Personalization Drives Email Engagement

Personalization increases click-through rates by an average of 250% -- and by as much as 500% -- according to an Epsilon report released Monday. 

The marketing company released its quarterly email trends report, based on an aggregate of 8.5 billion emails sent from over 150 Epsilon clients of varying industries during first-quarter 2016 in North America.

Personalized and triggered emails perform significantly higher than traditional email marketing campaigns, according to the report -- no surprise to email marketers.

Unlike traditional email newsletters, triggered emails are sent as a result of a specific action taken by the consumer. For example, a welcome email series could be triggered when a consumer subscribes to an email list, or an abandoned shopping cart email could be sent when a customer fails to finalize a purchase.

Even a small level of personalization can go far in email marketing. Triggered messages only accounted for 3% of the total volume of email studied, but resulted in average open rates of 55.8% and click-through rates of 11.4%, according to Experian.

Furthermore, when compared to ‘business as usual’ campaigns, triggered messages increased clicks and open rates by an average of 241.4% and 67.9%, respectively.

The pharmaceutical and business product industries showed the strongest increase in engagement rates with triggered messages, outpacing traditional email with open rates of 498.5% and 448%. 

Overall, general email engagement increased in first-quarter 2016 as open rates jumped from 32.0% to 33.3% year-over-year, and increased from 30.5% in Q4 2015. Q1 2016 click-through rates also experienced an increase from the last quarter of 2015, but suffered a drop year-over-year from 3.9% to 3.4%.

The retail industry drove the highest email engagement rates with business as usual email marketing campaigns, securing an average of a 50.7% open rate and a 4.4% click rate during the first quarter of this year. 

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  1. Kevin L from , June 29, 2016 at 4:07 p.m.

    We are seeing even bigger increases by personalizing images with user data.  So instead of having "Hello David" in text, we use first name in our images (  

    Much higher click through rates and it works with any email service provider.   Just use the ~FirstName~ merge tag at the end of the image URL.  We also have Countdown Timers if you want an animated countdown in your emails/website.  Free trial of both tools at

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