Email and SEO must feel quite victimised within the marketing world, as people are always proclaiming them to be deceased.
While it’s true that consumer apathy, spam filters, increasing competition and changes to the Gmail inbox are making things more difficult for brands, it is clearly nonsense to suggest that email marketing is on the way out.
So to fight back against the haters, here are five reasons why email is clearly alive and well.
Email drives loads of sales
Econsultancy’s annual Email Marketing Census tracks the percentage of sales that responding companies achieve from their campaigns.
The 2014 survey found that on average, companies are attributing 23% of their total sales to the email marketing channel, up from 18% in 2013.
Furthermore, nearly a quarter (24%) of respondents attribute 30% or more of their sales to email marketing, up from 18% two years ago.
Approximately what proportion of your total sales can you attribute to the email marketing channel?
Email is also top for ROI
The Econsultancy/Adestra survey also asked respondents to rank marketing channels in terms of the return on investment they delivered.
Email marketing was ranked as the best channel in terms of ROI, with more than two-thirds (68%) of companies rating the channel as ‘good’ or ‘excellent’.
This marks a 3% increase on 2013, while the previously highest ranked digital marketing channel, search engine optimisation, dropped 8%.
How do you rate the following channels in terms of return on investment?
Email marketing is generally successful, and lists are growing
A survey by Ascend2 published in February 2014 found that 87% of companies feel that their email marketing is either ‘very’ or ‘somewhat’ successful.
In contrast, only 13% said that their email campaigns were unsuccessful.
Furthermore, more than two-thirds of companies (68%) running email campaigns across selected global regions (mostly US and Europe) saw their email list increase during the past year. This compares to 25% who saw it stay the same and just 7% whose email list decreased.
How do you rate the success of your current email marketing program to achieve important objectives?
Marketers are integrating new tactics and channels
The same Ascend2 study shows that far from dying off, email marketing is evolving as practitioners integrate new channels and technologies.
When asked which tactics their company has used for email marketing, 80% said ‘creating relevant and compelling content’, followed by personalization (72%), segmentation (61%), ‘other’ tactics (55%) and engaging users via social (42%).
Which of the following email tactics has your company used for marketing purposes?
Consumers still check email daily
How can email be dead when it remains such a popular communication tool? Back in February 2013 Return Path conducted research into how often people checked their email on both desktop and mobile.
In the US 79% of consumers check their email everyday on desktop compared to 73% on mobile, while in the UK the stats are 71% and 62% respectively.
The results were broadly similar in Germany (76% vs. 60%), France (80% vs. 62%), Brazil (72% vs. 57%) and Australia (77% vs. 57%).
This shows that email is far from dead and also serves as another reminder that brands need to be optimising their campaigns for mobile.