Chart of the Day: However, email attention spans are increasing
Concentrate, my little email geeks
First of all, let's give goldfish a bit of credit. It has been proved that Goldfish do not have a 9-second attention span, it's a complete myth. And yes, they do in fact have a larger attention span than humans. Slightly Awkward.
We are all guilty of it. We have so many distractions in this digital world. In fact, even while writing this, I have got distracted twice already. I'm currently listening to "white noise meditation" music and currently very focused... ooh something shiny!
What about email?
You will be pleased to learn that email is an entirely different kettle of fish (so to speak). The average time spent reading an email has increased to nearly 7% in the past 6 years. In 2016 the average time spent reading an email is 11.1 seconds. In the below graph, you can see that in 2016 clients are spending a lot more time reading their emails instead of just skimming or glancing.
11.1 seconds still isn't a lot of time
No, 11.1 seconds isn't a lot of time. It takes me longer to take a selfie and upload it. The point is, you need to make sure that your emails clearly communicate your point across.
Litmus gave 7 tips for optimizing your email content and I fully agree with all of them.
- Optimize your subject line and preview text
- Use responsive email design
- Use heads, subheads, bullets to communicate quickly
- Test rendering correctly so the email displays correctly in email clients
- Use "above the fold" wisely
- Use compelling images
- Pay attention to email load times
- Long emails are ok
- Do not send an email with broken links
Remember, for your client to open and get a chance to read your email they have to actually open it. Brand reputation and having the trust of your client is very important. Send quality content and you will get quality email reads.