Email Metrics & Program Success

Only Influencers’ Email Metrics Project: Ask the Right Email Questions

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Email metrics are confusing and can be easily misunderstood and misused. To help marketers avoid mistakes, Only Influencers has launched The Email Metrics Project at oimetrics.com. This website is home to definitions, articles, and videos to educate marketers on how to calculate and appropriately use email marketing metrics. I’m honored to have contributed several of my articles about email metrics, as well as recorded a…

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How Many of My Subscribers Will Be Affected by Apple’s Mail Privacy Protection?

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Marketers now realize that Apple’s Mail Privacy Protection will impact a wide range of email marketing functions. By generating false opens, distorting open times, and obscuring IP addresses and device information, Apple’s changes will affect everything from email analytics and deliverability to email strategy and design in a significant way. However, some marketers are unclear exactly how big the impact will be on those aspects…

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Webbula: If You Could Only Use 2 Email Metrics

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As part of their Ask the Experts series of video interviews, Webbula asked: “If you could only use two email metrics, which two would you use?” I was happy to be among eight email experts selected to answer. I said return on investment (ROI) to help prove business justification, and subscriber lifetime value to help align email marketing with those that are being served. I…

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Holiday Marketing Quarterly: Third 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 third quarter is focused on the final prep for the…

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Identifying ‘Real Opens’ Is Key to Adapting to Apple’s Mail Privacy Protection

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Apple’s new Mail Privacy Protection features will have widespread implications for email marketers. Why? It’ll affect everything from email analytics and deliverability to email strategy and design in a significant way. That’s because these changes, which debut this fall, will prevent email senders from seeing Apple Mail users’ open behavior, IP address, location, and device information. In particular, the lack of visibility around opens will…

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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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Webbula: The Industry’s Reaction to Apple’s New Privacy Protections

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In the wake of Apple announcing that it would soon be disrupting tracking pixels, obscuring IP addresses, and pre-fetching and cached images for its Apple email client users, Webbula wanted to take the pulse of the email marketing industry and determine how everyone is feeling and what they think this means of our industry. Along with 11 other digital marketing experts, I share some of…

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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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Email Marketing Audit: Spotlighting 4 Commonly Neglected Areas

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It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day operations of your email marketing program—rushing to get the next campaign out. It’s hard work! But if you’re on auto-pilot, you might neglect several strategic and structural areas of your program. While your marketing technology stack is advancing with new features, your marketing programs might not be. Sound familiar? If so, Oracle Marketing Consulting’s Sophie Haywood…

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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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Coherent Path Podcast: Coherent Thoughts with Chad S. White

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I join Coherent Path CEO James Glover on the Coherent Thoughts podcast to talk about: The biggest misconceptions around email The value of having universal holdout groups Focusing on maximizing the value of a subscriber, not the value of a campaign How lobbying by merchants can distract email marketing from serving subscribers How AI and machine learning can help marketers focus on their customers How email…

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Direct Mail: The Most Overlooked Digital Marketing Channel

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Hear us out. Direct mail has changed. A lot of marketers think of it as static offset printed letters and postcards that are mass market. While that’s still the case for some direct mail, the channel as a whole has learned a lot of new tricks over the years. Today, with digital printing, smart presses, and integration with other channels, it can mirror much of…

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Inboxroad: How to Build a Strong Email Program in the Years Ahead

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I recently spoke with Ferry van Hoolwerff for an interview on the Inboxroad blog. While we talked about a range of issues, much of the conversation revolved around how marketers should prepare for the years ahead in order to build stronger email marketing programs. Here are the questions Ferry asked me: How did you end up in this industry, and when did email start playing…

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3 Spooky Email Click Bots to Beware Of

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Bots are a well-known scourge on Twitter and Facebook, but they’re also a problem on email lists. Even bots that aren’t explicitly trying to compromise your systems represent a serious risk, as they can inflate performance numbers, muddy targeting efforts, and lead brands to make tactical or strategic changes that serve bots rather than human subscribers. In this article for SmarterCX, I explore the 3…

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ZeroBounce: Focus on Managing Subscribers, Not Campaigns

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I recently joined Corina Leslie for an interview on the ZeroBounce Blog. We talked about everything from how to learn more about email marketing to the biggest mistakes email marketers make to what to keep in mind this holiday season. For instance, Corina asked… How did you get into email marketing? How did you learn so much about email? What or who do you credit…

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Understanding Email Click Rates

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Marketing metrics are just numbers. Without the proper understanding and context, you can’t turn these numbers into the valuable insights you need to make better tactical and strategic decisions. In this series of posts, we’ll look at a variety of marketing metrics, discussing how to measure each one, how to use each one, and how to benchmark your performance. In this post, we’re examining email…

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Understanding Email Open Rates

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Marketing metrics are just numbers. Without the proper understanding and context, you can’t turn these numbers into the valuable insights you need to make better tactical and strategic decisions. In this series of posts, we’ll look at a variety of marketing metrics, discussing how to measure each one, how to use each one, and how to benchmark your performance. In this post, we’re examining email…

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Watch Out for These 5 Trouble-Making Marketing Outliers

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The chances are high that hiding among your audiences are small groups whose behaviors are so extreme that they skew the overall behavior of your marketing channels in ways that are detrimental. These groups are called outliers and they can: Cloud overall performance data, making it appear that you’re doing much better or much worse than you actually are. Obscure how your core audience is…

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On-Demand Webinar: The Hierarchy of Subscriber Needs

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The key to modern email marketing success is creating relevance for your subscribers. However, this cure-all is often discussed in vague, mystical terms within the narrow context of company-specific examples. Although relevance is indeed in the eye of the beholder, achieving it is both describable and measurable. The Hierarchy of Subscriber Needs is your roadmap for understanding the various components that create relevance and also…

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EmailTalk Podcast: The Impact of Coronavirus on Email Marketing with Chad White

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I join Taxi for Email Founder Elliot Ross on episode 2 of his new EmailTalk Podcast to discuss how the coronavirus has affected email behavior. But along the way, we discuss a wide range of other topics. In the podcast, I share: Two truths and lie about my book-writing career My email origin story of how I fell into the email marketing industry How email…

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