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Based on the growth in 2014, it was apparent that mobile email would be an even bigger deal in 2015. We haven’t been disappointed as email use on mobile devices took off at the beginning of 2015, with large growth in viewing and transacting on mobile phones.  As mobile screens have increased in size and users move seamlessly among devices, this trend will continue to grow. As a SMB, you want to reach your audience on their mobile devices and make it easy for them to be engaged. Check out the infographic below for the biggest email trends so far in 2015 and what this means for your business.

Mobile Email trends for SMBs

You have developed a social media presence across the major platforms, but how do you maximize engagement? While there are many factors in play, optimizing the time of day and day of week posts go live can have a large impact. The infographic below shows the best time of day and day of week to post on each social media platform based on your company type and engagement goals. Read on and schedule away!

 

 

Best Time for Social Posts Infographic

The 2014 Back-to-School shopping season led to significant year-over-year increases in ecommerce sales. Both online brands and traditional brick-and-mortar stores, such as Best Buy and JCPenny’s, saw substantial increases in their ecommerce sales. The infographic below sheds light on the 2014 Back-to-School shopping season along with the top ecommerce winners.

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Curious about how your 2014 email marketing performance compares to others in your industry? Our new infographic highlights key email metrics across industries, providing a baseline for open, click-through and unsubscribe rates. After you browse the data, check out our recommendations and advice for monitoring and optimizing your overall email marketing performance.*

 

2014 Email Marketing Trends by Industry

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Google just released an iPhone app for Google Analytics, providing mobile website monitoring from the convenience of your smartphone.  While Google has had an Android Analytics app for a couple years, this is Google’s first Analytics for iPhone app.

There have been several 3rd party apps on the market for GA.  All of them are paid and have some quirks with their integration.  Because of this, we highly recommend downloading the new Google app. It’s free and will not have any of the data delays or occasional differences you may see with a 3rd party app. 
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A few months ago we highlighted Gmail’s new promotions tab, which makes for a much more visual email experience (Google Makes Your Inbox Pinteresting). Despite this feature being adopted by users, many brands are not optimizing emails to this format. From the image below, it is clear that emails optimized for this lay-out really pop-out, increasing likelihood for engagement.

 

Gmail Promotions Inbox

 
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In order to make it easier to research and understand your target audience, Facebook recently enhanced the Audience Insights Tool. Previously, audience segmentation was only possible in the Power Editor or Ad Creation Tool and the resulting information was not extremely detailed. Now you can target your audience and easily discover insights about it before creating your first ad!

To get started – select Audience Insights from Ad Manager and decide whether to target your Facebook fans or all Facebook users (or a previously created custom audience). The basic details about your audience can be set once this decision is made.

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New Facebook Ad

Facebook with the new right-side column ads

In April, Facebook announced plans to overhaul the right-side column ads.  Long-term concerns about engagement and visual quality led to these changes. Facebook is selectively rolling out the new right-side ads with a complete transition occurring August 1st. Here is what you need to know about the new format along with expected impact of the change.

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It is evident that technology has become engrained in our daily lives, changing the way we communicate and interact. One result of our technological driven habits is the creation of vast amounts of data. We have developed a stream of data which would have been unheard of even years ago. Consider that every minute:

  • 216,000 photos are posted to Instagram
  • 4 million search queries are completed on Google
  • 204 million emails are sent

What does this endless stream of data demonstrate? First, it shows at a high level where customers are engaging and what platforms they are prioritizing. More importantly though it confirms the fact that users are exposed to an unprecedented amount of content and information every minute.  This makes it imperative to have content that cuts through the clutter and engages the end user. The next time you post to Facebook, consider that roughly 2.5 million posts are being shared concurrently. Check out the infographic below for more details:

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