The UK market for email marketing platforms and services has grown by an estimated 15% year-on-year to a value of £336 million for 2010, according to Econsultancy research published this week.

According to Econsultancy’s Email Marketing Platforms Buyer’s Guide 2010, email marketing continues to flourish because it is highly cost-effective, and more accountable and measurable than many other areas of marketing. Email marketing provides high return-on-investment at a relatively low cost.

Econsultancy’s Research Manager Aliya Zaidi said: “Marketers have become more strategic in their approach to email marketing, with the channel being used to foster long-term relationships with customers, rather than just for short-term quick wins. Email marketers are moving away from email as an acquisition tool, to focus on retention and increase customer lifetime value.

“Another trend is the increased understanding of the need to integrate email with other types of data. Within a multichannel world, email is becoming a more strategic tool for building customer relationships.”

Econsultancy’s valuation includes revenue earned by email service providers (ESPs), money spent on agency services (in addition to ESP revenues), and the cost of internal staff resources relating specifically to email.

The research has found that the rise of social media, in particular the increasing popularity of social networking, has not had a negative impact on the email marketing sector.

Zaidi added: “The evidence shows that social media and email activity complement each other. The ability to distribute and share content is built into email, and this supports social media activity. Many email service providers are now offering services and technology related to social media.”

Apart from basic broadcast of email, services relating to marketing offered by email service providers and agencies include: measurement and analytics, personalisation, segmentation, automated campaigns, campaign optimisation, email data provision, strategy and planning, design and copywriting, dynamic content solutions and behavioural response marketing.

Publication of the buyer’s guide follows the Econsultancy / Adestra Email Marketing Industry Census 2010 released earlier this year which found that companies are spending 17% of their digital marketing budgets on email marketing. This compares to 14% in 2009, a significant increase.

Looking at spending in real terms, the census found that the proportion of companies spending at least £10,000 a year on email marketing now stands at 51%, while 11% of companies surveyed are spending at least £100,000 a year on email marketing.

Key market trends in 2010

-) Email becomes more strategic as market matures
-) Social media provide fresh opportunities for growth
-) Integration of multichannel data holds key to personalisation
-) Increased demand for training and education
-) More relevance and engagement to reduce inbox clutter

About this report

Our 2010 Email Marketing Platforms Buyer’s Guide assesses the UK marketplace for email services from the perspective of the buyer.

The report contains an overview of market trends and profiles of 25 companies offering email marketing platforms and email-related services. These companies are known as Email Service Providers or ESPs.

Which vendors/technology platforms are featured in the buyer’s guide?

Adestra, Communicator Corp, dbg, dotMailer, eCircle, e-Dialog, Emailcenter, Emailvision, emarsys, Epsilon, ExactTarget, Experian CheetahMail, Lyris, MailPerformance, Neolane, Newsweaver, Profusion, Pure360, RedEye, Responsys, Shift Click, Silverpop, SmartFOCUS, SpinnakerPro and StrongMail.

Download Econsultancy’s Email Marketing Platforms 2010 Buyer’s Guide today.

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Media contacts:

Aliya Zaidi, Research Manager, Econsultancy

(e: aliya.zaidi AT t: 0207 269 1466)

Linus Gregoriadis, Research Director, Econsultancy

(e: linus AT t: 0207 269 1465)

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Published on: 11:46AM on 27th October 2010