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Key healthcare email marketing metrics for campaign success

Key healthcare email marketing metrics for campaign success

Healthcare organizations should pay attention to several key email marketing metrics to ensure they can effectively communicate with patients, provide valuable information, and comply with HIPAA regulations. 


Open rate

The open rate is the percentage of recipients who open your healthcare email. This metric provides valuable insights into the effectiveness of your email subject lines. A higher open rate indicates that more patients are engaging with your health-related content, a positive indicator of successful HIPAA compliant email marketing campaigns.

To optimize your open rate, consider personalizing subject lines to make them more relevant to each patient's needs. Crafting subject lines that evoke curiosity or urgency can encourage patients to open your emails.

Related: Why personalized subject lines increase open rates


Click-through rate (CTR)

The click-through rate measures the percentage of recipients who click on links within your healthcare email after opening the email. This metric helps assess the effectiveness of your email content and calls to action (CTAs). A higher CTR shows that patients are opening your emails and actively engaging with the information provided.

To boost CTR, ensure your email content is concise, informative, and visually appealing. Clearly highlight action items, such as appointment scheduling or health program registration, and include compelling CTAs that prompt patients to take the desired actions.


Conversion rate

This is the percentage of email recipients who successfully complete a desired action, such as booking appointments, downloading healthcare resources, or enrolling in wellness programs. This metric is a direct indicator of patient engagement and the ultimate success of your healthcare email campaigns.

To optimize conversion rates, streamline the conversion process within your emails. Make it as effortless as possible for patients to take action by providing clear instructions and minimizing any unnecessary steps. Additionally, consider segmenting your email list to tailor content and CTAs to specific patient groups, increasing the likelihood of conversions.

Related: Email marketing segmentation strategies in healthcare


Unsubscribe rate

The unsubscribe rate reflects the percentage of patients who opt out of your healthcare email list. A high unsubscribe rate can hinder effective patient communication.

To minimize unsubscribe rates, you must balance email frequency and relevance. Ensure that your email content remains valuable and addresses patients' needs. Offering options for patients to adjust email preferences, such as frequency or content type, can also help retain subscribers while respecting their preferences.


Bounce rate

The bounce rate indicates the percentage of healthcare emails that couldn't be delivered to recipients' inboxes. High bounce rates can negatively impact your email deliverability.

There are two types of bounces to be aware of - hard bounces and soft bounces. Hard bounces are permanent delivery failures, often caused by invalid email addresses. Soft bounces are temporary issues, such as full inboxes. Regularly clean your email list to remove invalid addresses and monitor soft bounces to identify recurring problems that need attention.

Related: Solving email delivery and bouncebacks


Spam complaint rate

This measures the percentage of patients who mark your healthcare emails as spam. High spam complaint rates can tarnish your sender reputation and disrupt the delivery of essential healthcare information.

To maintain a low spam complaint rate, ensure that patients explicitly opt into your email communications. Provide an easy way for patients to unsubscribe if they no longer wish to receive emails. 


List growth rate

The list growth rate tracks how quickly your healthcare email subscriber list is expanding. Steady growth with engaged recipients helps extend your reach and ensure the effectiveness of patient communication.

To foster list growth, implement strategies such as offering incentives for patients to subscribe, like access to exclusive healthcare content or discounts on services. 


Email engagement over time

This helps healthcare organizations adapt their email content and strategies to changing patient preferences and behaviors. Understanding how patient engagement evolves can provide insights into the relevance of your communications. Regularly analyze engagement data to identify trends and patterns. 


Device and email client metrics

Optimizing emails for various devices and email clients ensures patients can access healthcare information seamlessly, regardless of their chosen platform. 

Ensure your healthcare emails are responsive and adapt to different screen sizes and orientations. Test your emails across various devices and email clients to guarantee a user-friendly patient experience.

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