Some 83% of brands sent general winter-holiday-themed emails last year, and 80% sent Black Friday emails, according to a recent report from Yesmail.

The report was based on data from email marketing campaigns sent by 30 major B2C brands in the third and fourth quarters of 2014. The researchers used terms such as "school," "Halloween," "Thanksgiving," "Black Friday," "holiday," and "Christmas" to identify emails focused on specific holidays/events, measure their performance, and compare them with base marketing campaigns for the same period.

After the winter holiday season and Black Friday, Cyber Monday was the most popular holiday/event for sending emails in 3Q14 and 4Q14 (67% of the brands examined sent), followed by Back to School (60%), and Christmas (60%).

Although the brands examined sent 46% more emails between 3Q14 and 4Q14, the average open rate stayed about the same (14.7% and 14.6%, respectively), indicating that consumers were able to fairly easily cope with the increased holiday inbox volume.

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Ayaz Nanji is a digital strategist and a co-founder of ICW Media, a marketing agency specializing in content and social media services for tech firms. He is also a research writer for MarketingProfs. He has worked for Google/YouTube, the Travel Channel, AOL, and the New York Times.

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