Ignore Your Share Metrics, Be Personal Instead

Millennials just love social media, right? Aren’t they the generation for whom if you don’t share it, it didn’t happen? Well, our recent research most definitely debunked the myth that social is always important for Millennials–particularly in our fine channel of choice. A meager 8.7% of Millennials say that relevant, engaging content would make them want to share an email.   Despite their deep love of… Read more »

Building an Effective Email Welcome Series

In the age of “clicks and bricks,” the digital experience for customers needs to be as polished as their experience would be in store. Imagine that the welcome email is the first time your customer walks into your store. What do you want them to see? What do you want them to feel? These are elements that must be considered when crafting an effective welcome… Read more »

What the Heck is IP Warming? (& Why You Really Should Care)

Okay! You’ve spent the last three weeks ideating, creating mock-ups and identifying the perfect audience segmentation. You’ve built the email creative…and tested to ensure that the best email ever devised looks pristine from Lotus Notes 2 through the Gmail app. You send the email and wait 24 hours to look at the reporting metrics… A 0.2% open rate? WHY?? There are several reasons why this… Read more »

Segmentation: Have a 1:1 Relationship Without Losing Your Mind

As a cost-effective channel, email has long been the uncelebrated workhorse of many marketing programs. Sales took a dive? Send an email. Running a special promotion on toasters? Send an email. Need to push more web traffic? That’s right—you send an email. It is true that email delivers astonishingly high ROI (up to $38 according to a 2015 VentureBeat study), but the appetite for and… Read more »

Email Testing and Optimization Cheat Sheet

One reason that email is an enduring, powerful channel for marketers: the ability to prove itself with numbers. If you aren’t using the phrase, “Let’s test into it!” on a daily basis, you’re doing it wrong. Testing can be daunting when terms like “statistical significance,” “holdout group” and “hypothesis” are thrown around, but it is truly one of the most powerful tools for optimizing your… Read more »

Using Point Solutions to Up Your Email Game

  We fancy ourselves experts in the big marketing clouds (Adobe, IBM, Oracle and Salesforce, to name a few), building and deploying beautiful, functional emails, and uploading and segmenting complex data—all the while providing insights on ISP and recipient actions for those emails. However, sometimes we need a little help that the cloud can’t provide. This help might be in the form of advanced features,… Read more »

2016 Email Deliverability Trends We Can’t Ignore

  Newsflash, email marketers: ESP tightening and new Canada anti-SPAM regulations are taking effect soon that a savvy email marketer will not want to ignore. With Google and Microsoft both updating their DMARC, or email authentication, policies on July 1, 2016 deliverability rates could take a hit for those who aren’t in compliance. (Hint: if you don’t know what that is, take a peek at this… Read more »

3 Inbox Blunders to Avoid at All Costs

  It’s enough to make an email marketer cringe. An unchecked subject line with a blatant spelling error. An ESP mishap that results in pushing send—to thousands of the wrong audience. This is the dark side of the inbox. The good news: all of these blunders, and countless others, are avoidable. The first step is knowing the mistake and why it’s important to be cautious…. Read more »

8 Big Ideas from Marketing Conference Season

As BrightWavers, we love to geek out over the most innovative ideas in the marketing industry. This year our teams came out in numbers for the mammoth industry conferences: IBM Amplify, Salesforce Connections and Oracle’s Modern Marketing Experience. After rocking out to Stevie Wonder and fraternizing with Fabio, we got to work. We were schooled on the importance of effective consumer communication and the powerful… Read more »