Black Friday email trends

by Willem Beckmann
Digital communication platform Everlytic tackled millions of ecommerce emails to identify valuable insights that SA marketers can use for Black Friday.

Everlytic analysed the data sent from its platform between 2021 and 2022 for businesses to optimise their email campaigns.

Data was extracted on email send volumes and engagement for Black Friday itself, the three weekdays preceding it and the three days after it - seven days in total.

To add an additional layer of insight to the data, it was also compared to metrics from Everlytic’s most recent Email Benchmarks Report.

The analysis showed that engagement and send volumes decreased from 2021-2022 on all days considered, except for Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Still, all-round engagement on the weekdays preceding and after Black Friday remained strong compared to industry benchmarks.

The Tuesday and Thursday preceding Black Friday were identified as good sending days, as was Cyber Monday (the first weekday after Black Friday).

The preceding Wednesday showed good average engagement, but lagged compared to the other weekdays analysed.

Unsubscribe and complaint rates decreased significantly from 2021-2022, which could indicate that ecommerce marketers are spreading out their email campaigns over a longer time frame and not only sending during that week.

The average click-through rates for all weekdays were still significantly higher than the industry benchmark rates on ecommerce emails - hinting that businesses who are planning on sending during this time will still benefit from optimal engagement rates.

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