Email has enjoyed a nice 15+ year run as a powerful marketing vehicle. In fact, many marketers who came of age in the digital era have hinged their careers on it. I know I did. And in doing so, we became pretty good at our craft. Emails became smarter with optimized design, segmentation and personalized offers. We learned how to rapidly grow databases and strategized remarketing practices. Heck, analytics gurus and excel wizards had nothing on us when it came to proving our worth with numbers.
But as with most marketing channels, email marketing (in its current form) has a shelf life. And the expiration date is getting closer and closer.
Email marketing has become another source of noise. So much so in fact, that Google, one of world’s largest email providers, is taking the consumer’s side. In a new update, email is now sorted to push all promotional emails into a separate folder, keeping the email you really want to read (mostly from friends and family) in the top slot. And if you’re not a Gmail user, there is always the often-exercised of striking the delete button.
Rosa Golijan of NBC News sums up this new feature in very simple terms: “It's... Read more