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.

Research Subscriber Series – 2018

The Relevancy Group Research Subscriber Series – The 2018 Offering

What is it? An annual subscription to our 2018 research The Relevancy Groupthat includes access to our back catalog of original hypothesis driven research.  The Research Subscriber Series includes our Relevancy Ring Buyer’s Guides, market landscapes, industry specific research and tactical advice that is based on case studies, executive and consumer surveys.  Each report comes with inquiry access to go one-on-one with the analyst(s) that authored and/or contributed to the research. We provide direct access to answers.

Company Wide Access: With an annual subscription to The Research Subscriber Series, you get company wide access to the latest and best thinking from The Relevancy Group (TRG). Topics cover Martech and Adtech strategies and tactics as well as provide detailed survey analysis of thousands of executives and consumers. $15,000.00 Annually.

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  • Inquiry access to our tenured TRG analysts.
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  • Company wide access to research.
  • Custom analysis of TRG survey data.
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2018 Research Topics

  • Email Marketing, Customer Experience
  • Everychannel, Omnichannel Marketing
  • Madtech (Martech + Adtech)
  • Customer Data Platforms, Data Management, Data Onboarding (CDP, DMP)
  • Identity Management/Resolution
  • Personalization, Targeting and Retargeting
  • Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence
  • Mobile
  • Video
  • Social
  • Automation, Campaign Management
  • Data Hygiene and Acquisition
  • Attribution and Analytics

Primary Industries Covered

  • Financial Services
  • Media/Publishing
  • Retail
  • Travel/Hospitality

2018 Report Titles

  • Consumer Email Marketing Trends
  • Consumer Mobile Marketing Trends
  • Consumer Social Marketing Trends
  • State of The Email Marketing Industry 2018
  • Email Marketing Forecast
  • ESP Buyer’s Guide
  • Email Agency Buyer’s Guide
  • Customer Data Platform Buyer’s Guide
  • Identity Management Buyer’s Guide
  • Personalization Machine Learning Buyer’s Guide
  • Analytics Buyer’s Guide
  • Video Platform Buyer’s Guide
  • Digital Agency Buyer’s Guide
  • Madtech Acquisition Trends
  • Email Marketing Acquisition Benchmark
  • State of Retail Marketing
  • State of Financial Services Marketing
  • State of Media/Publishing Marketing
  • State of Travel/Hospitality Marketing
  • Martech Innovators
  • Adtech Innovators
  • Mobile Apps Benchmark
  • State of Digital Video Advertising
  • State of Identity Management
  • People Based Marketing Benchmark
  • Everychannel Attribution, End of The Last Click
  • Advertising Trends in 2018
  • Social Marketing Innovators   *Titles subject to change

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The Marketer Quarterly Issue 15

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Free with registration get the latest edition of the digital magazine for marketers by marketers. This isssue includes an excerpt of The Relevancy Group’s Email Agency Buyer’s Guide, CMO Interviews and the latest on digital marketing trends. Additionally this issue covers:

  • Social Drives Honda Campaign
  • American Express Campaign Parodies Business Jargon
  • L’Eclisse Makeup Video Tutorials Showcases New Line

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Research Subscriber Series – 2017

The Relevancy Group Research Subscriber Series – The 2017 Offering

What is it? An annual subscription to our 2017 research The Relevancy Groupthat includes access to our back catalog of original hypothesis driven research.  Each coverage area will produce 12 original reports in 2017, which should not be confused with our sponsored research which is available for free with registration.  The Research Subscriber Series includes our Relevancy Ring Buyer’s Guides, market landscapes and tactical advice that is based on executive and consumer surveys as well as case studies.  Each report comes with 30 minutes of inquiry time allowing to go one-on-one with the analyst that authored and/or contributed to the research. We provide direct access to answers.

Who are the authors? The Relevancy Group is proud to have the most tenured research staff of any analyst/research firm in the industry. All of our analysts have at least 15 years of experience in their coverage area as a practitioner, industry analyst – or both. Learn more about our team.

What does it cost? Each coverage area is available for $5,000.00 which includes 12 new reports a year plus access to previous Research Subscriber Series from that coverage area. Purchase all three coverage areas and get 32 original research reports and analyst access for $15,000.00 dollars. This is a tremendous discount to purchasing our research on a one-off basis and a fantastic value for any organization seeking the latest analysis. As a former Jupiter Research and Forrester Research executive I also know it is the most affordable comprehensive apporach to delivering the best original research with the most tenured staff.

What are the coverage areas?  There are three distinct coverage areas, yet our analysts do collaborate to ensure that we have a consistent understanding of these disparate topics. The coverage area and research topics for each are as follows:

  • Email/Everychannel Marketing
  • Madtech, the marriage of Martech and Adtech
  • Social Marketing and Publishing

Email MarketingEmail/Everychannel Marketing 2017 Report List            *report titles subject to change

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Report Title Month
Consumer Marketing Trends January
TRR ESP Buyers Guide 2017 February
State of Email Industry 2017 March
Email Acquisition Tactics April
Fast Marketing: A Real-Time Data Case Study May
Email Hygiene Vendor Landscape June
Best Practices Round-up 2017 July
2017 Martech Innovators August
TRR Email Agency Buyer’s Guide 2017 September
Machine Learning in Email Marketing October
Holiday Email Marketing Guide November
Adaptive Content Case Studies December


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Madtech (Martech+Adtech) 2017 Report List *report titles subject to change Identity Marketing       

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Report Title Month
Emergence of Madtech 2017: How DMPs are Enabling People-Based Marketing January
Programmatic Advertising Trends in 2017 February
Mobile Identity Resolution March
People Based Marketing Trends 2017 April
Madtech, DMP Buyer’s Guide 2017 May
State of Identity Management 2017 June
Video Advertising Trends July
Madtech Services Landscape –  Best Practices to Selecting an Agency August
2017 Madtech Vendor Innovators September
Madtech Data – How First Party Data is Being Utilized October
Consumer Advertising Trends November
Beyond The Walled Garden – Growing a New Farm December

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Report Title Month
All About Attribution January
Consumer Social Trends February
Social Acquisition Advertising March
Snapchat – Marketing Guide & Tactics April
Facebook – Marketing Guide & Tactics May
Video Marketing Trends June
2017 Social Vendor Innovators July
Mobile App Marketing August
Social Publishing Landscape September
Customer Experience – Social Listening  Case Study October
Social Marketing Amid Fake News November
The New Paper – Social Publishing Case Study December

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