Q4 2020 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 fourth quarter guide contains a 21-point checklist that helps you wrap up your final holiday prep and take action during the holiday season to maximize results and minimize problems. It covers six areas:

  1. Engaging your seasonal buyers
  2. Adjusting your automated campaigns
  3. Leveraging your new capabilities
  4. Coordinating across your channels
  5. Doing incremental A/B testing
  6. Finalizing your plans

For details on each of those…

>> Download the 14-page Q4 2020 Holiday Marketing Quarterly

Email Deliverability Quarterly: Gmail Launches BIMI Pilot, DigiCert-Valimail Partnership, 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, Daniel Deneweth, Heather Goff, Clea Moore, and Brian Sullivan explain how the following news and events will impact marketers’ email deliverability:

  • Gmail Launches BIMI Pilot
  • BIMI Gets a Boost with DigiCert-Valimail Partnership
  • Final Text of CCPA Approved
  • Gmail Launches Postmaster API
  • Internet Giant J2 Global Acquires Kickbox

For the full discussion of each of these issues…

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

The Last Word on September 2020

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

Must-read articles, posts & reports

Developer preview of AMP for email in Outlook.com – no longer supported (Microsoft)

Email Comes in Third in Driving Online Purchases, Study Finds (MediaPost)

Your Face Here: Creating illustration guidelines for a more inclusive visual identity (Airbnb Design)

3 Ways to Get What You Want by Doing Your Homework (Copyblogger)

New Blogging Statistics: Blogging still works, especially for the 10% of bloggers who do things very differently… (Orbit Media Studios)

Insightful & entertaining tweets

Noteworthy subject lines

VS PINK, 9/3 – PINK GIRLS VOTE! Get ready for election day!
Michaels, 9/19 – 🎅 🚂 Next Stop: Lemax Christmas Village! 2020 Collectibles Are Here ->
ModCloth, 9/14 – Witch better have my candy. 🧙‍♀️
Home Depot, 9/10 – 🎃 Make the Most of Halloween 🎃
Lowe’s Home Improvement, 9/10 – Kickoff football season with Lowe’s.
Bed Bath & Beyond, 9/30 – Same Day Delivery with Shipd—get it TODAY! 📦 🚚 ** Redeem your 20% coupon.
Dollar General, 9/5 – DG Pickup: Order ahead for free and pick up on your schedule.
Banana Republic, 9/24 – Introducting Banana Republic Rewards Program
Sephora Insider, 9/19 – Your points have been building up. See how far you’ve come this year.
GapCash, 9/25 – New face masks are here!
Crate and Barrel, 9/13 – Home bar remix: The Calder collection.
Uncommon Goods, 9/9 – 🎂 🍹 Happy Birthday distance-toasting: let’s make it a thing.
Office Depot, 9/19 – Seating to meet every need
ModCloth, 9/6 – At home, but make it fashion.
Nordstrom, 9/10 – Fall’s top five pieces
DICK’S Sporting Goods, 9/24 – Cool-Weather Essentials 🍁 + Up to 50% Off This Week’s Deals
Target, 9/5 – Cozy season is just around the corner…
Target, 9/14 – Garden-less greens: a fresh look without the fuss 🌿
VS PINK, 9/13 – 🍑 perfect Seamless is always IN!
Gap, 9/19 – Try our Untucked Shirt. Never go back
Gap, 9/10 – Wearing a bra never felt more comfortable
ModCloth, 9/14 – Feminist finds that are one-of-a-kind.
Zales, 9/13 – Saying Thank You Makes The World A Better Place
Home Depot, 9/29 — S•U•P•E•R • S•A•V•I•N•G•S
Omaha Steaks, 9/15 – This $25 E-Reward Card is yours, Chad!
Eddie Bauer, 9/16 – Eddie Bauer x Sub Pop Limited-Edition Flannel
Foot Locker, 9/1 – This is COLLABORAID. Dropping soon.
West Elm, 9/19 – Inside: Our free Design Crew transformed this NYC apartment
Michaels, 9/30 – What will you create for this week’s art prompt?
Petco Foundation, 9/9 – Has your adopted pet changed your life?

New posts on EmailMarketingRules.com

Understanding Email Click Rates

Litmus’s Delivering Podcast: Seeing Into the Future With Oracle’s Chad S. White

8 Ways to Reduce Email List Churn

How 5G Wireless Will Impact Marketers

Understanding Email Open Rates

On-Demand Webinar: The Most Critical Email Deliverability Questions

Watch Out for These 5 Trouble-Making Marketing Outliers

Webbula: Roundup for Email Marketing Holiday Tips

Double Opt-In Best Practices

The Last Word on August 2020

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.

8 Ways to Reduce Email List Churn

SmarterCX - 8 Ways to Reduce Email List Churn

Growing your email list is a challenge. Email list churn makes that challenge even harder. That’s because you have to replace every subscriber who unsubscribes, reports your emails as spam, or becomes chronically inactive just to keep your list size steady, much less grow it.

It’s like walking up a down escalator. The more your list churns, the faster you have to go to avoid losing ground. And that escalator is moving pretty fast for most companies. According to Return Path research, 44% of new subscribers will typically churn before reaching their first anniversary on your list.

Fortunately, here are 8 steps you can take to reduce your email list churn…

>> Read the entire post on SmarterCX.com

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

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