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Doing an Email Marketing Holiday Post-Mortem

Doing an Email Marketing Holiday Post-Mortem

With the New Year shining brightly and full of promise ahead of us, most B2C marketers would love nothing more than to put the holiday season behind them and look ahead to Valentine’s Day and the spring season. We urge you to resist the temptation. Ensure that you learn the lessons of your Christmas Past so your Christmas Future is even better.

Here are several areas to explore as part of your holiday post-mortem, which you can not only review when you kick off the next holiday season campaign planning cycle, but will give you insights and action items that you can use right now:

  1. Analyze the performance of your holiday email campaigns
  2. Identify your successful campaigns
  3. Identify your unsuccessful campaigns
  4. Map the performance of your email campaigns by day
  5. Document any workflow issues that impacted email production
  6. Document any quality control and PR issues

For a full discussion of each of those holiday post-mortem action-items…

>> Read the full post on Oracle’s Modern Marketing Blog

Oracle's Holiday Marketing Quarterly

Oracle’s Holiday Marketing Quarterly gives B2C brands a quarter-by-quarter checklist for how to achieve more during the critical holiday season with their email marketing and other digital marketing channels. Along with guidance on planning, strategy, and prioritization, you’ll get advice and tips from some of Oracle CX Marketing Consulting’s more than 500 digital marketing experts.

Our first quarter guide contains a 27-point checklist and is focused on seizing opportunities, mitigating risks, learning from the just-passed holiday season, and starting to make the larger structural and programmatic changes necessary to succeed during the next holiday season. It covers six areas:

  1. Holiday Post-Mortems
  2. Seasonal Buyer Reactivations
  3. Email Deliverability Recoveries
  4. Automated Email Optimization & Growth
  5. Creative Refreshes
  6. Upgrades & Expansions of Your Tech Stack

For details on each of those areas…

>> Download the 14-page Q1 2020 Holiday Marketing Quarterly

Email Deliverability Quarterly: Gmail Spam Filter Changes, SparkPost Acquires eDataSource, and More

Email deliverability is constantly changing, as inbox providers adjust their filtering algorithms, blacklists tweak their listing criteria, and consumers evolve their definition of spam. That’s why even the best email marketing programs suffer deliverability problems sometimes.

To help you avoid trouble, the Email Deliverability Services team at Oracle CX Marketing Consulting shares the latest news and tips for what to watch out for in our latest Email Deliverability Quarterly.

In this post, Clea Moore and Brian Sullivan explain how the following news and events will impact marketers’ email deliverability:

  • Recent Gmail Spam Filter Changes
  • SparkPost Acquiring eDataSource
  • DigiCert Issues 1st Verified Mark Certificate, Giving Boost to BIMI
  • COPRA Bill Introduced in US Senate

For the full discussion of each of these issues…

>> Read the full post on Oracle’s Modern Marketing Blog

The Last Word on November 2019

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

Must-read articles, posts & reports

Twilio study finds consumers prefer email and text when communicating with brands (Marketing Land)

Research: Is A Picture Worth 1,000 Words Or 60,000 Words in Marketing? (Email Audience)

Animated PNGs in Email: An Alternative to GIFs? (Litmus)

Dynamic email in Gmail available on Android and iOS (G Suite Updates)

Towards LGPD and Beyond – Legal Bases for Email Marketing (Return Path)

Email Marketing and the 2020 Election (G2)

The Future of Email Marketing: 2020 Edition (emailmonday)

Insightful & entertaining tweets

Noteworthy subject lines

Williams Sonoma, 11/5 – Williams Sonoma presents Thanksgiving with NBC’s TODAY!
HomeGoods, 11/8 – All you need for Friendsgiving feast!
Williams Sonoma, 11/23 – Are You Ready? Last Minute Thanksgiving Essentials: Up to 70% Off!
Olive Garden, 11/22 – 🦃 You get the turkey. We’ll get the sides.
REI, 11/5 – This Black Friday, Opt to Act #OptOutside
Target, 11/6 – Black Friday ad is here! 🎉
The Home Depot, 11/6 – {BLACK FRIDAY PRICES} Start Now
Lowe’s Home Improvement, 11/6 – Black Friday Appliance Savings – Just Got Better
Tractor Supply Company, 11/7 – ❗ TWO NEW DAILY DEALS + Shop Black Friday Prices Now!
Michaels, 11/7 – Seriously! We’re Announcing Black Friday Prices on Trees!
DICK’S Sporting Goods, 11/24 – Black Friday NOW, 20% Off Online & More!
West Elm, 11/24 – 🔶 Ends tonight 🔶 Pre-Black Friday Sale 🔶
Express, 11/23 – VIP access to Black Friday ⚫ Camis & Tanks you’ll love + Members get 50% off
Best Buy, 11/24 – This is how we do BLACK FRIDAY—EARLY. 💃
Zales, 11/22 – 😮 Did You Hear!? The Black Friday Sales is HERE! Save 30-50% Off Everything
Victoria’s Secret, 11/26 – Black Friday deals start now!
Office Depot, 11/27 – EARLY ACCESS to Black Friday is going on now!
JCPenney, 11/27 – STARTS NOW! BLACK FRIDAY DEALS AT JCP.COM
Lane Bryant 11/4 – Our 🎄 holiday 🎄 collection 🎄 has 🎄 arrived!
Bass Pro Shops, 11/4 – Our Christmas gift guide has something for everyone on your list
West Elm, 11/5 – Whoaaaaa! Say hello to our Holiday Seating Event
Bed Bath & Beyond, 11/21 – 😴 Guest-ready: **ALL** Aerobed air mattresses on SALE! + $15 off $50 & 20% Off coupons are available
Neiman Marcus, 11/6 – Plan your holiday décor
Dollar General, 11/4 – Save big on holiday décor. 🎄
Michaels, 11/22 – 33 Days Until Christmas: Up to 50% Off Festive Decorations to Make Your Home a Wonderland!
Nordstrom, 11/23 – Holiday party dresses are here
Anthropologie, 11/27 – Yes, you can wear jeans to a party.
Banana Republic, 11/7 – Winterize your wardrobe with 40% off purchase
Burlington, 11/9 – Cold weather ahead: save on C O A T S
Nordstrom, 11/6 – Want the best boots of the season?
Lane Bryant, 11/22 – 🧥 🧣 Warm up with 30% off. 🧤 👢
Everlane, 11/7 – Introducing: Felted Merino
Neiman Marcus, 11/9 – The Fantasy Gifts | Experience them now
Banana Republic, 11/23 – Have an Insta-worthy sleep in our exclusive pajamas
Express, 11/23 – 50% OFF | Style picks from @laurabeverlin, the 👑 of cozy
Lane Bryant, 11/5 – Introducing Lane Rewards! Sign up today!
Gap, 11/21 – Do good. Feel good. Gift good.

New posts on EmailMarketingRules.com

How to Turn Email Addresses on File into Opt-Ins

Lemonlight: 8 Experts Share Their Tips for Using Video in Email Campaigns

Optimizing Your Email Signup Forms to Maximize Your Email Audience Potential

A/B Testing: Where Marketers Go Wrong

Differentiate Your Messages with These Email From Name Extension Strategies

The Last Word on October 2019

Properly Diagnosing Email Performance Problems

When Good Enough Shouldn’t Be: Fixing Email Performance Problems

When faced with a problem, it’s easy to get sidetracked into focusing on superficial metrics or jump to conclusions, especially when it involves what appears to be a quick fix. Instead, marketers need to look beyond the obvious and easy, and ask deeper questions about email performance like:

  • What’s the core driver of the issue?
  • Are there multiple issues at work here?
  • What levers can I pull to mitigate or accelerate what’s happening?
  • What’s the best way to test my theories to come to a clear course of action?

In this post by Clint Kaiser, Head of Strategic Services for Oracle Marketing Cloud Consulting, he breaks down some common email performance problems where it’s easy to misidentify the symptoms as the core problem rather than asking more questions and properly identifying the root cause. For instance, he discusses how to diagnose problems like…

  • “My open rates are bad and getting worse.”
  • “My click rates are bad and getting worse.”
  • “Inbox providers keep blocking or bulking my emails.”
  • “I have a lot of never-actives.”

For Clint’s recommendations on how to approach these email performance problems…

>> Read the full post on Oracle’s Modern Marketing Blog

How to Turn Email Addresses on File into Opt-Ins

Maximizing Your Email Audience Potential: Turning Email Addresses on File into Opt-Ins

Everyone wants more subscribers who are regularly converting. While going out and attracting new, high-value subscribers is one path that every brand should explore, it’s also the most expensive. Thankfully, there are many other paths open to marketers to achieve their goals when they take a step-by-step approach to maximizing their email audience potential.

One of those approaches is to leverage the email addresses you have on file and try to get more of those folks to opt in for marketing emails. With an email address serving as a means of customer identification across much of the digital landscape, when you already know a person’s email address, it’s much easier to reach them than someone who hasn’t shared their email address with you yet. Mining your “un-reachable” email subscriber list can reveal several opportunities to engage these people and grow your business, both via the email channel and other channels.

In this post, Oracle Consultings Kaiti Gary explains how to evaluate your email addresses on file so you can identify the people who are the most promising candidates to approach. She then explains some of the direct and indirect ways you can reach these subscribers and try to get them to opt-in to receive your marketing emails.

For all the details on who to grow your email list by mining your non-opted-in addresses…

>> Read the full post on Oracles Modern Marketing Blog

8 Experts Share Their Tips for Using Video in Email Campaigns

Video is a steadily growing part of all marketing—especially short-form video. Make the most of this content by promoting it to your email subscribers. Along with seven other digital marketing experts, I recently shared my No. 1 tip for using video as part of an email marketing strategy with video production company Lemonlight.

My advice was to be sure to use a play button overlay and to explore animation, saying:

Among Oracle Marketing Cloud Consulting’s clients, we see them promoting video content in their emails through static images with play button overlays and–increasingly–through animated gifs and CSS animation. While animation files can get heavy, the thoughtful selection of frames plus some file compression can create great video promos.

As Gareth Bull of Bulldog Digital Media and Jordie van Rijn point out that embedding video content inside an email still has limited support and isn’t ready for prime time. While I agree, I still hold out hope that this technical challenge will be overcome. After all, there’s considerable incentive for inbox providers to keep their users in the inbox, plus doing so reduces barriers to viewing videos, which helps senders. So it’s a win-win for inbox providers and marketers.

For everyone’s advice on using video in email campaigns…

>> Read the full post on the Lemonlight blog

Maximizing Your Email Audience Potential: Optimizing Your Email Signup Forms

Everyone wants more subscribers who are regularly converting. While there are many paths open to marketers to achieve this goal, one of the most important is having email signup forms and processes that are as friction-free as possible, says Oracle Marketing Cloud Consulting’s Kaiti Gary.

In this post, she breaks down all the major elements that go into creating high-performing, low-friction email signup forms, including…

  1. Casting a wide net, so you have email signup forms in all the places where high-quality subscribers gather
  2. Communicating the benefits of signing up, because no one is excited to “Sign up for email” or “Join our email list.”
  3. Making it easy, because even people who are interested are in a hurry and can get distracted or deterred by forms that are confusing or any longer than they need to be

In addition to exploring each of those issues in detail, Kaiti doesn’t lose sign of the need to make email signup forms compliant and safe. She talks about ensuring that you’re following laws, like Canada’s Anti-Spam Law (CASL), the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), which goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2020. She also discusses how to ensure you’re protecting your sender reputation.

For all the details on how to optimize your email signup forms…

>> Read the full post on Oracle’s Modern Marketing Blog

A/B Testing: Where Marketers Go Wrong

A/B Testing Pitfalls: How Marketers Can Avoid Costly Mistakes

Because it gives you a way to determine whether your marketing audience prefers version A of something or version B, A/B testing is powerful. And increasingly it’s easy to do. Sometimes it seems so easy that we don’t even realize that we’ve completely wasted our time, missed out on golden opportunities, or—worst of all—confidently come to the wrong conclusions. The truth is that A/B testing is only powerful if you do it right and avoid the many pitfalls that can undermine your testing.

In this post, 10 of Oracle Marketing Cloud Consulting’s experts share their insights and experiences on avoiding A/B testing’s many potential pitfalls

Here’s detailed advice on how to best accomplish all of that and avoid A/B testing’s many potential pitfalls by…

  1. Focusing on the most impactful elements
  2. Not just testing the easy things
  3. Not forgetting about your target audience when testing
  4. Understanding whether you’re testing to learn or testing to win
  5. Understanding whether you’re testing to find a new local maximum or a new global maximum
  6. Having a clear hypothesis
  7. Being clear about what a victory will mean
  8. Getting buy-in to make changes based on the results of your A/B tests
  9. Testing one element at a time
  10. Using test audience segments of similar subscribers
  11. Using test audience segments of active subscribers
  12. Using a large enough audience to reach statistical significance
  13. Using holdout groups, when appropriate
  14. Choosing a victory metric that’s aligned with the goal of your email
  15. Not ignoring negative performance indicators
  16. Not dismissing inconclusive tests
  17. Verifying the winner of the test
  18. Recording your A/B testing results
  19. Creating an A/B testing calendar

For a detailed discussion of each of these pitfalls…

>> Read the full post on Oracle’s Modern Marketing Blog

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