Email Marketing Optimization

What tools do you use to measure the effectiveness of your email campaigns? Learn real-world methods for tracking, analyzing, and optimizing email campaigns to get the highest return on your investment. This column will give you a firsthand look at how other companies have managed to surpass sales forecasts by using email intelligently and strategically.


Gmail Image Caching Update Is Good News, Kind Of

Mar 12, 2014 - In a recent change, Gmail has started supporting cache control, a mechanism for websites to indicate how long it's OK to keep content for without requesting an update. While this change does not address all of the capabilities that caching impacted, it does improve the situation for some of them. Comments

Gmail Leads the Charge: Email Marketers Could Be in for Another Wild Ride in the Year of the Horse

gmailbygoogle Mar 5, 2014 - If you're like many email marketers, you may be on the fence about whether or not Gmail is a friend, foe, or frenemy. Many new changes in the past year, including the Tabbed Inbox, Quick Action buttons, and the prominent unsubscribe button, have marketers talking. Comments

The Enterprise Strikes Back: Oracle Corporation Acquires BlueKai

Oracle logo Feb 25, 2014 - Oracle Corporation, Larry Ellison's enterprise database computing company, is snapping up data management platform BlueKai for around $400 million. Comments

Email Marketers: New Stewards of Privacy and Data

data-privacy-shutterstock-108568799 Feb 12, 2014 - It's vitally important that email marketers become trusted stewards of customer data. To do this, they must be educated, proactive, and prepared. Comments

10 Tips for Inspiring Email Love and Long-Lasting Subscriber Devotion

valentine-email-shutterstock-103470074 Feb 5, 2014 - When it comes to love and email, best practices for achieving results (i.e., long-term commitment) are surprisingly similar. Here are 10 tips for inspiring loyalty from your email subscribers. Comments

Coding for Responsive Design Part 2: Adapt or Die

htmlshutterstock-95278714-1 Jan 29, 2014 - By using these Responsive Design strategies, emails can come to life across a variety of devices and contexts. Comments

Email Subscribers - Don’t Let Them Leave Angry

bad-email Jan 16, 2014 - The primary reasons for unsubscribing continue to be frequency and relevancy (too much of the former and not enough of the latter). Comments

CRM & Media Together At Last Means an Expanded Role for Email Marketers

Figures cut out of paper showing collaboration Jan 15, 2014 - You may already be seeing the thaw between CRM and media. There are now powerful capabilities, but we've only seen just the tip of the iceberg. Comments

Jonah Berger's 6 STEPPS for Success Applied to Email Marketing

jonah-berger-headshot-lg-200x300 Dec 24, 2013 - As email marketers, we strive to have our emails shared. Jonah Berger's six STEPPS to creating more buzz around messages translate directly to more successful email marketing. Comments

What To Do with Long-Term Inactive Email Subscribers?

emailcampaign Dec 18, 2013 - Columnist Derek Harding shares tip for marketers with long-term inactive email subscribers, after a conversation at Email Insider Summit spurred a lively conversation on the best way to manage them. Comments

4 Game-Changing Digital Marketing Predictions for 2014

prediction Dec 10, 2013 - Predictions for the coming year are always fun to come up with, and even if we don't get the timing exactly right, they certainly represent the larger directional shifts taking place in the industry. Comments

2013 Year in Review: Email Marketing Winners & Losers

shutterstock-149842271 Dec 4, 2013 - Before everyone gets their predictions in for 2014, can the email ecosystem take a quick victory lap? Columnist Dave Hendricks shares his picks and pans from notable events in email marketing over 2013. Comments

Email Marketing Quality Control Lessons from Publishing and Software Engineering

black-friday-checklist Nov 20, 2013 - For many email marketers, quality control amounts to little more than ticking boxes on a pre-deployment QA checklist. Learn about the quality control triangle. made of three competing factors. Comments

Is Your Email Program Big Enough for Big Data?

shutterstock-101856796 Nov 5, 2013 - Email is a big data business; we collect, store, append, score and segment a lot of information. Has email marketing been left behind in the big data Gold Rush, or has we been doing it all along? Comments

How to Create SEO-Friendly Email Campaigns

emailmarketing Nov 5, 2013 - Consider these tips to optimize your email campaigns for search engine results. Comments

A False Dichotomy

see-saw2 Oct 24, 2013 - We know not all address collection processes are equally effective or equally error-prone, so why are we treating single and confirmed opt-in as the only options? Comments

Becoming One With Our Email Addresses

email-deliverability Oct 18, 2013 - Every year the percentage of email opens on mobile devices increases, while the number of voice calls decreases. It stands to reason that, eventually, the "phone" aspect of the smartphone will live on in name alone. Comments

Don’t Let Holiday Hysteria Harm Your Email Program in 2014

Santa Time Oct 15, 2013 - Don't let the holidays be an excuse for going on a bad practices email bender. Ultimately, there are three consequences: increased complaints, decreased engagement and diminished list quality. Comments

Four Approaches to Make Your Subject Lines Work Harder

email-tricks Sep 25, 2013 - Four tips for optimizing subject lines to ensure they are primed to do the heavy-lifting. Comments

Email Is History

email-tricks Sep 11, 2013 - One of the most frustrating and unnecessarily annoying speed bumps of the Internet is the login "username." Comments

Size and Specialization?

emailcampaign Aug 28, 2013 - As channels become more integrated and email is more central to CRM programs as a whole, the pure specialists cannot provide the breadth of capability that is required. Comments

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