- Between 2010 and 2015, the number of email opens on mobile devices increased by 30 percent, according to Campaign Monitor.
- More than two-thirds (67 percent) of all U.S. email opens occur on a mobile device, according to a study from Movable Ink.
- 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, according to MDG Advertising.
- The number of mobile email users is predicted to grow by 23 percent in 2016, according to The Radicati Group.
- By 2018, 8 out of 10 of email users are expected to access their email accounts on mobile devices, the same Radicati Group report says.
- 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.
- When your email isn’t mobile-friendly, 80 percent of recipients will delete the email, according to a study from BlueHornet. Worse, 30 percent will unsubscribe from your emails altogether!
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 and adapt better to different screen sizes and formats (from thumbnail size on a mobile device to full size on a desktop).
Karen Axelton is editor for the Web.com Small Business Forum and Chief Content Officer of GrowBiz Media, a media company that helps entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses. Visit them at SmallBizDaily.com.
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