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What is the most popular B2B email newsletter format? How many messages do marketers send each month? Whom do newsletters come from? How long are they?

To find out, Find A Way Media examined 78 marketing email newsletters sent by B2B companies that operate in a range of different verticals. The researchers analyzed messages sent by the firms over a three-month period to determine format, length, sender, and frequency trends.

The researchers identified four common B2B newsletter formats:

  1. The Summarizer (emails that packaged pieces the firm had published)
  2. The Hard Sell (emails focused on product/service benefits)
  3. The Homepage (emails that curated content from across the Web and provided analysis/context)
  4. The Forwarder (emails that provided no context and were simply generated when the firm published a new piece of content)

Some 69% of the messages examined fell into The Summarizer bucket, 18% into The Hard Sell, 8% into The Homepage, and 5% into The Forwarder.

Some 66% of the B2B firms included in the study send email newsletters from an account that uses the company name, 18% send emails that come from a specific person at the company, 13% from a person who is not identified, and 3% from a made-up name.

B2B firms send 5.8 emails per month, on average, to subscribers (the median number was 5).

Email newsletters from B2B marketers are 273 words long, on average.

About the research: The report was based on a study of 78 marketing email newsletters sent by B2B companies that operate in a range of different verticals. The researchers analyzed messages sent by the firms over a three-month period to determine format, length, sender, and frequency trends.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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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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