September 8th was a fairly awesome day as I sat at my desk prominently displaying my Tough Mudder orange headband wrapped tightly around my head, random curls squished underneath. It was, after all, Wear Your Headband to work day as I had completed Tough Mudder that weekend.
I couldn’t wait for my official pictures to be emailed to me, they said I’d get them some time that week.
I asked my friends if they’d seen their pictures.
Yup, sure did.
I found my victorious, dirty and just plain great photos. Stuck, just trying to get my attention buried in the Promotions tab in my personal Gmail. Poor, poor pictures.
Since its May release of an algorithm that created tabbed Gmail inboxes, you’ve likely missed a few emails. Maybe, some you’ve welcomed the delay, but with others you have not. I noticed that while my Banana Republic emails always went straight to the Promotions tab, my Hubspot emails had a 50/50 shot at making it to my Primary box. Between trying to figure out why that was, and seeing our own DealerRefresh emails end up in the Promotions tab, I thought I’d check into this a bit more.
- Almost 50% of email opens happen on a mobile device (No tabs).
- There are more people using Apple Mail and Outlook than Gmail itself to open emails.
- 54% of Gmail opens occurred on a mobile device, while only 19% of Gmail opens happened on the web.
So, what does this all mean to you…:
You’ve become more visible, even if it doesn’t seem like it. Now, instead of competing in the mix of marketers, Aunt Mary’s Thanksgiving invite, your cousin’s latest crafty card picture and daily horoscopes – you’re just sitting pretty in the same boat with the same paddle. Only now, the creek is a little less crowded.
What to do:
Be! Just Be. Be engaging, be relevant, be attention grabbing, be great. You’ll easily get the trash-routed click if you send an email that looks just like rest. Be noticed! Be cognizant of your data. What time of the day are your emails succeeding and failing? Which email subject lines did better than others?
I’ve since gotten my permanent-bragging-rights photos ordered – I was disappointed their merchandise line up didn’t include an excuse to nap daily for a month, but I’m holding out for next year.
Also, I’ve paid a tad, not much, more attention to my Promotions tab. Maybe, because I was on the hunt for Banana Republic coupons for fall, maybe because I was hoping more photos would appear – whatever gets me to look, at least I’m checking it.
What will make your customers check their Promotions tab?