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New Report: Email Is a ‘Key Tool’ for Building Loyalty

For the first time ever, the Digital News Report authored by Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism has dedicated an entire chapter to news consumption via email. The report analyzed data from thousands of readers of online news across 46 different markets. While the insights around email are focused on news content specifically, the data is useful for any publisher looking to enhance a newsletter strategy or even launch a new campaign. The findings in this year’s report shows that email continues to rise in popularity as an effective way to reach hyper-targeted audiences.

Who Reads Email Newsletters?

While email is not the primary source of traffic for most news outlets, it is more popular in the U.S. than in other countries. This year’s Digital News Report found that 22% of users surveyed in the U.S. use newsletters or email alerts, with almost half of them saying it is their main way of accessing digital news.


The report also found that the majority of users who consume news via email are older, richer, educated, and have a heavy interest in news-related content. In fact, one in seven adults over the age of 55 in the U.S. said that email was their main way of accessing news. Additionally, 80% of users who use email to read news are over the age of 35.

While the insights around exactly who gets their news from email and how they do it may seem limiting to the average publisher, there is still plenty of room to leverage email for topics outside of news.

The Benefits of an Effective Email Strategy

The data from the Digital News Report confirms that email is a great way to distribute specialized content across a wide range of subjects. The minimalist nature of email lends itself nicely to personalized content that could otherwise get lost in the noise.

“Despite its relative lack of sophistication, it remains a key tool for publishers as they focus on building deeper relationships with loyal users — as well as attracting new subscribers.” —Digital News Report 2022

The easy-to-read nature of email also creates an opportunity to show off your content’s unique style. Of the thousands of users surveyed in the Digital News Report, 64% said they valued email for its convenience, and 28% said they favored newsletters because they liked the tone of the author.

As mentioned above, one of the primary characteristics of email news readers is that they are highly interested in news-related content. With the right email strategy, that same effective audience targeting can be applied to any topic.

Weave Newsletters Into Your Content Workflow

While newsletters are not likely to be your site’s primary driver of traffic, it’s still prime time for publishers to capitalize on the benefits of email sooner rather than later. Click here for some quick tips on launching a newsletter campaign.

The RebelMouse platform has an intuitive newsletter dashboard that makes it easy to use major platforms like Mailchimp and Sailthru without ever leaving your CMS. Our elegant integrations allow you to turn posts into newsletters, choose templates, and schedule campaigns right from your editing space. Click here to learn more.

example of newsletter features available in RebelMouse's Entry Editor Easily schedule newsletters from RebelMouse’s editing interface.

If you aren't publishing on RebelMouse yet, get in touch today and let's get started. We are a full-service creative agency that can help you with all of your website and email marketing goals.

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Google Made Major Changes to Its Formula for Page Speed. Here’s What to Do About It in 2022.
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Make sure your site is set up for success in 2022.

In the spring of 2020, Google let the world know that its Core Web Vitals would become the new benchmark for measuring a site's performance in its search results, known as the page experience update. Fast forward to more than a year later in August 2021 when, after much anticipation, Google's page experience update became official.

Since its rollout, developers have felt the impact of how their publishing platforms stack up against the new standard. Important decisions around the architecture of your site can now make or break your site's performance in the eyes of Google.

HTTP Archive, a tracking platform that crawls the web to identify trends and record historical patterns, has revealed how top content management systems (CMS) have weathered the page experience update through the creation of its Core Web Vitals Technology Report. RebelMouse consistently outperforms major CMS platforms on Google's most critical metrics since its rollout and into 2022:

Getting superior scores on Google's performance benchmarks isn't easy, either. The Ahrefs blog analyzed Core Web Vitals data from the Chrome User Experience Report (CrUX), which is data from actual Chrome users, to see how the web stacks up against Core Web Vitals. Their study found that only 33% of sites on the web are passing Core Web Vitals.

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While striking this balance is the responsibility of a good editor, one of our responsibilities is to uncover data and insights that make those decisions easier. It’s in that spirit that our Data Science team recently investigated the relationship between word count and engagement.

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Now, the definition of what makes up Core Web Vitals could change. A new responsiveness metric called Interaction to Next Paint (INP) may replace First Input Delay (FID). During Google’s I/O conference in May 2022, it was announced that the INP metric was still in its experimental phase. You can watch the announcement here:

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