Why You Need to Think Mobile First for Email Marketing

Are you still using email marketing without a thought to whether your emails are mobile-friendly or not? Today, you need to think beyond mobile-friendly emails to “mobile-first” emails. Here are 7 reasons why:

  1. Between 2010 and 2015, the number of email opens on mobile devices increased by 30 percent, according to Campaign Monitor.
  2. More than two-thirds (67 percent) of all U.S. email opens occur on a mobile device, according to a study from Movable Ink.
  3. If your email isn’t mobile-optimized, it will load slowly. Think that doesn’t matter? A delay of even one second can cost you 7 percent of your conversions.
  4. The number of mobile email users is predicted to grow by 23 percent in 2016, according to The Radicati Group.
  5. By 2018, eight out of 10 of email users are expected to access their email accounts on mobile devices, the same Radicati Group report says.
  6. The number of email click-throughs on mobile devices increased 22.8 percent on Black Friday 2015 compared to the previous year, based on IBM’s Watson Trend benchmark data.
  7. When your email isn’t mobile-friendly, 80 percent of recipients will delete the email, reports a study from BlueHornet. Worse, 30 percent will unsubscribe from your emails altogether!

Are you convinced yet? To succeed at email marketing now and in the future, your emails must be designed with mobile in mind from the get-go—not just as an afterthought.

That means using:

  • Shorter subject lines: The average desktop inbox displays about 60 characters of an email’s subject line, but mobile devices only show 25 to 30 characters. Shorter email subject lines get more attention wherever they display.
  • Single-column format: Using a single-column email template makes your emails much easier to reach on a mobile device.
  • Mobile-optimized photos: Photos are one of the biggest culprits in slow-loading emails. Make sure your photos are a suitable size to load quickly on a smartphone while still being crisp.
  • Lots of white space: White space around hyperlinks, buttons and other “clickable” content lessens the chances of fumbling fingers tapping the wrong thing and causing frustration.
  • Streamlined design: Consider revamping icons and even logos for maximum impact on mobile. “Flat” graphics load faster, adapt better to different screen sizes and formats (from thumbnail size on a mobile device to full-size on a desktop).

Bonus: Mobile-first emails will also load faster and display more of their content when viewed on a tablet or a desktop—and that gives you a better chance of getting your target customers to open, read and click no matter where they are.

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Karen Axelton

Karen Axelton is Chief Content Officer of GrowBiz Media, a media company that helps entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses. Visit her company’s blog at SmallBizDaily.com.