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

With GDPR going into effect in May, many brands are having to make changes to their email sign-up processes to become compliant. But since you’re touching all of your subscriber acquisition sources anyway, why not optimize them so that they perform better? The State of Retail Email Subscribe Forms in 2018 from…

Webinar Recording + Q&A: Email Tactics Customers Hate

Email Tactics Customer Hate webinar recording

There’s a disconnect in today’s email marketing technology. While some tactics are helping brands get closer to their customers, others are undermining their return on investment by pushing customers away. For instance, 17% of brands are buying email addresses to grow their list and reach new prospects. However, many of those brands…

6 Manipulative Email Tactics that Disrespect Subscribers—And Hurt Marketers

Manipulative Email Tactics that Disrespect Subscribers and Hurt Marketers

While brands everywhere are embracing customer-centricity, many relics of brand-centric thinking are still out there. This is especially true in the email marketing industry, where we often vilify inbox providers and second-guess our subscribers’ intentions and intelligence. Let’s resolve to focus more on serving our subscribers instead of trying to manipulate them,…

Sleeknote’s E-Commerce Boost Podcast: The Hierarchy of Subscriber Needs

I’m honored to be among the first guests on Sleeknote’s new podcast, E-Commerce Boost. In my episode, I spoke with Sleeknote’s Julie Fjeldgaard about the Hierarchy of Subscriber Needs. I explain why creating respectful, functional, valuable, and remarkable email experiences is critical to email marketing success. In addition to the Hierarchy of…

Report: 2017 State of Email Deliverability

Email marketers can be successful in spite of deliverability problems, but why take the hard path? Make your life easier by avoiding the behaviors that lead to trouble in the first place. After surveying more than 3,500 marketers, we’ve identified the practices that clearly lower email marketers’ risks of being blocked or…

The 5 Most Problematic Subscriber Acquisition Sources

Brands can attract new subscriber through a variety of sources that range from closely aligned with their operations to completely unassociated. Some of these subscriber acquisition sources are inherently much riskier and therefore less valuable than others. In our 2017 State of Email Survey, we asked marketers about their use of 20…

15 Industry Experts Share Their #1 Email List Building Tactic

With email lists losing generally around one-third of their subscribers every year, brands must be rebuilding their lists constantly—ideally adding new subscribers at a faster rate than they’re losing them, and ideally adding subscribers with a lifetime value that’s at least as high as the subscribers they’re losing. With list building being…

4 Kinds of Email Addresses That Are Damaging Your Deliverability

Email is a great medium for connecting with leads and customers. But when your list becomes bloated with bad addresses and inactive subscribers, your deliverability can be in serious jeopardy. Here are four types of offending addresses and how to deal with each of them effectively: Invalid Email Addresses. These addresses are…

The Verdict on Single Opt-In vs. Double Opt-In

We’ve heard the case for single opt-in (SOI) and the case for double opt-in (DOI). And we have also heard public opinion on the matter, which is nearly evenly split. After weighing all the evidence, we’ve come to the following three opinions: Single opt-in just isn’t an option for everyone. Boiling permission…

Single Opt-in vs. Double Opt-in: The Court of Public Opinion

The case has been made for single opt-in and the case has been made for double opt-in. This contest is clearly one of great public interest, judging by the number of people who have testified by commenting and by the reactions of people on Twitter and elsewhere. These comments deserve consideration and…

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