2016 State of Email AgenciesEmail marketing agency teams provide help for short-term projects, bring in strategic and technical skills that may be hard to hire for locally, and in many cases provide day-to-day operations support. They’re key part of the email marketing ecosystem. Their email marketing processes are also considerably different than those of brand marketers.

In our 2016 State of Email Agencies infographic, we highlight some of big differences between how agencies create emails and how brand marketers do, in terms of team sizes, time spent on various email tasks, and the tools used.

>> View the infographic on the Litmus Blog

And for a deep dive into all facets of the email production process, check out our 2016 State of Email Production report.

The Case for Single Opt-InWe gather here to settle once and for all the debate as to whether single opt-in or double opt-in is the better signup process. Before we begin, let’s be clear on what these two terms mean:

  • Single opt-in (SOI) is a subscription process where a new email address is added to your mailing list without requiring the owner of that email address to confirm definitively that they knowingly and willingly opted in
  • Double opt-in (DOI), also known as confirmed opt-in (COI), is a subscription process where a new email address is only added to your mailing address after the email address owner clicks a confirmation link in a subscription activation or opt-in confirmation request email that’s sent to them after they opt in via a form or checkbox

With that out of the way, let’s now hear the case for single opt-in…

>> Read the full post on the Litmus Blog

Read all of Chad's Marketing Land columnsA good salary isn’t just about the money, it’s about respect. And it’s not just about respect of the individual, but also about respect for the activities that person is involved with.

When we surveyed more than 500 US-based email marketers for our State of Email Salaries & Jobs in the US, we’d hoped to uncover differences between various geographic regions, industry verticals, and company sizes. And we did. But we also uncovered a number of characteristics that identify companies that value email marketing — and, in turn, email marketers.

In my latest Marketing Land column, I list the characteristics that impact email marketing salaries—both the ones that brands can’t control and, more importantly, the ones that brands do control. I also share an infographic that summarizes all of these characteristics.

>> Read the entire column on MarketingLand.com

In the era of the connected consumer, marketing has become more competitive and challenging than ever. Today’s consumers are better informed and more empowered, and they expect a personalized experience at every stage of the customer life cycle. This is why email has become the #1 channel for delivering offers, information, and customer service communications tailored to the needs, interests and behaviors of the consumer.

In this presentation that Joel Book of Salesforce and I gave yesterday at Salesforce Connections in Atlanta, we shared:

  • Case studies from innovative brands that use email to engage consumers and deliver personalized content at each stage of the customer life cycle
  • How to use customer data and predictive analytics to trigger email execution and personalize email content based on the customer’s needs and intent
  • Creative tips and techniques to optimize email click-through and conversion
  • How to use email in combination with other channels to engage consumers

Here are the slides from our presentation:

And here is a list of additional resources that we shared with attendees so they could take a deeper dive into each stage of the lifecycle:

Awareness

Don’t Confuse Bad Processes with Bad Subscribers: 3 Pitfalls of Offline Opt-ins (ExactTarget)

More Fields, Fewer Subscribers (Email Marketing Rules)

Evaluation

The Complete Guide to Lead Nurturing (Pardot)

Shopping Cart Abandonment Email Trends (Salesforce)

Try a Cart Abandonment Email ‘Sandwich’ (Cloud.IQ)

Purchase

What is Predictive Intelligence—and Why Should Every Marketer Care? (Salesforce)

Four Keys To Improved Subscriber Journey With Progressive Profiling (MediaPost)

The Long and Short of Progressive Profiling (Email Marketing Rules)

Usage

How FC Barcelona Incorporates the Latest Email Trends to Drive Higher Engagement (ExactTarget)

6 Steps to Creating a Successful Welcome Email Experience (Litmus)

Repurchase

Winback vs. Re-Engagement: What’s the Difference? (Salesforce)

How to Manage the 3 Kinds of Inactive Email Subscribers (Litmus)

3 Emails to Send Now to Improve Your Holiday Campaign Results (Litmus)

Advocacy

7 Tips to Turn Existing Customers Into Your Small Biz’s Biggest Advocates (Salesforce)

Uncovering the Metrics Behind an Award-Winning Email (Litmus)

The Viral Email Report: Benchmarks, Tactics, and Topics of the Most Forwarded Emails [eBook] (Litmus)

Overall

2016 State of Marketing (Salesforce)

Email Marketing Rules (2nd Ed.) (Amazon.com)

Now We're Abdicating Email Design to Inbox ProvidersAt its core, the job of inbox providers is to protect their users from bad senders. To accomplish this, they have created filters, algorithms, spam traps, and user tools that attack spam on three fronts: (1) bad recipients, (2) bad content, and (3) bad infrastructure.

To say they’ve succeeded is an understatement. They’ve been so successful at blocking traditional malicious spam that consumers’ definition of “spam” has changed drastically. As I say in my book, “Irrelevant and unwanted email is the new spam in the eyes of both consumers and internet service providers.”

With spam redefined to incorporate poorly executed permission-based email, the mission of inbox providers has changed as well. As a result, inbox providers have now opened a new front in the battle against spam… bad design.

>> Read the entire post on the Litmus Blog

2016 State of Email Salaries & JobsWhat’s a good salary for an email marketing position, given the role, industry vertical, size of the company, company location, and other factors?

In the inaugural State of Email Salaries & Jobs in the US report, which is based on responses from more than 500 US-based marketers, we provide strong guidance on how to answer that question. The report provides an overall email marketing salary breakdown, but also gives details on how salaries vary by:

  • Geographic region
  • Industry vertical
  • Company size
  • Role
  • Team size
  • Agency and freelancer usage
  • Email program sophistication

If you’re an executive or email marketer manager, use these results to make sure that you’re offering competitive salaries for each of your email positions. And if you’re an email marketer, use the results to gauge if you’re being paid well at your current job. You can also evaluate future job opportunities, because this report reveals the characteristics of companies that value email and thus value email marketers.

>> Download the free report

The Last Word on April 2016

A roundup of email marketing articles, posts, and tweets you might have missed last month…

The Last WordMust-read articles, posts & whitepapers

Hidden factors impacting your email subscriber lists (iMedia Connection)

The Sticky Footer: A “Just Right” Approach to Email Acquisition (BrightWave)

New 2016 State of Marketing Research Report (Salesforce)

Email Deliverability: Guide for Modern Marketers (Oracle Marketing Cloud)

Preference Centers: If You Build It, They Might Not Come (MediaPost)

The Politics of Email Deliverability (Oracle Marketing Cloud)

Insightful & entertaining tweets

@emailskinny: “Please Confirm Your Email Address.” #deliverability #emailmarketing pic.twitter.com/ZxyxEM9FyT

@LenShneyder: Human centered design is the crosroads of Technology, Business & Human Values #emailmarketing #eecdesign @meladorri https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CVKb3OcUYAA_qxU.png

@Cassy_L: Always test your emails in different browsers and devices and check your preview text… pic.twitter.com/Upwy2liUD6

@jvanrijn: Guy walks into a bar, says: “give me a couple of million $’s” Bartenders asks: What #MarketingAutomation platform are you building?

Noteworthy subject lines

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Banana Republic, 4/28 — The checklist: 5 spring essentials
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Gucci, 4/1 — Nautical-inspired pieces for summer
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Zappos, 4/10 — By Popular Vote…
National Football League, 4/28 — Ways to watch the 2016 NFL Draft
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New posts on EmailMarketingRules.com

Email Marketing’s ROI Doesn’t Matter

4 Tips for Improving Your Email Marketing Production Process

The 5 Biggest Disruptors to Email Marketing’s Status Quo

Video in Email: Full of Problems and Promise

The People, Process, and Products of a Great Email Marketing Workflow

Webinar Recording + Q&A: 8 Trends that Will Define the Future of Email Marketing

The Last Word on March 2016

Read this post on the Email Vendor Selection blogHow many email service providers a brand uses to send its emails reveals a lot about their email program—how sophisticated it is, the size of their email team, and much more. Whether they use a homegrown email platform is equally revealing.

In Litmus’ State of Email Production report, we asked more than 900 email marketers which platforms they use to send their emails, among many other things. Digging into the data, we found that these three groups—users of 1 ESP, users of 2+ ESPs, and users of homegrown platforms—had some interesting differences.

For instance, we found that using two or more ESPs tends to be a marker of a more sophisticated (and more complex) production process. Brands using multiple ESPs generally have larger email teams, have more emails in production at once, and have longer production cycles compared to brands using just one email service provider.

Users of homegrown email platforms are a bit of a mixed bag. In some ways they seemed less sophisticated, but other ways there were the most sophisticated.

For a full discussion of these differences, including lots of stats,…

>> Read the full post on EmailVendorSelection.com

Email Marketing’s ROI Doesn’t Matter

4 Reasons Email Marketing’s ROI Doesn’t MatterWe love email marketing here at Litmus, and are frankly often frustrated that some companies don’t see its value. To try to convince them, we frequently tout email marketing’s stellar return on investment, which is 38-to-1, according to research by the Direct Marketing Association.

We’ve mentioned it in this report and this blog post and this one and this one too—and that’s just in the past few months. And plenty of other email marketing companies have done the same over the years.

Heck, I’ve gone so far as to argue that email marketing’s ROI is closer to 130-to-1.

But despite our collective rah-rah around the ROI opportunity, companies still significantly underinvest in email marketing. For example, brands spend 15% of their marketing budget on email marketing on average, while the channel generates 23% of total sales, according to a study by Adestra and Econsultancy.

As much as we’d like email marketing’s ROI to matter to more brands, it simply doesn’t. Here are some reasons why that’s the case…

>> Read the full post on the Litmus blog

Read all of Chad's Marketing Land columnsEmail marketing teams and email production workflows are incredibly diverse. That’s what we found when we surveyed more than 900 email marketers for our 2016 State of Email Production report.

Most of the report’s findings serve simply to raise questions about whether a brand should consider changing their team composition, planning process, tool usage, and approval process to make their workflow more effective. However, some of the findings point to areas where marketers can clearly improve.

Here are four of those areas:

1. Use a “pre-flight” checklist.
2. Explore the web development tools that are migrating over to email development.
3. Identify tasks where you can safely speed things up.
4. Use email preview software.

For a full discussion of each of these…

>> Read the full column on MarketingLand.com

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