Horvath: To Suppress or Not? Segment!

Horvath: To Suppress or Not? Segment!

List size is a metric that is ridiculous on its own. As every Email Marketer knows, it’s not about the size of the list, but the quality.

The battle over when to suppress users is age old, commonly fought between those who are focused on the size of the list, and those on the email side who understand that inactives hurt deliverability.

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Chuck Davis
Bravo Jody. This is right on and well said. Great Job. Readers - About Jody. Jody is one of the most aggressive in pursuit of ... Read More
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 14:43
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Kath Pay: 5 Ecommerce Customer Segments to Automate and Engage with Email

Kath Pay: 5 Ecommerce Customer Segments to Automate and Engage with Email

Your customer data is a goldmine of information just waiting to be discovered. You know that emails which reflect a customer's data are more relevant and likely to be acted on, but too many marketers stop at basics like name, gender or location.  

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The Best of the Friday Pitches: June Edition

The Best of the Friday Pitches: June Edition

Each week, the Only Influencers members get to pitch the membership on their latest and greatest tools, services, and studies. Here is the June edition of the Best of the Friday Pitches:

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Frady: An Honest Look at Your Career in Email Marketing

Frady: An Honest Look at Your Career in Email Marketing

Being an email marketer is a wonderful career choice. Email marketers are usually key drivers of a company’s revenue and – even more importantly - marginal profit. Being part of a team that continually captures the sentiment and actions of the consumer is a fun space to occupy. Plus, there are enough new technologies in play that make email marketing invigorating.

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Peter Duffy
Hi Bob, This is a really excellent article - thank you Many B2C brands are keen to explore Machine Learning, and Email marketin... Read More
Wednesday, 07 June 2017 15:57
Guest — Kay Kerman
Great article, Bob. Thanks for sharing your insights. Love this line "It’s really about who knows how what you know can help." It'... Read More
Wednesday, 07 June 2017 19:05
Guest — Dwayne Graves
Just wonderful post Bob, personally i am very interested for this topic.
Tuesday, 11 July 2017 06:16
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Jennings: The Blueprint for Better Email Performance Testing

Jennings: The Blueprint for Better Email Performance Testing

“The most important work in the vocabulary of advertising is TEST. Never stop testing and your advertising will never stop improving.”

David Ogilvy
Founder, Ogilvy and Mather
Considered the Father of Advertising

Sending an email marketing message is easy. But boosting bottom line performance from send-to-send -- that’s a little more difficult. The key to success here is testing.

If you’re not doing any performance testing, now’s the time to start. If you are already doing regular testing, commit to upping your game. Either way, here’s a quick walk through the process my team and I follow to help guide you.

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Are Chatbots the Future of Email? Unboxing Personic

Are Chatbots the Future of Email? Unboxing Personic

What if you could guarantee that you would have 100% deliverability and 3x the open rate for your email marketing programs? That is the promise of some new technology being developed to help marketers deliver the content of their emails in the format preferred by a large segment of the population: chatbots. 

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Why Are Top E-Retailers Still Struggling With Email?

Why Are Top E-Retailers Still Struggling With Email?
Shown to be 40 times more effective at acquiring customers than Facebook and Twitter combined, email remains a top priority for marketers across industries. Engaging users with relevant, personalized messaging is more important than ever when it comes to this essential channel.However, recent research shows that even the top online retailers...
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Guest — Ken Mahar
Nice article, but I think it's missing something. From our 17 years of experience at Email Broadcast serving this market - the cri... Read More
Thursday, 18 May 2017 21:23
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SPECIAL REPORT: Recap of the 2017 Las Vegas Email Innovations Summit

SPECIAL REPORT: Recap of the 2017 Las Vegas Email Innovations Summit
 Last month Only Influencers and Rising Media produced the 3rd Email Innovations Summit, our second one in Las Vegas. It was an incredible gathering of email marketers from around the world at what is becoming the email marketing industry’s family reunion. As the first conference for email marketers that’s created by...
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Latest Email Innovations: May 2017

Latest Email Innovations: May 2017

Every Friday, the OI Membership gets to pitch the community on their latest and greatest innovations. Here is the latest set of innovations: 

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Exclusive Poll Results: Email Opt-in Practices Following an Online Purchase

Exclusive Poll Results: Email Opt-in Practices Following an Online Purchase

The following are the results of a recent poll by Marketing Democracy and Only Influencers: what are marketers opt-in practices following an Online Purchase: 

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Guest — Kay Kerman
Thanks for the confirmation, Chris! Always good to know that what we've (i.e., the email marketer) been known to be the case has ... Read More
Wednesday, 03 May 2017 14:39
David Carpio
Good article and findings! Thanks Chris! One question came to mind while reading through the results: would either of the bette... Read More
Thursday, 04 May 2017 18:14
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David Rangel: AI at the Wheel: Marketing in the Age of Self-Driving Cars

David Rangel: AI at the Wheel: Marketing in the Age of Self-Driving Cars

Talk of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is everywhere, and not only in Silicon Valley. It’s impossible to avoid news stories of how AI will change entire industries (and potentially leave many of us unemployed in the process).

The most visible of these industries is transportation, where you can already see self-driving cars being tested (at least in California) and brands like Tesla have already included some self-driving functionality in their production models.

There is also talk in marketing circles about how AI is already impacting our efforts. For the most part, however, we’ve found this to be wishful thinking. Don’t get us wrong—AI will indeed come to marketing and will have a big impact. But today’s hype is mostly that, as very few marketers are set up to take advantage of AI. We are, unfortunately, still in a world where consumers feel they get too much email and marketers feel like few, if any, of their messages are read.

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Guest — Katey Charles Darpel
David, This article is helpful for those of us trying to get our arms around AI. My main question is this: What is meant by "full ... Read More
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 18:09
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Richelo Killian: 10 Tips For Delivering Your Messages To The Inbox

Richelo Killian: 10 Tips For Delivering Your Messages To The Inbox
When I first started writing this post, it was going to be a comprehensive guide to everything you need to do to get your marketing email messages to the inbox. The modest post quickly turned into a full-length book, and not just any book, but, a highly technical book talking about...
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Nice overview of deliverability but it's missing the most critical factor, which, at the end of the day, governs whether your emai... Read More
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 15:02
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Matt Williamson: Busting the ROI Myth

Matt Williamson: Busting the ROI Myth
In this day and age, digital marketers have the ability to be pickier than ever when it comes to new software. For every marketing problem, there are at least a handful of solutions to choose from; however, they all come with a price attached. One of the most painstaking jobs that...
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Bill McCloskey
My brain just grew. Thanks, Matthew!
Thursday, 27 April 2017 18:59
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David Baker: Consumers have changed, so why hasn’t your marketing?

David Baker: Consumers have changed, so why hasn’t your marketing?

Consumer digital consumption has changed a ton over recent years. While consumers are Snapchatting on iPhones and shopping on iPads while watching connected TVs, the email experience hasn’t changed a lot, outside of location.  Looking through rose colored glasses tells us the ROI is still significant, and a mainstay for virtually every marketer that has a digital presence, which has led to a consistent, but not that impressive industry growth over the last decade.   The bad news is, it’s not grown proportionate to other advertising channels as a percentage of total marketing spend.

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Best Email Marketing Pitches of the Week

Every Friday, Members of Only Influencers get to pitch their latest tools and products to the OI membership. Here are this week's best pitches: 

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Jessica Best: 6 Steps to Putting Data to Work in Email

Jessica Best: 6 Steps to Putting Data to Work in Email

It’s now 2017. We marketers have been chanting for “More data!” for years… and I think we can agree: we got it. Marketers use between 3 and 15 (!) data sources in their marketing, and the problem more often than not is that it doesn’t all live somewhere we can get to it or make sense of it.

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First-Person Marketing: Why It's Here and Why You Should Embrace It

First-Person Marketing: Why It's Here and Why You Should Embrace It

From time to time, the discussion on the Only Influencers' Email list turns to whether we as marketers need to be complex or not. Some email marketers say "Blast away!" Others say, "Let's be smarter than the average bear."

Let's get one thing straight right away: if you see yourself as a button-pusher, and if your email strategy is just to blast out campaign after campaign, this article is not for you. Unless you hunger for more. In which case, stick around.

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Talavera: When You Are Your Company: Sanity Tips for the Solopreneur

Talavera: When You Are Your Company: Sanity Tips for the Solopreneur

This month marks my 14-year anniversary of self-employment with Synchronicity Marketing and represents an important milestone: my own company is now the one I’ve worked for the longest.

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Gretchen Scheiman: Know Your Customer Journey

Gretchen Scheiman: Know Your Customer Journey

In the middle of rushing to send the latest announcement, update, sale email or whatever, it can be easy to forget the “who” and the “why”. But to maximize results, marketers need to know their audience well enough to know who they are sending to, and why that message will be important to that person. Do this by creating a customer journey for each segment of your audience.

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