Email Performance Reporting

Robert_Villanue
Level 2

Email Performance Reporting

Hello!

 

I need recommendation as to the best way to provide an Email Performance Report for every Campaign.

 

Currently, we do this by downloading  a result of an already run smart campaign. Then once we have the raw file, we will then manipulate the data and get the send, delivered, opens etc., thru pivoting an excel. We do this as some of our requesters require raw data.

 

There's also an option to do the the performance report thru "Email Performance" local asset. However, this will only provide high level view.

 

Looking for recommendation or your best practice on pulling reports. Thank you in advance!

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Katja_Keesom
Level 10 - Community Advisor

Re: Email Performance Reporting

IMO there is no correct answer here.

With the method you describe you will get granular and detailed information, but only for those records where the activity was actually recognized and stamped on the person's record. Do bear in mind when downloading this data that it will contain personal data and should therefore be handled according to data privacy regulations.

With the inbuilt Email Performance report, you will get the overall numbers only, that is true. But it also has some logic applied that will give you a more complete picture. If, for instance, a click is registered but for the same person no open was registered, the Email Performance report will include this person also in the Opens count.

 

So in essence, they are two completely different ways of reporting and it depends on your use case which one is the more suitable.

EllenSchwier
Level 3

Re: Email Performance Reporting

Hi Robert,

 

I would be interested in the use case for requesting the raw data. Is it to have a better overview of who is doing specific actions?

 

I always used the high level overview in the Email Performance reports to analyze results and determine success for email campaigns. The numbers there help a lot with determining if open rates are going up or down, which emails cause the most unsubscribes, etc. I also created internal benchmarks on an annual basis based on these reports.  

Phillip_Wild
Level 10 - Community Advisor

Re: Email Performance Reporting

While it's not exactly the question, the "best" way to do this (in my opinion) is to push Marketo activity data into a data warehouse, then into a BI tool such as Looker / Tableau. That gives you the maximum amount of control over the output and visualisations, removes any manual effort to download data/pivot it in Excel/send to stakeholders, and allows you to combine it with other data sources such as purchases.

 

Of course, this isn't straightforward, but that should be the goal.

Katja_Keesom
Level 10 - Community Advisor

Re: Email Performance Reporting

Hi Philip,

Although I agree with you, it does leave out some of the "implied" reporting that is part of the email performance report. That derives an open if someone clicked, so without the actual activity. I think they both have their merit as long as you are aware of the differences.

Phillip_Wild
Level 10 - Community Advisor

Re: Email Performance Reporting

Yep, that's fair. You could replicate that logic in your BI tool but it would be duplication of effort.