Email

Email in Apple's crosshairs: The company announced new privacy features that could disrupt how marketers measure the success of their email campaigns.

On today's episode, we discuss which pandemic-related behaviors will stick around, whether newsletters can replace local newspapers, YouTube and the music streaming wars, how you can master the intimacy of the inbox, why Amazon is opening a salon, the first movie to ever release a soundtrack, and more. Tune in to the discussion with eMarketer analysts Nina Goetzen and Blake Droesch, and principal analyst at Insider Intelligence Jillian Ryan.

Amazon opens up email marketing—up to a point: The ecommerce giant will offer aggregate data to US sellers in its Brand Registry program that seek to market directly to their followers via email.

Now, increasing restrictions on data collection, changes to Apple’s Identifier for Advertisers (IDFA), and the death of the third-party cookie will mean that winning brands must reduce their dependence on third parties, and place a greater focus on first-party data and owned channels. In short, they’ll need more direct-to-consumer (D2C) marketing, and less (though still plenty) advertising.

You've got mail: The total volume of emails sent in 2020 increased by 7%, with open rates increasing 13% as a result of the pandemic-driven shift to digital.

Axios will roll out new software that helps organizations enhance internal communications, another move by a publisher to capitalize on its popular products.

While email may not be changing as rapidly as some other digital disciplines, it evolves nevertheless. Gone are the days when a best-in-class marketer could rely on batch-and-blast techniques, where 100% of a brand’s email distribution list received emails that were 100% identical. Opportunities abound particularly in the realms of personalization and testing.

eMarketer principal analysts at Insider Intelligence Jeremy Goldman and Nicole Perrin discuss how the pandemic changed email, what consumers want from it, and how to build a best-in-class campaign. They then talk about Nielsen's new ID graph, measuring digital video ads, and how out-of-home advertising is doing.

Relevancy, personal benefits, and the opportunity to take action matter most in emails, according to our latest report on email marketing.

One thing marketers are thankful for in 2020 is that it’s almost over. Marketers did not have much of a chance to proactively take a thorough look at their email marketing programs to see what’s working and what isn’t—a critical miss, considering many marketers cite it as the channel offering the best ROI.

Having a strong understanding of an email program’s return on investment (ROI) remains a competitive advantage. It might be surprising that given how great an ROI email can provide, many brands don’t actually have a good handle on how to measure its success or lack thereof.

All too often, brands think about their desire to send out an email before they consider the recipient’s desire to receive the message. Customer-centric emails often perform the best; for marketers to win, they must align their email organizations with that manner of thinking.

Jenny Rothenberg, director of growth at Morning Brew, discusses the importance of maintaining a human connection with readers, how brands can stay true to their missions, and what we can learn from Morning Brew’s exceptional growth.

Publishers have renewed their focus on connecting directly with consumers via email after years of intermediation on social platforms. Kerel Cooper, senior vice president of global marketing at LiveIntent, joins eMarketer principal analyst at Insider Intelligence Nicole Perrin to discuss how consumers are engaging with those messages, and how publishers are monetizing them with ads.

eMarketer principal analyst Mark Dolliver, junior analyst Blake Droesch and senior forecasting analyst at Insider Intelligence Oscar Orozco discuss how to get someone to reply to your email, Quibi's free trial, Youtube's ad load, responding to BLM, why customers unfollow businesses, how Blockbuster Video is still alive and more.

eMarketer principal analyst Mark Dolliver and junior analysts Blake Droesch and Lucy Koch discuss Disney+ reaching 50 million subscribers, how Airbnb is doing, a tool that sends people emails when they're looking at their inbox, LinkedIn engagement, Apple and Google teaming up on contact tracing COVID-19, what's in the middle of America and more.

As Americans across the country prepared for major social distancing measures to mitigate the coronavirus pandemic, pantries—and inboxes—have never been so full.