Email Design & Body Content

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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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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The Advantages of Gender-Neutral Messaging

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Gender-neutral marketing creates new possibilities for your customers, allowing them to view your products and services free of gender constraints. To put it plainly, gendered marketing reduces your addressable audience and alienates a growing number of consumers who prefer gender-neutral messaging, while gender-neutral marketing is more inclusive and more reflective of our changing society. This is especially true for Generation Z, which are 40% of…

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EEC: Apple’s Privacy Moves – Sky Falling or Time to Innovate?

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The Email Experience Council asked me and 11 other industry thought leaders to provide their initial reaction and take on Apple’s newest privacy change to limit email tracking and mask IP addresses on the Apple Mail app, and its potential implications on email marketing. For my part, I said: “Consumers have been consistent in wanting more privacy and more relevant emails—not fully appreciating that these…

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13 Ways Email Marketers Should Adapt to Apple’s Mail Privacy Protection

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Apple’s announcement on June 7 of new privacy protections, debuting this fall in iOS 15, iPadOS 15, macOS Monterey, and watchOS 8, has generated mixed reactions. Some marketers fear the demise of email marketing, while others have dismissed the announcement as a non-event. We think the actual result will fall somewhere in the middle, but marketers should prepare for impact to analytics, deliverability, and email…

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Dyspatch: 9 Ways to Get More Email Survey Responses

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Email marketing is a great way to drive survey responses. I join other experts in talking with Liz Willits about ways to get more email survey responses. My advice centers on how to use interactivity to lower barriers and boost responses. I say: “AMP for Email and CSS-based interactivity make surveys easier for subscribers to complete. That’s because subscribers can immediately see the survey without…

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Email Evolution Conference Keynote: The State of Email Marketing

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We’re experiencing a myriad of crises all at once—ranging from the pandemic health crisis to social unrest and insurrection to financial crises. These have led to profound changes in consumers’ buying habits and housing choices, and an acceleration of ecommerce, digital entertainment, and work from home trends. With COVID-19 still spreading quickly in some parts of the world, it’s clear that the pandemic and its…

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12 Inclusive Design Changes to Increase Your Marketing Engagement

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The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA), and other laws forced companies to make their stores, marketing campaigns, and other aspects of their business more accessible to people with disabilities. However, many brands began to realize that huge portions of their customer base benefit from such accommodations. The understanding that people with permanent, temporary, and situational challenges all…

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On-Demand Webinar: The Biggest Shifts in Email Marketing Trends for 2021

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The extraordinary events of the past year heavily influenced email marketing investments last year and are shaping the trends that will dominate 2021. We can see those shifts in the results of our second annual Email Marketing Trends Survey, where we surveyed Oracle Marketing Consulting’s more than 500 digital marketing experts. We asked them to rate 26 email marketing tactics and technologies, both in terms…

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Uplers: 29 Experts on Email Trends to Watch for in 2021

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After a rollercoaster 2020, companies are reevaluating their email marketing strategies for 2021. To aid those efforts, Uplers asked me and 28 other email marketing experts to discuss the trends that we see driving the industry forward this year. My prediction centered around the K-shaped recovery and how that’s translating into vastly different email marketing priorities for companies that have done well during the pandemic,…

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Email Marketing Trends for 2021: Proven Essentials

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In the ever-changing world of email marketing, it can be difficult to know where to invest your time and energy. It’s extra challenging in turbulent times like these, when consumer behaviors and business goals are shifting. To help you prioritize your email marketing efforts this year, we surveyed Oracle Marketing Consulting’s more than 500 digital marketing experts, asking them to rate the current adoption of…

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Email Marketing Trends for 2021: Competitive Differentiators

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In the ever-changing world of email marketing, it can be difficult to know where to invest your time and energy. It’s extra challenging in turbulent times like these, when consumer behaviors and business goals are shifting. To help you prioritize your email marketing efforts this year, we surveyed Oracle Marketing Consulting’s more than 500 digital marketing experts, asking them to rate the current adoption of…

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Email Marketing Trends for 2021: Unproven Opportunities

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In the ever-changing world of email marketing, it can be difficult to know where to invest your time and energy. It’s extra challenging in turbulent times like these, when consumer behaviors and business goals are shifting. To help you prioritize your email marketing efforts this year, we surveyed Oracle Marketing Consulting’s more than 500 digital marketing experts, asking them to rate the current adoption of…

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Anatomy of an Email: Envelope & Body Content

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To sketch an accurate depiction of a person takes a good understanding of human anatomy. Similarly, the art of email marketing requires understanding the anatomy of an email. This anatomy is broken up into two major content groups: The envelope content, which is the part of an email that’s visible in the inbox before it’s opened The body content, which is the part of an…

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On-Demand Webinar: Modular Email Architecture

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Classic email templates are becoming obsolete. They are difficult to maintain, don’t offer enough flexibility, make personalization cumbersome, and take too much time to turn into a final email campaign that’s ready to send. Because of all of those weaknesses, more companies are migrating to modular email architecture and reaping significant improvements. In this 49-minute on-demand webinar, Jason Witt and Nick Cantu from Oracle Marketing…

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Holiday Marketing Quarterly: First 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. Our first quarter guide contains a 27-point checklist and is focused…

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Best Uses & Best Practices for Animated Gifs

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Until there’s better support for animated PNGs, CSS animation, and video in email, animated gifs are the safest and easiest way to add motion to your campaigns. And once you’ve created an animated gif for an email, you can reuse it in social media and other digital marketing campaigns. We use them regularly with both our B2C and B2B clients to great success. Animated gifs…

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The Best Use Cases for Live Content in Emails

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The second you send an email, the content in it starts to age. While some content is evergreen and maintains its relevance until whenever your subscribers open your email, other content has a limited lifespan, after which it’s considerably less useful—or completely useless. However, live content can make sure that your content is fresh no matter when your email is opened. That’s because live content…

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Email Rendering Continues to Grow in Complexity, Wildly So at the Fringes

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The idea of a pixel-perfect email rendering across every email client died a long time ago. The challenge for most of the past decade has been to achieve platform-perfect rendering, where an email renders up to the fullest capabilities of a particular inbox provider. But even that is an increasingly tall order for four main reasons: The traditional landscape of email clients is still quite…

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