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Coupons Boost E-Mail Open Rate

Clicking, not clipping

The recession has had its effect on consumer behavior online, and the watchword is frugality. Whether or not shoppers go back to their spendthrift ways, for now coupons are cool and deal-seeking is the norm.

That mindset has consequences for marketers across the board, and e-mail marketers are no exception. There is a pronounced difference between open rates for e-mails that include a coupon offer and those that do not. Open rates of around 24% to 25% for coupon e-mails dropped to just 16% to 18% for noncoupon campaigns, according to Experian.

Open Rates for Coupon Offers vs. Other Mailings in the US, June 2008-May 2009

Higher open rates for coupon offers translated into higher click rates as well, though the difference was much smaller. E-mails with coupons that could be used online were most likely to be clicked, at 4%.

Click Rates for Coupon Offers vs. Other Mailings in the US, June 2008-May 2009

Experian also reported that 80% of online coupon mailings saw higher transaction-to-click rates and transaction rates than noncoupon campaigns. And 78% of that group also earned higher revenues per e-mail.

Overall, two-thirds of US households use coupons, according to Experian, and the number using online coupons has grown 46% in the past three years.

“Understanding the purchase drivers and triggers along with the channel preferences of unique customers is an essential element in building loyalty and engagement. Today’s consumers are multi-channel and marketers that acknowledge this will see greater return on their marketing spend,” said Matt Seeley, president of Experian Marketing Services’ Platforms division, in a statement.

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Check out today’s other article, “Context Matters More Than Ever for Canadians.”



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