Email Marketers Seek To Grow Their Lists by 9.8% in 2018

Email Marketers Seek To Grow Their Lists by 9.8% in 2018

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.

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.

What to Make of Adobe’s $4.75 Billion Acquisition of Marketo

What to Make of Adobe’s $4.75 Billion Acquisition of Marketo

My first thought is the value. This is a lot of cash to jump into another cloud that is crowded by B2B marketing solutions. But then I think that many of them have yet to integrate such a solution across the marketer and advertiser experience (I am talking to you Oracle).

Below I enumerate why this deal makes sense from my market analyst point of view. To be clear, I am not, nor does The Relevancy Group (TRG) provide a financial analyst perspective. That is, we are not offering investment advice.

1) Adobe is a winner, they have a process to satisfy clients. In our most recent ESP Buyer’s Guide – Enterprise edition they received client satisfaction awards in deliverability support, technical services, and omnichannel marketing. Customers we spoke with had high praise for the Adobe technical teams and remarked that “implementation has been a ten out of ten,” and that they “anticipate [our] needs ahead of time.” Marketo clients you are going to be fine. The company that has a cloud called “experience” respects, embraces this client-oriented culture. The experience will likely be an upgrade for you.

2) Adobe does acquisition and integration better than most. Earlier this year they jumped into the commerce cloud with the $1.7 billion purchase of Magneto in May. This commerce platform is ripe for the Adobe Sensei framework and every element of the Adobe Experience Cloud. Integration is coming. I can’t say what I saw, but I can say it was impressive.

3) It is not about B2B and B2C but is about what B2B is Missing. If you have read my book, seen me speak or just overall – I see everyone as a client and we all have journeys, events, experiences and things that could trigger us. Some like Eloqua and Responsys did an awful job of competing internally as to who had the best automation. I realize there is a true B2B element, I am talking about Account Based Marketing, but this is just a way to say that we are all as an industry moving to individualization. As people, we don’t have different buying or online expectations as a consumer or a business operator. We have the same respect for relevant experiences. Adobe’s win here will be if they can utilize the best aspect of that platform – but the real value upside is to sell all those 5K plus Marketo B2B clients all the other elements in Document, Creative and Experience Clouds. I believe Adobe can do this better, certainly in comparison to Oracle.

4) For the Buyer, This Completes the Adobe Cloud Picture. Adobe can now tick the front office, traditional CRM off the capabilities that they used to rely on partners. They have always done well in Financial Services and industries where capabilities that define Marketo are necessary, but they did so through a tapestry of partners. This will combat vendors such as Oracle when they pitch and throw in their email capabilities (formerly Responsys) for free to sway a deal. Adobe’s more robust offering will have new implications for their partners, some of which that go to market with a blended bag of partners. It will be most interesting on how this is received in their partner and agency channels.

Congratulations to Adobe and Marketo, as stated we believe that this is an upgrade that will benefit Marketo and Adobe clients alike.

Until next time,
David

Email Marketers Who Use Artificial Intelligence Report Better Results

Email Marketers Who Use Artificial Intelligence Report Better Results

Last week I teased this research with a webinar promotion on the same topic. This one is a favorite, exploring AI and email deliverability. Layers of complexity and many months went into this piece. I am thrilled to be the first to research AI and email deliverability and document these results.

Today we are releasing the full research report in advance of the free webinar on September 26th at 1:00 PM ET.

Sponsored by Return Path, the report illustrates how AI-powered deliverability solutions can enhance outcomes for marketers while eliminating tedious and repetitive tasks from their daily lives. Research findings also highlight improved effectiveness for marketers using AI-driven email marketing tactics versus those that rely on humans alone.

“As the email industry continues to evolve, marketers are looking for more than just monitoring and best-practice based recommendations. They’re demanding real, effective solutions to the problems they face every day,” said Return Path CEO Matt Blumberg.

At The Relevancy Group, we are excited by the significant potential for AI in the email marketing space—and especially its ability to drive more valuable inbox experiences.

Download the research and attend the webinar when we will be digging into the details of this data-driven report as well as showcasing Return Path’s EmailDNA offering.

If you have any questions about the research or methodology, follow and message us on Twitter.  Otherwise, I will see you on the webinar.

Wishing you all the best,

David

 

Optimizing Email Deliverability with AI

Optimizing Email Deliverability with AI

AI (Artifical Intelligence) is being used to optimize many marketing and advertising disciplines with impressive results.  Return Path recently sponsored new Relevancy Group research to investigate how email deliverability can be improved with AI.  This new research highlights how inbox placement can be optimized by utilizing AI.

Join us on September 26th at 1:00 PM ET for a free webinar on this new research, title Optimizing Email Deliverability with AI. Register and get a recording of the webinar and a copy of the research.

The webinar will address these questions:

• What is the state of email deliverability in 2018?
• Why do consumers engage with email marketing?
• Why is engagement important to improve email deliverability and inbox placement?
• Are marketers ready to embrace machine learning-powered AI solutions?
• How can artificial intelligence (AI) be utilized to improve email deliverability?
• What benefits can marketers expect from utilizing AI for email deliverability?

Speakers:
• David Daniels, CEO & Founder – The Relevancy Group
• Nicholas Einstein, VP of Research – The Relevancy Group
• Tom Sather, Sr. Director, Research – Return Path

Register and you’ll receive an email with a link to the recording of the webinar, even if you can’t attend at the specified date and time.

Take Off, Let Email Automation Do the Work for You

Email Automation ImperativeAs we enter the Labor Day weekend, I am reminded of how hard email marketers work.  Earlier this year we published “The Email Marketing Automation Imperative,” and we found that marketers automate just thirty percent of their email marketing messages.  While this has increased year-over-year the data indicates that email marketing remains labor intensive.

The research answers these key questions:
• How are marketers embracing email automation?
• How does email automation transcend triggered mailings in 2018?
• What role does real-time data have in automation and does such an approach make a difference?

The research’s key findings:
Triggered email marketing utilization increased slightly year-over-year. Of those marketers utilizing triggered mailings, the majority automate less than 30 percent of their email efforts. Triggered mailings are ideal for customer journeys that have pre-set events or actions. Email automation transcends triggered mailings. Many ESPs have advanced to deliver solutions that leverage real-time data, which personalize the customer experience at the individual level. Given these solution enhancements, marketers must think about email automation more broadly and data indicates that they are. When asked about their top email marketing tactics, targeting email subscribers with online advertising was No.2 on their list. Email automation via real-time data creates head-count efficiencies, but also improves effectiveness. Email automation via real-time data outperforms a traditional segmented email send.

Buy the report or get it with a subscription.  Enjoy a well-deserved labor day holiday weekend!

A Day in the Life of the CMO – Shinesty

A Day in the Life of the CMO – Shinesty

MQ Issue 18Since we launched The Marketer Quarterly in 2014, ‘A Day in the Life of the CMO’ has been the reader’s favorite.  MQ Issue 18 is no different and features an interview with Shinesty’s CMO Jens Nicolaysen. I met Jens at the 2018 EIQ event where he presented some of the humourous irreverant email and branding that Shinesty is known for.

Below my colleuage and Editor of MQ, Dianna Dilworth interviews Jens.

Shinesty CMO Jens Nicolaysen does his best work early in the morning so he’s usually at
his desk by 7 AM. This gives him a couple of uninterrupted work hours before the day gets crazy and the meetings start backing up.

Like most CMOs, no day is typical for Nicolaysen. His main objective is to grow the brand through different channels, and increase scale. This requires him to support his teams across channels and identify what is and isn’t working and evolve accordingly. The marketing team’s job is to think of funny and engaging ways to talk about their products and coming up with the best ways to put these messages in front of people.
Sometimes that’s social, paid search, email or a blog post. The company has been growing sales and its product collection since launching in 2014.

“As we continue to scale, we look at what’s working really well for us in a given channel with a given content strategy; finding what the next thing will be,” says Nicolaysen. “It’s all about finding the right person to lead the right channel, and championing those people.”

Read the rest in MQ Issue 18