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Top 10 Email Marketing Predictions for 2016

What better way to wrap up two weeks of top 10 lists for 2015 than with a top 10 list of our predictions for 2016? Our predictions range from macro industry changes down to changes at individual email clients—and from the all-but-guaranteed to the “Geez, that limb is thin.” OK, here we go…

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Top 10 Email Developments of 2015

To succeed in this constantly evolving industry, it’s necessary to stay on top of the latest updates—your designs, subscribers, and bottom line count on it. While there were dozens of innovations, we’ve focused on the top 10 email developments of 2015. We hope you find this list helpful as you position your emails for success throughout 2016.

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Top 10 Most Popular Email Clients of 2015

As another year wraps up, email is still reminding us that nothing in this industry is boring, despite what some naysayers would like to have us think! We tracked nearly 1 billion emails every month throughout 2015, measuring where and how your messages are opened around the world. While some things remained the same—the top three email clients in January were still the top three in November—there was some drama along the way.

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Top 10 Most Tested Email Clients in 2015

With each passing year, the number of applications and devices that people use to check their email grows. As a result, an email marketer’s job gets a bit more complicated with each passing year, as the areas in which to focus testing efforts reach a tipping point, preventing many email marketers from identifying the most efficient way to test. Where are other email marketers and designers focusing their testing efforts? We analyzed over 360 million Litmus previews tests to find out. As you plan your design and testing efforts in 2016, we hope this list will serve as a good starting point.

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Gmail’s New ‘Block’ Option: Pros and Cons for Marketers

Gmail rolled out new “block” functionality to all Gmail webmail users yesterday, giving consumers yet another option to rid their inboxes of email they don’t want. On the surface, that might not sound like a great thing for marketers, but it’s not as bad as it sounds. In this post, we’ll cover the pros and cons of Gmail’s latest update.

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2015 State of Email: The Email Marketer’s Guide to Creating Successful Campaigns

The email landscape is constantly changing. Between the introduction of new anti-spam laws, more email apps, and new iPhones, email marketing has never presented more challenges—or opportunities. As an email marketer focused on success, it’s crucial to stay on top of every new development. In our 2015 State of Email Report, we analyze the biggest email developments and provide tons of actionable tips to keep you on top of your game.

 

53% of Emails Opened on Mobile; Outlook Opens Decrease 33%

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.

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A First Look at Inbox By Gmail: What Email Marketers Need to Know

Over the past year, Gmail has undergone some major changes—including quick actions, image caching, the auto-unsubscribe, and more—all of which have put the email world in a tizzy. Earlier this week, Google released yet another change (and perhaps the biggest one yet). They launched an entirely new email app, Inbox by Gmail. In this post, we’ll take a look at Inbox’s functionalities, as well as this new email app’s effect on the email marketing world.