Mobile email is the hot topic at the moment – it got a lot of discussion at both the EEC and Marketing Sherpa conferences, and hardly a week goes by without a set of blog posts and statistics getting released. comScore’s November 2010 report highlighted that over 70 million US users access email through a mobile device, and more than half of those do so on a daily basis. Other sites consistently report around 15-20% of opens being from mobile devices, with 7-10% being from the iPhone.
So the fact is that emails are increasingly been opened on mobile devices, and this presents us with a new set of challenges and opportunities.
KoKo is a large concert venue in Camden, London. Their email newsletter packs a lot of content into an attractive design – with a good mix of upcoming concerts, videos and photos of previous events, plus modules that drive to the online shop and social media channels. In terms of the build and overall layout there’s a few best practice tweaks that could be made, but overall this stands out in the music event market – which is often filled with all image ’email blasts’ of the event flyer.
MoviePeg is a great little stand for iPad and iPhone (find out more here). Their valentines offer email borders on minimalist – there’s a very simple design, combined with a high-impact image.
The video call to action quickly drives the user to a landing page where they can watch a short video and purchase a MoviePeg online, and the text underneath really only serves as a back-up if images aren’t displayed. Whilst the copy is short and sweet, a simple tweak could be to pull the voucher code out into it’s own box to boost it’s prominence.
This great infographic from Flowtown is currently doing the rounds – showing some of the strategy and thinking behind Apple’s email marketing campaigns.
Apple’s campaigns are frequently held up as examples of great email marketing best practice, and most of the advice offered here is applicable to almost all campaigns for any client.
Hotmail have announced a new technology in their inbox called Active Views, which brings more ‘app-like’ technology to email by allowing it’s contents to be up-to-date and more interactive. In the demo video below, a mailing from a hotel site allows the user to search for rooms using a booking widget and browse results, all without leaving the email. The service is currently in a trial with Orbitz, Monster, Netflix and LinkedIn.