Most email marketers plan to invest in the email channel to some extent this year. But they face many challenges, judging by Email Marketing Effectiveness: Strategies, Tactics & Trends, a study by Ascend2.
Of the marketers polled, 56% will continue to invest moderately and 17% plan to invest significantly. In addition, 12% are planning to start and 16% are not investing.
The study shows that 57% describe themselves as somewhat successful at achieving their key priorities with email marketing, and 31% describe themselves as very much so, or best in class. Only 12% say they are unsuccessful.
Moreover, 69% say they are becoming more effective, and 16% say they are becoming very much more effective. But 24% feel their effectiveness is decreasing marginally, and 7% feel that it is declining significantly.
The respondents measure success in several ways, including:
What are brands trying to achieve with their email marketing? The main goals are:
The barriers to email marketing success are similar, but not identical:
So what are they doing to improve things? Here are what they see as the best tactics:
Meanwhile, 49% say it’s best to use a combination of outside help and in-house resources. But 37% favor in-house only, and 14% favor outsourcing to specialists.
Ascend2 and its Research Partners surveyed 287 marketing professionals -- 37% in B2B, 43% in B2C and 20% in both equally.