Almost five years ago, ExactTarget published the 2009 Email List Growth Study, an in-depth examination of marketers’ top subscriber growth tactics. Since then, direct digital marketing has expanded far beyond email to include previously untapped channels like mobile and social media. The time has come to renew our research and update our findings about the strategies and tactics of successful audience development.
But why call it audience development instead of “list growth,” as you may have heard in the past? Because your company needs audiences comprised of real people to survive. People are the building blocks of great audiences, and thanks to email, Facebook, Twitter, SMS, and mobile apps, you can have these push-button audiences at your fingertips. A thriving audience can become your most valuable business asset.