Email lost its central position in the promotional marketing mix years ago—or so some believed. These days, the opposite is true: The email address acts as a primary digital credential in the customer journey. As new privacy regulations and tech platform policies make it increasingly difficult to target consumers with paid media, the primacy of first-party data assets is clear, and email addresses sit at the top of the list.
How many people in Canada use email?
We don’t forecast email usage in Canada, but we do have a good picture of how pervasive it is. Worldwide, more than 4 billion people use email, per Radicati Group estimates. Recent studies found penetration to be about 85% in Canada, where we calculate the user base will be nearly 29 million strong this year.
What makes email a critical tool for retailers?
Retailers rely on email the most, and even more so now, due to the ecommerce boom that started in 2020 and continues this year. Collecting email addresses, whether at the physical point-of-sale or during checkout online, creates a digital identifier for customers that complies with domestic privacy regulations.
What techniques and trends will email marketing see in 2021 and beyond?
Retailers looking to personalize email communication have turned to pinpoint targeting and segmenting lists based on purchase history, digital behaviors, stated interests, and demographic data.
What regulations and policies should email marketers be aware of?
Privacy reform is underway in Canada and could affect marketers as soon as next year. The proposed changes will bring digital communication rules more in line with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This may be good for the medium, however: Canada’s anti-spam legislation (CASL) has dramatically improved email performance since taking effect in 2014.
KEY STAT: Nearly 9 in 10 people ages 15 and older in Canada said they used email in the past three months, making it the top digital activity in the country, according to March 2021 polling by Statistics Canada.
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