Some 94% of brands display or promote social networks in their email marketing efforts, says Experian Marketing Services in its latest annual Email Market Study [download page] covering 2013 activity. Pinterest is rapidly growing as one such network being displayed: 64% of brands promoted it last year, double the proportion from the year before. Also coming on strong is Instagram, with about 2 in 5 brands displaying or promoting the platform in their emails last year.
This was the first year that Experian measured brands’ use of Instagram in email marketing, but it is already above Google+, which itself saw an increase from 12% to 22% share.
The leaders are obviously Facebook and Twitter, but both slipped slightly: 93% used the former (down from 98% in 2012), while 88% used the latter (down from 91%). Perhaps study results from 2012 continue to hold true: an Experian report back then said that emails promoting Pinterest were seeing stronger response rates than those promoting Facebook or Twitter.
The most common way of displaying or promoting social media in emails continues to be in headers or footers (96%). Slightly more than 4 in 10 brands are also using sweepstakes with social tie-ins and banners to promote their social presence. Interestingly, when it comes to the use of buttons, pin it buttons are used by more brands (35%) than tweet this buttons (21%), although both trail like buttons (43%). (Research has shown that emails containing social sharing buttons have higher click-through rates.)
In other results from Experian’s study:
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