The Apple Watch has arrived. As an email marketer or designer, there are four critical things you need to know about how Apple’s new wearable technology will affect your campaigns. The TL;DR? Prepare for plain text to make a big comeback and to be frustrated by lack of insight into traditional email metrics, like opens and clicks.
We’ve been tracking email opens for more than 4 years. And it’s incredible to see how behaviors have changed over time. Mobile email was barely a blip on our radars in 2011, and made up just 8% of email opens. Fast forward to 2014, and nearly half of emails are opened on smartphones and tablets—a 500% increase in four years.
There’s an amazing opportunity to join the Litmus team as our email marketing manager—conceiving and executing the messages we send to customers, future customers, fans, and partners. I’m looking for someone who lives, breathes, eats, and sleeps email marketing. The type of person that thinks about new ways to utilize segmentation in the shower, discusses bulletproof buttons and actionable CTAs at dinner, and dreams about your next A/B test at night. If you’ve ever replied to a marketing email from your favorite brand to tell them they should use styled ALT text on their images, or annoyed your friends by defending your job as a “spammer,” this might be the job for you.
It’s getting harder and harder to stand out in the inbox. Fledging startups are churning out new tools aimed at managing the volume of email that people receive—and subscribers are snapping them up. Meanwhile, the email industry continues to beat the relevance drum, pounding it into our heads that we need to be relevant to our audience, that sending relevant emails is the only way to rise above the noise, that relevant content is the golden ticket to email marketing success. But what, exactly, does it mean to be relevant? How can you tell if your content—and your emails—have relevance to your audience? The answer lies in the VENT methodology.
In December, Google announced that images in emails will now show automatically. We’ve kept a close eye on the increased open counts in Gmail—automatic image downloads have given us a unique opportunity to examine the impact that image blocking has had on email marketing for years. What we’ve learned is fascinating, and unveils a critical metric unknown to email designers before now.