Do you include social share buttons in your email campaigns? If not, you're missing out on the exponential reach of your email subscribers' personal and professional networks. It's not that they might share content they like—it's that they will, according to the data highlighted in an infographic from GetResponse.
Facebook is the most popular network with consumers and marketers
With 800 million users, Facebook delivers a much wider audience than LinkedIn (135 million users) or Twitter (100 million users). Accordingly, most companies that use social media sharing in their emails include a link to Facebook.
Many marketers don't include multiple sharing buttons
Over half of email marketers who use social share icons in email campaigns make do with just a single sharing button, and 40% include two share icons. But the numbers drop precipitously after that: Only 0.1% use four icons or more.
All sharing is effective, but LinkedIn takes the CTR prize
Sharing via Facebook and Twitter nearly doubles email CTR rates—but the CTR leverage of sharing via LinkedIn is unmatched—even though the number of messages sent with LinkedIn sharing buttons plummeted 25% last year.
That drop merely "emphasizes the jump in effectiveness of the LinkedIn link," notes Hannah Andrzejewska, communication and marketing specialist for GetResponse. That's because at the same time "the CTR for emails that include [LinkedIn share buttons] has soared by almost 400%, making LinkedIn the top performer in CTR—that's a result worth fighting for," she points out.
And yet, most email marketers still don't use social sharing buttons
The number of email marketers who include social sharing buttons is up 40% from last year, but it still stands at a meager 18.3%. The upside? If your rivals belong to the 81.7% majority, you have an instant competitive edge.