Tagged 'email best practices'

A Look Back at 44 Years of Email

Posted by Willie Pena on January 22nd, 2015 at 9:27 am

We’ve seen plenty of changes over the past 44 years, and one of the most significant changes is how email has become a staple in our everyday lives. In celebration of emails 44th anniversary this year, let’s use this infographic from email marketing provider Reachmail to take a look back at the evolution of email.
Electronic mail was officially invented in 1971, when Ray Tomlinson, a computer engineer, sent the first electronic mail message (a message he no longer remembers the contents of). Electronic mail made its way over to the other side of the pond, and in 1976, Queen Elizabeth II became the first head of state to send an electronic mail message. Two years later, over a network of government and university computers, the first electronically sent advertisement debuted.
In 1982, computer users decided that “electronic mail” was too much to type; thus, the abbreviated “email” was born. That same year, Scott Fahlman created the first ever smiley “emotion” as an alternative way to express feelings. In 1989, AOL’s signature phrases were recorded by radio man Elwood Edwards, and the sentences “Welcome,” “File’s done,” “Goodbye,” and “You’ve got mail!” became ingrained in the brains of e mailers everywhere.
In 1997, Microsoft... Read more

Top 10 Email Nurture Campaign Best Practices

Posted by Courtney Wiley on December 11th, 2014 at 12:47 pm

Email is 40x Better for New Customer Acquisition: Six Tips for Writing Effective Subject Lines

Posted by Courtney Wiley on October 16th, 2014 at 2:13 pm

According to McKinsey & Company, email is almost 40 times better at acquiring net new customers than Facebook and Twitter.
Hard to believe? Not if you consider that the number of email users is exploding, offering test beds galore: Radicati predicts that the total number of worldwide email users, including both business and consumer users, will increase from over 2.5 billion in 2014 to over 2.8 billion in 2018.
Yes, our team cites email as the most effective lead generation tactic, but we're not alone. Forty-two percent of businesses, along with 88% of B2B marketers, point to email as their number one lead ten tactic, as reported by Circle Research. With the art of email still gaining momentum, we wanted to socialize a few best practices for penning the most effective email subject line.
“The key benefit of a subject line test is not the lesson learned from one campaign. It’s the cumulative learning from systematic testing over time. If you’re testing correctly, the difference in performance between control and test messages for any one campaign will likely be small. But over time, those small differences add up. Over the course of several campaigns, learning how your particular audience responds to different structure, topics, key terms–and... Read more

Is Your Email Ready for Gmail?

Posted by Katya Constantine on July 17th, 2014 at 4:32 pm

A few months ago we highlighted Gmail’s new promotions tab, which makes for a much more visual email experience (Google Makes Your Inbox Pinteresting). Despite this feature being adopted by users, many brands are not optimizing emails to this format. Now, some ESP's are making it easy for you to optimize for Gmail Promotion tab new layout.

Improving Your Email Conversion Rates

Posted by Willie Pena on December 2nd, 2013 at 9:47 am

For any company to stay above the rest, documenting metrics is crucial. Conversion rates are a proven method of keeping track of potential sales versus lost sales. During any email blitz, gauge how many recipients you begin with versus how many eventually click through to your website, and then how many of those continue on to make a purchase. This should give you an idea of what you're doing wrong.
Each consecutive action leads to the next, and so you need to start from the beginning. Design your email to increase click through rates, and conversion will follow. If you have any doubts that you could improve those conversion rates, then take a look at this checklist.
Building a Foundation

Before trying anything new, it's important to test what you already have. First, check your sender score. This score will give you a basic idea of your reputation in the eyes of email providers. When creating your email campaign, make it your goal to increase this score and avoid landing in the spam folder.
Next, send yourself email in multiple browsers. Compatibility matters. Then move on to email providers. How will your emails be viewed in gmail versus yahoo upon reception? Make sure... Read more