One of the advantages of email marketing is that it can be used to connect with a varied selection of individuals and audiences. On the other hand, because it is so versatile, there really isn’t any single set of best practices that always result in effective campaigns. Therefore, the ability to test email campaigns with built-in testing tools can help you determine what is effective, and what belongs in the spam folder.
A. It’s common for email sent by businesses to mix commercial content and transactional or relationship content. When an email contains both kinds of content, the primary purpose of the message is the deciding factor. Here’s how to make that determination: If a recipient reasonably interpreting the subject line would likely conclude that the message contains an advertisement or promotion for a commercial product or service or if the message’s transactional or relationship content does not appear mainly at the beginning of the message, the primary purpose of the message is commercial. So, when a message contains both kinds of content – commercial and transactional or relationship – if the subject line would lead the recipient to think it’s a commercial message, it’s a commercial message for CAN-SPAM purposes. Similarly, if the bulk of the transactional or relationship part of the message doesn’t appear at the beginning, it’s a commercial message under the CAN-SPAM Act.

Purchased lists are ineffective, and they impact everyone else who uses Mailchimp, too. If you send emails to a list of people whose contact info you bought, many of the emails will get identified as spam. Some spam filters will flag a campaign if anyone with the same IP has sent spam in the past. When you use Mailchimp, your email is delivered through our servers, so if one person sends spam, it could prevent other users’ emails from reaching inboxes. But by forbidding Mailchimp users from using purchased lists, we increase deliverability for everyone.
Email marketing tools are tools that marketers use to create, send, test, optimize and report on their email campaigns. An email marketing tool could be a specific tool related to email marketing like an email subject line generator, or an inbox placement testing tool, or a suite of tools that enables a marketer to do all their email marketing end-to-end.  
Sending out emails is a seamless process. Just give your campaign a title, set your recipients, design your email and choose the time to send. Pick from twenty default templates with fully customizable options or upload your own. HTML-savvy users are going to be pleased with the advanced editing option. The editor also lets you add, delete, and rearrange sections of your email like text boxes, images, QR codes, social media elements, and Google Maps.
Uncommon Goods sent this email automation to share more information about the brand’s mission to make a positive impact on the world. They tell how they support ethical brands and artisans. It’s a great tactic for customer retention: One study from Cone Communications found that consumers are more loyal to companies that support social and environmental issues.

A list is an easy way to offer something of value, sell a product or service, and not seem too obvious about it. A list gives a customer a subconscious message that your email is organized in a way that makes it an easy read. They'll be more compelled to open your email if they know ahead of time that they'll not be facing a wall of text. Add products or services to this list and you'll not only get them interested in opening your email, but you can showcase various products at the same time. Here are some good examples:


Infogroup Media Solutions maintains the highest standards for our email marketing campaigns and continually monitors the marketplace to identify trends and emerging markets. Our expertise and knowledge of the strategies in play can help your company achieve a greater degree of success in your campaigns. We deliver industry-leading customer service and targeted strategies that ensure maximum return on your email marketing investment. Infogroup offers your company the best in email marketing solutions.
No matter what your opinion of mass emails is, I guarantee there are at least a few you actually enjoy receiving and do get real value from. The only emails that are annoying are ones that don’t pertain to you or your situation and needs. And as someone who sends them myself, I can assure you that we absolutely want you to unsubscribe if that’s the case. Nobody wants to annoy you with their business emails!

You might also want to link to your social media profiles and other channels where you’d like subscribers to connect. Rather than being the sole focus of an email, this could be a component to one or more emails. Including other ways to connect is a great way to get users to engage with your brand on multiple channels, giving you more chances to stay top-of-mind.

Email's important, but so is social and mobile—if anything, the two together are the new email. After all, your phone's always with you, and while you might ignore your email, you're unlikely to turn off your SMS notifications. So Mailigen lets you combine them all, so you can target your audience wherever they're most likely to check their messages.
Thanks to Garry Lee for sharing his advice and opinions in this post. Garry Lee has worked in online analytics for over 10 years. He began client side using the original WebTrends products and has spent the past 9 years with RedEye focusing on online behavioural services and segmentation. During this time Garry produced the first UK results from analytic driven behavioural email, led industry setting analysis tracking technologies and launched a leading media attribution system – Media Mix. Garry is a professional member of the Web Analytics Association. You can follow him on Twitter or connect on LinkedIn.
For years, I’ve focused on giving the branding and small business insights I’ve gathered through my own experiences in my articles, knowing that as I build fans and a bigger audience, more work will flow in my direction. Year after year, my content continues to get better and more focused on the benefits my business offers to clients and in turn my audience gets bigger too. It takes time, but the perseverance is worth it.

Smoking Chili Media’s Alistair Dodds explains that a compelling newsletter is a combination of content, as well as testing. Alistair explains their process as first they, “Draft ideas with the team based on best performing content on our blog from past weeks”.  Then they, “Draft ideas of best-curated content the team has read and which we feel will add the most value to our audience”.


Scope, created by Litmus lets you scope an email from inside. The tool beautifully displays the desktop view alongside an actual mobile screenshot. The sleek code inspector enables viewing email source code, decode and clean up the HTML. Scope, created by Litmus lets you scope an email from inside. The tool beautifully displays the desktop view alongside an actual mobile screenshot. The sleek code inspector enables viewing email source code, decode and clean up the HTML.
I’m currently looking for an email marketing service for a mailing list of about 80,000 subscribers. I run an information product business in the fitness industry with a large number of customers buying our ebooks and online courses every day. I’m particularly interested in GetResponse, although I’d be keen to hear your thoughts on the flexibility of their service for creating autoresponders, and integrating with a checkout service (we use WooCommerce).
Forever Free is lacking when it comes to customer service. MailChimp provides customers with extremely comprehensive articles, videos, and other resources to make all the details of your email marketing easy. But for customers on the Forever Free plan, that’s where the buck stops. There’s no phone number to call if you’re experiencing difficulties with your service, and email support is only available for the first 30 days of your subscription. After that, you’re on your own.
I haven’t heard of Feedblitz – just looking at their website now. Appears that they’re a Feedburner replacement specialising in RSS-to-email (sending your blog subscribers an email about latest posts). Their pricing looks a bit steep (considering Feedburner was free) – so I’d probably choose Mailchimp or Aweber over them? That way you can message up to a few thousand people free of charge.
Your emails will look great everywhere, since the templates are designed to look great on mobile, and you can have your newsletters automatically shared on Facebook. Once your announcements have gone out, you can come back and check your stats from both your emails and your social network shares, and see what interactions that campaign brought in. And if you need more professional features, their Pro+ service can do your email and social marketing work, including design, for you.
The key here is just not to purposely deceive your recipients. If you are sending a campaign on behalf of ABC widgets, it’s a breach of the laws to put ‘Brad Pitt’ in the From name field to get people to open the campaign. However, arousing curiosity or getting creative with your subject line is perfectly ok, so long as you don’t purposely try to deceive recipients.

Thanks to Garry Lee for sharing his advice and opinions in this post. Garry Lee has worked in online analytics for over 10 years. He began client side using the original WebTrends products and has spent the past 9 years with RedEye focusing on online behavioural services and segmentation. During this time Garry produced the first UK results from analytic driven behavioural email, led industry setting analysis tracking technologies and launched a leading media attribution system – Media Mix. Garry is a professional member of the Web Analytics Association. You can follow him on Twitter or connect on LinkedIn.

Whilst a bulk email marketing approach can have a positive effect upon click-through rates or overall traffic levels, what is this worth if the traffic is not of the right quality? There is no point spending money on generating traffic that isn’t going to convert into a sale, or whatever your end goal is. Targeted email marketing can deliver the relevant, high-quality traffic you need to improve chances of conversion.
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For these emails to be effective, however, they need to be targeted, well-written and designed to drive opens and clicks. To ensure this is the case and to provide the best possible return on investment for your email marketing efforts, we’ve created a step-by-step walkthrough. In it, you’ll learn exactly what it takes to research, prepare, and execute the perfect email campaign.

When thinking about the five types of email marketing described previously, direct sales emails are best for customer acquisition, revenue generation and customer win-back. Direct sales emails may also have a role in your customer retention plan but should not be used as the exclusive means for retaining customers via email communications. Direct sales emails should not be used at all for customer loyalty and brand building email efforts.

With the addition of automation, MailChimp’s Forever Free capabilities now surpass the service offerings from some of the industry’s top paid contenders. Automation is a huge plus and enables you to send emails for a variety of actions (like welcoming new subscribers or wishing old ones a happy birthday) without doing anything yourself. More than half of the email marketing experts we interviewed said that automation was one of the key features to look for in an email marketing service, and its absence was one of our biggest knocks against MailChimp before.
Email marketing has evolved rapidly alongside the technological growth of the 21st century. Prior to this growth, when emails were novelties to the majority of customers, email marketing was not as effective. In 1978, Gary Thuerk of Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) sent out the first mass email[1] to approximately 400 potential clients via the Advanced Research Projects Agency Network (ARPANET). He claims that this resulted in $13 million worth of sales in DEC products,[2] and highlighted the potential of marketing through mass emails.

One former client of mine started using Hubspot for about $50/month, but after adding a few extra features and growing his list he was soon paying $2,000/month which had to be paid annually. For many small businesses, there’s a big difference between $50 leaving the bank account and $24,000 – especially when other tools can offer similar (or better products) at a fraction of this amount.
Most email blast services restrict either subscriber or email numbers, and sometimes both, so pay attention to these amounts when deciding. All of the providers seem to restrict access to some features, so be aware of what is and isn’t included on their free plans. Also, most newsletter tools also put their own branding within your newsletters (usually a small badge in the footer).
However, as email marketing developed as an effective means of direct communication, in the 1990s, users increasingly began referring to it as "spam", and began blocking out content from emails with filters and blocking programs. In order to effectively communicate a message through email, marketers had to develop a way of pushing content through to the end user, without being cut out by automatic filters and spam removing software.
It’s been 42 years since Ray Tomlinson sent the first ever email. The history of email itself is one thing, but the evolution of email marketing is quite another. Over the past 42 years, email (the ability to send messages through a network) has evolved into one of the most cost effective forms of direct marketing. Not only is the method fast and cheap, but it has opened the door to how marketers can monitor and react to consumer behaviour in a way that was never previously possible.
Getting started shouldn't be daunting. Generally, you'll know right away whether you like a user interface (UI) or not, and most of the contenders we reviewed offer free trials so you can poke around before dropping any cash. Luckily, most of these services have modern-looking graphics and uncluttered layouts. These are not the complex business software UIs of yesterday. Be careful, though, as some free trials require a credit card. This means you need to be sure to cancel your trial before you're billed if you're not happy with the service.

If subscribers haven’t responded to our first email sequence, introduce a meaningful discount paired with a compelling message to make a return visit. How big of an offer can you make that won’t tank sales? It could be a discount, free gift with purchase or even product bundle. Keep your margins in mind, but if there’s a time to offer a steeper discount than usual, that time is now.
Much like day of the week, the vast majority of emails come through in the same 4-5 hour period each day. And yet the highest open rates tend to be very early in the morning or late in the day, again when people are most likely to address their backlog. Use an email scheduler to send your messages when even you might be asleep and you’ll be surprised at the higher response rates you get.

Why It’s Important: Gregory Ciotti, writing for HelpScout, states: “Successfully utilizing customer feedback is a must for any business looking to provide users with the products they need. Feedback guides and informs your decision-making and influences your product roadmap. It’s also essential for measuring customer satisfaction among your current customers. Getting a handle on how customers view your product, support, and company is invaluable.”

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