Ansira acquires BrightWave

Ansira + BrightWaveAnsira acquires BrightWave

For 100 years Ansira has empowered relationship and channel marketers to deliver outstanding customer experiences. With decades of full-service agency experience, they deliver CRM, loyalty and vertically focused marketing automation solutions. Today they announced their acquisition of BrightWave, which will enrich their offering with email marketing and eCRM services expertise.

This acquisition changes BrightWave’s competitive set and extends their capabilities to deliver services in other channels such as print/direct marketing and scales their services resources to over 800 employees. BrightWave will continue to operate independently as its own brand but will enjoy faster scale and growth as a part of Ansira which is backed by Advent International, one of the most respected private equity investors.

It is important to recognize that this deal is all about email and the growth of that channel and BrightWave’s success growing their business and their event EiQ. This acquisition provides Ansira with the all-important email marketing services and provides them with access to the most effective and profitable marketing channel, email. The adoption of email marketing services has reached critical mass. The Relevancy Group February 2019 survey of 360 enterprise email marketers finds that up to 75 percent are utilizing some type of email services and that on average 40 percent are utilizing a dedicated email marketing agency – not their ESP – to deliver those services.

We congratulate Ansira and BrightWave, and we are excited to see how these two leaders integrate and continue to satisfy clients. We believe this signals a new email-focused agency roll-up that will be a trend within the martech sector in 2019.

Relevancy Group subscribers reach out to us at Ask@TheRelevancyGroup to see what this means for your business and the industry.

Until next time,
David

Upcoming Webinars: Insight On Demand

Webinar WednesdaysThe Relevancy Group is ringing in the new year with new webinars and research.  We have already delivered two webinars which can be viewed at any time on our on-demand webinar site, WebinarWednesdays.Online

Join us for these upcoming live webinars and get the research papers associated with them.

Feb 6, 2019 – 2019 Marketing Trends – The Rise of Individualization, Sponsored by Zeta Global | Join The Relevancy Group and Zeta Global at 2 PM ET, while we discuss our latest research, 2019 Marketing Trends – The Rise of Individualization. The webinar will cover the following topics – How email will continue to dominate other communication modalities – The role of identity management in driving individualized experiences. – How real-time data and AI will accelerate marketing optimization in 2019. Speakers include:

  • David Daniels – CEO & Founder, The Relevancy Group
  • Nicholas Einstein – Chief Research Officer, The Relevancy Group
  • Michael Lewis – Group VP, Zeta Global

Register and get a copy of the webinar recording and research paper.

Feb 13, 2019 – Making the Case for an Email Marketing Agency Partner, Sponsored by Trendline Interactive | Published in January 2018, The Relevancy Group explores how email marketers are developing their marketing campaigns in-house and we investigate the benefits of utilizing an email marketing agency. The Relevancy Group in collaboration with Response:AI reveals how marketers are prioritizing investments in outside specialized expertise.

Speakers Include:
David Daniels – CEO & Founder, The Relevancy Group
Nicholas Einstein – Chief Research Officer, The Relevancy Group
Morgan Stewart – CEO & Co-Founder, Trendline Interactive

Register and get a copy of the webinar recording and research paper.

Feb 20, 2019 Reaching Subscribers Beyond the Inbox – Bridging the Gap Between Offline and Online Data, Sponsored by LiveRamp | During this sixty minute session sponsored by LiveRamp, principals from The Relevancy Group will be joined by LiveRamp’s Managing Director of New Verticals to dig into how marketers are currently leveraging customer data and explore the opportunities presenting themselves in 2019.

Speakers Include:

  • David Daniels – CEO & Founder, The Relevancy Group
  • Nicholas Einstein – Chief Research Officer, The Relevancy Group
  • Kevin Dunn – Managing Director, New Verticals, LiveRamp

Register and get a copy of the webinar recording and research paper.

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.