7 Email Marketing Trends to Watch in 2024

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Online marketing moves at the speed of light, or so it would seem. To stay ahead of the curve, you must be on top of the trends. While many businesses may question the relevance of email marketing, it’s still one of the most effective ways to engage your audience, largely due to technology and trends like the ones we’ll explore today.

Keeping up with trends is essential, not just to staying ahead of the competition but also to stay compliant with ever-more-stringent data privacy laws. User expectations are higher than ever, so offering an email marketing experience on par with top brands is essential. Fortunately, today’s email technology is more accessible than ever, so it’s all within reach.


1. Hyper-Personalization Techniques

Personalization has always been a top hit in email campaigns. But simply calling your customer by their first name isn’t nearly enough anymore. Email recipients are hip to the first-name tactic, and while you might grab their attention for a second, you need to follow it up with highly relevant information if you want to keep it.

Accenture reports that 62% of consumers won’t return after one generic experience, and 56% are likelier to become loyal customers when their experience is highly personalized.

Hyper-personalization uses dynamic, data-driven segmentation to enable targeted storytelling, delivering content and messaging relevant to the recipient based on behavioral triggers, such as browsing history, location, past purchases, interests, etc. Speaking to a customer’s motivations in the moment increases engagement, conversions, and customer loyalty.

For example, say a customer is shopping your website for work boots but leaves without purchasing. An app notification or email with a similar product would be relevant to them, even more so if it was personalized by region, location, social activity, or personalized offers.

2. Email Transparency and Trust 2024

Data privacy is essential for all businesses, who face hefty fines and potential loss of reputation for non-compliance. Today’s customers also have increased expectations about a company’s commitment to their privacy. So, it’s critical to provide clear opt-out options and be completely transparent about the data you collect.

Truthfully, hyper-personalization isn’t possible without customer data. Apply these email privacy best practices for best results.

  • Inform your customers on how you use their data
  • Implement data protection technology compliant with GDPR and other frameworks
  • Allow users to self-manage their data preferences
  • Require opt-ins for hyper-personalized experiences
  • Update policies regularly to reflect current laws and trends
  • Keep your customers informed of any changes

3. Mobile-First Email Design 2024

Customers today increasingly use their mobile devices to shop, browse, research products, and consume content. If your website is not mobile-friendly, you risk losing customers, not to mention search engine rank (Google prioritizes mobile-friendly sites).

Responsive design with a mobile-first approach is foundational to ensure your messaging hits home. Design trends that can enhance readability and interaction include scalable fonts, optimizing for readability, optimizing for touchscreens, dark mode, and accessibility, and enabling gesture-based navigation such as taps, pinches, and swipes to navigate content.

A few tools to test mobile compatibility for email campaigns include Email on Acid, Stripo, and Reflect.

4. Email as a Platform for Micro-Experiences: Interactive Email Features 2024

Interactive emails are like mini-websites, inviting customers to complete sales, respond to surveys, or access content without clicking away from their inbox.

Micro-experiences are highly engaging and might include music or videos embedded in the email. You might even enable the ability to post a review directly from the email. Interactive email content can even be changed after sending the email to ensure the messaging is relevant.

In best practice, optimize images and videos for fast load times and test rigorously before sending.

5. Plain-Text Emails and Minimalist Email Design 2024

Your emails’ simplicity, clarity, and accuracy help you make the best use of your customer’s time. Our digital space gets more crowded daily, shortening attention spans and making it easier for people to tune out. Simple, minimalist designs or even plain text emails make it easy for the customer to absorb the information, and many will appreciate that you get right to the point.

Of course, every customer profile is different, so it’s advisable to test and compare the performance of plain text vs. HTML-rich formats to see what works for you.

6. Engagement Strategies in Email: The Role of Storytelling in 2024 Email Campaigns

As in all marketing, storytelling plays an essential role in driving engagement. A compelling narrative draws the customer in, creates an emotional response, and makes the information more memorable.

Ensure your story is relevant to the target audience, such as talking about how your product or service helped somebody just like them. Keep it short and sweet so you don’t lose them. Consider including a video to fill in the blanks. 

Serializing content is another excellent strategy as it builds anticipation for the next installment. For example, you might tell the story behind one of your suppliers and how they went from a tiny family-run business to a thriving operation. You’re connecting your product to people, personalizing the process, and building anticipation for the next chapter.

7. Leveraging User-Generated Content

Showcasing customer stories and testimonials through user-generated content (UGC) lends authenticity. UGC is raw and highlights real experiences by real users of your product. Buyers trust other customers, often more than they trust the brand itself, so it’s good bang for your marketing buck. You can also use UGC emails to encourage customers to contribute their own videos. Create hashtags for customers to use, share their photos and videos when they post, and feature their reviews in future emails, stories, and posts.

If you want to give UGC a go, follow the rules and etiquette to ensure you don’t land in hot water. Always ask for permission to repost and openly credit the creator. Ethically speaking, any revenue generated from the UGC post should go to the creator, the de facto copyright owner. You must solicit their permission to repost and permission from any person depicted in the content.

Airbnb is an excellent example. They encourage guests to post photos with their branded hashtag, but if they decide to use the content, they contact the creator and ask them to complete an online UGC terms of use agreement.

Final Thoughts

If you thought you knew everything about email marketing trends 2024, here’s hoping we’ve added some fresh ideas to the mix. Many of the above techniques leverage data and technology to achieve the best results, and the team at Costello Creative Group is always here to guide you. Set up a call today, and let’s get started.

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