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No matter which industry you work in or how large your subscriber list is, there’s one common question among all email marketers: how do I effectively measure subscriber engagement? Of course, the most engaged subscribers are the most loyal to your brand and they’re often easier to identify by how often they open and click. But what about subscribers who are showing a diminishing interaction with your emails?

Unengaged and dormant subscribers can cost you more money and dilute the success of your email programs. Our challenge was to build a tool to make it easy for marketers to identify the most valuable segments of their subscribers, help them create a solid strategy around re-engagement, and as a result, deliver more effective content that reinvigorates interest in your brand and improves your overall email ROI.

Get the most out of your subscribers with pre-built engagement segments

Today, we’re excited to announce a set of brand new engagement tools in your Campaign Monitor account to help you identify and re-engage those subscribers that may have fallen off the radar.

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Using our new engagement segments, you have access to 6 pre-built segments which are based on your subscribers’ level of engagement with your emails. Now, you’ve got a scalable and reliable way to calculate engagement, and more importantly, automatically trigger relevant and timely content right to your subscribers.

How engagement segments work

We’ve built a brand new system to help you identify your subscribers based on their levels of engagement, from active to completely inactive.

Our new engagement segments calculate six levels of engagement and organize these levels automatically into their own pre-built segments right within your account. For customers on the Premier plan, you’ll see the six new segments in your lists based on open and click frequency. These segments include:

 Active  Last opened or clicked in past 30 days.
 Engaged  Last opened or clicked between 30 and 90 days ago.
 Unengaged  Last opened or clicked between 90 and 180 days ago.
 Dormant  Last opened or clicked between 180 days and 12   months ago.
 Zombies  Last opened or clicked more than 12 months ago.
 Ghosts  Never opened or clicked any email, 12 months or more since the first email was sent.

All of the engagement segments’ details and criteria are predefined, and you can use them just like other segments including to automatically trigger content and emails.

The Active segment updates in real time, while the other segments refresh every 24 hours. Engagement segments do not calculate subscribers who have recently signed up, but have yet to engage.

Easily identify your most engaged subscribers

The subscribers marked Active are your most loyal subscribers — they consistently open, click, and engage with your brand. Consider them your VIPs. With the new engagement segments, it’s never been easier to identify this critical group of your most active subscribers and thank them for being such valuable customers! Think a rewards program, a thank you note for repeat purchases, special incentives in exchange for their loyalty, etc. You can even offer a shout on social media or enter them into a giveaway when they reach a certain loyalty status.

Manage and keep a healthy list

According to Marketing Sherpa, you’ll see about 22.5% of your list become disengaged every year. This can be extremely frustrating when you’ve worked so hard to grow your subscriber list, but the good news is these relationships aren’t always gone—they could just be on a break.

Engagement segments make it incredibly clear who haven’t been engaging with your emails in a while. Using engagement segments, you can easily see who’s at risk, pause sending (or decrease the frequency of sends to them), and then decide whether or not a re-engagement approach is the best next step.

Win them back using new re-engagement templates

Now that you can see all of these levels of engagement among your subscribers, what’s next? We’ve added 3 new email templates for you to use in conjunction with these engagement segments to make the most out of your subscriber list. Whether it’s offering a win-back discount, reminding customers what they love about you, or just an honest, “we miss you,” we’ve got you covered. These re-engagement templates are available to all customers now in the email builder.

Re-engagement templates

Wrap up

The new engagement segments are available for Campaign Monitor customers on the Premier plan and the re-engagement templates are available for all customers. If you’d like to upgrade to Premier, click the Billing button found in the Settings dropdown in the top-right of your account.

Here at Campaign Monitor, we’re dedicated to building smart solutions to help you drive engagement and loyalty through email marketing. If you’ve got any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our support team!

This blog provides general information and discussion about email marketing and related subjects. The content provided in this blog ("Content”), should not be construed as and is not intended to constitute financial, legal or tax advice. You should seek the advice of professionals prior to acting upon any information contained in the Content. All Content is provided strictly “as is” and we make no warranty or representation of any kind regarding the Content.
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