If you are a retailer, you know that the vast majority of e-mail analytics tools significantly undercount multichannel opens and clicks.
Retailers have a huge advantage when it comes to e-mail ... it is called stores!
I've analyzed maybe four hundred different e-mail tests in a retail environment. In all cases, the open and click rates are below industry average. But over a five day period of time, conversion is literally doubled if you count the "incremental" orders driven to stores.
If you are a retailer, and want to demonstrate how effective e-mail marekting is, try this:
- Randomly sample 10% of your e-mail list.
- Split that segment into two groups. One receives your next campaign. One is held out, not mailed your campaign.
- After a week, measure incremental performance between the mailed group and the holdout group.
The table below illustrates the poor results that vendors will tell the world about, vs. the accurate results you'll see via your test and control results.
|Traditional Measurement Technique:|
|Website Conversion Rate||1.50%|
|Average Order Size||$100.00|
|$ per E-Mail Campaign||$0.09|
|Incremental Benefit Of Multichannel E-Mail Campaign|
|Traditional Measurement = $0.09 Per E-Mail|
|Test Measurement Indicates $0.20 Per E-Mail|
Do you see the big difference?
When measured like the vendors measure results, you get $0.09 per e-mail. When measured via test/control groups, you get $0.20 per e-mail, because you observe the incremental increase across all channels --- fulfilling the promise of "multichannel" marketing, huh?!
To my multichannel marketing audience --- please don't get discouraged by folks who suggest your e-mail performance is poor. Just keep measuring things in an accurate manner, across all channels. Your performance is much better than the experts tell you it is!