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2017 Trends-Email

With 2017 well underway, many digital marketers remain curious to find out what’s in store for the future of email this year. We saw a few innovative trends break out in 2016, but what lies ahead in the near future? Let’s take a look at what email marketing trends have been building steam so far:



2016 brought forth a massive shift in focus towards the value of customer activity data. When used efficiently, this data makes it easier to predict who to reach out to, when to connect with them, what they’ll respond best to and more. This allows for deeper segmentation and can be used to create highly targeted campaigns based on subscriber activity. Subscriber data can also be used to create a stronger personal tone in your emails which can help improve engagement rates.



Knowing how your audience acts gives you the ability to predict what fans will do before it happens. The vast growth in valuable data in the past year has given way to a rise in popularity for automation among independent marketers. The right automation tools allow you plan to connect with your audience ahead of time without constant scheduling and tedious campaign production. More brands have begun adopting methods including cart abandonment popups and trigger emails that send when subscribers perform certain actions for efficient customer outreach with little hassle. With more marketers warming up to automation, there’s no doubt we’ll be seeing more advancements in 2017.



After Apple’s release of iOS 10, videos can finally be embedded and viewed in emails…for iOS mail on iPad. While this functionality isn’t currently available on desktop or most mobile devices and is limited to non-YouTube sources, it’s just a matter of time until playback video in email becomes more of a widespread possibility.

Cinemagraphs and gifs have also proven to be a popular and easy way to add compelling visual flair to your emails in 2016. We’ve preached about these handy tools before and we have no doubt they’ll prove their use in 2017. Since most email clients support gifs, they’ve become a strong alternative to video for adding motion to your emails.


One key takeaway marketers have picked up on in the past year is that your subscribers’ time is precious. Which is why it’s crucial to communicate their message as quickly and easily as possible. This necessity has created an audience demand for minimalist and flat designs that allows your subscribers to scan and digest your campaigns quickly. These campaigns use clean visual elements, a small amount of text and simple images to convey your message efficiently. And with less time spent on campaign design, you can focus more on improving their email content.

Now that you’re up to date on what’s new, see how these methods work for your marketing efforts. Find out which trends your audience respond best to and whether they’re here to stay or a passing fad.


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Academy Awards Social Media Competition

Now that the star-studded night’s come and gone, we’re left with so many questions: Does an Oscar win lead to high social growth? Can social growth predict who goes home with a golden statue? And what was up with that announcement mixup?! Read our past entries to get caught up on our findings so far:


Read More: 2017 Oscars: Social Media Edition (Week 1)

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Before the ceremony, Lion had maintained it’s month-long winning streak by receiving the highest weekly growth on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and in box office revenue. This week also saw a strong victory for Moonlight on YouTube with 13% growth in trailer views and 7% in comments.

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After the ceremony, we saw a massive surge in social media fans for Moonlight. After nabbing the win for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor, the film surged ahead Lion on Instagram at 59%, Twitter with 62% and YouTube trailer views at 63% growth. Lion still managed to maintain a lead on Facebook with 23% and in box office revenue at 15% growth.



Envelope fiasco aside, we were just as surprised as anyone by Moonlight’s win. With a month long streak of high growth, it appeared as though Lion had a chance to take the award for Best Picture. And while Moonlight had a few moments of victory on YouTube, they were unable to maintain their lead on there or gain the most on any other platform.


From this, we gather that social growth doesn’t always predict the Academy’s choice. On the other hand, winning an award does seem lead to social growth. Films who won but received low growth through our competition, such as Manchester by the Sea (Best Actor) or Fences (Best Supporting Actress) saw a notable surge after Sunday evening. Manchester by the Sea grew around 30% on Instagram and Twitter while Fences gained 13% and 24% on the same platforms, respectively.


2017’s Oscar nominees have given us some very interesting finds in what drives social growth. We look forward to seeing what the film industry has in store for us in the next year and congrats to this year’s winners!

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Academy Awards Social Media Competition


We’re tracking another week in social growth for this year’s Oscar nominees for Best Picture. You can view our previous entries to get all caught up on what we’ve found so far:


Read More: 2017 Oscars: Social Media Edition (Week 1)

Read More: 2017 Oscars: Social Media Edition (Week 2)

Read More: 2017 Oscars: Social Media Edition (Week 3)


This week saw yet another victory for Lion across the board. The touching drama received the highest growth in Facebook follows and likes (18% each), Twitter followers (14%), box office revenue (23%) and YouTube trailer views, tying with Manchester by the Sea at 9%. Meanwhile, Manchester by the Sea stole this week’s lead in growth on Instagram (13%) and YouTube trailer comments (5%).


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With only 2 weeks before the big night, can the rest of this year’s nominees topple Lion’s 3-week growth streak? Or will the film walk away with the highest social growth this year? Stay tuned to our blog next week to find out!


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