Insurance Emails Click While Technology Emails Lag

Social media is great for the fast hit, but email is still the option of choice when it comes to delivering a customized marketing message.

A new study by Harte-Hanks shows that overall delivery rates are at 95% for 2010, slightly up from 2009 and unsubscribes are down to .19%.

When it comes to the all important open and click, it varies by industry. Overall, open rates dropped to 17% from 26%, but Harte-Hanks says this might not be an accurate depiction of the facts. They say that many emails only report as “open” once the images have been downloaded, but many people will skip the images, rather than deal with the potential for a virus or simply because it’s an unnecessary step.

Clickthroughs Are Still the Most Used Marketing Metric

When asked what types of metrics they use to measure success, the majority of marketers responded with the good old clickthrough. Now, I’m all for “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” but we’re starting to see that, especially with social media, counting clicks isn’t the best way to gauge success.

So what is? eMarketer has seven answers in their new book, “Digital Impact: The Two Secrets to Online Marketing Success.” Written by eMarketer CEO and co-founder Geoff Ramsey and Vipin Mayar, EVP of McCann Worldgroup, the book states that there are seven types of metrics, that if mastered, will give you a clear picture of how you’re doing.

Let’s take a closer look at a couple of them.

Qualified Reach, or Qualified Visits

Advertisers Increase Spending, But Consumers Aren’t Buying

Spending is up! Spending is down! It’s just another week in the world of marketing and this time AdAge has both stories running in the same day.

First we have stats from Advertiser Perceptions which show that advertisers are planning on spending more money in the coming 12 months. You would think that an increase in spend, signals confidence in the economy but apparently one thing has little to do with the other.

Advertiser Perceptions CEO Ken Pearl says,

“The biggest surprise was that in the face of what appears to be a weakening economy, optimism is not just maintaining but increasing among advertisers.”

Or maybe advertisers have become delirious from the stress of falling profits and are going on the spending equivalent of a drinking binge. Think I’m off the mark? Check out this chart.

3GTV Launches First ‘Smart’ Grocery Store

TV commercials are great for reinforcing a brand preference, but what happens when the TV is off and the consumer heads to the store? If you look at a grocery list, it’s more likely that you’ll see “soda” instead of “Coke” or “coffee” instead of “Tully’s.”

3GTV has a solution and they call it the “Smart” grocery store. The test program, which launches today, involves 9 Bloom grocery stores in the Washington D.C. area. Here shoppers will be shown brand messaging as they shop through the use of digital, shelf-edge displays. The program also is interactive and has the ability to track and measure shopper activity.

PepsiCo, Kraft Foods, and Nestle Purina have all signed on to be a part of the pilot program which could be the next big thing in in-store marketing.

Shopzilla Says iPads Are the New It Bag

We know that iPads are becoming increasingly popular here in the US, but now they’re taking over in Europe, too.

According to shopping search engine Shopzilla, the iPad is the new “it bag.” In other words, it’s the trendy, fashionable item that every shopper wants to own.

In their recent survey, they found that 6% of shoppers already had a table and 20% were thinking about buying one this year. Here in the US, 12% of consumers already have a device and 25% plan on buying this year. (Count me in that 25%!)

When it comes to online shopping with a tablet, 61% said it was as easy to use as their personal computer. That ease of use and the portability is the reason 53% of respondents said they use the device to shop and browse with a friend. Only 27% report co-shopping with a smartphone.

We Interrupt This Twitter Stream for an Important Message

Over the past year, Twitter has actively introduced a variety of ad messages into their system. Promoted Tweets and Promoted Trends are the two most popular, but each of those is designed to hang around on the fringes of the main feed.

Now, rumor has it, that Twitter is looking to insert ad messages into the Twitter stream. Twitter says it’s them being bold and where that will lead them is anyone’s guess.

TechCrunch did an informal survey on the idea and the results weren’t as negative as you might expect. Some would like the option of paying for the service in return for having ads shut off, while others see it as a necessary evil. There are, after all, not many free lunches.

Newegg Leverages the Power of Now

If you need a RAIDMAX Blackstorm ATX-615WU Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, have I got a deal for you. Here’s the thing though, you have to buy it now and I mean now. Once they’re sold out, it’s over. I’m not talking 24 hours, I’m talking about in the next hour and you don’t want to miss out, so buy now.

Now — is a powerful thing and electronics retailer Newegg is leveraging that power by pushing their “Shell Shocker” deals as mobile alerts. Responsys is the company behind the mechanics of it and their Chief Marketing and Sales Officer had this to say: