Message Metrics Over Time Report

The Message Metrics Over Time report lets you see how messages, deliveries, or deliveries sent via automated message rules are performing over a given date range. This report allows you to view the relationship between the metrics that indicate the success of your email marketing efforts. For example, you can use this report to spot differences in clicks and conversions for a message, and view how changes made over time have either widened or closed the gap between these metrics.

To view this report, go to Reports > Legacy Reports and click Message Metrics Over Time.

Warning: The reports available on the Legacy Reports dashboard currently exclude transactional and single contact deliveries.
Tip: The Message Metrics Over Time report displays metrics (the actual numbers). If you wish to view the rates (percentages) instead of metrics, view the Message Performance Over Time report. For more information on the Message Performance Over Time report, see Message Metrics Performance Over Time Report.

Metrics Shown:

Metric Description Why It's Useful
The emails sent metric represents the total number of emails that were sent.
Note: Deleted email deliveries will still be counted as part of the emails sent metric.

The emails sent metric is important to know for two main reasons. First, you need to know the number of emails sent for the purpose of making sure you don't exceed the number of emails allocated for your account. Second, the emails sent metric is the starting point for evaluating how many of your emails actually got delivered.


The emails delivered metric represents the total number of emails that were successfully delivered. DMA/EEC equivalent: Accepted

The Emails delivered metric is important because it let's you know how many total emails were successfully delivered. Once you know how many emails were successfully delivered, you can begin further evaluating the levels of contact engagement (opens, clicks, conversions). You can also figure out how many unsuccessful emails were sent.


The opens metric represents the unique opens. A unique open is recorded the first time a contact opens an email. If a contact opens an email 5 times, only 1 unique open is recorded. DMA/EEC equivalent: Unique Renders

The opens metric is important because it represents the first level of contact engagement. Although you can't actually tell what your contacts are doing with the email you sent them, you can at least tell that they were interested enough to open it. A high number of opens is usually indicative of a strong subject line and a trusted from name, since these are the only things a contact can see in their inbox before actually opening the email you sent them.


The clicks metric is a per contact metric that represents the unique clicks recorded. A unique click is recorded the first time a contact clicks any link contained in an email you send them. If a contact clicks a link 9 times, 1 unique click will be recorded. If 2 contacts each click a link 10 times, then 2 clicks will be recorded. If a single contact clicks 5 different links, than 1 unique click is recorded and 1 would appear under the clicks metric. DMA/EEC equivalent: Click Through

The clicks metric is important because it represents a level of contact engagement beyond just opens, and begins to highlight the effectiveness of the content contained in your emails. With clicks, you can tell how many contacts were interested enough to open and then click the links contained in the email you sent them.


The conversions metric represents the unique conversions recorded. Conversions track contacts who placed an order after interacting with a message delivery (email or SMS). Bronto records unique conversions the first time a contact makes a purchase connected with a message delivery. For example, if a contact buys something from you through a message link, and later makes a second purchase, only one unique conversion is recorded.

The purpose of sending email marketing messages is to compel your contacts to perform an action. Opens may tell you if the subject line is well written, and clicks may tell you how engaging the content is. However, conversions tell you if your contacts are actually performing the action that is the goal of your email marketing campaign.