of the people reached via email actually become customers, according to a new study of social referral marketing campaigns by SocialTwist, titled “The Connected Consumer: Brand Advocacy Trends from 100+ Social Campaigns.” SocialTwist looked at … Continue reading »

Which Tactics Work Best For Email Marketers? [study]

Email is a critical outreach channel for most B2C and B2B marketers. While creating content is always a challenge, other tactics that can help email marketers achieve strong results—including segmenting and optimizing the email message—are also some of the most difficult to pull off. Putting relevant content in front of the appropriate audience is key … Continue reading »

Email Subject Lines, Which Terms Work and Don’t Work [study]

Adestra has released  its latest email subject line analysis report, looking at the keywords and phrases that fare best and worst across a number of sectors. With email volumes on the rise and clutter an issue for recipients, having a strong subject line is as important as ever, particularly as consumers rate the subject line … Continue reading »