Posted on January 12, 2021
The second you send an email, the content in it starts to age. While some content is evergreen and maintains its relevance until whenever your subscribers open your email, other content has a limited lifespan, after which it’s considerably less useful—or completely useless. However, live content can make sure that your content is fresh no matter when your email is opened.
That’s because live content is populated at the time that an individual subscriber opens your email, not at the time that you send it. This not only ensures that your email content is timely, it also allows marketers to include content in their emails that would be difficult to include otherwise.
While image caching by Gmail and Yahoo Mail can sometimes short circuit live content, it’s still powerful. In fact, because of live content’s unique benefits, Oracle Marketing Consultants consider it to be a low adoption–high impact email marketing trend, which means that using live content offers not only significant benefits but also a competitive advantage.
Live content is most effective when used to display content that changes rapidly. Here is our list of the use cases where we think it delivers the biggest impact:
- Live countdown timers
- Account dashboards
- Real-time inventory
- Live poll results
- Device targeting
- Calendar invites
- Live sports scores, medal counts, etc.
- Local weather
- Local maps
- Social media feeds
In this blog post, Oracle Consulting’s Nick Cantu talks about each of those in turn.
Posted on January 6, 2021
Classic email templates are becoming obsolete. They are difficult to maintain, don’t offer enough flexibility, make personalization cumbersome, and take too much time to turn into a final email campaign that’s ready to send. Because of all of those weaknesses, more companies are migrating to modular email architectures and reaping significant improvements.
In this webinar, we’ll explain:
- How modular email architecture differs from traditional email templates
- The benefits of having a modular email architecture
- The popularity and adoption rate of this way of creating emails
- What’s involved in building a modular email architecture
- How Oracle CX Marketing Consulting and our clients use modular email architecture
You’ll leave this webinar with a clear understanding of how modular email architecture can speed up your email production, improve your testing, increase your use of personalization, and more.
Modular Email Architecture: The Next-Generation Email Template
Date: Jan. 21, 2021
Time: 1pm ET/10 am PT
Duration: 1 hour
Jason Witt, Senior Director of Creative Services, Oracle CX Marketing Consulting
Nick Cantu, Senior Art Director for Creative Services, Oracle CX Marketing Consulting
Chad S. White, Head of Research, Oracle CX Marketing Consulting (moderator)
Posted on January 5, 2021
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, Brian Sullivan, Clea Moore, and Shine Lyui explain how the following news and events will impact marketers’ email deliverability:
- Gmail recalculates their Spam Rate
- California expands CCPA with passage of CPRA
- Yahoo Mail supports AMP for Email
For the full discussion of each of these issues…
Posted on January 4, 2021
Must-read articles, posts & reports
Why Successful Marketers Always Invest in Email Marketing (Email on Acid)
What’s the optimal width for your email design? (Taxi for Email)
Insightful & entertaining tweets
Too many email programs are not ready for all https in 2021. Get those SSL certs stat folks.
— 𝔸𝕃𝔼𝕏 (@alexcwilliams) December 17, 2020
Companies be tryna blend their unsubscribe button in with their regular font but imma find that bitch every time pic.twitter.com/EM97ZusXW0
— Cooch Hall (@guinep_paltrow) December 17, 2020
— Paris Fisher (@ParissFisher) December 19, 2020
Noteworthy subject lines
Walgreens, 12/10 – Questions about the COVID-19 vaccine? We’ve got answers.
T.J.MAXX, 12/31 – NEW IN: these gym outfits are GOALS
Dollar General, 12/31 – 🥂🎉 Countdown to 2021 at home.
NORDSTROM, 12/19 – Instant Outfit: NYE at home // Earn $50 to spend! Details inside.
Macy’s, 12/26 – After Christmas Sale = the perf time to use that Gift Card
NORDSTROM RACK, 12/26 – The Gift Yourself Event starts now!
Express, 12/26 – Time for self-gifting 🎁 40-60% off EVERYTHING
Zales, 12/26 – Didn’t Get Everything You Wanted For Christmas?
Everlane, 12/26 – The Goodbye 2020 Event Is Now Open
The Home Depot, 12/25 – Merry Christmas to All Our Doers 🎄
Zales, 12/25 – 🎄 Happiest Of Holidays From Zales! Open for Our Gift to You!
Burlington, 12/25 – Wishing you the merriest of Christmases
Saks Fifth Avenue, 12/25 – From all of us at Saks, happy holidays
Bed Bath & Beyond, 12/24 – 20% Off ENTIRE purchase w/Curbside! Shop our 🎁 gift guide + EXTENDED holiday hours! Plus, take these coupons!
Wegmans, 12/24 – Need Holiday Help? We’re Here Until 6pm!
Tractor Supply Company, 12/23 – Order Through Our App and Get Last Minute Gifts Before Christmas
Panera Bread, 12/23 – eGift cards make holiday gifting quick & easy.
Victoria’s Secret, 12/19 – Holiday Hint: eGift Cards guarantee the perfect present.
Patagonia, 12/23 – Let them choose
Applebee’s, 12/10 – 🎁 Buy a $50 Gift Card, Get a $10 Bonus!
Neiman Marcus, 12/20 – Need it by 12/25? Free shipping by Christmas + 60% off
Eddie Bauer, 12/20 – Last Day For Free Guaranteed Delivery By 12/24
Uncommon Goods, 12/15 – It’s not too late (yet) to ship holiday gifts
Bass Pro Shops, 12/11 – Great clothing ideas to finish up your Christmas shopping
Williams Sonoma, 12/17 – Re-create restaurant steaks at home + order now for Christmas delivery
Uncommon Goods, 12/9 – Cool, cute, and clever stocking stuffers for the win 🎄
Foot Locker, 12/15 – 🎁🎄 Gift slippers, shoe cleaner, bags + tons of other A1 stocking stuffers
Sears, 12/10 – GIFTS: Foodie 🥩 Techie 💻 Fitness Guru 🏋️ DIYer 🔧
Saks Fifth Avenue, 12/17 – What comedian Hasan Minhaj is gifting his family this year
Saks Fifth Avenue, 12/3 – Saks Chief Merchant Tracy Margolies shares her holiday picks
Moosejaw.com, 12/2 – 🚨 FINAL HOURS – for 50% Back in Moosejaw Rewards
Express Cyber Sale, 12/1 – BONUS DAY: Cyber Tuesday is here! Big Deals from $15
Crate and Barrel, 12/13 – How to create a cozy outdoor oasis this winter
Staples, 12/8 – Remote worker or learner? This deal’s for you.
Gap, 12/17 – Wear this puffer, save plastic bottles!
GapCash, 12/5 – You’ve got $40 in free GapCash waiting—use it on EVERYTHING!
Moosejaw.com, 12/31 – FREE $10 for doing almost nothing.
VS PINK, 12/31 — $1,000,000 to strengthen the mental health of young adults
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Posted on December 25, 2020
Posted on December 22, 2020
Hear us out. Direct mail has changed. A lot of marketers think of it as static offset printed letters and postcards that are mass market. While that’s still the case for some direct mail, the channel as a whole has learned a lot of new tricks over the years. Today, with digital printing, smart presses, and integration with other channels, it can mirror much of the functionality we love in email marketing, including:
- Personalization of direct mail content, both images and copy
- Individually attributable results, so a campaign’s return on investment can be calculated
- Segmentation, so direct mail pieces go to people who are mostly likely to respond
- Automation to send the right direct mail pieces to the right people at the right time
- Omnichannel orchestration to take direct mail out of its silo and integrate it with broader cross-channel efforts
In this post, Oracle Consulting’s Jonathan McClure talks about each of those in turn…
Posted on December 15, 2020
Subscriber engagement is one of the most important factors that determine your email deliverability. That not only means that senders need to use tactics and strategies that increase engagement, such as good email design and targeting, but they need to closely manage their inactive subscribers. These are the subscribers who aren’t opening or clicking, which hurts how engaged your subscribers appear in the eyes of inbox providers.
When developing a plan for managing them, it’s critical to ensure that you have a plan for both kinds of inactive subscribers:
- Long-term inactives are subscribers who used to be active but haven’t opened or clicked an email in a long time
- Never-actives are subscribers who are new to your list and haven’t opened or clicked a single email since they signed up
Both pose a risk to your engagement rates, as well as both being a spam trap risk. In this blog post, Daniel Deneweth, Oracle CX Marketing Consulting’s Head of Email Deliverability Services, looks at each one and talk about how to manage them.
Posted on December 8, 2020
The idea of a pixel-perfect email rendering across every email client died a long time ago. The challenge for most of the past decade has been to achieve platform-perfect rendering, where an email renders up to the fullest capabilities of a particular inbox provider.
But even that is an increasingly tall order for four main reasons:
- The traditional landscape of email clients is still quite expansive
- The viewing options selected by email recipients
- The decision of senders to use email content and code that has limited support or inconsistent implementations
- The growth of browserless email clients with limited rendering functionality and conversion ability
Let’s talk about each of them in turn, starting with…
Posted on December 4, 2020
Must-read articles, posts & reports
What Consumers Want from Email (eMarketer)
30 Email Marketing Influencers to Follow in 2020 (Sendinblue)
Email Marketing Trends 2021 – 5 Trends to Watch (Smart Insights)
Insightful & entertaining tweets
Email is dead.
!⃝ 𝗧𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗰𝗹𝗮𝗶𝗺 𝗶𝘀 𝗱𝗶𝘀𝗽𝘂𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗯𝘆 𝗼𝗳𝗳𝗶𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝘀𝗼𝘂𝗿𝗰𝗲𝘀
— Ted Goas (@TedGoas) November 17, 2020
How email marketers are being made redundant in this period is beyond me. You think the lost revenue is bad now, wait until you remove the person responsible for managing your cheapest and most effective route to market.
— Rut Dawson (@rutdawson) December 2, 2020
🔥 Been seeing huge value in ‘partial unsubscribe’ links.
[Click if you don’t want any more Black Friday 2019 emails]
[Turn off feature updates, I just want the educational emails]
Easy to do… lets readers self-segment what they actually value, vs losing them altogether
— Shai Schechter (@shaisc) November 28, 2019
Noteworthy subject lines
Inspire by Namecheap, 11/19 – What NOT TO DO on Black Friday
REI, 11/25 – We’re Closing on Black Friday—Again
Belk Black Friday Sale, 11/27 – Black Friday deals still going strong 💪 UP TO 75% OFF
Nordstrom, 11/27 – Don’t miss Black Friday Cyber Deals! Up to 50% off + get an extra 25% off Clearance
Banana Republic, 11/27 – Not 30. Not 40… 50% Off Everything
Moosejaw.com, 11/30 – 🚨FINAL HOURS – for 50% Back in Moosejaw Rewards
Victoria’s Secret, 11/27 – Wish list granted: BOGO 50% OFF
Gap Black Friday, 11/27 – *BEST PRICES OF THE YEAR* on our BEST GIFTS
Eddie Bauer, 11/27 – The best deals of the year are FLANNEL-Y here 🎉
Belk Black Friday, 11/26 – Alexa, how many calories are in stuffing? 🤔 $18.99 Amazon Echo Dot
Lane Bryant, 11/26 – $25 Bras Now. Pie later.
Office Depot, 11/26 – Still not full? Get a second serving of Black Friday deals
Macy’s Black Friday, 11/27 – Don’t miss 70-80% off 1250-thread count sheet sets & more + Free Ship at $25
Williams Sonoma, 11/26 – Top 5 gift lists + gifts that give back
Quiksilver, 11/15 – The best gifts for you – and for the planet
Petco Foundation, 11/15 – Gifts that give back to 🐶 🐱 🐰
Crate and Barrel, 11/27 – Black Friday: Free furniture delivery + 4 more ways to save
Applebee’s Grill + Bar, 11/27 – Black Friday Gift Card Offer!
Victoria’s Secret, 11/23 – Shop Black Friday *early*
Gap Black Friday, 11/23 – 🌟 Black Friday OFFICIALLY starts NOW 🌟
Bass Pro Shops, 11/22 – Black Friday Hot Deals are starting soon! Preview them NOW!
Sears, 11/23 – 🎁 🎁 🎁 🎁 🎁 🎁 🎁 🎁
Sears, 11/16 – Today’s Black Friday Now deal 💦👚 💦 It’s laundry day
Big Lots, 11/16 – ⏰ It’s never too early to start gift shopping!
Zales, 11/13 – 🥳 We’re Celebrating Black Friday Early!
Crate & Barrel, 11/12 – BLACK FRIDAY STARTS NOW.
Bass Pro Shops, 11/5 – We’re got Black Friday deals all month long!
Dollar General, 11/4 – Bring on the turkey and thankful guests.
Bed Bath & Beyond, 11/24 – We’re making the holidays easy to celebrate from home.
Tractor Supply Co., 11/17 – NEW App Feature – Discover the Convenience of Life Out Here
Saks Fifth Avenue, 11/23 – Tune in tonight for our virtual holiday show & window unveiling
Macy’s, 11/23 – Holiday cheer is near: our new virtual Santaland is coming!
West Elm, 11/21 – Get a FREE design session AND gifting help
IKEA, 11/23 – Chad, get holiday cooking tips from a pro
Williams Sonoma, 11/14 – Best gravy EVER!
Wegmans, 11/12 – Thanksgiving Wines You’ll Love
Dollar General, 11/12 – 20% off for Veterans, Active Duty Military and their families.
Bass Pro Shops, 11/8 – Special Offer for our Military and Hometown Heroes
T.J.MAXX, 11/16 – Save BIG on home updates 🏡
Everlane, 11/12 – Our First Socks Are Here
Baby at Burlington, 11/10 – NEW PRODUCT ALERT: We now sell baby essentials!
Gap Friends & Family, 11/8 – Meet the coatigan
Uncommon Goods, 11/8 – Winter’s coming. Is your game closet prepared?
Kohl’s, 11/4 – Check out our Wellness Market + find what you need to live a little healthier.
IKEA, 11/13 – Chad, get a FREE day of child card at KinderCare
Kenneth Cole, 11/3 – TODAY IS ELECTION DAY
Foot Locker, 11/3 – Rock the Vote Today! 🗳️
Nordstrom, 11/3 – Make your voice heard on Election Day
Tattly Temporary Tattoos, 11/3 – We’re holding our breath.
Z Gallerie, 11/3 – Tell Your Friends & Family To Vote Today ✅
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Posted on December 3, 2020
With consumers struggling financially and retailers having succeeded in pulling holiday sales into early November and even October, the downward trend in sales and email marketing activity during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend continued on Cyber Monday.
Oracle Marketing Consulting predicted a 10% increase in email volume on Cyber Monday during their Choosing the Best Days to Send Email Campaigns This Holiday Season webinar in August. However, official numbers show that B2C marketers sent 10.9% fewer emails on Cyber Monday compared to last year, according to data from Oracle Marketing Consulting based on a panel of more than 40 major national B2C brands using the Oracle Responsys Campaign Management platform.
On Cyber Monday, preliminary performance data shows that unique email open rates were down 13.1% year-over-year and revenue per email was down 35.6%, according to Oracle’s panel data.
For all the details…