New York, NY, November 29, 2007 --(PR.com
)-- Recognizing the power of email to drive sales and accepting Cyber Monday as an established selling occasion, 52% more retailers sent promotional email on Cyber Monday this year than last year, according to RetailEmail.Blogspot, a blog that tracks the email marketing campaigns of more than 100 of the largest online retailers.
This year 67% of largest online retailers sent at least one promotional email on Cyber Monday, making it the biggest email marketing day of the year to date. That’s up from 44% last year.
Moreover, 25% of the largest online retailers sent at least one promotional email on the Sunday directly preceding Cyber Monday, making it the biggest Sunday for email marketing this year. That’s up from 12% last year. So the record Cyber Monday volume is even more impressive when considering the record Sunday email volume.
“Cyber Monday has definitely come into its own as an online shopping holiday,” said Chad White, founder of RetailEmail.Blogspot and director of retail insights of the Email Experience Council. “Given the attention that Cyber Monday has received this year, you can expect it to be even bigger next year, with more retailers invoking Cyber Monday by name.”
This year 16% of the retailers that sent email on Monday mentioned Cyber Monday by name, including Staples, Sears, TigerDirect and DisneyShopping.com.
“Despite the record email volume sent on Cyber Monday, I don’t expect the record to stand very long,” said White, who anticipates that one or more of the upcoming “Echo Mondays”—the Mondays between Cyber Monday and Christmas—will eclipse Cyber Monday’s email volume.
Last year Cyber Monday was only the sixth most popular day of the year to send retail emails last year. It was outperformed by two of the three Echo Mondays, plus the day after Christmas, which saw the greatest percentage of retailers sending promotional email, at 53%.
RetailEmail.Blogspot, the strategic retail partner of the Direct Marketing Association’s Email Experience Council, is the only blog dedicated to tracking the email marketing campaigns of the largest online retailers. This blog tracks retailers’ activities to reveal best practices and trends that are helpful to others in the industry who are looking for ideas, insight and guidance in executing their own campaigns. RetailEmail.Blogspot is written by Chad White, the director of retail insights and editor-at-large for the Email Experience Council.