Most entrepreneurs and even businesses are wasting the powerful opportunities that the email channel presents, despite the growing popularity of email marketing, according to enterprise marketing platform provider Alterian.
To date its free online interactive assessment (www.alterian.com/quiz) has received more than 700 responses from marketers, agencies and marketing-service. The tool takes an in-depth look at how marketers personalise, automate, segment, track and report on email campaigns.
The results so far demonstrate that many marketers have an opportunity to greatly improve the returns of their email marketing investment.
Especially as Alterian’s fifth annual marketing survey – a comprehensive analysis of spending and investment priorities for the industry based on responses from almost 900 marketers, agencies, marketing services providers and systems integrators – reveals that 81 per cent of participants plan to increase marketing spend on email efforts over the next 12 months.
Forrester Research also reports similar trends: “In the coming year, we expect email marketers to make a priority of improving email sophistication by investing in analytics, customising message frequency, and using email data to inform other marketing efforts,” commented Forrester Research Analyst Julie Katz, in the report titled How To Move Email Marketing Forward In 2008, February 2008.
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