With so many people using smartphones—and email being the most popular activity on those devices—it’s important to assess how your emails display on those small screens. There’s a lot to consider when it comes to mobile email design. On top of the multitude of smartphones, users have dozens of different email apps to choose from—each with their own set of rendering quirks. In this post, we take a look at differences in rendering across the numerous iOS and Android mobile email apps.
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.
When it comes to doing email right, there’s a lot to consider: the from name, subject line, reply address, preheader, content—even landing pages and more! This collection of email best practices in action—complete with plenty of examples—will help you check all the boxes.
Mobile Gmail apps for both Android and iOS download images automatically and serve them via Google’s caching service. As users update to the new mobile Gmail apps, we’re seeing image caching affect mobile open rates, specifically opens made with the Gmail app on Android. As Gmail open rates rise, there has been a corresponding drop in Android opens. Since January, Android opens have dropped 34%—now representing 8% of opens.
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.