As some of you may know, Event Garde sends a monthly e-newsletter. So every month, I jump into Constant Contact to look at stats.
Admittedly, I’m a word nerd, but I find the stats and data fascinating. I get excited when the click and open rates increase. And I use those – based on the popularity of certain topics – to decide what to write the next month.
Email marketers: Does this sound familiar?
According to most reports, email is the No. 1 tool for marketing among associations. But do email campaigns work?
A new report by Informz may help marketers decide.
The 2016 Association Email Marketing Benchmark Report analyzes nearly 2 billion emails sent by associations in 2015. According to the report, email volume rose nearly 12 percent from 2014.
We’ll delve into the findings shortly, but first, Informz points out marketing automation technology has transformed the way associations communicate. For example, it allows senders to more easily segment audiences, allowing for topical, personalized responses.
“Associations are making a purposeful shift to integrate and maximize their digital marketing reach, utilizing all their data assets,” Informz says. “Websites, email marketing programs, account management databases and online communities are no longer perceived as separate functional entities. Taking a holistic approach means moving away from a single communication strategy to a tailored, one-to-one communication approach.”
In addition, the report revealed email relevancy is top of mind for subscribers. As such, marketers are moving away from mass emails, instead sending customized communications to members – which translates into more meaningful member experiences.
And now the findings from the Informz report:
- The average email metrics for associations include a 98 percent delivery rate, 36 percent open rate and 16 percent click rate.
- More than 70 percent of email subscribers were sent one to five emails per month.
- Emails containing eight or more links represent 77 percent of the email sent volume.
- Audiences between 5,000 and 50,000 accounted for 63 percent of all emails sent; however, the smaller the audience, the higher the open and click rates were.
- For the second consecutive year, emails sent during midday hours accounted for the largest percentage of emails sent, as well as the highest click rates.
- Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday had the highest email volume with an average open rate of 35 percent.
- Friday had the highest weekday open rate at 37 percent.
- Subject lines with fewer than 40 characters had open rates that exceeded the 2015 benchmark of 36 percent.
- More than 60 percent of opened email had engagement for more than 10 seconds, which is an increase from last year’s metric of 62 percent.
- Mobile readers engage with emails longer than desktop readers, with 67 percent of mobile readers spending longer than 10 seconds.
So…what are your thoughts? How does your association use email?
Remember that newsletter I referenced? We’re always looking to feature examples of success so if you’ve developed an email campaign that works, please send information to Kristen Parker at Kristen@eventgarde.com.