Yesmail’s Deliverability team recently attended the ESPC (Email Sender & Provider Coalition) Semi-Annual Meeting and noted the following remarks from Gmail’s team:
- Provided senders use a standard 1X1 tracking pixel in their email newsletters, the Glanceable view within the Gmail mobile app will register as an open.
- Senders are generally advised to avoid sending newsletters that have no clickable content.
- As a best practice, marketers who send newsletters should include clickable content in the message body to help gauge engagement levels past the email open. Not only does clickable content increase engagement and drive traffic to your site, but it also lets marketers track links and collect data on most/least popular topics, when users are likely to read an article, and which pages do users choose to visit to learn more about a product or purchase it.
- In addition, knowing engagement levels helps Gmail confirm the user’s continued interest in content from a specific sender and determine how this content should be prioritized. For example, having a simple rating scale lets users indicate how interested they are in an email and would go a long way in conveying the value of a specific newsletter to Gmail, thus strengthening the sending reputation of all emails from that domain or IP.
Based on these insights, email newsletters that already adhere to the best practices above are likely to receive equal or better engagement rates than they’ve generated so far since users would have an immediate and direct view of the individual newsletter articles.
Per the image below*, the Glanceable view makes the newsletter’s top three articles really pop out in the inbox view. An intriguing list of three articles will prompt the user to expand the view to then see the “highlights from the latest email”. This subscriber action registers as an open, even if the entire email was not viewed in the conventional sense. An important takeaway here is that marketers now have the opportunity to go beyond the email subject line and capture a user’s attention directly through email content.