Don't call it a comeback. Seven big opportunities in the email world in the first half of the year.
While anyone in the digital space has likely had a fast and furious year to date, email marketers are feeling particularly smart and savvy, having hung around in the seemingly moribund industry during some dark days. Many marketers shifted to search and social (not to mention, real estate, banking, and other areas that were more appealing in the early 2000s) when email and digital were left for dead. Believe me, I know, as I started my company in 2002 when people acted like I was starting a leper colony, not an email marketing agency.
This year to date, email has been bubbling over with attention, money, and new businesses (actually, an entire new category) centered around delivering emails to an opt-in list of interested consumers. The halfway mark presents an opportunity to see what has happened in the email world to date in 2011.
"We continue to be extremely positive on the email marketing industry specifically because the ROI is proven and repeatable. Ultimately marketers gravitate towards winning channels and email is a winner. We view email as still very early in its evolution and feel confident that it is primed for innovation."
Let's not pull out the bubbly yet, but email deserves to put a nice bottle on ice and reflect back and look forward to ensure its continued success. What are some other 2011 email accomplishments and challenges worth noting?
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Simms Jenkins is CEO of BrightWave Marketing, North America's leading email marketing-focused digital agency. The award-winning firm specializes in elevating email marketing and digital messaging programs that drive revenue, cut costs, and build relationships. Jenkins has led BrightWave Marketing in establishing a world-class client list including Affiliated Computer Service (A Xerox Company), Chick-fil-A, Cox Business, Phillips66, Porsche, and Southern Company. The agency was recently ranked among the fastest growing private companies by Inc. Magazine.
Jenkins was awarded the prestigious AMY 2010 Marketer of the Year from the American Marketing Association for being the top agency marketer and the Email Marketer of the Year at the Tech Marketing Awards held by the Technology Association of Georgia. Jenkins is regarded as one of the leading experts in the email marketing industry and is regularly cited by the media as such and called upon by the financial community to provide market insight and consulting.
Jenkins is the author of two definitive and highly regarded books on email marketing; The New Inbox (published in April 2013 by ClickZ/Incisive Media) and The Truth About Email Marketing (published by Pearson's Financial Times Press in 2008). Jenkins is currently the Email Marketing Best Practices Columnist for ClickZ, the largest resource of interactive marketing news and commentary in the world, online or off. His industry articles have been called one of the top 21 information sources for email marketers.
He has been featured in Fortune Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Adweek, Bloomberg TV, Wired Magazine, and scores of other leading publications and media outlets. Jenkins is a regular speaker at major digital industry and general business conferences.
Additionally, Jenkins is the creator of EmailStatCenter.com and SocialStatCenter.com, the leading authorities on email and social media metrics. Prior to founding BrightWave Marketing, Jenkins headed the CRM group at Cox Interactive Media.
Jenkins serves on the eMarketing Association's Board of Advisors among other civic and professional boards. He is also a mentor at Flashpoint, a Georgia Tech-based startup accelerator program. Jenkins is a graduate of Denison University in Granville, Ohio and resides in Atlanta's Buckhead neighborhood with his wife and three children.
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