Email Marketing Rules

How to Define Active Email Audiences as Opens Depreciate + Priorities for a Mail Privacy Protection World On-Demand Webinar

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Apple’s Mail Privacy Protection (MPP) will likely only be the first mailbox provider to flood marketers’ systems with fake opens, obscuring real ones. Welcome to the Age of Email Open Depreciation. Although far from perfect, opens were email marketers’ most frequent signal of engagement, generally clocking in at about eight times the number of clicks. As such, marketers relied on the metric to drive a…

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ZeroBounce: How to Make Your Holiday Emails Stand Out

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The holiday season can be overwhelming for email marketers. Most B2C marketers create and send considerably more campaigns and they’re full of worries. In addition to fearing that their increased email volumes will trigger spam filters, they worry about whether their emails will stand out in crowded holiday inboxes. To gather the best advice on creating standout holiday campaigns, ZeroBounce spoke with me and 11…

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5 Best Practices to Make Your Customer Experiences Truly Mobile-Friendly

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Nearly every site is now responsive, and most emails are, too. But just because a brand is using responsive design doesn’t mean that they’re providing a mobile-friendly experience. Responsive design functionality doesn’t take the place of mobile-friendly design principles. Brands need to use them both. Here are some easy-to-implement mobile-friendly best practices that companies should be following for their websites, emails, and other mobile content:…

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Webbula: 2022 Email Marketing Predictions from the Email Experts

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While marketers are deep into holiday planning and execution, as soon as the holiday madness ends, marketers will shift to making new year preparations. To get a sense of where email marketing is headed in 2022, Webbula reached out to me and 10 other email marketing experts: Shmuel Hershberg, Shyn Media Komal Helyer, Pure360 Jeanne Jennings, Email Optimization Shop, Only Influencers Chris Marriott, Email Connect…

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The Last Word on October 2021

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A roundup of email marketing articles, posts, and tweets you might have missed last month… Must-read articles, posts & reports The Trust Delusion: Consumers Have Less Faith in Brands Than Brands Think They Do (Email Insider) 8 Tips to Turn Subscribers into Loyalists (Only Influencers) Post-Purchase Emails: 12 Ways to Drive Customer Loyalty in Ecommerce (Sendinblue) Movable Ink Research: Analysis of iOS 15 Content Caching…

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10 Common Email Marketing Mistakes that Are Easy to Fix

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Email marketing is complicated. Deliverability is governed by numerous factors and subfactors. The potential for email rendering problems is mind-bogglingly large. And email technology and tactical issues continue to evolve. However, not everything in email is complex. Some aspects are quite simple—and yet some companies still regularly struggle with them. In most cases, they’re probably just unaware of the problem or just how easy the…

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Litmus: 2021 State of Email Report

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If you want to keep your finger on the pulse of changes in the email marketing industry, then Litmus’s 2021 State of Email Report is a must-read. The 43-page report is packed full of survey data and insights around 5 trends: Email marketing is increasingly critical to business success. There’s no question: Email has always been important. But now? It’s essential. Personalization and automation are…

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Alchemy Worx: 2021 Consumer Survey on Shopping Sentiment & Email Behavior

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Alchemy Worx’ latest consumer survey delivers timely insights about consumer purchasing intent this holiday season and the factors that are impacting those purchasing decisions. Those factors include the email and web experiences created by brands, as well as issues like sustainability and inclusivity. In addition to lots of great data, the report includes insights drawn from the findings from Dela Quist, Ada Barlatt, Komal Helyer,…

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Creating Internal Digital Marketing Benchmarks that Work

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Modern brands today are trying to benchmark their digital marketing campaigns to determine which ones are successful and inform improvements. But we find that many brands are often using their internal marketing benchmarks in an overly broad way. Correcting this problem requires a more granular approach to digital marketing benchmarks, one that groups campaigns by various characteristics to attain the apples-to-apples comparison you’re looking for:…

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How to Simplify Your Martech Stack: 3 Approaches

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Marketing technology stacks are very complicated. Like credit-card-fine-print complicated or teen-brain complicated. With very few exceptions, the marketers I speak with are eager for greater simplification, says Clint Kaiser, Head of Analytic & Strategic Services at Oracle Marketing Consulting. They want to accomplish their marketing goals without having to navigate a spaghetti-works of tools that don’t always play together as well as advertised. Unfortunately, many…

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Why B2B Brands Face Unique—and Sometimes Self-Inflicted—Email Deliverability Challenges

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Email deliverability can feel out of your control. This is perhaps especially true of B2B brands, which have traditionally struggled with the mercurial spam filtering behaviors of corporate email servers and the IT overlords that control them. However, with Google Workspace and Outlook 365 making serious inroads into the corporate email market, B2B email deliverability is behaving more and more like deliverability for B2C brands.…

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Best Days to Send Email Marketing Campaigns This Holiday Season

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The big question on the minds of retailers and other B2C companies is: Will this holiday season look like 2020’s or will it resemble pre-pandemic 2019’s? Unfortunately, it’s looking increasingly like retailers will be facing a holiday season with some of the same challenges as last year, which will impact email marketing decisions. In this blog post, Clint Kaiser, Head of Analytics & Strategic Services…

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The Last Word on September 2021

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A roundup of email marketing articles, posts, and tweets you might have missed last month… Must-read articles, posts & reports Email for All report (Action Rocket and Beyond the Envelope) Skinny Santa: Salesforce Expects Higher Costs, Fewer Online Orders This Holiday Season (MediaPost) Insightful & entertaining tweets Copywriting is like a joke: if you have to explain it, it’s probably not good. — Robert Davidson…

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The Fold in the Inbox: Hard Line, Soft Line, or Imaginary Line?

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Similar to how you can’t see the content below the fold of a newspaper without opening it, the email fold is that point on a screen where a subscriber can’t see any more content without scrolling. There’s been a long-simmering debate in the industry about how important this line is to email design. Let’s break down the arguments…

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Email Privacy ‘Regulation’ in the Age of Big Tech

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Imagine if CASL was passed without first having a public comment period so businesses and other organizations could have their voices heard? Imagine if GDPR went into effect 3 months after it was passed instead of after a 2-year transition period? Imagine if CCPA applied to people all over the world and not just people in California? All of that isn’t far off from what…

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Holiday Marketing Quarterly: Fourth Quarter 2021 Checklist

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Oracle’s Holiday Marketing Quarterly gives B2C brands a quarter-by-quarter checklist for how to achieve more during the critical holiday season with their email marketing and other digital marketing channels. Along with guidance on planning, strategy, and prioritization, you’ll get advice and tips from some of Oracle Marketing Consulting’s more than 500 digital marketing experts. The fourth quarter is focused on wrapping up your final prep…

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Hide My Email Elevates Risks of Temporary Email Addresses

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Email marketing is a great way to build long-term relationships, but marketers have always wrestled with accepting low-value email addresses from would-be subscribers. B2C brands wonder if a subscriber has provided their primary email account or a secondary address they check far less frequently. And B2B marketers debate accepting freemail addresses or only corporate email addresses, which make lead scoring easier. While businesses can make…

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Apple’s MPP May Drive Email Design Changes that Actually Hurt Customer Engagement

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Apple’s Mail Privacy Protection will have a broad range of effects on email marketers, impacting email analytics, design, deliverability, personalization, and optimization efforts. Sadly, subscribers who enable MPP will receive less relevant emails and more emails than they would have otherwise gotten if marketers could better measure their engagement through opens. I also fear that Apple’s changes will cause marketers to change their messaging and…

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Dyspatch: Modular Email Design – A System Built for Speed and Scale

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Modular email design is on the rise. In this post by Terri Reid of Dyspatch, she talks about what modular email design is, what its benefits are, what it looks like in action, and much more. Here at Oracle Marketing Consulting, we’re big fans of modular email architecture, so I was happy to contribute some of our learnings. For instance, our clients who implement it…

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