Study: Almost Half of Brand Emails Opened on Mobile Devices

Yes Lifecycle Marketing's Email Compass Report Details the Rise of Mobile, but Reveals Consumers are Twice as Likely to Take Action on a Message from a Desktop Computer

Portland, OR – August 19, 2013 – A new benchmark report from email marketing services provider Yes Lifecycle Marketing, an Infogroup company, finds that consumers open almost half of all brand emails on mobile devices, yet they prefer to interact with promotional messages on a desktop computer.

More than 5 billion marketing emails sent by Yes Lifecycle Marketing in the second quarter were analyzed for this benchmark study. The report reveals that marketers have failed to account for the shift to mobile by not optimizing emails read on a mobile device. While 49 percent of all email opens happen on a mobile device, the click-to-open rate (how many consumers clicked after opening an email) is significantly lower for mobile. Twice as many people click on an email after opening it on a desktop (23 percent) than a mobile device (11 percent).

“The findings show that many marketers are providing their customers with a poor mobile experience,” said Michael Fisher, president of Yes Lifecycle Marketing. “The discrepancy between click-to-open rates means many consumers are disregarding mobile emails. Brands need to implement mobile-first strategies that rely on responsive design, customized content and easily clickable calls to action. Otherwise, their messages will be deleted or go unread.”

The study finds that 61 percent of consumers now read at least some of their emails on a mobile device, with 30 percent reading email exclusively on mobile devices. Another one-third are device agnostic, meaning they aren’t committed to either desktop computers or their mobile device and use them interchangeably – a practice referred to as “hybrid viewership.”

Yes Lifecycle Marketing's statistics show that iOS devices are consumers’ top choice for reading emails on the go, with 82 percent of all mobile messages opened on an Apple device. Android comes in second with 17 percent of mobile email opens. Blackberry, Windows Phone and other devices combined account for less than 1 percent of mobile email opens.

Other mobile findings from the Yes Lifecycle Marketing's benchmark report include:

  • Consumer services companies, such as Groupon and Yelp, enjoy the best interaction on mobile devices, with a mobile click-to-open rate of nearly 20 percent. Financial services emails have the lowest click-to-open rate at 2 percent. Both industries have more than 50 percent mobile open rates (among the highest on an industry level), indicating that consumer services companies do a better job of optimizing emails for mobile.
  • Sending emails three to seven times a week is the most effective frequency. Company databases with the highest percentage of active subscribers (21 percent) email at least once every other day. When emails are sent daily, that number drops to 11 percent. The numbers are lower yet for companies that email customers less than three times a week.
  • Email hygiene is critical to the success of all digital communications, and while Yesmail is leading the industry with a 97% delivery rate for all email communications, marketers should focus on best practices for data hygiene as a 1% improvement in deliverability can move the performance needle significantly.

To download the full report, “Yes Lifecycle Marketing’s Email Compass: The Mobile Effect”, click here.

About Yes Lifecycle Marketing
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