The Last Word on April 2018

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

Must-read articles, posts & reports

Google to launch new Gmail design in the coming weeks (The Verge)

Gmail Testing Subject Line Images with Promotion Cards (FreshInbox)

Insightful & entertaining tweets

Noteworthy subject lines

Saks Fifth Avenue, 4/18 – Gifts for everyone and their mother…
Vera Bradley, 4/28 – Inside: lightweight gifts that will brighten Mom’s summer travels.
PersonalizationMall.com, 4/5 – Mother’s Day Preview Sale – Save Up to 30%
FansEdge, 4/1 – Free Shipping = HOME RUN To Start Your Season!
Anthropologie, 4/1 – Bring flowers to your Sunday Celebration
Miracle-Gro, 4/2 – Expert advice for your veggie garden plan
Lowe’s, 4/7 – Get to Mowing, Trimming and Grilling. It’s Outdoors Season
Jetsetter, 4/11 – Countdown to Summer: 9 Incredible Trips to Book Now
Saks Fifth Avenue, 4/28 – Postcard-worthy prints for your vacation
Miracle-Gro, 4/23 – Got a shady plan?
Sony Electronics, 4/12 – Tips on Shooting Sunsets, Perfecting Puppy Portraits, and More
Hayneedle, 4/12 – Balancing act: 5 basics of feng shui …
Barneys New York, 4/18 – Find Your Perfect Face Mask
Brooks Brothers, 4/7 – We’re 200! (But we don’t feel like it.) 18.18% off through tomorrow to celebrate
ToysRUs, 4/5 – All Our Stores Are Closing…Everything Must Go, Go, GO!
Apple, 4/3 – Introducing the new iPad.
NFLshop, 4/12 – The Official 2018 Draft Headwear Collection Is Here
Gap, 4/21 – 2 convenient subscription boxes, 1 happy little one
Chili’s, 4/1 – Chad, what are you waiting for? Join for FREE chips & salsa every visit!
Moosejaw.com, 4/5 – Win an All-Inclusive Trip to Germany from Deuter.
REI, 4/12 – Let’s Raise the Bar on Sustainable Gear
RH, 4/1 – Experience the Salvaged Wood Collection. 100-Year-Old timbers, Reimagined.
Pier 1 Imports, 4/4 – That pillow, this rug and that painting. Done.
West Elm, 4/28 – Window shopping? Find the perfect curtains!
Kate Spade, 4/18 – yes, this bag fits that
UncommonGoods, 4/30 – No Pants, No Problem
Hasbro, 4/2 – ATTN Star Wars fans! It’s now or never for the first HasLab campaign
Victoria’s Secret, 4/21 – FREE $$$ inside (AKA $aturday $core!)
ThinkGeeks, 4/12 – How do you organize a space party? You planet
American Red Cross, 4/6 – Jen’s confession
UncommonGoods, 4/11 – When Mom & Dad Are Your Co-Workers
Banana Republic, 4/12 – The new way to wear a sweater
ModCloth, 4/14 – Embroidery, bikes, and lots of likes.

New posts on EmailMarketingRules.com

Report: 2018 State of Email Workflows

Benchmark Email’s Podcast: When it Comes to Email Marketing Rules, Chad S. White Wrote the Book…Literally

Webinar Recording and Q&A: The State of Email in 2018

The Best of the 2017 State of Email Survey Research Series

3 Thank Yous from the EEC’s Thought Leader of the Year

The Last Word on March 2018

Report: 2018 State of Email Workflows

2018 State of Email Workflows

Creating a high-performing email takes time and the right resources. Most brands spend weeks planning and executing on each email they produce, and use many different tools along the way. Your workflow is an expression of the investment you make in every email—and is itself a predictor of email program success.

Based on our State of Email Survey of nearly 3,000 marketers, our third annual State of Email Workflows report takes a detailed look at every stage of email creation—from planning and building to quality assurance and sending.

Some of the key findings from the State of Email Workflows include:

  • More brands are using content and project management software to plan their email content rather than relying solely on documents, spreadsheets, and calendars from the likes of Google, Microsoft, and Apple.
  • Brands spend more time on email reviews and approvals than they do on copywriting, design, coding, or any other component of email production.
  • Modular email design approaches are on the rise.
  • Use of partials, taskrunners, and preprocessors continues to increase.
  • Fewer brands are sending emails the same day they’re approved.
  • Only half of brands sent an apology email for an email marketing mistake in the past 12 months.
  • The email service provider industry continues to consolidate.

The 47-page report analyzes and explores each of these findings and much more, with over 35 charts providing data-based evidence of current practices and trends in email workflows.

>> Download the free report

Benchmark Email's Heart of Business Podcast

I recently joined Andy and Daniel for Benchmark Email’s Heart of Business Podcast. During the 53-minute podcast, we talked about…

  • How I got into the industry from my previous life as a journalist at Conde Nast and Dow Jones
  • How email marketing has changed over the years
  • How email marketing is a critical part of an omnichannel strategy going forward
  • Why email marketing doesn’t fit into the traditional paid-owned-earned media model
  • How email marketing is unkillable
  • Why email overload is a bit of a myth
  • Why I wrote “Email Marketing Rules”
  • And much more

>> Listen to the podcast on Benchmark Email’s blog

The State of Email in 2018

The email landscape is constantly changing, making it harder than ever to create high-performing email programs. New email clients, devices, unsubscribe functionality, and privacy laws will have an impact on your 2018 marketing programs.

In this webinar, the Litmus marketing team talks about what you need to succeed in a volatile industry, including our five key insights from the 2018 State of Email Report.

See how your plans stack up against some of the biggest challenges facing marketing teams and hear about the strategies and resources you need to tackle them head-on. Along the way, we share a behind-the-scenes look at how we’re approaching those challenges here at Litmus.

>> Watch the recording, download the slides, and read the Q&A on the Litmus blog

The Best of the 2017 State of Email Research Series

More than 3,500 marketers responded to Litmus’ 2017 State of Email Survey, which asked about all aspects of the email marketing program and powered a year-long series of reports, webinars, and blog posts.

As we gear up to release the findings of our 2018 State of Email Survey, it seems like a fitting time to review the major findings from last year’s three major reports:

This presentation highlights the most interesting and actionable insights from those reports, including…

  1. The best ways to improve your email production process
  2. The subscriber acquisition sources that most endanger your deliverability
  3. The best ways to make your email creative more effective

>> View the presentation on the Litmus Blog

The Last Word on March 2018

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

Must-read articles, posts & reports

Is the C-Suite Out of Touch with Email Marketing Performance? (MarTech Advisor)

Siri and Email: How Digital Assistants Can Play a Role in Email Marketing (Email on Acid)

Inactive Email Subscribers Worth 32% of Active (Target Marketing)

You Had Them at Hello: How to Retain Your Best Customers (Iterable)

Coherent Path Email Marketing Evaluation Identifies How Retailers Interact with New Shoppers After Their First Purchase (BusinessWire)

Insightful & entertaining tweets

Noteworthy subject lines

FansEdge, 3/6 – Your Team Gear For St. Paddy’s Inside…
ThinkGeek, 3/10 – Happy Mario Day! Wahoo!
Petco, 3/3 – Year of me? I dig it.
FansEdge, 3/11 – Save BIG on College Gear! Shipped Free For The Tourney.
Lowe’s, 3/11 – Prep Your Yard for Spring
UncommonGoods, 3/26 – Toolbox Grills & Outdoor Wine Glasses
ToysRUs, 3/6 – Make Your Backyard THE Place to Play.
Anthropologie, 3/11 – This dress is like a vacation to Spain.
Banana Republic, 3/16 – How to get noticed: this cayenne coat
MAC Cosmetics, 3/11 – Fake a Full Night’s Rest with These M•A•C Must-Haves!
Brooks Brothers, 3/11 – Sleep better (with 1 less hour) in our PJs
LinkedIn, 3/15 – Would you upload your brain to the cloud?
ASPCA, 3/16 – Which Pet Toxins Made Our Top 10 List?
Moosejaw, 3/19 – FREE 2-Day on orders over $49. No Membership. No Kidding.
Gilt City, 3/24 – Your Weekend Jam: $10 iTunes Code with Any Purchase (3 Hours Only)
Gap, 3/20 – (Code GOBIG) You checked your inbox just in time
GrubMarket, 3/20 – Now Accepting Bitcoin at GrubMarket!
ThinkGeek, 3/16 – Guess what we call them? Sneakers!
Saks Fifth Avenue, 3/30 – Prints charming: check yes for spring
Wayfair, 3/7 – Our best wine fridges. Sip, sip, hooray!
Crate and Barrel, 3/16 – T-G-I-Clearance.
Adidas, 3/24 – NMD_R1, a continuation of NMD
ModCloth, 3/6 – So ‘minnie’ of you raved…
Fossil, 3/6 – Likes Not Included
Hayneedle, 3/16 – Easy updates under $199 *Heart eyes*
Gucci, 3/6 – Early Access: Debuting the Gucci Elton John Capsule Collection
Saks Fifth Avenue, 3/20 – Reese Witherspoon dishes on Draper James debut
RH, 3/6 – Watch the Film Featuring the Condos Brothers + Discover New Outdoor Collections
Barneys New York, 3/6 – Experience Virtual Reality at Barneys New York

New posts on EmailMarketingRules.com

Emarsys: How to Prepare for the GDPR

I’m the EEC’s 2018 Email Marketer Thought Leader of the Year!

5 Embarrassing Subject Line Mistakes to Avoid

Holistic Email Marketing: The State of Retail Email Subscribe Forms in 2018

Executive Summary: How to Overcome the Biggest Email Marketing Challenges of 2018

Webinar Recording + Q&A: Email Tactics Customers Hate

Infographic: A Snapshot of the Email Professional

The Last Word on February 2018

3 Thank Yous from the EEC’s Thought Leader of the Year

I was privileged to be presented with the Email Experience Council’s 2018 Email Marketer Thought Leader of the Year Award at the Email Evolution Conference in New Orleans last week. For those of you who weren’t in attendance, I wanted to share my acceptance speech with you here—because you all deserve my thanks as well.

Honestly, I’ve been really overwhelmed with feelings of gratitude toward the industry and everyone I’ve worked with. In preparing the acceptance speech I delivered, I actually wrote two others: one that was too long for the time allotted, and another that I’m not sure I could deliver live without choking up. I wanted to share those as well.

But first, here’s the speech I delivered at the Email Evolution Conference…

>> Read the full post on the Litmus blog

The State of Email in 2018: 5 Insights from the Litmus Team

The email landscape is constantly changing, making it harder than ever to create high-performing email programs. New email clients and devices, unsubscribe functionality, and privacy laws will have an impact on your 2018 marketing program.

See how your plans stack up against some of the biggest challenges facing marketing teams and hear about the strategies and resources you need to tackle them head-on, including:

  • How new devices and rendering changes can impact email design, putting brand reputation at risk
  • Why inbox providers like Inbox by Gmail and Yahoo! Mail are making it easier for consumers to unsubscribe
  • How changes in anti-spam and privacy regulations, like GDPR, are changing subscriber relationships

Invite your whole team—from the coders and copywriters to the VP of marketing—and learn how each of you can do your part to create innovative, on-brand campaigns that engage and delight your audience.

The State of Email in 2018: 5 Insights from the Litmus Team
Apr. 13, 2018
12pm ET / 9am PT / 5pm GMT

Your presenters:
Jason Rodriguez, Community & Product Evangelist, Litmus
Justine Jordan, VP of Marketing, Litmus
Chad S. White, Research Director, Litmus
Jaina Mistry, Email Marketing Specialist, Litmus
Kevin Mandeville, Product Manager for Builder, Litmus

Can’t make it on Apr. 13? Don’t worry. Register and you’ll receive the recording of the webinar.

>> Register for the webinar

Emarsys: How to Prepare for the GDPR

How to Prepare for the GDPR

On May 25, 2018, the Global Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will go into effect. The new regulation is designed to “harmonize data privacy laws across Europe, to protect and empower all EU citizens’ data privacy, and to reshape the way organizations across the region approach data privacy.”

In this mini eBook, Emarsys pulls together GDPR advice from eight e-commerce, digital marketing, and data privacy experts, including myself. The different perspectives provide a great sense on what you should be doing in response to the biggest data protection overhaul of the century.

The themes covered include:

  • Accountability for data management and privacy
  • Finding what works for your email marketing program
  • Regulation against ‘bad actors’ for more relevant brand experiences
  • GDPR is an unknown
  • More engaged, confident, advocacyinclined subscribers
  • GDPR dramatically impacts personalized and predictive marketing
  • Use the GDPR as an opportunity

>> Download the ebook from Emarsys

2018 EEC Email Marketer Thought Leader of the Year

The Direct Marketing Association’s Email Experience Council announced today that I’m their 2018 Email Marketer Thought Leader of the Year!

I’m so incredibly honored to be recognized by the DMA and my peers. I feel truly fortunate to have found such a vibrant and dynamic industry to be a part of. A journalist by training, I’m always hungry for change, whether it’s new technology, tactics, or people.

The email industry has given me all of those—particularly the chance to work with and learn from amazing people. A special thanks to my current and former coworkers at Litmus, Salesforce, ExactTarget, Responsys, Smith-Harmon, and the EEC. I would not be where I am without them.

I’m also grateful for everyone who has read Email Marketing Rules, attended one of my workshops or webinars, and read my blog posts and articles. Thank you for all of your support!

>> Read more about the award

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