ZeroBounce interview with Chad S White

I recently joined Corina Leslie for an interview on the ZeroBounce Blog. We talked about everything from how to learn more about email marketing to the biggest mistakes email marketers make to what to keep in mind this holiday season. For instance, Corina asked…

  • How did you get into email marketing?
  • How did you learn so much about email? What or who do you credit as your best sources?
  • I know you wrote a whole book on the topic, but what’s your no. 1 email marketing rule?
  • What are some of the biggest mistakes you see email marketers making?
  • What’s the first thing you say to someone who complains about low open rates?
  • Please give us one thing anyone can do today to improve their email marketing performance.
  • With the holiday season coming up, what are some of the things senders should keep in mind?
  • What is something you never get tired of talking about?

For all of answers to those questions and more…

>> Read the interview on the ZeroBounce Blog

Understanding Email Click Rates

Understanding Marketing Metrics - Email Click Rates

Marketing metrics are just numbers. Without the proper understanding and context, you can’t turn these numbers into the valuable insights you need to make better tactical and strategic decisions.

In this series of posts, we’ll look at a variety of marketing metrics, discussing how to measure each one, how to use each one, and how to benchmark your performance. In this post, we’re examining email click rates. We’ll explain:

  • How Click Rates Are Measured
  • How to Best to Use Click Rates
  • What Is a Good Click Rate

For a detailed look at each of those issues…

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

Delivering podcast ep. 28

After a sobering spring, the 2020 holiday season is looking like it may be one of the riskiest and challenging in decades. That’s the focus of episode #28 of the Delivering podcast, where Litmus’s Jason Rodriguez and I talk about:

  • The most beneficial lesson to come out of 2020
  • The pressures on email programs to be lean and efficient
  • The long list of major challenges around this holiday season
  • Whether leaning on plain-text designs can help with holiday email production pressures
  • How to “par bake” your holiday campaigns to accelerate development
  • How the Thanksgiving to Cyber Monday holiday weekend is likely to go this year
  • The need to stand out in the inbox during the highest volume days
  • Two secret weapons to help brands stay relevant during the holidays
  • How to make your automated emails more effective during November and December
  • What should marketers focus on in a post-COVID world
  • Where are email budgets and headcounts headed
  • The kinds of email tactics that marketers are largely avoiding currently
  • The upcoming release of our fourth quarter Holiday Marketing Quarterly checklist

For a discussion of each of these issues…

>> Listen to the Delivering podcast on the Litmus blog

P.S. This is my second time on the podcast. My first was for Episode #3 of Delivering when our discussion was entered on email analytics and asking the right questions.

How 5G Wireless Will Impact Marketers

Oracle - How 5G Wireless Will Affect Digital Marketers

When 5G wireless networks and devices start to take hold later this year, they will fundamentally change consumer behavior and open up new marketing opportunities for companies, as well as new pitfalls. It’s a game-changer because 5G wireless is roughly 10 times faster than today’s 4G networks and provides much more accurate location information. Just like the arrival of 4G made it possible for services like Uber and Lyft to launch, 5G will be the catalyst for a new wave of tech giants.

In this post from Oracle CX Marketing Consulting’s Jonathan McClure, he discusses how 5G wireless will change consumer behavior and then how marketers will need to adapt. He recommends that marketers focus on:

  • Adding more video
  • Building richer website designs
  • Creating richer email designs
  • Taking advantage of more precise location-triggered messaging
  • Explore the mainstreaming of VR and AR
  • Tightening up omnichannel orchestration
  • Adapting to increasing privacy concerns and controls

For all the details about how 5G wireless will impact businesses…

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

Litmus Live Week - The Factors that Affect Email Deliverability

Inbox placement often feels like its out of marketers hands. However, the truth is that businesses have a tremendous amount of control as to whether inbox providers view their emails as safe or spam. That was the overarching message of my presentation at Litmus Live Week last week.

To help empower marketers to take full ownership of their deliverability, I discussed the seven factors that affect sender reputations and detailed exactly what is included in each factor. Because email marketing is constantly evolving, I also pointed out how each of the factors has changed over the years and debunked some myths about deliverability.

Litmus has now made the on-demand recordings of 60 Litmus Live Week session available for free viewing, including my own session on email deliverability. Check out my session, which begins at the 5:36 mark, to gain a clear understanding of exactly what actions to take and which to avoid in order to have your emails reach your subscribers inboxes more consistently.

>> Watch the on-demand recording

>> Watch all on-demand replays from Litmus Live Week

Understanding Email Open Rates

Understanding Marketing Metrics - Email Open Rates

Marketing metrics are just numbers. Without the proper understanding and context, you can’t turn these numbers into the valuable insights you need to make better tactical and strategic decisions.

In this series of posts, we’ll look at a variety of marketing metrics, discussing how to measure each one, how to use each one, and how to benchmark your performance. In this post, we’re examining email open rates, which are easily the most misunderstood email marketing metric—by a long shot. We’ll explain:

  • How Open Rates Are Measured
  • How to Best to Use Open Rates
  • What Is a Good Open Rate

For a detailed look at each of those issues…

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

The Last Word on August 2020

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

Must-read articles, posts & reports

Email Superstar: Channel Seen As A Top Engagement Tool, Post COVID-19 (MediaPost)

Email Marketing Performance Has Skyrocketed. How Should Strategies Evolve in a Pandemic? (AdWeek)

Most Consumers Will Not Shop In Stores This Black Friday (MediaPost)

10 Incredible Women of Email (that you may not have heard about yet) (Knak)

Insightful & entertaining tweets

Noteworthy subject lines

Big Lots, 8/6 – Your Halloween Headquarters!
Office Depot, 8/8 – Back to school: Changing the way that we learn
Michaels, 8/6 – Get what you need for school—no matter where you learn.
Michaels, 8/2 – Aced it: Deals and DIYs to get you ready for any teaching environment
Target, 8/6 – Deals on school supplies 🖍️
Uncommon Goods, 8/16 – Grill it. Shake it. Chill it. Make it the best Labor Day ever.
Neiman Marcus, 8/31 – Match your mask to your dress
MoMA Design Store, 8/18 – New! Masks & Face Coverings
Petco, 8/29 – Easy ways to thank your ‘quaran-team’ buddy 🐶
Crate and Barrel, 8/22 – BYOB: Be your own barista.
Express, 8/29 – Staycation inspiration + FREE shipping and 50% off 3+ items
Banana Republic, 8/6 – RSVP: Backyard Bash
Williams Sonoma, 8/2 – How to set your summer table
Zales, 8/18 — 🚗 Second Stop on Our Summer Virtual Road Trip: Charleston!
Michael, 8/18 – Looking for a new DIY? 👀 Join the resin obsession!
The Home Depot, 8/14 – Design Your Garage Door with Clopay®
DICK’S Sporting Goods, 8/14 – Deals to Help You Stay Active 🎣 👟 ⛳
Bass Pro Shops, 8/14 – We’ve got everything you need for a great hunting season!
Eddie Bauer, 8/8 — 🏕️ Tonight’s The Night! Let’s Sleep Under The Stars
ModCloth, 8/26 – Did someone say FREE dresses!?
Everlane, 8/26 – “Comfort level = 100.”
Bonobos, 8/20 – New(!) & On Sale(!!): 30% Off New Fall Arrivals(!!!)
Victoria’s Secret, 8/6 – Own your confidence in our #1 bra collection
Crate and Barrel, 8/8 — $1000 for your thoughts.
Quiksilver, 8/16 – Plastic bottles look good on you
Moosejaw, 8/26 – Check out who inspires us: The Blackalachian
Eddie Bauer, 8/22 – ENDS TOMORROW! Get 40% Off When You Sign Up For Rewards Via Text
Trailer Life Magazine, 8/22 – Vote Now! 2020 Readers’ Choice Awards
West Elm, 8/30 – End tomorrow! Win a 6-month HBO Max subscription *AND* $500 from us

New posts on

On-Demand Webinar: The Email Subscriber Lifecycle

On-Demand Webinar: The Hierarchy of Subscriber Needs

EmailTalk Podcast: The Impact of Coronavirus on Email Marketing with Chad White

On-Demand Webinar: The Questions to Ask Instead about Email Marketing ROI

On-Demand Webinar: Keep Optimizing Email Marketing Webinar

On-Demand Webinar: Choosing the Best Days to Send Email Campaigns This Holiday Season

The Last Word on July 2020

The Most Critical Email Deliverability Questions on-demand webinar

The most critical email deliverability questions are YOUR QUESTIONS, especially during this time when so many companies and email programs have been disrupted and are under so much pressure. To help you get the answers you need, Oracle CX Marketing Consulting’s Email Deliverability Services team got together to answer pre-submitted and live questions about a range of issues that fall under the umbrella of email deliverability.

During this attendee-driven 57-minute webinar, we answer questions about:

  • The biggest deliverability challenges of 2020 so far
  • The value of BIMI and how to take advantage of it
  • How to get into Gmail’s Primary tab—and whether that’s a good idea
  • How to safely send full-file transactional emails
  • The ISPs that have been the most challengingly lately in terms of deliverability
  • The pros and cons of double opt-in
  • The value of Sender Scores
  • Win-back campaign best practices
  • And more

By the end of the webinar, you’ll have a better understanding of all of those issues, plus advice that’s grounded in the challenging times we’re experiencing right now.

>> Watch the on-demand webinar on Oracle’s Modern Marketing Blog

11 Email Experts Share Their Holiday Marketing Tips

The holiday season is just around the corner, so Webbula invited me and 10 other digital marketing experts to share their tips for how to prepare for what will surely be an unusually risk-filled holiday season.

My advice focuses on three areas:

  • How the shape of the holiday season is likely to be very different this year, with retailers shifting email campaign volume earlier in the season to lock in sales before late December when risks rise—which we discuss in much more detail in our webinar about Choosing the Best Days to Send Email Campaigns This Holiday Season
  • The need for much more contingency planning than usual due to the likelihood of a second wave of coronavirus and the impact that would have on store capacities, staffing levels, and delivery delays—which we discuss in more detail in our third quarter Holiday Marketing Quarterly
  • And how businesses need to do a better job at curbside pickup and, more broadly, omnichannel integration—which our consultants rated as a Competitive Differentiator this year

Check our my 12-minute video, plus advice from Jeanne Jennings, Dela Quist, Jenna Tiffany, and the others. A lot of great and varied perspectives to help you think broadly about getting ready for the holiday season this year.

>> Read the full post on Webbula’s blog

Double Opt-In Best Practices

Double Opt-In Best Practices for Email Marketing

Double opt-in (DOI) permission practices are often seen as unnecessary and harmful to list growth. However, when used correctly, they can improve your email program’s results by protecting your sender reputation, which keeps you from having deliverability problems.

In this post, we answer key questions about double opt-in, including:

  • How does a DOI process work?
  • What are the advantages of DOI?
  • What are the disadvantages of DOI?
  • Where should I use a DOI process?
  • How can I maximize DOI confirmations?

We also share how we used double opt-in best practices with the Oracle CX Marketing Consulting newsletter, which enjoys a 96% opt-in confirmation rate. As we discuss the best practices, we share screenshots of our subscription confirmation page, opt-in confirmation request email, and opt-in confirmation page so you can see exactly how we put them into action.

Of course, you’re also welcome to experience them yourself by signing up for our twice-monthly newsletter, which is full of advice and insights from our more than 500 digital marketing consultants.

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


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