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Study: Two-thirds of us shop within the comfort of our email

A bouquet of flowers. An order of gourmet cupcakes. A seat on a cross-country flight.

Would you order these things via Facebook, text or email?

The number of online shoppers in the United States is rising from over 170 million (in 2010) to a projected 200 million by 2015. If we’re not already cyber-buyers, a lot more of us will be real soon.

And according to ExactTarget’s recent study, email is beating out Facebook and SMS combined for driving online purchases.

The study found that 66% of online Americans have shopped directly through email or as a result of finding a product or service in an email.

In addition, we’re also getting better at keeping our personal and business emails separate, and a whopping 77% of us actually prefer to be contacted by companies with deals and offers via email over other channels. What’s extra fascinating is that only 45% would rather get their ‘personal communications’ in their inbox over other methods.

So the email love is going strong: 96% of us use our email at least weekly. We’ve become more comfortable shopping through email, better at organizing our inboxes, and more open to being marketed to via email.

Other studies indicate that we’re also pretty nervous about online security, especially when it comes to entering our personal financial data. So, naturally, most of us are sticking with the secure technology we’ve trusted for years: email.

A word from the ActiveMail team: we’re looking forward to proving the study results even further, considering the features we’re developing to make shopping from within email even more interactive. Imagine choosing the color and size of that coveted hoodie, and then ordering it securely, right from inside your inbox!

(via MainStreet.com)

Email rules the school – now more than ever.

Pop quiz: What’s the biggest social network out there?

It doesn’t start with F, and it doesn’t make a ‘tweet’ sound.

It’s  been around for decades and it’s not going anywhere but up.

It’s email.

And according to a recent study reported on Mashable, email is more popular than social media.  Nearly 20,000 adults from 24 countries responded in a survey that found 85% use the internet for email while 62% use it for social networking.

Actually, when you think about it, isn’t email really the ultimate social network? You have your contacts connected to you, connected to each other, in one-on-one or group communication as appropriate, while categorizing all these people you know – online, offline, long term, briefly, personal, business -  into groups reflecting your purpose of communication.

In that spirit, the infographic below tells a fascinating story of the ‘state of email.’ According to this 2011 research, there are nearly three times the amount of email accounts as there are Facebook accounts. Here are some more incredible stats from the study:

  • Last year, Facebook and Twitter posts combined were equivalent to just .2% of all email traffic.
  • The combined total number of searches in Google, Yahoo! and Bing equaled just over %1 of email traffic.
  • Just under 300 billion emails were sent each day – and that’s not including emails considered spam (which was 106 billion daily).

So that’s a wrap for today’s ‘social studies’ lesson.

Oh – and a last question for extra credit: Where will you invest your branding efforts next?

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