Fri, Jan 14, 05 | Author: Robert Hicks | Category: sending email
A majority of the email messages we receive today either ends up in our saved messages folder or goes straight to the trash can. The way our human mind picks through emails which are important, is by looking at the headline. If the headline does not appeal to our normal judgment of being a legitimate reason for contact, the email will most likely be deleted.
The problem with today's email messages are the bogus and hyped up headlines and content that does not match the headline. The purpose of the headline is that it must sell the email message. Without the main theme in the headline telling of the product or service, the purpose of the headline has been shot down and eventually ends up in the trash. This means for those who are trying to sell by email, you must let the reader know what it is you are trying to sell in order to gain their interest.
Fri, Jan 14, 05 | Author: Alynn Gillespie | Category: email marketing
In Internet Retailer magazine, a Mike Adams survey of 1,057 legitimate e-mail marketers had an alarming statistic: 36 percent of those surveyed had valid opt-in rights and didn't send a single e-mail. Poor business practice? You bet.
These e-tailers obtained e-mail addresses and the permission to market to them, but never followed through. Possible reasons?
Fri, Jan 14, 05 | Author: | Category:
It has been said that we are living in the Information Age. The Internet puts information at our fingertips and connects it all together. Information drives today's business and our culture thrives upon it.
Tue, Dec 14, 04 | Author: Alynn Gillespie | Category: best practices, tips
One of every marketer's primary aims is to earn consumer trust. Judging from a recent survey, many marketers need to get the trust issue right. Although trust plays a role in all forms of advertising, it has particular importance for email marketers.
Consumers responding to the survey indicate their trust level in terms of different advertising forms:
- Word of mouth from friends and family
- Branded Web sites
- Opt-in email
So how do these stats affect the email world? Very simple.
Tue, Dec 14, 04 | Author: Alynn Gillespie | Category: email marketing, sending email
An estimated 95 percent of all commercial email messages are sent in HTML or in a multipart (combined HTML and text) format. Most e-mail includes at least a single external image, even if it's the open-tracking image, a clear, one-pixel GIF image used to track whether an e-mail has been opened.
Virtually all e-mail marketers host images on a Web server, rather than embed them within the message itself. To load images, a call is made back to the hosting server.
The main reasons behind image-blocking features are to enable users to prohibit pornographic images from loading and to prevent spammers from knowing if users open their messages.
Sun, Nov 14, 04 | Author: | Category:
For the past decade, phrases like Customer Marketing, One-to-One Marketing, and Relationship Marketing have been at the top of the buzz-list in the marketing world. The concept these words convey is simple- the customer should be the center of your marketing program and you should deliver what they want, when they want it. When this is done right, it affects the customer's loyalty and willingness to remain a customer.
Thu, Oct 14, 04 | Author: Alynn Gillespie | Category: email marketing
If an e-mail clients blocks images by default, such as Outlook 2003, a recipient can read an entire message either in the message preview pane or when it's opened, but no images will be shown and neither will the message be counted as opened.
The Blocked Images Issue
It has been estimated that 95 percent of all commercial e-mail messages are sent in HTML or in multipart format. Most e-mail includes at least a single external image, even if it's the open-tracking image (a clear, one-pixel GIF image used to track whether an e-mail has been opened.)
Thu, Oct 14, 04 | Author: Alynn Gillespie | Category: best practices, tips
It's common knowledge in order to be successful online you need build a large, quality list through some type of Opt-In offer.
You see them on almost every site you visit, some type of form, whether from a pop-up window or directly on the site itself, that is asking for your name and email address in exchange for some type of offer (newsletter, e-course, free chapter etc.)
Sun, Oct 10, 04 | Author: Alynn Gillespie | Category: best practices, email marketing, sending email, tips
Many people and e-mail programs now regard HTML e-mails as potential spam. That being said, the issue is "How do we send our enhanced, graphics-rich e-mail with the best chance of being opened?!" The answer is to get subscribers to add senders to their address books, helping ensure e-mail is delivered, not binned by the spam filter.
One reason to educate users about the need to add trusted senders to their address books is by default AOL and MSN don't display HTML in e-mail from unknown senders. Gmail defaults to not displaying HTML even from known senders. If you aren't added to the address book, chances are users don't see your HTML bells and whistles. How many customers have specifically added you to their address books?