Email Marketing Budget Changes in 2019: Where Email Teams Invest More—And Where They Cut Back

Whether email marketing is a new part of your business or an established component, building your budget for the year—and deciding how exactly you’ll spend it—can be a daunting task. Did you ever wonder how your peers spend their email marketing dollars?

In our State of Email Survey, we asked thousands of marketers how their email marketing budget would change in 2019 and whether they’re looking to increase or decrease investments in omnichannel integration, their email marketing tech stack, their staff, and more. Here’s what we found.

Tips for Marketing Leaders: The Proven Tactics to Improve Email Marketing ROI

Email offers the highest returns for marketers year after year, coming in at 42:1 on average—up from 38:1 last year. In our CMO’s Guide to Email Marketing ROI, we analyze email programs and ROI figures from hundreds of brands to examine which factors correlate with high email marketing returns—and which don’t—and provide actionable advice on how you can help your team see measurable ROI improvements, faster.

The CMO's Guide to Email Marketing

Tips for Marketing Leaders: Help Your Team Overcome the Biggest Email Marketing Challenges of 2019

With an average ROI of 38:1, email marketing continues to be one of the most effective channels available to marketers. It allows you to build long-term relationships with your audience and delivers measurable results that outperform other channels like radio (ROI 6:1) and TV ads (ROI 1.3:1) by a long shot. When done right, email marketing drives business results like no other channel does. But that also means that brands that aren’t optimizing the channel are leaving money on the table with every send.

Do you know which challenges are holding back your email program from delivering its full potential in 2019?

Remember when they said GDPR would kill email? It didn’t.

Before the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation went into effect in May 2018, we heard dire predictions that the new, stricter laws would shrink email lists, throttle new opt-ins, and damage marketers’ use of email to achieve their business goals.

Now, four months into the new post-GDPR reality, we have evidence that a clear majority of email marketers have not suffered the major list damage the doomsayers predicted.