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Internal Email Analytics: A Guide To Campaign Comparison and Analysis

By Alex Cleary

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You’ve started collecting email tracking metrics on your internal communications; now what? Let’s examine how you can analyze your internal email analytics to find insights and create better email content.

Email tracking is a necessity for any ienternal communicator concerned with tangibly measuring their success. Metrics help you quantify the reach and engagement of your employee emails to ensure that they’re actually being read.

But how can you analyze your tracking metrics to optimize your email content and drive employee engagement? We’ll explore the basics of internal email analytics and how to interpret your email metrics to pinpoint your internal communication strengths and weaknesses.

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Internal Email Analytics: What are they?

Internal email analytics measure how your employees engage with your internal emails. Using a variety of metrics, internal email analytics provide a detailed, quantitative look at your email performance, most likely viewed directly from within your employee communication platform.

Combined with employee feedback—a qualitative measure of your internal email effectiveness—internal email analytics help you see the “big picture” of your internal communications. It can also inform your internal communications strategy, helping you find your best email content, best times to send internal emails, and more.

Why are internal email analytics important?

Internal email tracking removes the guesswork from internal communications. You need not wonder whether your employees are reading your company newsletter when you can just look at its open rate, click-through rate, read time, or other engagement metrics.

Not only can internal Gmail and Outlook analytics help you refine your internal communications, they can also be used to find your most and least engaged sections of your organization. If there are weak points in your employee engagement approach, internal communications email tracking will be sure to find the issue and shore up your approach.

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How to Perform Internal Email Campaign Analytics

But how do you actually interpret your email metrics? How does open rate and click-through rate actually measure the effectiveness of your internal emails? This is where internal email analytics come into play.

We’ll walk you through how to analyze the email metrics you collect so you can make better internal communications decisions. For this guide we’ll assume that you’re already collecting email tracking metrics, but we’ll show you what to do with them once they’re collected. If you’re unsure how to track email metrics, check out our Email Tracking Guide.

1. Organizing your internal communications by content and recipient

To expand the utility of your email tracking metrics, it’s best practice to categorize your internal communications by two important criteria:

  • What kind of internal communications you’re sending
  • Who you’re sending your internal communications to

When you collect email metrics on your internal communications, these categories will help you hone in on these two crucial variables in your success. An internal communications planning calendar is a useful tool for mapping out your future email communications. Scheduling who you’re sending to, what you’re sending, and when you’re sending helps you better interpret your email metrics (as well as improving your email engagement and avoiding overwhelming your employees).

After you’ve mapped out your internal communications schedule, decide how you want to track your emails. Using ContactMonkey’s email management software, you have the option to choose overall or individual email tracking:

  • Individual email tracking allows you to gather user specific data from your emails, as well as customizing subject line and body copy content via merge tags.
  • Overall email tracking allows you to gather unique device data, but will not contain information about the specific users engaging with your email. It makes it easy to collect data when you send mass email in Gmail or Outlook.

For you to properly analyze your email metrics, you must have individual email tracking enabled. This allows you to access ContactMonkey’s in-depth email analytics tools, which we’ll describe how to use below.

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2. Navigating your analytics dashboard

After you’ve sent your email campaign with ContactMonkey, your email metrics will appear in real time within your analytics dashboard. Here you’ll be able to view email metrics like:

Your email data will also be visualized within an Engagement Distribution Timeline, where you’ll be able to see how your employees engaged with your email over time:

Screenshot of engagement distribution timeline found within ContactMonkey's campaign overview.

This makes it easy to find your best times to send internal emails and newsletters. Optimal send times are an important part of your overall internal communications strategy.

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In addition to gathering the quantitative email metrics described above, you can also gather qualitative metrics from ContactMonkey’s campaign dashboard. Using our click maps feature, you can see what parts of your emails are grabbing your employees’ attention:

ContactMonkey clickmap heatmap for email analytics and employee safety survey analytics

This information can help you optimize your email design to ensure that your employees are seeing the information you need them to.

3. Analyzing your segmented reporting

But what are you to do with all this information? Email open rates and click-through rates show you how your sent emails perform, but how do you use this data to increase click-through rates and total opens? ContactMonkey’s advanced analytics features allow you to dig deep into your email metrics to reveal insights and trends.

We mentioned in the first point about sorting your internal communications by who you’re sending to and what you’re sending. Within ContactMonkey your email metrics can be analyzed using segmented reporting, which allows you to view email metrics through different filters:

  • Department
  • Job title
  • Office location

Using these filters you can see how different parts of your company interact with your internal communications. And because you organized your content by what you’re sending to whom, you can pin down the type of internal communications that resonate most within your organization:

Screenshot of segmented email stats within ContactMonkey's campaign overview.

When analyzing your segmented email stats, look for recurring trends. If you notice a particular department/title/location has consistently low engagement, look into what factors could contribute to those numbers. Some variables that can impact engagement include—but aren’t limited to—management practices for that department, employee coaching and training for that title, and send times for that location.

Be sure to note standout numbers when looking at your segmented email stats, and then use these numbers to inform where to direct your attention within your internal communications strategy.

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4. Compare your campaign successes and failures

If you’re analyzing your email metrics on an ongoing basis, segmented email stats are a useful tool to contextualize your internal communications engagement.

But if you want to look at your past email performance over a given period of time, ContactMonkey’s Reporting feature allows you to see a top-down view of your email content:

Screenshot of ContactMonkey's Reporting feature where users can compare different email campaigns.

Combined with segmented email stats, comparing your campaigns can help you single out your best performing internal communications so you can give your employees more of what engages them. Use different tags to sort your email campaigns and compare their performance.

Again, this is where categorizing your content ahead of time comes in handy. It can be difficult to discern insights by comparing different kinds of internal communications against one another, as your employees engage with different kinds of emails differently. While not completely fruitless, it is more useful to compare similar kinds of emails to each other to discover engagement trends.

Finding your best internal communications

Just like in the segmented reporting, look for patterns in your email engagement for different types of content—whether these are patterns of high engagement or low engagement. Next look for contextualizing information around this content. This can include:

  • Type of campaign—invitations, event announcements, yearly summaries
  • Send times—was there a holiday that impacted your email metrics
  • Most engaged segments
  • Feedback collected the selected content

If you’re analyzing looks of different email campaigns, it can be helpful to build out a chart similar to the one below:

Image of table outlining criteria for finding your best performing internal communications.

This will give you a quick way to reference that campaign’s performance, and compare it with other standout campaigns.

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How to Measure Campaign Success and Employee Engagement

Now that you’re equipped to take a quantitative approach to analyzing your employee email analytics, let’s examine how you can augment that information with some qualitative context.

In your internal communications strategy you should have developed useful key performance indicators (KPIs) with which to gauge your internal communications goals. How and why you meet these goals should then inform future KPIs and shift how you approach your upcoming email content.

While KPIs are useful for demonstrating the progress of your internal communications, there is really no better way to understand whether your employees like your internal communications than by just asking them.

Employee feedback should be a fundamental part of your internal communications approach. Not only does it let employees voice their opinions about what they’re being sent, but feedback also provides you with insights and ideas on how to improve your emails.

There are several ways you can collect employee feedback, but the most immediate and engaging way is to use your internal communications themselves. With ContactMonkey, you can easily embed a variety of surveys within your emails:

Screenshot of emoji reaction and employee survey options within ContactMonkey's email template builder.

Emoji reactions, star ratings, thumbs up/down, yes/no, and more all allow for employees to respond directly to what they’re seeing. And because your surveys are embedded directly into your internal communications, responses will be more quick and honest than surveys conducted after the fact.

You can also collect anonymous employee feedback along with these surveys. Giving your employees the chance to provide unique feedback alongside your survey results can be a rich source of information about your email content. Anonymous employee comments can be viewed alongside your survey responses within ContactMonkey’s analytics dashboard.

How to Improve Future Internal Email Campaigns

After you’ve collected your email metrics and analyzed them with segmented reporting and campaign comparison, it’s time to use that information to improve your future internal communications.

This will obviously depend on numerous factors—like what you’re sending, your company email guidelines, branding concerns, etc.—so try to identify areas of variability within your internal communications where you can try new ideas.

Once you’ve included new designs or content into your internal communications, use campaign comparison to see how it has affected employee engagement in contrast to the previous version of that campaign. This is an easy way to see if you’re on the right track with your engagement initiatives.

How to understand what resonates with employees

In addition to comparing past campaigns with your new changes, it’s also helpful to look at how your segments respond to your new content individually.

Check to see if there have been changes in your segmented email stats from past email campaigns to see how your changes have been received. If you can’t discern any notable patterns in your email metrics, try including some feedback options in your newer campaigns asking whether your changes were noticed or appreciated.

These small steps all contribute to a data-based approach to internal communications. By harnessing quantitative and qualitative measures of engagement, you’ll be able to remove the guesswork involved when creating new email content. And you’ll be able to easily chart the success of your internal communications campaigns. Talk about a win-win.

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Take Charge of Your Internal Communication Metrics

If you’re ready to delve deep into your email metrics to see how your employees feel about your internal communications, then you’ll need the right employee communications software for the job.

ContactMonkey’s all-in-one internal communications tool allows you to create, send, and track internal emails directly from Outlook or Gmail business email. You’ll be able to automatically collect email statistics and employee feedback—in real time. Our drag-and-drop email template builder makes it super easy to modify your email campaigns, add content, and build greater employee engagement with your internal communications.

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