10 Stats that Show Email Marketing Is Still Worthwhile

email-marketing-conceptBusiness owners and marketers can be like children with toys when it comes to trying new tactics. As soon as something newer and shinier comes around, there’s a temptation to forget about older techniques that were once the rage. This has been the case with email marketing. As mobile marketing and social media marketing take center stage, it’s important to remember that email marketing is still an essential part of an integrated marketing plan. Here are 10 recent statistics that show the value that email marketing still has for business owners.

  1. There were 3.6 billion email accounts in 2013 and it is estimated that the number will reach 4.3 billion by 2016.

  2. According to ExactTarget research, 91 percent of consumers reported checking their email at least once a day. This makes email is the most consistently used internet marketing channel available.

  3. Epsilon reported that the average clickthrough rate for B2B marketing emails in the second quarter of 2013 was 1.7 percent. This is actually pretty amazing because the average click through rate for all banner ads in the U.S. is only 0.1 percent.

  4. Two out of three (66 percent) of consumers have made a purchase online as a result of an email marketing message, according to the Direct Marketing Association.

  5. A Merkle white paper found that 74 percent of consumers prefer to receive commercial communications via email.

  6. For B2B marketers, email marketing is a no-brainer. B2B emails achieved the highest open rates at 27.97 percent according to eConsultancy.

  7. Also showing the power of email marketing for B2B, a recent study showed that 40 percent of B2B marketers rated the leads generated by email marketing house lists as high quality.

  8. Consumers also like commercial emails. According to a report from Litmus, 82 percent of consumers open email from companies.

  9. According to ExactTarget, many consumers subscribe to opt-in lists. They reported that 93% of consumers also get at least one permission-based email daily.

  10. Smartphones have exponentially increased the value of email marketing. According to Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, the average person checks their smartphone 34 times a day. And one study estimated that 64% of decision-makers read their email via mobile devices.

The above statistics show that there’s plenty of life left in email marketing, and in fact, as mobile marketing grows in importance, email marketing will become a major tool used by companies to communicate with consumers. For those who have had troubles with email marketing in the past, these numbers show why it’s important to get back on the horse and try again. With so much value at stake, business owners need to do whatever’s necessary to find the best practices and tactics for their business. For those who put their email marketing toys away, it’s time to bring them out of the box.


Peter Roesler (1286 Posts)

Peter Roesler president of Web Marketing Pros has an extensive background in all things marketing, social media, and search engine optimization. His impressive work history includes VP of Development at AppSoft Development, Director of Multimedia at Advantage Services, and Creative Director at Mammoth Technology. He is continually drawing upon his own talent and skill to help small-to-large corporations all over the Nation improve their overall Internet standing and appearance. Among his experience, Peter thoroughly enjoys the continual challenge that SEO work brings. To keep up with the ever-changing dynamic of optimization, Peter studies and researches about up-to-date methods and standards of the process. When he's ahead of the game, your company is too.

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