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What’s Up with those Social Media Icons at the Bottom of Your Email Messages?

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Don’t get me wrong – they’re at the bottom of my email newsletter too. But why are they there? And are they effective? I felt like everyone was including these in the footer of their emails, but in reality that’s not true. An informal and thoroughly unscientific survey of emails from 50 different brands in my own inbox showed that 29 had generic social media…

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Email Deliverability Quarterly: Gmail Spam Filter Changes, SparkPost Acquires eDataSource, and More

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Email deliverability is constantly changing, as inbox providers adjust their filtering algorithms, blacklists tweak their listing criteria, and consumers evolve their definition of spam. That’s why even the best email marketing programs suffer deliverability problems sometimes. To help you avoid trouble, the Email Deliverability Services team at Oracle CX Marketing Consulting shares the latest news and tips for what to watch out for in our…

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The Last Word on November 2019

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A roundup of email marketing articles, posts, and tweets you might have missed last month… Must-read articles, posts & reports Twilio study finds consumers prefer email and text when communicating with brands (Marketing Land) Research: Is A Picture Worth 1,000 Words Or 60,000 Words in Marketing? (Email Audience) Animated PNGs in Email: An Alternative to GIFs? (Litmus) Dynamic email in Gmail available on Android and…

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Properly Diagnosing Email Performance Problems

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When faced with a problem, it’s easy to get sidetracked into focusing on superficial metrics or jump to conclusions, especially when it involves what appears to be a quick fix. Instead, marketers need to look beyond the obvious and easy, and ask deeper questions about email performance like: What’s the core driver of the issue? Are there multiple issues at work here? What levers can…

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Case Study: a 100% increase in site traffic from email

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You know the ‘conventional wisdom’ that short emails perform better than long ones? It’s not always true. Read on to learn how we dramatically increased traffic from an email to the website by taking a strategic approach to increasing the length of the message. One website, thousands of items for visitors to choose from, a monthly email sent by a partner featuring one item. When…

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How to Turn Email Addresses on File into Opt-Ins

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Everyone wants more subscribers who are regularly converting. While going out and attracting new, high-value subscribers is one path that every brand should explore, it’s also the most expensive. Thankfully, there are many other paths open to marketers to achieve their goals when they take a step-by-step approach to maximizing their email audience potential. One of those approaches is to leverage the email addresses you…

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Myths about spamtraps

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The nice folks at Kickbox asked me what I thought the biggest myths about spamtraps were. I said: I think the biggest misconception is that spamtraps are the reason for delivery failures, whether blocking or spamfoldering. When the article came out, I was highly amused to see that John from Campaign Monitor said the same thing in his first sentence, too. A common misconception is that spamtraps are…

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Lemonlight: 8 Experts Share Their Tips for Using Video in Email Campaigns

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Video is a steadily growing part of all marketing—especially short-form video. Make the most of this content by promoting it to your email subscribers. Along with seven other digital marketing experts, I recently shared my No. 1 tip for using video as part of an email marketing strategy with video production company Lemonlight. My advice was to be sure to use a play button overlay…

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Optimizing Your Email Signup Forms to Maximize Your Email Audience Potential

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Everyone wants more subscribers who are regularly converting. While there are many paths open to marketers to achieve this goal, one of the most important is having email signup forms and processes that are as friction-free as possible, says Oracle Marketing Cloud Consulting’s Kaiti Gary. In this post, she breaks down all the major elements that go into creating high-performing, low-friction email signup forms, including……

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A/B Testing: Where Marketers Go Wrong

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Because it gives you a way to determine whether your marketing audience prefers version A of something or version B, A/B testing is powerful. And increasingly it’s easy to do. Sometimes it seems so easy that we don’t even realize that we’ve completely wasted our time, missed out on golden opportunities, or—worst of all—confidently come to the wrong conclusions. The truth is that A/B testing…

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The Last Word on October 2019

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A roundup of email marketing articles, posts, and tweets you might have missed last month… Must-read articles, posts & reports How not to get people to open your emails (Email Geeks Slack) Pay: 0% to 100% in Gmail? Yes, It Happened, and Here’s How! (OnlyInfluencers) Consumers Want Emails From Brands to Be Less Promotional and More Informative (AdWeek) How Gmail beat Yahoo and Hotmail to…

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Differentiate Your Messages with These Email From Name Extension Strategies

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Your email from name or sender name is like the logo on your storefront. You’d never lightly change your brand name. You want to be instantly recognizable, whether it’s from the curb or in the inbox. You also want to fully leverage all the investments you’ve made in your brand—which your brand name and logo represent—via advertising, marketing, store environments, and customer experiences. While you’d…

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How to Prevent Affiliate Marketing from Cannibalizing Your Email Channel

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Have you ever taken a step back and looked at your own shopping habits and tried to understand how they impact the way you evaluate digital marketing performance at your company? I know I’ve developed a tendency to stop at checkout—no matter what website I am on—and search the internet for any available coupons, says Peter Briggs, Director of Strategic Services at Oracle Marketing Cloud…

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‘Let’s Be Good’: Lessons in Servant Marketing

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“Let’s be good at what we do, but let’s be good, too,” said Lisa Harmon Stephens, Oracle Marketing Cloud Consulting’s Head of Creative Services, to conclude her locknote presentation at Litmus Live Boston earlier this month. Her presentation was about Servant Marketing, which is marketing that puts customers’ needs first, rather than the needs of your business. One way to gauge whether you’re practicing Servant…

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Email Deliverability Quarterly: 1st GDPR Fine, Google Supports BIMI, and More

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Email deliverability is constantly changing, as inbox providers adjust their filtering algorithms, blacklists tweak their listing criteria, and consumers evolve their definition of spam. That’s why even the best email marketing programs suffer deliverability problems sometimes. To help you avoid trouble, the email deliverability practice at Oracle Marketing Cloud (OMC) Consulting shares the latest news and tips for what to watch out for in our…

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Get Insights from OMC Consulting’s 500+ Marketing Experts Delivered to Your Inbox

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Oracle Marketing Cloud Consulting is excited to launch a new twice-monthly newsletter designed to spark conversations about how brands can seize their digital marketing opportunities and overcome their challenges. Our 500+ consultants have expertise in every facet of digital marketing—from creative and strategy to compliance and automation—and will be sharing insights, advice, and client stories to help marketers envision the future of digital marketing. In…

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Email | Innovations | Summit

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I am honored, excited and, to be honest, a little bit nervous about being tapped to chair the 2020 Email Innovations Summit in Las Vegas, a joint production from Rising Media and Only Influencers. Read on to learn more about my approach to programming the Summit, what you can expect when you attend, where to apply to speak at the event, and how you can…

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Email | Innovations | Summit

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I am honored, excited and, to be honest, a little bit nervous about being tapped to chair the 2020 Email Innovations Summit in Las Vegas, a joint production from Rising Media and Only Influencers. Read on to learn more about my approach to programming the Summit, what you can expect when you attend, where to apply to speak at the event, and how you can…

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Smart Insights: 2020 Email Marketing Trends

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2020 is just around the corner. Which trends will drive email marketing in the coming year? That’s the question that Smart Insights sets out to answer in this blog post, which I contributed to. The post lays out five big 2020 email marketing trends: The growing impact of mobile Minimalism in email design, especially when it comes to using less copy The increasing role of…

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