Tag Archives: ReturnPath

30 Questions to Ask Your Next Email Service Provider

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Senders need email service providers (ESPs) like avocados need toast.   After all, ESPs help senders create better designs, manage their subscriber lists, stay legally compliant, and measure results more effectively.  But it’s normal for your needs to shift over time as your email program evolves.   If you’re hitting roadblocks with your current email service provider (ESP) due to growing send volume, increase in mail…

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Top 4 Attributes to Look for in Data Management Software

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Data is your company’s most valuable asset. How you manage your data plays a big role in determining its quality⁠—and ultimately, its value. While many CRM users manage their data manually, investing in data management software can significantly benefit your business by saving time, preventing errors, and encouraging users to prioritize data quality. There’s just one problem: With so many options to choose from, how…

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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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The Proof is in the Profiling: Why Profiling Data is Essential to Maintaining its Quality

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Data is your company’s most valuable asset. It can be used to make executive decisions, streamline marketing campaigns, increase customer retention, and develop winning ideas that increase overall growth. But if the quality of your data is poor, it can have the opposite effect. A strong data quality plan is crucial to your business’s success—and the best place to start is with data profiling. Let’s…

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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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We Can’t Wait to See You at eTail West

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Validity is sponsoring eTail West 2022! In just a few short weeks, we’re jetting off to sunny Palm Springs for three action-packed days of building connections and sharing strategies with our fellow email enthusiasts—and we can’t wait to see you there. Want to meet the team? We’d love to chat with you! We’ll be at booth #817 from February 28th to March 2nd. Stop by,…

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Top 5 Email Personalization Tips: How to Do More with Your Data

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Engagement plays a crucial role when it comes to improving your email ROI. But with global email volumes at an all-time high, it’s never been more difficult to pique subscribers’ interest. So, how can marketers set their campaigns apart from the competition? The answer is personalization. Higher email volumes have resulted in higher standards from subscribers. Cookie-cutter campaigns won’t cut it anymore—today’s consumers expect personalized,…

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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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Demystifying the DMARC Record

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The Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting & Conformance (DMARC) standard is the best tool brands have to combat phishing attacks that target customers by spoofing their owned domains.  This is particularly important in 2021, when phishing attacks are increasing and becoming more sophisticated by the day.   But actually implementing DMARC can get confusing quickly. In this post, we’ll demystify the DMARC record by defining the DMARC tags…

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Validity’s Top Blog Posts of 2021

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 ‘Twas the last work week before Christmas, and all across Slack,  Office workers were waiting, to finally power down their Macs…  Ah the holidays…the perfect time to curl up with blankets, cocoa, and a blog post from Validity.   We’re in the final days of 2021—and for many, the home stretch before a long-awaited holiday break.  But ‘tis the season for reflection. Before we close the curtains on 2021, it’s time to…

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How the Great Resignation is Affecting Your Data

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Earlier this year, an unprecedented number of professionals quit their jobs or stepped into new roles in response to the pandemic. This initial wave of resignations resulted in an ongoing trend of employees leaving their jobs, more commonly referred to as the “Great Resignation.” Resignations initially picked up steam in April and stayed high throughout the remainder of 2021. Nearly four and a half million…

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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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Apple MPP: Squeezing Until the Engagement Pips Squeak!

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Since the introduction of Apple’s Mail Privacy Protection (MPP) on September 20th, we’ve monitored adoption closely. One-third (32 percent) of all email “opens” are now generated by pixel fires from Apple’s proxy, according to data presented in the November edition of Validity’s State of Email Live webinar series. When MPP launched, email marketers worried degraded open rate data would make it difficult to follow established…

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Celebrating a Double Decade of DemandTools

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It’s time to celebrate! After 20 years of automating over 80 million data quality jobs, DemandTools has helped thousands of CRM admins and RevOps teams get report-ready CRM data. Along the way, we’ve learned a lot about how better data helps you market, sell, and support more effectively. Recently, I was joined by data experts Chris Hyde, Olivia Hinkle, Ken Neudorf, and many others to…

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DMA Awards 2021: Great Data Drives Great Performances 

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Finalists for the 2021 Data & Marketing Association (DMA) Awards have been announced. The awards recognize the year’s best marketing campaigns—and the teams that execute them—across 30+ categories. Validity proudly sponsors the annual showcase of marketing excellence, and with good reason: One in every three finalists is a Validity customer! We’d like to recognize each of them individually. Take a deep breath (it’s a long list!) as we congratulate:    Barclays  Bottomline BT…

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Celebrating 50 Years of Email

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This October marks the 50th anniversary of email as we use it today. Half a century ago in October 1971, an MIT graduate named Ray Tomlinson became the first ever person to send an email over a network. When interviewed, he said, “The test messages were entirely forgettable… Most likely the first message was QWERTYUIOP or something similar.” We’re celebrating the 50th anniversary of email…

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Apple MPP Adoption is Ripening Rapidly

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After two weeks of Apple’s Mail Privacy Protection (MPP), we are seeing early indicators of the impact it is having. In case you’ve been living in a parallel digital universe, this means email images are now being automatically pre-fetched for Apple Mail users who have upgraded to the new iOS15 operating system, meaning that tracking pixels will fire regardless of whether recipients have engaged with…

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An Exciting DemandTools Announcement at Dreamforce 2021

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Validity has had a long, storied history at Dreamforce, dating back to the CRMfusion days when DemandTools was still in its infancy. We’ve come a long way in two decades, and in parallel, have seen Salesforce grow in unprecedented ways. The evolution of Salesforce and DemandTools In March 1999, Salesforce was created so businesses could store customer data in a shared space rather than in…

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Bridging the Gap to Email Marketing Success

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When it comes to email, most marketers think they’re doing a great job sending relevant and informative communications, but their customers don’t always agree! Based on key findings from this year’s DMA Email Research Series (sponsored by Validity), we’ve produced a fabulous new infographic highlighting some of the biggest perception gaps, as well as the data email senders need to close them. A direct line…

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