February market share saw continued changes to mobile and webmail stats as Gmail continues to upset previous trends. Mobile opens decreased from 49% to 48%—a position that they haven’t seen since October.
The new year has brought plenty of new changes to email client market share. In January, we saw continued impact to Gmail open rates, a drop for Android and mobile return to pre-holiday rates.
After meeting (and exceeding!) the 50% tipping point in November, mobile opens maintained their majority share through December. For the first time since May 2012, webmail opens netted an increase—moving from 18% to 20% of opens. Meanwhile, desktop opens decreased from 31% to 29%. Earlier in December, Gmail shook things up with big announcements which contributed to another major change in email client market share.
In the last year, mobile opens have increased 24% (from 41% to 51% of total opens), while webmail opens have decreased 36% (from 28% to 18% of total opens). On the surface, it appears as though mobile opens continue to grow at webmail’s expense, but is that really the case?
It’s official: mobile now accounts for the majority of email opens, with a 51% share. That’s an increase of three percentage points since the previous record of 48% from September and October. Desktop opens now make up 31% of opens, while webmail has dipped to 18%.
It’s the final days leading up to the last stop in our little #TEDC13 tour. And what a wild ride it’s been. It’s hard to believe that it was just six months ago when Paul walked by my office and said “let’s put on a conference.” From dozens of speaker submissions, contracts, prep calls, hurricanes and train delays, to that thrilling moment when we kicked off day one… I’m beyond proud of every speaker, every presentation, every detail of what we’ve accomplished. And if it’s even possible, I love email more than ever.
Six months after Gmail’s tabbed inbox was announced, opens have continued to decline. The effect of this decrease was seen in our top ten for October, as Gmail moved down a notch to the #9 spot in the top ten. Overall, Gmail opens are down a full percentage point since May, or a 27% change.
Since mobile users value efficiency, speed and ease of use, a clearly organized and well-designed mobile email is the logical choice over a text-based page devoid of imagery, links or clear hierarchy. Mobile has grown fast, and while addressing emails on mobile devices can be challenging, linking to a plain-text version is a bandaid solution at best. Now that mobile device email opens represent 48% of all email opens, it’s time to abandon this practice.
The first Email Design Conference in San Francisco was a big success! We heard lots of great feedback and suggestions about speakers, content, and even the food. A common thread we heard from many attendees was a desire to share what they were working on while getting feedback on how they could improve. To that end, we’re pleased to announce the addition of live email optimization sessions during TEDC London and Boston!
Mobile opens continued their climb toward 50% by gaining another percentage point last month. Emails opened on smartphones and tablets now account for 48% of total opens. Of course, that increase in mobile opens always has to come from somewhere: in September, desktop opens increased to 33%, while webmail opens dipped to 19%.