Tag Archives: Marketing Tips

Ethical & Exceptional Email: How to Rank Top for Both

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Ethical marketing is a hot topic right now, especially with the introduction of Apple’s Mail Privacy Protection (MPP) functionality. MPP strengthens subscriber privacy by restricting the use of tracking pixels and IP addresses to identify factors like email opens, device utilisation, and location. It’s being presented as a challenge, but MPP also creates opportunities for progressive businesses. Transparent use of personal data builds stronger relationships,…

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Apple’s Mail Privacy Protection is Here

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Today is the day Apple just released iOS 15, which includes its latest privacy feature, Mail Privacy Protection (MPP). This has been a hot topic among marketers since Apple first announced their plans to introduce the feature back in June. Regardless of how much (or how little) you chose to prepare your email program for this release, it introduces a huge change for marketers. Yes,…

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Improving Email Engagement by Turning Inactives Into Actives

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In our latest State of Email Live webinar, we were joined by Craig Hood, Email & SMS Lead, Global Channel Excellence at AstraZeneca. Poor email engagement is one of the biggest challenges marketers face, and Craig’s experience managing the challenges of a global email program operating in 20 countries made him well worth listening to. Rafael Viana set the scene with Validity’s latest email analytics,…

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Seed Testing

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While your email service provider (ESP) can provide you with valuable metrics such as delivery rate, bounce rate, complaint rate and more, it’s important to consider the “big picture” when tracking the success of your email program. Seeding your email campaigns—or sending your campaigns to a list of test email addresses—can help you to see the big picture by allowing you to get a sense…

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How to Grapple With Apple

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The dust is settling following Apple’s announcement in early June of plans to introduce Mail Privacy Protection (MPP) for its native Mail client users. This feature prevents email senders from using tracking pixels to measure open rates and device usage, while also masking recipients’ IP addresses to prevent location tracking. While Apple acknowledges the impact a degraded open signal will have for legitimate purposes (e.g.,…

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Around the World in Data Privacy

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Our July 7th State of Email Live webinar was truly a global affair. Validity’s Tori Garcia, Danielle Gallant, Sophie Jean, Rafael Viana, and Sandra Schubert joined us to discuss all things data privacy in different parts of the world. Before embarking on our world tour, we had the privilege of hosting Karie Burt, Chief Data & Privacy Officer from MeritB2B. She shared her insights on…

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Why Does Email Generate Strong ROI?

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Did you know the email channel is consistently top ranked for its return on marketing investment? The average email ROI is 38:1. In the recently published DMA/Validity Marketer Email Tracker 2021, around 50% of marketers reported many of email’s key metrics have shown positive increases in the last 12 months, including mailable list size (51%), delivery rates (43%), open rates (48%), and click-through rates (46%).…

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Google Announces General Availability of BIMI in Gmail

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Today is the day. Google has just announced general support of Brand Indicators for Message Identification (BIMI) in Gmail. We’ve been anxiously awaiting this day for almost a year when Google first announced their pilot program for BIMI. A lot has changed in the email marketing world since we first learned of Google’s BIMI pilot in July 2020 (too much to cover in this blog…

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How Validity’s Customers Are Turning Improved Email Performance Into More Revenue

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The 2020/21 pandemic has seen an upheaval in how email marketers interact with their subscribers. Message relevance and trust are the new cornerstones, and early adopters of these new best practices have benefitted in a big way. By using quality data to demonstrate empathy and build trust, they have reaped the rewards of greater engagement with their programmes – as well as more revenue. Many…

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The Long Arm of the Law

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The rapid rise of internet marketing means many data protection laws are no longer fit for purpose. The very definition of personal data has changed beyond recognition, leading to increased focus on consumer privacy. Now, governments around the world are responding with new legislation: In the US, the early example set by California and Virginia is being followed by no fewer than 16 active bills…

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Email: The Swiss Army Knife of Marketing

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During our “Train Your Email Brain” webinar featuring Anna Frigerio from the DMA, Alex Fadahunsi from Trainline, and Validity colleagues Elliot Hogg and Ignacio Lecuona, we reviewed key findings from this year’s Marketer Email Tracker report. Email budgets benefitted in 2020 as spending was diverted from non-digital channels and they now represent over 20% of total marketing budgets. However, Anna showed us that this success…

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Email ROI: Many Happy Returns

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Email celebrates its 50th birthday in October! Ray Tomlinson is widely acknowledged as the godfather of email, sending the first message way back in 1971, followed seven years later by Gary Thuerk who “hijacked” this largely government/military tool to send the first email marketing campaign. The rest, as they say, is history! In saying “many happy returns”, we’re not just acknowledging a milestone. Email consistently…

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E-commerce: How to Attract New Customers with Newsletters

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Marketers and customers will agree: data is gold, and knowledge is essential to ensure the relevance of communications. However, the challenge of data collection remains. As consumers become increasingly suspicious of brands, they are less inclined to share their personal information. Newsletter subscriptions are one of the data collection tools at marketing teams’ disposal, as they can use it as a starting point for establishing…

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On Track for Email Success

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In regard to email relevance, how wide is the gap between marketers and consumers when it comes to defining what this important concept actually means? And what are the reasons for their fundamentally different perceptions? These are questions the DMA’s Marketer Email Tracker – sponsored by Validity – is designed to answer. The report provides a definitive view of the email landscape, informed by over…

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Top 6 Tips for Communicating With Consumers During a Natural Disaster

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Natural disasters aren’t going anywhere any time soon – and unfortunately, it seems like the frequency in unprecedented natural disasters has increased in recent years. While you cannot control the severity or frequency of natural disasters, you can control how you handle your communication with consumers. You might be asking yourself, what does this have to do with email? The answer is: a lot more…

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Data 101: What You Can Do Today to Improve Your Organisation’s Data

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We all know clean and reliable data is critical to any high-performing organisation. Good data improves customer relationships, drives more effective marketing campaigns, and contributes to accurate pipeline management. However, to many organisations, data management can feel overwhelming. We asked our very own William Zhang, Senior Account Executive, and Andrew Fragias, Product Manager and Certified Salesforce Admin, to sit down with us and talk about…

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Deep Dive into Sender Reputation

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One of the most common questions email deliverability professionals get asked is, “How do I improve my sender reputation if all my mail is spamfoldered?” Before we can answer this question, we first need to understand email sender reputation. Email sender reputation is how mailbox providers (MBPs) identify you as a legitimate sender. Each time you send an email campaign, MBPs collect important data that…

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Email Merit-ocracy: Shared Partnerships, Shared Success

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It was a real pleasure to share the virtual stage with Karie Burt and Courtney Cope from MeritB2B at Forrester’s North America B2B Summit. Their company delivers data-first solutions for multi-channel B2B and technology marketers, developing customized programs that are built for growth. The email channel forms a crucial part of MeritB2B’s performance marketing solutions, but it isn’t without challenges. As Courtney noted, “Email is…

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All A/Bout Split Testing

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A recent Validity report showed programs achieving 90% inbox placement rates or above are 25% more likely to have A/B split testing as part of their overall strategy. However, testing presents its own challenges: what hypotheses should be tested, how should tests be built, and how should results be measured? In the latest episode of our popular State of Email Live webinar series, it was…

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Opt-in Best Practices Guaranteed to Improve Your Email Marketing

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Considering developing privacy legislation, it is important for marketers to understand their responsibility when it comes to how they collect and process consumer data. This starts with a solid form of consent, or opt-in, from the subscribers on their lists. Your subscriber acquisition process should provide clear disclosure and benefits of signing up, set expectations, and most importantly, ask for consent. These best practices have…

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