Tag Archives: Marketing Tips

Finding Success with SMS: Top 7 Marketing Campaigns from Ecommerce Brands

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SMS marketing has created a lot of buzz lately in the marketing world. SMS marketing (Short Message Service marketing) involves sending promotional messages over the phone via text message. It’s rapidly gained popularity over the last two years in the ecommerce space—and it’s easy to see why. Nine out of ten consumers prefer to communicate with businesses through text message! In a world where people

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Breaking Down Brand Intelligence with MailCharts

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Email planning is hard. Teams are invariably under-resourced, and the next big campaign is always just around the corner. Brainstorming that next piece of amazing creative, the next eye-catching subject line, and the next perfectly crafted offer can often feel far more like perspiration than inspiration! The question is: How can marketers solve these challenges? The answer lies in great brand intelligence. In the latest

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7 Email List Hygiene Tips for a Post-MPP World

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Since its release in September 2021, Apple’s Mail Privacy Protection (MPP) has completely changed the email landscape. Validity data shows that pixel fires associated with the Apple proxy skyrocketed to approximately 70 percent of total device usage by last December. Unsurprisingly, MPP has had a broad range of effects on email marketers. One key challenge, and one we hear frequently from our clients, is the way

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Email Accessibility 101: Best Practices for Email Marketers

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Accessibility is a red-hot topic in the email community right now. We featured email accessibility in the latest edition of our State of Email Live webinar series—and saw a record number of registrations. There’s a range of good reasons why senders are laser-focused on accessibility right now:   Legislation like the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in the U.S. and the Equalities Act of 2010

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4 Outdated Email Practices to Avoid

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The world of email is changing fast. Rising consumer expectations for personalized content, new privacy laws, Apple’s Mail Privacy Protection (MPP), and COVID-19 have changed the playing field for email marketers. It’s tough for senders to alter their strategies when they’re used to doing things a certain way. But staying complacent in this climate is a surefire way to lose out to competitors who are finding…

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9 Off-Season Survival Tips for Email Marketers

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If you’ve just finished another chaotic peak sales season, take a moment to celebrate.   Congratulations! It’s time to take a deep breath, regroup, and work on strategy.  Peak sales season represents the year’s high point of traffic and sales for most businesses. This period used to extend from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day. Now, it starts in October and lasts until mid-February—meaning a pressure-filled few…

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6 Tips to Power Up Your Email Preference Center

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Email preference centers: Everybody has them, but few senders take the time to build them in ways that drive meaningful improvements to their marketing efforts.   Let’s start with the basics: An email preference center is a landing page that subscribers can use to make choices about the emails they’ll receive. The simplest preference centers provide options for the frequency of mailings, the type of messaging…

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New Year’s Resolutions for Growth Marketers in 2022 

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As marketers, we’re used to facing new challenges—but last year took the cake.  We fielded ongoing curveballs from COVID-19, dealt with the impacts of new industry forces like Apple Mail Privacy Protection (MPP), and tried to meet ever-rising consumer expectations.  I’m excited to see what new challenges and opportunities 2022 brings. But starting the year without a concrete list of goals is a recipe for…

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6 Most Clickable Email Marketing Campaigns of 2021

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With global email volumes at an all-time high, fierce competition in the inbox, and increased levels of subscriber fatigue, it’s never been more difficult for email marketers to capture subscribers’ attention. Luckily, there are many tactics senders can use to appeal to subscribers and get their campaigns noticed. Let’s look at six of this year’s most clickable email campaigns for inspiration: 1. Spotify If you’ve…

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How to Build Your SPF Record in 5 Simple Steps

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Did you know more than 90 percent of all cyberattacks start with email? In the evolving email landscape, danger lurks everywhere. Phishing attempts and domain spoofing attacks skyrocketed during COVID-19, increasing by 220 percent during the peak of the pandemic.  Even the most experienced marketing teams can mistakenly expose their email programs to harm. To protect yourself, your brand, and your customers from phishing and spoofing attacks,…

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Apple MPP: How to Defy Email Gravity on Black Friday and Beyond

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As we highlighted in our previous post, Apple MPP is already creating unexpected changes in email subscriber behavior. After losing such an important guiding signal for list hygiene and recency management, senders should move quickly to minimize the negative impact on their programs. There’s already a wealth of generic advice on dealing with MPP—advising senders to focus on alternative data points, lean into zero-party data,…

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APAC Webinar: It’s Not Too Late to Prepare for Peak Sales Season Performance

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Email marketers face mounting challenges during peak sales season. During this time, their workloads multiply as they ramp up their marketing campaigns. Further complicating matters, the peak selling season is getting longer. Peak sales season used to start on Thanksgiving and end with New Year’s sales. However, Black Friday now extends into Black November, Cyber Monday is more like Cyber Week, and New Year’s sales now run…

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4 Surprising Data Points Email Marketers Should See Before Black Friday

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As marketing teams prepare for the holiday season, it’s important to consider the lasting impacts of your peak season email sending. Seven years ago, “Black Friday” was a US-specific holiday. Now, we’re seeing several other events take place in the last few months of the year that generate spikes in email volume. These spikes affect senders long after they’ve packed up the decorations—and most don’t…

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4 Tips B2B Email Marketers Should Take from B2C Brands

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As an email marketer, you’ve worked hard all year to reach subscriber inboxes—but don’t take your foot off the gas yet. Deadlines to meet end-of-year sales and marketing goals are approaching quickly. Unfortunately, marketing teams have their work cut out for them this year. Record email sending volumes mean stiff competition in the inbox. To attract and engage recipients in this climate, cookie-cutter email campaigns won’t cut…

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Peak Sales, Peak Headaches!

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Our latest State of Email Live webinar featured another fantastic lineup of guests, including Kostas Karagkounis from Emarsys, Antony Humphreys from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (a valued Validity customer!), and Validity’s own Tori Garcia. We discussed the upcoming peak sales season, which is not only getting busier—it’s getting longer. A period that was once limited to Black Friday and Cyber Monday now…

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How to Win in an Evolving Email Marketing Landscape

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Competition in the inbox is fiercer than ever. Global email volumes are approaching record highs, and recent privacy restrictions and regulations surrounding email data have many marketers scrambling to come up with a new strategy. Marketers need to reevaluate the fundamental ways they measure and diagnose their email performance to stay ahead in this rapidly changing digital landscape. Recently, my colleague Jeff Foley, Sr. Director…

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The State of Email in APAC

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Email marketers are facing some unique challenges in 2021. As we approach peak holiday and sales season, record sending volumes mean even greater competition in the inbox. Plus, the introduction of Apple’s Mail Privacy Protection (MPP), which prevents email senders from deploying tracking pixels and masks recipients’ IP addresses, will further complicate email marketers’ lives as they start to lose important behavioural data points. In…

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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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