Bill McCloskey is the founder of Only Influencers and eDataSource.

Unboxing Email on Acid

Unboxing Email on Acid

Today we are going to unbox the email technology company that, without a doubt, has the coolest name: Email On Acid.

Founded by web programmer John Thies and designer Michelle Klann in 2009, Email On Acid (based in Denver) is primarlily an email visualation tool but also has analytics capability and provides tools to increase inbox delivery and help blocked images render properly in the email client. 

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How to Become the CMO

How to Become the CMO

Email marketing programs – and the people who run them – are often among the single most profitable programs (and people) in an organization. The efforts they make to increase the stickiness of client relationships can add millions of dollars of marginal revenue to an organization.

Yet, when I find out that a new CMO or SVP of marketing has been added to a company, there is usually one glaring connection between nearly all of them…

They’re not email marketers.

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Unboxing: Touchstone from AlchemyWorx

Unboxing: Touchstone from AlchemyWorx

Welcome to a new series from Only Influencers called "Unboxing: Email". Each "Unboxing" article will examine the latest Email Innovations, and walk you through each tool from login to results. 

We kick off the series this week with a deep dive into AlchemyWorx's Touchstone product which is subtitled "Subject Line Gold". Touchstone, as the subtitle suggests, is an A/B Subject Line Testing tool.

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Guest — Team Touchstone
Thanks Bill What you identified is not a bug as much as a less than perfect user interface. If no sector is selected, we only run... Read More
Friday, 17 July 2015 08:03
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Friday Pitch Day Winner: Lift Science Launches

Friday Pitch Day Winner: Lift Science Launches

Greetings Influencers! I’m incredibly excited to announce my return to the Influencers, and the industry at large with the launch of Lift Science, an agency focusing on digital marketing strategy, analytics and tech integrations.

Our goal is to make data science more fun and approachable, and to help brands build truly groundbreaking, next-generation integrated marketing automation solutions on top of their digital infrastructure. There have never been more powerful tools or computational power available to marketers than we have today, but there’s a huge gap in the industry when it comes to connecting these incredible solutions in a seamless manner to effectively use their advanced features. If you’re looking to connect your company’s product recommendation engine or offer decisioning system to send real time messages through your ESP, we can help.

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Calculating the Optimal Emotional Language for Email Success

Calculating the Optimal Emotional Language for Email Success

"The reaction to, and response of, an email message has the same power to conjure up an emotional response as does the spoken word, and the response or behavior we influence is the action, or lack-there-of, seen in our customers. But how do you know what to say to create this emotional reaction, specifically in your email marketing communications?"

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Thanks for an interesting analysis. We came to some similar conclusions when developing Phrasee. However, our factor analysis sh... Read More
Thursday, 09 July 2015 16:29
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Contextual Email Marketing: The future of your email program

Contextual Email Marketing: The future of your email program

After a consumer opts into receiving your emails, I assume they’ll be somewhat active. During the initial weeks they’ll open, click, browse your website, and maybe even convert. However, it probably won’t take long for them to lose interest. They’ll delete without pause or filter into a subfolder for a rainy day. They may come back briefly when a compelling event motivates them to find your most recent offer or a reactivation campaign lures them in once again, but the pattern will repeat itself. They’ll get bored and disengage all over again.

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Friday Pitch Day Winner: LiveIntent

Friday Pitch Day Winner: LiveIntent

LiveIntent works with 450 brands and 750 publishers to deliver marketing to 92MM people, not pixels, every month. This week, we announced a partnership with Salesforce Active Audiences.

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The Nitty Gritty of Email Segmentation

The Nitty Gritty of Email Segmentation

"You probably know by now that segmentation improves email marketing performance significantly, so if you’re still operating primarily in “batch and blast” mode it’s time to start slicing and dicing your subscriber file. Marketers that practice list segmentation see better open and click-through rates, fewer unsubscribes and better deliverability."

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Why I Love Batch and Blast

Why I Love Batch and Blast

Batch and Blast – the process of sending out email with little to no segmentation – has become the Tom Cruise of the email industry. Once white-hot popular, yet now almost comically reviled. You can’t pick up an entertainment magazine without a little Cruise-hate. You can’t pick up a marketing publication that doesn’t attempt to eviscerate BB and basically tell you that you’re a moron if you use it.

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The Mighty Millennials: Digital Marketing’s Game-Changing Demographic

The Mighty Millennials: Digital Marketing’s Game-Changing Demographic

Last week, organic grocery giant Whole Foods announced its plans to open a low-cost grocery chain targeted at the millennial market. The concept, according to CEO Walter Robb, will be “unlike anything that currently exists in the marketplace,” boasting “a modern, streamlined design, innovative technology and a curated section.” In the same week, McDonald’s—in an attempt to boost its falling popularity with the twenty-something set, revived its Hamburglar mascot complete with a head-to-toe hipster makeover. With two major players joining the race to capture (and retain) their share of the millennial market, media outlets and marketing professionals alike have called into question the efficacy of their tactics. Why the skepticism? All too often companies miss the mark when it comes to millennial marketing, due in large part to the mass confusion surrounding how to engage this elusive yet highly influential group.

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Lessons Learned After The First 12 Months as an Email Marketer

Lessons Learned After The First 12 Months as an Email Marketer

It’s your first week as an email marketer.

Then you blink and a whole year has flown by. It happened to me, and it’s probably going to happen to you. After a year of email marketing, you certainly haven’t learned everything there is to know, but you do discover some pretty eye-opening lessons.

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Self-Sender: What To Know Before You Ditch Your ESP

Self-Sender: What To Know Before You Ditch Your ESP

"It is almost ridiculous how much money you can save by being a self-sender. At Zeeto, our ROI has doubled since we went down the path of self-sending – even though we have experienced each and every one of the cons outlined"

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Guy Clack
This is excellent and brings back memories. I went through all of this and more, but came out the other side with an understanding... Read More
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Bill McCloskey
I am happy that you are part of the Self Senders club. Your words could not be more true.
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Guest — Karen Talavera
Awesome and realistic look at this Bob, well done!
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 23:22
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Google's New Audience Targeting Tool: Get on the Data-Driven Bandwagon or Get Left Behind

Google's New Audience Targeting Tool: Get on the Data-Driven Bandwagon or Get Left Behind

"To not have an email address is the digital equivalent of being homeless. Without an email address, you cannot shop online, bank online or engage with social media."

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Cart Abandonment Emails: Big brother marketing or an essential part of your mix?

Cart Abandonment Emails: Big brother marketing or an essential part of your mix?
58% of people said they abandon because shipping costs increased the price too much. 57% said they wanted to get an idea of the price including shipping. 55% said they weren’t ready to purchase and wanted to save the basket for later! 50% said their order didn’t qualify for free shipping and 37% complained shipping costs were shown too late in the process.
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Quite an interesting post Mike! Relished reading it out. It is quintessential to identify the trigger as you mentioned that led th... Read More
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Attention CMOs: Get Technical or Die

Attention CMOs: Get Technical or Die

"Lately there’s been a lot of talk about the power struggles between the teams traditionally responsible for information technology and those responsible for marketing. Heidrick & Struggles sums up the collision of these two functions very well."

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Wired, Tired, Expired: Context Ousts Relevancy and Personalization in the Marketing Buzzword Wars

Wired, Tired, Expired: Context Ousts Relevancy and Personalization in the Marketing Buzzword Wars

"Personalization is under attack. Not the act of personalizing messages to be more relevant and valuable – just the word itself. A recent Buzzfeed article reports that brands like Walmart, Macys and Gap are eschewing the term "personalization" in favor of "relevancy." Why? There are a couple of reasons. First, with the amount of contextually relevant data now available to marketers, the term personalization seems dated, limited and even "invasive and robotic," according to the article. Second, brands are very aware of not crossing the line between relevant and creepy. "

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Deliverability, Engagement, and the Theory of Email Marketing

Deliverability, Engagement, and the Theory of Email Marketing

Ever since the final session at EEC 2015, it’s been a seismic few weeks for the email community when it comes to understanding deliverability from the perspective of the inbox providers. In that session, a seemingly innocuous question from yours truly turned what would have been a worthy, but predictable panel on deliverability featuring 4 major inbox providers (AOL, Comcast, Gmail and Outlook.com) into one of the most controversial and talked about panels in the history of the EEC.

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Guest — Eric Montz
First off thanks for the article Mr. Quist, definitely a ton of invaluable information. I do have one question for you if you have... Read More
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Guest — Nazzareno Gorni
Frequency it's a challanging topic. To have the complete picture it would be helpful to have charts also regarding FBL rate and un... Read More
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Insights, Wisdom and Lessons Learned from the 2015 Email Evolution Conference

Insights, Wisdom and Lessons Learned from the 2015 Email Evolution Conference

Earlier this month I had the pleasure of joining many of my fellow Influencers in Miami at the Email Evolution Conference. Hosted annually by the Direct Marketing Association’s Email Experience Council (eec), the event kicks off the email conference year by bringing brands, advocates, vendors and thought leaders together under the south Florida sun to discuss, debate and share innovations and pressing issues central to email marketing.

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How Adjusting Our Email Pitch Boosted Our Referral Rate from 1.5% to 17.5%

How Adjusting Our Email Pitch Boosted Our Referral Rate from 1.5% to 17.5%

"I am 6 months into my new job and new role as Marketing Director at WorkCompass, A B2B SaaS firm selling Performance management and appraisal software. I am the first marketing hire coming fast on the heels of the first sales hire Colm. So what’s the perfect pitch for our audience? I had no idea!"

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It's Not What You Say, But How You Say It.

It's Not What You Say, But How You Say It.

“Words matter very much Ms. Barnes, you should care more about them given your profession.”- Francis Underwood (Kevin Spacey of House of Cards)

In the profession of digital marketing, our words matter very much. Words are the pinnacle point of persuasion that drive our consumers to either take an action or ignore our advances. Therefore, our pitches, or messages, warrant much more attention and affection than currently rewarded to them.

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