Bill McCloskey is the founder of Only Influencers and eDataSource.

Tips for an Email Marketer’s First Week on the Job

Tips for an Email Marketer’s First Week on the Job

Starting a new position is usually a challenge, and when that new position is in email marketing, it can be even tougher.

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Thanks for this - it could be a lot to fit into one week though! I think the reading part is essential - especially as different ... Read More
Monday, 23 February 2015 09:55
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First Week on the Job as an Email Marketer

First Week on the Job as an Email Marketer

Email marketing sounds old school; outdated and uncool. Digital marketing is supposed to be about creating cutting edge campaigns that everyone talks about. Email probably isn't what you had in mind as your first digital job, but if you’re lucky enough to have scored that gig, chances are you won't want to leave it now. Your first week will be a whirlwind of learning about clients' campaigns and your company's methodologies.

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Dela is Right

Dela is Right

"EEC15 proved that Dela and the people who have discovered that sending more results in higher sales - despite the misgivings of a large part of our email community – is absolutely right."

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Bob, you may well be right, but please back it up with some numbers.
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 22:25
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Nine Great Ways to Fall in Love with Email Again

Nine Great Ways to Fall in Love with Email Again

"Email. It’s “antiquated,” always on the verge of dying and if you ask what the internet thinks of email marketing you will find that 74.9% find it negative. Yet 66% of B2C marketing professionals still maintain that email is the most effective channel to reach and engage customers. Our job as email marketers is to continually drive engagement and grow this high ROI channel. This Valentine’s Day let’s get back to the basics and take a look at nine great best practices we can follow to fall in love with email again."

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Look East: Email Marketing Challenges in China

Look East: Email Marketing Challenges in China

When looking to China, and in excess of a half billion consumer mailboxes , it is no surprise email marketers will identify substantial opportunity, this should be balanced with the understanding the landscape is very different to anywhere else in the world.  It is certainly not a simple matter of transferring your experience gained in North America, Europe or even Asia-Pacific and applying that to the mainland Chinese market.

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How to Begin Marketing in China

How to Begin Marketing in China

Marketing in China offers several opportunities. The overall market huge and wealth is on the rise – two factors that are especially attractive to international companies. That said, marketing in China can differ significantly from marketing in the U.S. as well as many other Western countries. Email marketing, in particular, offers specific challenges not common in the rest of the world.

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Four keys to a Kick-Ass Email Program

Four keys to a Kick-Ass Email Program

I’ve been lucky in my career – I’ve been brought in three different times to turn around and/or grow an email program. Two were (and are) rousing successes. Let’s just call the other one... a valuable test.

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The Science of Email Clicks: The Impact of Responsive Design & Inbox Testing

The Science of Email Clicks: The Impact of Responsive Design & Inbox Testing

MailChimp analyzed over 395 million emails during a 6-month period to examine how a user’s preferred device affects email engagement, investigate the impact of responsive design, and find out if testing your emails can increase click rates. Courtesy of Litmus.

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Email Marketing Inspiration for 2015

Email Marketing Inspiration for 2015

"Here’s what’s on the 2015 “to-do” list of these top marketers, and should probably be on yours as well."

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Nothing Happens Until You Have an Email Address

Nothing Happens Until You Have an Email Address

Vendors that focus on the acquisition of email addresses have been shamed for too long. Admittedly, the email acquisition space is rife with vendors of ill repute, and plenty of people have lined their pockets with the money of marketers hoping for a quick way to grow their prospect databases. This does not mean, however, that ALL acquisition vendors or all email acquisition practices are bad!

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Meet the Influencers: Dela Quist

Dela Quist is the Founder of Alchemy Worx 1. How did you get started in Email Marketing? Before becoming involved in the digital world my background was in publishing and advertising. In other words, using content to provide marketers with an opportunity to showcase their products and services to our readers....
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7 Reminders for Holiday Sending

7 Reminders for Holiday Sending

It’s holiday email season! Right about now is when I start having a hard time managing my personal email – there are quite a few brands in my inbox and while I really do want email from the companies I enjoy, the volume is at times unmanageable and causes me frustration. I know my family and friends feel the same way. How can marketers make sure they are maintaining their brand reputation and inbox placement, while at the same time sending what’s needed to help companies reach their holiday goals? Here are some reminders on how to send smart email and maintain a good sending reputation that will carry you into the New Year.

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Spamtraps need to be Retired

Spamtraps need to be Retired

Spamtraps are considered by many as the gold standard in proving that someone is a spammer. Secret emails/honeypots/blackholes are the canary in the email coal mine- heretofore absolute proof that you’re a bad actor in the war against spam. We’ve all been taught to believe that spam traps can only end up on your list if you’re mailing old/dead addresses and/or purchasing lists.

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Yes, you are mainly talking about TrendMicro and their terrible, abusive practice as a "DNSBL" operator. Seems like those boys in ... Read More
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 14:54
Guest — Andrew Barrett
If you're shocked to learn that some traps open and click, then you haven't been paying attention. It's never been a secret that ... Read More
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 15:16
Guest — Guest
I fully agree on the spamtrap methodology flaws outlined here, but one item is not clear. Are you conducting a double optin? Whi... Read More
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 15:26
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Integrating New Email Addresses into Your Database

Integrating New Email Addresses into Your Database

There may come a time in your career as an email marketer where you’ll be presented with a (legitimate) list that you need to integrate into your database; for example, your company could make an acquisition or you could be taking over marketing activities from another business unit. FierceMarkets has had a flurry of these kind of activities in the last 18 months, and we’ve developed a plan that has been successful so far. I’ll share the main points here to help with any integrations you may face.

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Important topic, Lindsey. Your overview is good but, if you're relying on Impressionwise to flag problematic data, you're throwin... Read More
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 17:24
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Email Marketers Don't Actually Care About Privacy and Permission - Here's Why

Email Marketers Don't Actually Care About Privacy and Permission - Here's Why

"The point I would like to make is that there is a double standard being applied to the email channel and bizarrely this double standard is often welcomed by the email industry. We never seem happier than when someone else moves the goal posts or makes our lives difficult. We seem to think that overcoming obstacles both real and perceived (e.g. being blocked by blacklists creating email addresses out of common misspellings of email address and then blocking you when a clumsy consumer mistypes on registration, Gmail constantly changing the rules) are evidence of how committed we are to permission and privacy. They do not."

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Interesting Tim Cook has decided to update and reinforce apples commitment to privacy http://bit.ly/1ATEm04... Read More
Thursday, 18 September 2014 22:58
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Meet the Influencers: Loren McDonald

Editors Note: Today we start a new series of blog posts to introduce and interview the amazing members of Only Influencers. We  start with Loren McDonald, someone I've known for as long as I've been in the industry. 1. How Did you Get Started in Email Marketing I was first exposed...
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Inactive Lists Don’t Always Equal Holiday Cheer!

Inactive Lists Don’t Always Equal Holiday Cheer!

The demands and expectations to boost sales during the holiday season are inevitable. Whether your business is retail, publishing, media, entertainment or any online marketing effort involving targeting and sending email, this year’s sales goals are likely higher than last holiday season. As email marketers, we all face the same pressure from our organizations to send more email and drive more traffic.

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Everything you Know about Relevancy is Wrong!

Everything you Know about Relevancy is Wrong!

"One of the joys in being a digital/email marketer is that you don’t have to rely on opinion. You can simply run some numbers and decide for yourself."

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Bob, Reputation matters to ISP's these days than segmentation. If you are getting good opens and clicks then there is no need to... Read More
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 17:35
Bill McCloskey
Reading this I would have to believe that you aren't having any delivery issues. Clearly you've got it nailed. Unless it's not qui... Read More
Friday, 22 August 2014 01:21
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10 Email Subject Lines That Pack an Emotional Punch, and Why

10 Email Subject Lines That Pack an Emotional Punch, and Why

One of the best ways to engage email subscribers is to connect with them emotionally, although this is often easier said than done. I have spoken and written many times about the importance of creating emotional resonance – either positive or negative – between your message and your audience. It is essential because without some sort of feeling connection to you, at least occasionally, subscribers will become bored by the purely practical (i.e. 20% savings this week!), often repetitive litany of subject lines showing up in their inboxes and easily tune out. It’s fine to engage them intellectually, but if you want your email to create a lasting impact, it needs to pack an emotional punch too.

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Engagement Levels of Email Acquisition Sources

Engagement Levels of Email Acquisition Sources

There are dozens of sources, methods, and tactics to grow your email subscriber list, and we all know that not all of them are equally effective. Marketers have vague notions that organic list growth is best and paid acquisition of sources may yield lower quality subscribers, but there is little data available that gets at the validity of that assumption. I pulled some data from my own subscriber list to help throw some hard data into the mix.

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Bill McCloskey
Thanks for sharing Lindsey. How long do you keep subscribers on your list if they don't open?
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 17:48
Guest — Lindsey Wagner
We start our reengagement program once a subscriber hasn't opened or clicked for a year.
Sunday, 03 August 2014 23:55
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