Webinar: 2018 Email Agency Buyer’s Guide Review

Webinar: 2018 Email Agency Buyer’s Guide Review

Join us on Wednesday 11/28/18 at 1 PM for results of our 2018 Email Agency Buyer’s Guide. During this sixty minute session, principals from The Relevancy Group will review data from the recently published 2018 Email Agency Buyer’s Guide – exploring the methodology, the participants, and digging into the specific attributes that differentiate these agencies from their peers.

Attend this webinar to explore and discuss:
• Key trends driving agency adoption
• Which email agencies excel in which areas
• How brands and marketers are leveraging email agencies to maximum benefit
• Top challenges and considerations when selecting an agency

Speakers:
• David Daniels, CEO & Founder – The Relevancy Group
• Nicholas Einstein, VP of Research – The Relevancy Group

Register and get a recording of the webinar.

Consumer Holiday Expectations Are In

Consumer Holiday Expectations Are In

By David Daniels, CEO and Founder – The Relevancy Group

This week we had our annual Consumer Holiday Behaviors and Attitudes Webinar which was as always was sponsored by Zeta Global. The event was full of data and featured excellent discussion and insight from Zeta’s Tim O’Leary.  You can watch the webinar on demand here.

Some of the interesting findings include:

  • Consumers utilize email every day, 89 percent of them are checking their email daily. Email remains our digital fingerprint and shows no sign of being replaced by other communication modalities.
  • Mobile dominance is increasing. Forty percent of consumers state that their primary email device is their mobile phone and 26 percent state that it is their primary online shipping device. Retailers must ensure that their messages and websites are optimized for mobile viewing.
  • Self-gifting is up year-over-year from $264 in 2017 to $279 in 2018. Retailers should be utilizing BOGO offers and messaging that encourages to be self-indulgent.
  • More consumers intend to shop on Cyber Monday. Eighteen percent report that they are going to do most of their holiday shopping on Cyber Monday which is up about ten percent from last year.
  • Women are more engaged on themed shopping days, nearly half of women state that they will do most of their shopping on Black Friday as opposed to 39 percent of men. Fourteen percent of women say they will do all their holiday shopping on Black Friday.
  • On average consumers will comparison shop across three sites; but 20 percent of consumers state that they don’t do any comparison shopping. On the webinar we discuss the reasons why that is, one of them being the impact of Amazon Prime as increasing spot for buyers to go to.

There are many more findings, tactics, and tips including how to leverage mobile real-time data to improve the customer experience.

Tune in and check out this wonderful webinar.

Wishing you success this holiday season!

All the best,

David

 

The Relevancy Group Releases Email Agency Buyer’s Guide, AI Market Spotlight Guide and Issue 19 of The Marketer Quarterly

The Relevancy Group Releases Email Agency Buyer’s Guide, AI Market Spotlight Guide and Issue 19 of The Marketer Quarterly

BOSTON – Nov. 5, 2018 — The Relevancy Group, a leading market research and advisory firm today released “The Relevancy Ring – Email Agency Buyer’s Guide.”  The research evaluates five email agencies that include BrightWave, DEG, Inbox Marketer, Trendline Interactive and Yes Marketing. Vendors are evaluated on customer satisfaction and services capabilities.

The company today also released “Artificial Intelligence Market Spotlight Guide” which analyzes the latest trends in the utilization of AI in marketing and spotlights four vendors that are delivering exciting AI innovations. The Relevancy Group highlights four leading vendors including Adobe, OneSpot, Return Path, and Selligent.

The Relevancy Ring – Email Agency Buyer’s Guide is available for $2495.00, Artificial Intelligence Market Spotlight Guide is available for $999 and both are included in The Relevancy Group’s research subscription that includes 38 reports annually.

The Relevancy Group will be hosting several upcoming webinars to discuss the findings. You can register for webinars at www.relevancygroup.com/events

An excerpt of this research is also included in issue 19 of The Marketer Quarterly, The Relevancy Group’s digital magazine. Register to get a free subscription to The Marketer Quarterly online or via the MQ app for any iOS, Android and Amazon. www.marketerquarterly.com

Specialized Services: Email Marketing Agencies are Crushing It

MQ15_coverOver the past several weeks, we at TRG have been deep in the weeds researching our soon to be published 2018 Email Agency Buyer’s Guide, and this year’s participants include some of the absolute best and brightest in the space. Agencies in the guide this year include BrightWave, DEG, Inbox Marketer, Trendline Interactive, and Yes Marketing.

Our process includes detailed questionaries completed by each agency, ninety-minute demos during which agencies present their best work, and reference calls with a handful of clients which yield valuable customer satisfaction data. We are still working to synthesize and analyze the data, but what we’ve seen to date has been extremely impressive.

This year we invited agencies to show us their best stuff while maintaining a focus on three primary themes: strategy, data, and analysis/measurement. Like the competitors currently battling it out on the field for the pennant, these agencies have been going deep. The research will highlight how these agencies are driving home runs for their clients in the form of serious business value and positive customer experiences.

The research will be available for our Research Subscribers and direct purchase. Vendor profiles will be in the next issue of The Marketer Quarterly.

Benchmarking Email Marketing Acquisition

Benchmarking Email Marketing Acquisition

By David Daniels

Email subscriber churn continues to remain a top challenge for email Email Marketingmarketers. Driving list growth to gain new addresses and backfill lost subscribers is a necessary priority for marketers. Email marketers’ list growth goals for 2018 is 9.8 percent, down from 11 percent in 2017, and keeping with the 2016 goal of 10 percent.

Email Marketing Acquisition – 2018 Benchmark Report was published in July 2018. The Relevancy Group Benchmark reports review trend analysis of a specific marketing category or tactic. In this instance, email marketing acquisition. These annual reports are part of the TRG’s Research Subscription Service and serve as an excellent resource to benchmark your individual results against the industry.

The research answers these key questions:
• What are email marketer list growth expectations?
• Which email acquisition tactics are marketers investing in?
• Which tactics are necessary to address challenges and ensure audience growth?

Report Excerpt: Email marketing agencies including BrightWave, Inbox Marketer, Merkle, and Trendline have demonstrated the strategy to ensure that acquisition tactics are executed with quality growth in mind. Acquisition is not a trivial task and marketers must work with agencies and should seek acquisition specialists such as CertainSource and Publisher’s Clearing House Media.

The Research: 6 pages, 4 Charts, 1,137 words. Purchase or Subscribe. Part of our Research Subscriber Series.

EiQ 2018, A Wonderful Gathering of Email Marketers

Last week I attended the second annual EiQ gathering in Atlanta.  The event is underwritten by BrightWave. Last year I was honored to keynote the inaugural EiQ event.  This year in an enjoyable game of Family Feud that closed out the event, I was team captain of the “Dot Coms.”  Although my team lost, it was fun and host Simms Jenkins wore his best Shinesty suit, which only added to the hilarity (photo evidence below).

FamilyFeud at EiQ

The day started with a rousing funk brass band and Simms took us through the importance of the email marketing and that email is indeed the center of the digital universe.

EiQ is my favorite email conference. Why?

  • Networking: Beyond seeing old friends and making new ones I had the pleasure of interacting with major brands and innovative upstarts. The vendor pavilion was packed and it was wonderful to connect with The Relevancy Group clients, e.g. Adobe, Return Path and discuss the latest offerings from friends at BriteVerify and Movable Ink.
  • Content: This is not your typical email conference, the content is compelling and email EiQengaging. From the lessons of powerhouse brands, e.g. Coca-Cola, Google, and Pinterest, to those of innovative upstarts like Shinesty and Peloton this industry veteran learned a few new email tricks. There were some fantastic panels on how to avoid mistakes and react to them when they happen.  One of my favorite panels was led by Justine Jordan of Litmus. Her panel “Email Production and Process Hacks” was very insightful and people were buzzing about it later that evening.  Check out #EIQgathering on Twitter for more highlights.
  • Awards: Who doesn’t like to get an award.  For the first time, EiQ presented two awards. The Whiz and The Maverick. Congratulations to Seth Westfield, The Maverick and Carly Maddock The Whiz. In addition to the honor, EiQ award winners get a lifetime complimentary pass to the EiQ Gathering.  That is a nice touch.
  • Production Value and Location: I love Atlanta in the spring. The event is a high-end affair. Hosts Simms Jenkins and Titania Jordan are excellent.  I speak at many events and the EiQ behind the scenes tech/av and speaker wranglers were among the best I have experienced.

Congratulations to Simms and the BrightWave team.  I look forward to EiQ 2019.

Until next time,

David

 

 

David

 

Email Marketing Mobile Readiness in 2018

How Mobile Ready is Your Email Marketing Program?

In Q4 of 2017, The Relevancy Group (TRG) conducted research on the mobile usage, preferences, and habits of over a thousand U.S. consumers. The research also utilized TRG executive surveys from 2017 and a questionnaire that captured the mobile capabilities from the ten leading Email/Everychannel Service Providers (ESP). Thank you to those ESP vendors and to the sponsors of this research, Branch, BrightWave and Moloco.

Download the research for free with registration.

Enjoy the on-demand webinar Email Marketing Mobile Readiness in 2018.

Key Questions:
What consumer behavior trends should influence email marketing mobile strategies?
How are marketers utilizing mobile apps and what is necessary to optimize that experience?
How important is deep linking and deferred deep linking and what are the benefits they offer?
How mobile ready are the leading ESPs (Email/Everychannel Service Providers)?

Report Excerpt:
For consumers across the US, the mobile phone has quickly become the vehicle of choice for communicating with brands and marketers online. Consumers today engage with brands through mobile apps and email on their mobile devices, more often than they do through their desktop or laptop computers. On the mobile device, itself, consumers clearly prefer apps to the mobile web as demonstrated by metrics like time spent, conversion rate and average order value – all significantly higher in apps than on mobile web, or, in many cases, even desktop. This paradigm shift away from the desktop has come with big opportunities as marketers can now leverage real-time data and location variables to drive more relevant an immersive experiences at the times and places where they can create the most value. Capitalizing on the opportunities can, for many marketers, be challenging, but data indicate that the major vendors in the Email Marketing/Everychannel space are now beginning to provide the tools, technology, partnerships, and services to enable marketers and delight consumers.

This research highlights the importance of addressing audiences away from the desktop, explores and compares the features, functionality, partnerships, and services that are important to various buyers of marketing technology for email, and provides analyst insight into how brands and marketers can best position themselves for mobile success.

The Research: 18 pages, 7 Charts, 4,241 words. Sponsored by Branch, BrightWave and Moloco. Learn more about the sponsors in this research document.