Friday, January 28, 2005

Tip of the Day

Tuesday is the most popular day to send out e-mail. Wednesday is a close second and then Thursday. Two recent reports have come out and stated that Monday is becoming the best day to send and the best time of day to send out a mailing is between 6 and 10 am. To determine what best works for you try pre-testing a small group of users, evaluate the statistics and then apply the knowledge from this to future e-mail campaigns.

If It’s Tuesday, Press the "Send" Button, emailLabs, 12/16/2003

Email Deliverability Rates Impacted by Time Campaigns Sent, ReturnPath, July 2004

New Email Stats Reveal Monday is Best Day to Send Campaigns, marketingsherpa, 07/22/2004

eINFO - a collection of articles and studies about email marketing

Study Finds Marketers Have Under-Performing Campaigns With Out Testing

A recent article citing Juptier’s report, Effective E-mail Marketing, states that many email marketers have under-performing campaigns because they fail to take such steps such as segmenting offers to groups of consumers and conducting A/B tests to determine the most effective promotions. The article gives a couple of interesting stats.

  • 40% of marketers employ email testing strategies
  • 31% use email click-through data
  • 47% of email testers realize average conversion rates of more than 3%

eINFO – a collection of articles and studies about email marketing

Thursday, January 27, 2005

Using the Deadline or Scarcity Factor

Jim McCraigh wrote an article, How to Make Your Ezine Readers Take Action – NOW, talking about how you need some kind of deadline or scarcity factor to make your prospect take action. Jim points out that deadlines work better if they are specific and relatively short term. He also mentions using limited availability only when it is absolutely true. When you have an unlimited supply you can always offer a fixed number of units for a special price.

eINFO – a collection of articles and studies about email marketing

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

The Importance of Segmentation

In ReturnPath’s January eNewsletter they give three tips on improving your customer relationships with segmentation.
  • Bucket your audience. Analyze your best customers, worst customers, and everyone in between.
  • Break up your list. Depending on product or service, our list could be divided by demographics, purchasing history, interest levels, etc.
  • Speak directly to your various target audiences. Send each segment a unique content set for maximum impact and response.

eINFO – a collection of articles and studies about email marketing.

Tips to Keep Your Email Error-Free

Karen Gedney wrote an article, Prufread Those E-mail Messages, giving tips on how to ensure you are producing an error-free email. Her are the tips she gave:Ask the copywriter to review the initial design

  • Put email through the same proofreading process as print collateral
  • Send a test email to yourself and all parties involved in the approval process
  • Proofread online in different formats (Mac, PC, AOL, Outlook…)
  • Print out the email
  • Create a proofreading checklist with all must-have information
  • Make sure you can actually do the desired action
  • Use a spell checker, but don’t rely on it
  • Read once for meaning and once for typos
  • Pay special attention to subject lines

eINFO – a collection of articles and studies about email marketing

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Segmenting Your Rural Shoppers

Paul Soltoff’s recent article, Fuel-Efficient E-mail Marketing, talks about how to segment you email file for the shoppers in your rural districts. Paul makes the conclusion that since rural customers do not have the access to a wide variety of retail stores that they are more likely to buy products via the web. Paul supplies an interesting statistic…”rural Americans account for 38% of total Internet visits, they accounted for 44% of visits to shopping sites”.

eINFO – a collection of articles and studies about email marketing

How to Drive Shoppers Back to Abandoned Shopping Carts with Email

MarketingSherpa has a case study from that is free to access until January 31. The case study talks about iPrint’s email efforts to reactivate shoppers who have abandoned their website shopping cart.

eINFO – a collection of articles and case studies about email marketing

Friday, January 21, 2005

Spam Reduces Email Use

Osterman Research found that 4 out of 10 email users reduce their use of email because of spyware and spam in the last 12 months.

eINFO – a collection of articles and studies about email marketing

Research Reveals Consumer Attitudes Towards Permission and Privacy

The Ponemon Institue released their 2005 Online Consumer Permissions Study. Here are some interesting facts from that research.
  • According to the study, most consumers (92%) wouldn’t mind being contacted by an online merchant – even after they’ve specifically opted out of the merchant’s marketing program. Consumers are overwhelmingly accepting of marketing messages that are relevant to their interests, and are looking for marketers to use their data intelligently to increase relevancy.
  • Understanding customer interests is a far better way for marketers to demonstrate that they value a customer’s business than simply sending personalized messages.
  • 84% of respondents indicated that having direct control over the types and frequency of Internet ads sent by online merchants would be preferred.
  • Over 56% indicated that the ability to exercise control is a way for Web merchants to demonstrate that they value the customer’s business.
  • Customers worry less about their privacy when they feel there’s a value exchanged. Consumers are generally more willing to share their data if they believe that a marketer will use that data to directly benefit them. If they are certain that a marketer can be trusted to handle their data with care, and to use the data to benefit them in some way, consumers will be much more willing to share that data.

As you can see relevancy is the key. Customers don’t mind if you stick something in front of them that is relevant to them right then. They would even give you more personal data if they thought that the company could send them more relevant messages.

eINFO – a collection of articles and studies about email marketing.

Holiday Email Success

Return Path released its Holiday Email 2004 Consumer Survey. Here are some of the key survey finds:

  • 98.6% of consumers surveyed felt they received an increase in email volume this holiday season
  • 60.1% said they just deleted the additional emails unread
  • 27.1% unsubscribed to email that cam too often
  • 23.4% hit their ISP “this is spam” button

What these numbers show is that relevancy to the consumer is meaningful. Without relevancy, subscribers complain, unsubscribe or ignore your messages – flattening response, diluting brand value and risking the deliverability of all your email.

eINFO – a collection of articles and studies about email marketing.

Thursday, January 20, 2005

Email Deliverability Improvement Tactics

A recent article on Clickz revealed 13 tactics and approaches that increase the likelihood your recipient will get, and consider opening, your email messages:
  • A well-executed double opt –in approach will likely capture 80 percent or more of the subscribers and provide additional benefits (cleaner lists, audit trail, higher quality list).
  • No prechecked boxes. A lack of affirmative consent leads to lower-value subscribers/customers, reduces customer trust, lowers response rates, and potentially hurts the brand.
  • Visible “update email address or preferences” link.
  • A recognize, expected, consistent sender name.
  • You want your message to be easily, immediately categorized as “recognized and wanted.” It helps to brand your subject and reinforce it in the sender name.
  • Ensure copy is creative and compelling but doesn’t trigger spam filters or get delayed by users who confuse your message with spam.
  • A message content checker is a decent indicator of potential problems that may have gone unrecognized by the marketing teal.
  • Understand the different kinds of filters and content that are high risk.
  • Always send proofs of your message to yourself, coworkers, and, if possible, a large seed list.
  • The more relevant and personalized a message, the better the chance it will be recognized by a subscriber, not missed or deleted.
  • Images instead of text. Certain content is contained in images rather than text. The approach has potential downsides, including image blocking, increased file size, slower loading, and potentially more work for the design/production team.
  • On sign up, clearly convey to subscribers the frequency, email type, content/purpose, and value proposition.
  • Send time.

eINFO – a collection of articles and studies about email marketing.

EmailLabs Predicts the Top Trends of 2005

EmailLabs recently sent out a press release with their top trends for 2005.

  • The “Email Marketing Manager” role emerges as a full-time position.
  • Email marketers that deploy best practices, adopt emerging authentication, accreditation, reputation technologies and solutions, and allocate the necessary resources will achieve superior delivery rates.
  • Resource constraints fuel demand for consulting services.
  • Companies continue shift from software to hosted model.
  • Increased integration with corporate databases and other applications.
  • Increasingly segmented and triggered emails will be driven by behavioral data, such as which specific links a recipient click, whether someone did or did not open an email, and what pages they visited on the company’s Web site.
  • Design has become critical on a number of fronts including designing for challenges such as blocked images, the increased use of the “preview pane”, and using images instead of text to protect against content filters. Layout, readability and usability are critical to differentiating emails form “competing” emails, conveying value and trust, driving action and retaining subscribers.
  • Look for email marketers to interface more with other departments, within the organization to increase the quality, effectiveness and brand building components of these “non-marketing messages”.
  • Most legitimate marketers will be forced to improve their email practices, if they haven’t already, or they will find that their messages will be neither delivered nor opened.
  • Look for savvy email marketers to spend more energy retaining, “reactivating” and recapturing subscribers and maximizing return through behavioral segmentation and analysis, than on growing their lists.
  • Marketers cede control to customers; focus on building trust and lifetime value.

eINFO – a collection of articles and studies about email marketing.

Monday, January 17, 2005

Using Testimonials To Add Credibility To Email Creative

Paul Soltoff recently released an article on Clickz mentioning using testimonials as a means to add credibility to email creative. Paul goes through a couple of interesting statistics on people who have rated a product. Paul suggests to add testimonials to your emails to give potential buyers a solid degree of comfort in your product.

eINFO - a collection of articles and studies about email marketing

Getting Your Enewsletters Read Seminar

Loren McDonald, Vice President of EmailLabs, will be hosting a virtual seminar, January 26, on how to get your enewsletters read. The seminar will cover:

  • the challenges: filters, bounces, ISP practices, junk folders, spam complaints, overloaded inboxes, consumer habits, preview panes, blocked images and more.
  • best practices: double opt-in, bounce management, email design and format, email authentication, ISP relations, building subscriber trust, understanding spam filters, analyzing your email results, testing, and more.

eINFO - a collection of articles and studies about email marketing

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Average Email Open Time is Just...

Last October EmailLabs measured "read time" across millions of messages sent by their more than 300 clients to permission lists (i.e. people who had signed up for and were expecting to get the email). Their intitial results showed that on average readers are spending 15-20 seconds on each email they open. Read more about this on MarketingSherpa (free access until Jan 23).

eINFO - a collection of articles and studies about email marketing.

Revised Date to Comply with New CAN-SPAM Rule

Clickz reports that the Federal Trade Commission has revised it's date for emailers to comply with the CAN-SPAM rules it issued on December 16. The revised effective date is March 28, 2005.

eINFO - a collection of articles and studies about email marketing

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

MarketingSherpa and KnowledgeStorm to Host Teleseminar

MarketingSherpa and KnowledgeStorm will be hosting a free educational teleseminar on Thursday, January 13, 2005, at 4:00pm ET. This teleseminar will talk about what B2B marketers have revealed about their email marketing budgets, response rates, and lead generation tactics. You will also discover how your opt-in, open, click, and conversion rates compare to the norm and how to beat the averages. You can visit KnowledgeStorm for further information.

eINFO - a collection of articles and studies about emai marketing

Monday, January 10, 2005

Marketingsherpa Is Looking For Marketing Bloggers

Marketingsherpa is turning to marketing bloggers for their next marketing experiment. They are looking to sponsor your blog. They ask that you submit your blog to:
Henry Copeland at BlogAds

eINFO - a collection of articles and studies about email marketing

Jupiterwebcast: Using Dynamic Content to Improve Results

Jupiterwebcast will be holding a webinar on January 26. The webinar will examine how employing targted, dynamically generated e-mail campaigns has shown to improve results that are four to eight times better than the results of static campaigns. They will also be illustrating best practices through several real-life case studies.

eINFO - a collection of articles and studies about email marketing

Friday, January 07, 2005

Segment Customers Into Lifcycle Groups

Just read the newsletter and it mentioned sending relevant email to customers. They had one example of a firm that segments their customers into lifecycle groups, such as brand new customers and existing customers. I though that this was an interesting way to look at segmenting your list.

eINFO - a collection of articles and studies about email marketing.

Positive Email Experience Win Loyalty

There was a recent article relased outlining a recent study that was conducted by The Customer Respect Group (TCRG). TCRG is an international research firm that focuses on how companies treat customers online.
  • During fourth quarter 2004, about 40% of retailers answered customer questions within a day. This figure was double what it was a year ago.
  • 13% did so within an hour
  • 15% of companies responded within four hours
  • 15% did not respond to online inquiries
  • two-thirds of customers will go to a competitor's Web site if they don't get a response in a "timely" manner. Customer generally consider an answer within 24 hours to be timely.

eINFO - a collection of articles and studies about email marketing.

AOL to Offer Free Mail

Running through my RSS feeds from the Holiday break I came across an interseting article talking about AOL offering free email. Look for AOL to lauch this in mid-2005. Currently their is a beta version for AOL sbscribers at

eINFO - a collection of articles and studies about email marketing.

6 Ways to Make Subscriptions Soar

Meryl K. Evans submitted an article that is on about 6 ways to make subscriptions soar.

  • Offer soemthing complimentary for subscribing
  • Contribute an article to another publication
  • Include the newsletter information in your email signature
  • Spread the word face-to-face
  • Encourage forwarding to others
  • Find partners for link exchanges

eINFO - a collection of articles and studies about email marketing

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Added Link to Automated RSS Submission Tool

Just put a link to FeedSubmitter on my site. FeedSubmitter is a web-based free service that lets you add your RSS newsfeed to 15 RSS aggregators as well as Google and Yahoo. If you are publishing your enewsletter via RSS this could help it get syndicated alot easier. Also you may want to check out Ari Paparo's "Big List of Blog Search Engines".

eINFO - a collection of articles and studies about email marketing.

Monday, January 03, 2005

ExactTarget Reveals Their 2005's Top Email Trends

ExactTraget released their 2005's Top Email Trends.
  • Sending unique messages based on individual attributes at an appropriate frequency
  • Frequency becomes individually driven
  • Software user interfaces become easier to use
  • Data integration fuels relationship marketing
  • Automated/Event-driven emails
  • Email will become the great marketing equalizer
  • "From" address will become the most import factor in determining the intial success of an email program
  • Better control and compliance within organizations
  • In-house email will convert to Email Service Providers

eINFO - a collection of articles and studies about email marketing