Word To The Wise

Command Line Tools

command-line-tools

Tools that you run from the command line – i.e. from a terminal or shell window – are often more powerful and quicker to use than their GUI or web equivalents. Their output is plain text so it’s much easier to copy and paste into an email or a slack conversation – sure, you can take a screenshot of a GUI tool and share that,…

Read More »

Cleaning old lists

cleaning-old-lists

There comes a time in many marketers’ lives where they are faced with and old, stale database and a management chain that wants to mail those addresses. Smart marketers know that delivery problems will arise if they just reactivate all those users. They also know that mailing older addresses can affect current and engaged addresses as well. Still, many executives think there is no downside…

Read More »

Apple MPP reporting and geolocation

apple-mpp-reporting-and-geolocation

A while back I wrote about Apple Mail Privacy Protection, what it does and how it works. Since MPP was first announced I’d assumed that it would be built on the same infrastructure as iCloud Private Relay, Apple’s VPN product, but hadn’t seen anything from Apple to explicitly connect the two and didn’t have access to enough data to confirm it independently. But the nice…

Read More »

Apple MPP

apple-mpp

You’ve probably heard about Apple Mail Privacy Protection. Email marketing chat has been all a-twitter about it since it was announced in June. Skipping over all the “Openpocalypse” panic, what is it and what does it do? Image Loads It’s all about images in email and how they’re loaded (particularly invisible one pixel images that are used solely for tracking). Why do we care about…

Read More »

About the Apple thing

about-the-apple-thing

A lot of folks are talking about Apple’s recent announcement about building privacy protection into email. I have somewhat stayed out of the conversation and I’m not sure what I really think about it. This is a change to how a lot of folks use email and no one really likes change. I actually have a post I’ve been quietly working on talking about open…

Read More »

Domains and Reputation

domains-and-reputation

(Copied and lightly edited from a Facebook post) It occurred to me as I was commenting elsewhere that there is a lot of confusion about domains / subdomains and where they’re used in emails.I get confused when people talk about ‘domain reputation’ because I have at least 4 distinct places where domains show up in an email that heavily influence delivery. But a lot of…

Read More »

Step by Step guide to fixing Gmail delivery

step-by-step-guide-to-fixing-gmail-delivery

I regularly see folks asking how to fix their Gmail delivery. This is a perennial question (see my 2019 post and the discussions from various industry experts in the comments). Since that discussion I haven’t seen as much complaining about problems. There are steps that work to get delivery fixed at Gmail. Verify that your mail is actually going to bulk. I had one client…

Read More »

The care and feeding of reputation

the-care-and-feeding-of-reputation

The next #letstalkdelivery session is Wednesday September 16 at 5pm. Invites went out today so if you signed up for our mailing list, you have the invite in your inbox. OK, if you’re on gmail it went to the promotions tab, but that’s OK, I’m promoting our call. Check out our schedule and sign up for our mailing list so you don’t miss the next…

Read More »

Lets Talk Delivery

lets-talk-delivery

Hope everyone had a good break. The Let’s Talk Delivery sessions are restarting. I’ve set up a schedule and a page where you can subscribe to invites. Our next session is September 16th and we’re talking Reputation: Warmup, developing and nurturing. We talked a little last week about identity and you can follow along with the notes. A couple things have changed about how we’re…

Read More »

Let’s Talk: August vacation

let’s-talk:-august-vacation

These talks have been wildly successful and I am so excite to talk with all of you and discuss topics of deliverability. When I started them I thought there was some desire for peers to discuss delivery with one another. As they’ve evolved I realize they were not just open discussions but more formal training sessions. This is requiring more prep and structure now and…

Read More »

Let’s Talk: Reputation

let’s-talk:-reputation

The next 3 or 4 Let’s Talk sessions are going to be all about reputation. We’ll start with a general overview of reputation and identity, then move on to specific kinds of reputation (IP, domain, URL, content), then we’ll talk about how to create, maintain and repair reputation. Still working on the outline, but I’m pretty convinced this will be at least 3 sessions. Let’s…

Read More »

Let’s Talk: Engagement part 2

let’s-talk:-engagement-part-2

Our next #letstalk deliverability session will be Wednesday July 1 at 17:00 GMT and 09:00 pacific. We’ll be continuing the Engagement discussion as we didn’t get to all of the questions folks asked. And my best intentions of following up with them got derailed for a host of reasons. Easy enough to continue the discussion where we left off and answer the remaining questions.  Notes and agenda…

Read More »

Upcoming events

upcoming-events

Mailcon Webinar: June 25th, 10am pacific I will be joining my Women of Email co-founders at a webinar hosted by Mailcon on Thursday June 25. Never have brands felt such pressure to “adapt or die” than in 2020. A global pandemic threatens lives, a human rights movement has reached a fever pitch, and impending economic devastation looms on our horizon. Brands have departed from business-as-usual…

Read More »

Terminology

terminology

There is a lot more to say here, and I’m working on a longer post to really talk about the underlying racism in tech and how we as an industry have failed. In the deliverability space, specifically, the use of blacklist/whitelist is terminology rooted in racism (black is bad, white is good). Many DNSBLs use the block terminology and have done for a while. But…

Read More »

Let’s Talk: Engagement

let’s-talk:-engagement

I’m working on a more formal schedule for the Let’s Talk events and hope to have that out over the next few days. Meanwhile, we’re moving ahead with the next talk: Engagement! Wednesday June 3, 5pm Dublin, noon Eastern, 9am Pacific. Send an email to laura-ddiscuss@ the obvious. Notes, questions and comments for past talks are available. I want to take a minute to thank…

Read More »
>