Crazy title for this column, but it should get your attention. At a recent ExactTarget conference, I spoke alongside Aaron Kahlow, founder of the Online Marketing Summit. We addressed the best day to send e-mail, advising that there's no longer a best day to send e-mail. The best day varies greatly, depending on the following elements:
These statements brought questions from the audience. The biggest question was, "Given these circumstances, how in the heck are you supposed to know when to send your e-mail?"
This is a great question. And while there is no one answer to the best day and time to send an e-mail, there are some best practices to follow:
There are no fast-and-hard rules for the best day to send an e-mail anymore. In the end, you must test, but think outside of the box. There is one hard-and-fast rule you can always depend on: things will always change. In this world of digital consumers, the only truly best time is the time when the reader feels it's relevant. And that changes every second.
Jeanniey Mullen is global executive vice president and chief marketing officer of Zinio, the world's foremost digital publishing products and services company, and home of the largest newsstand. She holds the same roles concurrently for VIVmag, the world's first exclusively digital luxury women's magazine. Renowned as a pioneer in e-mail marketing — the nascent stage of the digital marketing revolution — Mullen has employed her penchant for building active and engaged communities by architecting processes and systems for delivering exceptional customer service and relevant content across multiple media. She is widely credited for her pivotal role in ushering in a new era of digital marketing communications.
Founder and current executive director of the Email Experience Council, Jeanniey has broadened her reach to master the social, mobile, and digital publishing and advertising industries. Today, she brings this extensive experience to bear in her role as the public face of Zinio and VIVmag, defining and implementing strategies to build partnerships with publishers, brands, and consumers. These initiatives command monumental growth for both companies. She is an accomplished author with two books to her credit, as well as a regular columnist for ClickZ. Mullen is a frequent and highly sought-after speaker at digital marketing, e-tail, and publishing events around the world.
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