Online Marketers: Email Beats Search, Display Advertising

January 23, 2008

This article is included in these additional categories:

Email | Paid Search | Television

Eight in 10 marketers cite email as the best-performing medium, ahead of search and display, according to Datran Media’s second annual survey of 2,000 online marketing professionals conducted in December ’07.


Moreover, 82% of the marketers surveyed indicated that they plan to increase their use of email marketing in 2008, and 55% of the respondents said they expect ROI from email to be higher than any other channel.


Email ROI will hit $45.65 for every dollar spent in 2008, more than twice the ROI of other mediums including search and display, said Datran Media, citing data from the Direct Marketing Association.

Among other findings of the Datran survey of online marketers:

  • Some 67% of respondents stated that email has helped boost sales through other channels. In these scenarios, email is a tool for sales as well as a media channel.
  • Search is the favored channel for complementing the email channel.


  • More than 80% of marketers send targeted email campaigns.

Additional findings, with charts, are available via Datran’s website.

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