I am writing this column on an iPad. My PC crashed. I was sad. It was only a few months old and was working so well. Sigh.
While traveling on business, and with deadlines to meet, the only option I had was to convert 100 percent to an iPad and keep working. So I downloaded a bunch of productivity apps and set up my e-mail to link to exchange, and...voila! This column is born.
I have to say, the iPad e-mail interface is pretty nice. And the keyboard is not too hard to type quickly on. Thanks to the predictive text, most of the sentence you are reading probably even makes sense.
What I have realized though as I use iPad mail, is that e-mail quickly becomes a silo. Unlike my desktop, I am no longer able to enjoy having 20 different windows open at the same time and effectively switching back and forth between them.
As many different reading devices and smartphones hit the market, the way consumers interact with e-mail will have a specific impact on the effectiveness of our messages. Not just from a design perspective, but from a link and interface perspective. Here are a few things as an e-mail marketer you are going to need to consider as we move forward.
We have a whole new world of e-mail opportunities ahead of us as, where more and more people will be able to access e-mail whenever and wherever they are. But we all need to be smart about it, and figure out how to master the implications that mobility serves up. Good luck!
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Many of ClickZ's leading expert contributors will be at ClickZ Live, the new online and digital marketing event kicking off in New York (March 31-April 3). Hear from the likes of: Jeremy Hull, Lisa Raehsler, Andrew Goodman, Bryan Eisenberg, Mathew Sweezey, Aaron Kahlow, Stephanie Miller, Simms Jenkins, Jeanne S. Jennings, Dave Hendricks and more!
Jeanniey Mullen, a recognized women-in-business and tech, is known for her entrepreneurial style and her ability to build, shape, and grow brands into well-known dominant, successful entities. Jeanniey is a pioneer in email, mobile, and digital marketing; publishing; and brand-building. She now leads her own agency, YellowBean LLC, focused on assisting companies of all sizes with driving innovation and growth. Most recently, Jeanniey was the Global EVP, CMO, and subsequently Chief Growth Officer for Zinio, where she worked to define and implement strategies creating explosive growth through strategic partnerships with publishers, technology companies, brands, and consumers during her five-year tenure. Jeanniey has authored and contributed to multiple books, blogs, and magazine articles. She is a regular columnist for ClickZ, a blogger for Huffington Post, and a frequent keynote speaker. A serial networker, in 2005 Jeanniey founded the Email Experience Council, which was sold to the Direct Marketing Association in 2008. She sits on the Advisory Board for IndieFlix, and on the International Executive Council of the Internet Marketing Association. Jeanniey is recognized as both a Top CMO and Top Author on Twitter, and was most recently featured as Mover and Shaker by the Professional Woman's Magazine, and a featured Woman in Technology by The Legacy Series Magazine.
March 19, 2014