More emails are now opened on mobile devices than via webmail clients or desktop software, according to recent research from Return Path.

The report was based on 27 billion emails opened worldwide between May 2016 and April 2017.

Some 55% of the email opens examined occurred on mobile devices (smartphones, tablets, or e-readers); 28% occurred via webmail clients (a Web browser visit to a site such as Gmail.com or Yahoo.com), and 16% occurred via desktop software (a client such as Outlook or Apple Mail).

The share of opens occurring on mobile devices increased 26 percentage points between 2012 and 2017, 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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