Associations sent 12% more email in 2016 than they did in 2016. But their open and click-through rates fell slightly, although not for groups that used marketing automation, according to a new study by informz Inc.
The report is based on an analysis of email metrics from over 1 billion emails sent in 2016 by associations in five countries: the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the U.K.
Last month, Bob & David James reported that 62% of associations use email for marketing. The informz study purports to provide the metrics they are getting.
Delivery rates remained high in 2016, at 98.3% But there was a slight dip in click rates, from 16.1% to 15.6%. And open rates fell from 36% to 35%.
Of the opened emails studied, 65% achieved the “read” level — engagement lasting ten seconds or more.
Although no supporting metrics are provided, the study states that campaigns using marketing automation have increased by 70%. Companies deploying marketing automation experienced a slightly lower delivery rate -- to 98%. But their open rate hit 37.6% and their rate to 16.7%. Why these increases in engagement? Relevance, targeting and timing, said informz.
It would be useful to known conversion rates, but that will have to wait for another study
With one exception, the U.S. had the lowest engagement rates of any country studied: 34% for opens and 14.% for click-throughs. In contrast, Canada had an open rate of 49% and a 23.2% click-through rate. The UK generated 35.9% for opens and 18.3% for click-throughs.
The U.S. did beat New Zealand on opens, with the latter achieving 13.2%. But New Zealand had a higher click average.: 21.3%.
iPhones are the single biggest vehicle for opens, generating a rate of 28.1% .Outlook 2010 is next, with 20.1%, followed by Gmail (8.8%) and Outlook 2013 7.8%. The iPhone also tops the mobile list, beating the iPad and the Android by sizable percentages.
Among client types, mobile pulled the highest open rate — 41.1%. Second was desktop, with 33.1%, and Web browser came in at 25.3%.
These findings could well apply to other types of marketers. Here are some lessons: