Only 79% of legitimate marketing messages sent by brands are arriving in consumers' inboxes, with the rest ending up in spam folders or getting lost, according to a recent report from Return Path.

The report was based on an analysis of 357 million marketing messages sent by recognized brands to subscribers. Inbox placement statistics were based on performance across more than 150 mailbox providers in North America, South America, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific region.

This year's 79% email deliverability rate is down from 83% in 2014, the analysis found.

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Ayaz Nanji is an independent digital strategist and a co-founder of ICW Content, a marketing agency specializing in content creation for brands and businesses. 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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