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Coming Back After Quarantine

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In March of 2020, when the lockdown started, many businesses scaled back their operations, assuming that it would be over in a few months. We all know what happened next.

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Happy New Year?

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We assume most of you are glad to see 2020 come to an end, not that it looks like things have improved with the new year just yet. For email marketing software providers (ESPs), 2020 was a mixed bag. On one hand, many businesses relied more than ever on email to get the word out about their products.

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Email Marketers and California’s New Data Privacy Law

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In June of 2018, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). Taking its inspiration from the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the CCPA was intended to protect online data privacy.

Hey Google, Why’d You Do That?

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Last week, Google suffered several major outages. Naturally, it made the news. So many people rely on Google for search, Gmail, YouTube, and maps, not to mention Drive, which some companies use to prepare documents and presentations. We don’t fault Google for having an outage.

11 Email Deliverability Strategies to Reach the Inbox

With nearly 1 in 5 emails from U.S. senders failing to reach the inbox, deliverability challenges still plague senders and prevent email campaign success. Check out this deliverability guide for actionable strategies and real-world examples of companies applying smart inboxing tactics.

The Techniques Behind Mail Client Unsubscribe Links

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Of course, we’d all rather have no unsubscribes from our painstakingly crafted newsletters and promotional mailings, but you can’t please everyone, and having a recipient unsubscribe is vastly superior to having them mark your email as spam.

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Drag-and-Drop Solutions

Goolara

Perhaps it’s because I had already spent so much time learning HTML, or perhaps it was just prejudice, but, until recently, I gave drag-and-drop email design solutions little consideration. After all, how hard is it to create a few divs and tables then add images and text?

Privacy Report 2020

Goolara

The second decade of the 21st century is shaping up to become known as The Privacy Decade. Recent legislation, both internationally and in the United States, is primed to change the parameters regarding what information about a person you can or can’t collect, and the limitations on what you can do with that information. One thing these regulations have in common is that they don’t restrict their data privacy requirements to emails sent from within their borders.

A Look Back at 2019: The Year in Email

Goolara

It’s that time again! Our annual looks back at email shenanigans. The things that worked and the things that didn’t. We look at the clever, the ill-advised and the sloppy. For our first example, we have one that is both clever and ill-conceived. Please Read my … Email.

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Pro Tip: Personalizing Emails for Your Sales Staff

Goolara

A powerful tool for any email marketer is the ability to personalize each email. Normally, when we think of this, we think of personalization for the recipient, but sometimes you may also want to personalize the emails for the sender. That is, instead of your mailings coming from one company source, they appear to come from your salespeople individually. You might see this as “faking” emails from your sales staff but it is a useful and important technique for any serious marketer. Here’s why.

5 Key Elements for Building a Successful Data-Driven Product

When selecting data providers, companies must ensure they’re tapping into comprehensive, high-quality streams of fresh information which can be easily integrated into their products in a privacy-compliant manner.

The Year in Email

Goolara

Here we are again. Another year has come and gone. As always, there was no shortage of email flubs this years and we’ve collected a few of our favorites. Interestingly, we saw fewer of the “Dear [customer name]” errors that used to plague email marketing. Either people have finally made sure that their name fields contain information, or they’re starting to use dynamic content more. Either way, it’s nice to see that one go away.

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The Email Game 2018

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It’s Holiday Season again, and in keeping with past Holiday Seasons, here’s this year’s email game. This one is based on the classic “Shut the Box” but with an email delivery theme. We’ve modified the rules slightly to reflect aspects of email marketing and we’ve added a rule that simulates the difficulty of getting email delivered during the holiday season. It’s a very easy game to play and lots of fun. Enjoy! Rules.

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GDPR and Email: Part 3, Data Portability

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NOTE: This is the third in a series of articles addressing the GDPR and its effects on email marketing. For an overview of the subject, see our previous article: GDPR and Email: Part 1, an Overview. Last time on this blog, we looked at the issues of forgetting and unsubscribing , and how the General Protection Data Regulation (GDPR) affects email marketers.

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GDPR and Email: Part 2, Unsubscribing and Forgetting

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NOTE: This is the second in a series of articles addressing the GDPR and its effects on email marketing. For an overview of the subject, see our previous article: GDPR and Email: Part 1, an Overview. No aspect of the General Protection Data Regulation (GDPR) has generated more confusion and misinformation than Article 17—the notorious “Right to Erasure” clause.

The Retailer’s Playbook for Customer Acquisition

This playbook outlines the four phases of program development and illustrates each point with real-world case studies from retailers that have found success.

Amazon and Email Marketing: Servers in the Ether

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For anyone interested in migrating an in-house server to Amazon Web Service (AWS), the question remains: How do I migrate my email marketing system and send email from an Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instance? If you don’t know what that means, don’t worry, we’ll explain it all. The important thing to remember is this: Goolara Symphonie can be run from AWS, giving cloud users a powerful tool to perform email marketing from their own environment. Amazon’s Cloud.

GDPR and Email: Part 1, an Overview

Goolara

They started working on it in 2012, and for the next four years, the countries of the European Union argued over, cajoled each other, and hammered out the details of a ruling known as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

The Email Game 2017

Goolara

A couple years ago, as a gift to our readers for the holidays, we offered The Email Game , a simple luck-based game that also served as an instructional tool for learning what to do, and what not to do when sending out your mailings. This year we’re back with a game we call Spam Attacks , based on the subscription bomb attacks that plagued ESPs everywhere in late 2016.

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Our ESP has been hacked!

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We recently had a customer come to us to say their account had been hacked, and spam email was being sent from our system. We immediately investigated but were unable to find any sign of problems.

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Going Beyond Account-Based Marketing: Why ABM-i is the Wave of the Future

Evolve beyond account-based marketing and create a hyper-personalized approach that considers stakeholders as individuals. Learn 8 strategies to use data and technology to create scalable yet personalized ABM programs.

A Look at Email Ten Years From Now

Goolara

Have you ever wondered what email marketing will be like ten years from now? Will it still exist? What devices will people be using to read their email? We do wonder sometimes, and it can be fun to try and make some predictions about where the field is headed. Predicting the future is always a tricky matter, and things you feel so sure about can turn out to be so wrong.

The Past Year in Email

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Another year has come and gone, and although after the events of last year it seemed like the earth was about to spin off its axis, we’re still here and email is as strong as ever. It’s time once again for our annual look back at the best and worst examples of email of the past year. There are a few old favorites and a few surprises. We’ll start with that old chestnut that never seems to go away: The Bad Mail Merge.

Landing Pages for Industrial Lead Generation

Industrial Marketing Today

The importance of landing pages for industrial lead generation cannot be overstated. That’s where conversions happen—visitors turn into leads. Landing pages are where your visitors first land from a marketing campaign or a social.

The Resurgence of AR and VR Content in a Post-Pandemic World

Marketing Insider Group

When people hear the terms augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) their minds tend to think futuristically. But the truth is, AR and VR content is here — and it’s not even new.

7 Data-Driven Lead Generation Strategies That Drive Growth

Delivering sales-ready leads is a constant challenge for B2B marketers. Check out these 7 strategies to find and target high-value prospects who are ready to buy, and motivate them to act.

5 Consumer Behavior Trends Marketers Are Watching in 2021

Marketing Insider Group

In a year where just about nothing was predictable, consumers actually were. Clear consumer behavior trends have emerged over the past several months, even as circumstances have changed.

B2B Marketers Still Prioritizing Customer Experience & Engagement

KoMarketing Associates

As B2B marketers continue to target multiple key objectives, new research indicates that customer engagement and experience remain at the top of the list.

Use But Don’t Abuse: 5 Tips for Content Creators

Marketing Insider Group

Every minute, about five hours of content makes its way to YouTube. And within the next few years, the Internet is expected to expand considerably from a usage standpoint. In light of this reality, plenty of entrepreneurs have become full-blown content creators. Their roles vary.

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Digital Marketing’s Three Largest Shifts

Marketing Insider Group

Digital marketing is a revolutionary way for companies, big and small, to market their wares to consumers. From endless options to scalable budgets, digital marketing has transformed the way companies present themselves to consumers. .

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The Forrester Wave™: B2B Marketing Data Providers, Q2 2021

In our 24-criterion evaluation of B2B marketing data providers, we identified the 11 most significant vendors — Data Axle, Dun & Bradstreet, Enlyft, Global Database, InsideView, Leadspace, Oracle, SMARTe, Spiceworks Ziff Davis, TechTarget, and ZoomInfo Technologies — and researched, analyzed, and scored them. This report shows how each provider measures up and helps B2B marketing professionals select the right one for their needs.

The Insider Guide to Increasing Your Email Subscribers

Marketing Insider Group

It’s 2021, so it’s a fair bet we all know that email marketing is important. Even more important? Increasing email subscribers. Brands with large subscriber lists ultimately see more marketing ROI and convert more paying customers. Let’s talk about how you can build yours. Quick Takeaways.

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Why Social Media Isn’t Enough To Drive Your Business Growth

Marketing Insider Group

Nearly 4 billion people are on social media around the world, so it makes sense that brands are turning to social media as a core part of their digital marketing strategies.

B2B Marketers Now Use Facebook More Than Any Other Social Network

KoMarketing Associates

B2B marketers use a wide range of social media platforms these days to reach out to their prospects and customers. Now, new research indicates that the one they use most often also tops the list of most important platforms among social media marketers.

Six Reasons Marketers Can Stop Relying on Spreadsheets

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Useful but impractical, handy but unwieldy, and trusty but untrustworthy, spreadsheets can be a polarizing tool for marketing management. On the one hand, most marketing leaders have always used spreadsheets—it’s understandably what they’re accustomed to using, so why rock the boat?

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4 AI Hacks to Make Sales Teams More Efficient

Over the last two years, there’s been a 76 percent increase in AI adoption across sales organizations. For sales teams, AI opens up a world of new possibilities, including automating outreach, identifying best-fit buyers, and keeping CRMs flush with fresh data. Read on to learn the four AI hacks sales teams need to improve their performance. Download the eBook today!

7 Key Stats That Point to the Future of Marketing

Marketing Insider Group

I just read that in the year 2100, Nigeria will be the 2nd most populous country. And that by 2100, populations will plunge a lot across what we call the “developed world” (hate that term – it’s so condescending isn’t it?).

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