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tactics Gmail Promotions Tab: A Guide to Optimize Email Delivery

The Gmail Promotions tab’s hot debut in 2013 caused mixed reactions. Some marketing pundits predicted that it marked the end of email marketing as we know it. Others were less dramatic, and stated that it would have a negative impact on the opens and clicks of bad marketing campaigns. [...] [more]
mailjet.com    

discussion Troubleshooting Google Annotations

Just before the Christmas holidays, Google announced their new feature within Gmail called Gmail Annotations. It is no longer the wish of an Email Marketer to hit Gmail’s Primary inbox, but instead, to hit the place they once feared. The Promotions Tab. [...] [more]
medium.com    Design

tactics Promoting Meaningful Communication with Gmail Promotions Update

Last month Jordan Grossman, Product Manager from Google partnered with Litmus to unveil the Promotions annotations and how adding a promotions information will be used inside Gmail’s inbox, alongside other changes. As part of this update, Gmail provided more detail on how they will be bundling promotional mail. This includes groupings such as Top Deal and Expiring Soon. Though there has been a fair amount of discussion around the bundles and how they will work, most of the hype has been focused on [...] [more]
returnpath.com    Design, Marketing

discussion How to Create Gmail Promotions Annotation

Gmail announced last week that it’s adding a new, powerful tool for email marketers: annotations for the Gmail Promotions tab. The Gmail promotions annotation – which will be gradually rolling out across mobile inboxes – allows email marketers to include additional branding and offer information when an email lands in the Promotions tab. “You guys are the experts at creating value for our users, and we want to give you the keys of how emails…get previewed,” says Jordan Grossman, product manager for [...] [more]
emailonacid.com    Design, Marketing, Tool

discussion Google introduces email annotations for Gmail promo tab

The prospect of landing in Gmail’s promotion tab just got a little more enticing for email marketers. Google recently announced email annotations, designed to deliver more value for emails and marketers in the Gmail promotions tab. According to Google, email annotations “let you include images, deals, expirations dates, and other offers to help bring your promotional email to life.” The new experience gives marketers an innovative way to drive engagement with promotional email recipients by adding hig [more]
250ok.com    Design, Marketing

discussion Gmail Promotional Tab Markup Tool for Promotion Card Image Previews

Gmail released a new set of Promotion Tab features yesterday that included a sender customized preview called PromotionCard, custom logos and deal badges. See here for the overview. I’ve created a simple tool to help you generate the markup required to display the features when your email is featured in the Top Promotions section in Gmail’s Promotion Tab (Note there is no guarantee that your email will be featured). [...] [more]
freshinbox.com    Design, Marketing

tactics Get started: How to annotate your promotional email

Email annotations bring your promotions to life with images, deals, expiration dates and more—similar to other email markup. Annotations can be added as JSON-LD in a script tag within the head of HTML of your email. To learn more, review the Email Markup Getting Started guide. For a list of the properties you can include in an email markup, see the Promotions Tab Reference. [...] [more]
google.com    Design

 tactics How to Utilize the Power of Gmail’s New Promotions Tab

Gmail’s Promotion tab has gotten a major update, and we’ve teamed up with Gmail to give you the tools & knowledge you need to get your emails ready for it. [...] [more]
litmus.com    Design

strategy The Data-Driven Marketer’s Guide to Maximizing Holiday ROI [PDF]

NRF reported that 20% of a company’s annual revenue is generated from holiday sales alone—that number rising in 2017 by 5.5% exceeding its forecasts. It ' s no longer a secret that the holidays represent major opportunities for brands. With so much at stake, it’s no surprise that competition is fiercer than ever.In an effort to stand out, many companies are rolling out deep discounts and starting promotions early. This is a shortsighted tactic that, if handled incorrectly, will end up depleting your [...] [more] 
retentionscience.com    Event, Customization, Marketing, Mobile

tactics How to Keep Your Emails out of the Gmail Promotions Tab

Avoid: Lots of images in your email: Anything with more than one image looks like a promotion. Stick to emails that look like plain text, as if you sent it from an email software platform. Definitely avoid a masthead and stick to a common, even ordinary email signature. More than one or two links in your email: One link per email. (Not including an Unsubscribe link.) Opinion is divided whether repeating the same link more than once impacts your inbox placement. Tests prove both, so test your own [...] [more]
infusionsoft.com    Marketing, Deliverability

tactics 4 Successful Email Opt-In Strategies (And Examples)

Getting someone to opt-in for your email list is tough. On average, a person gets 121 emails every day. People are swamped with offers, coupons, and promotions. It’s becoming harder to convince people to give you their email address when they’re receiving messages from so many sources. But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Here are four proven ways to increase your email opt-in rate and grow your list. [...] [more]
campaignmonitor.com    Listbuilding, Gallery

tactics How to Avoid the Gmail Promotions Tab

1. More Text, Less HTML. An eye-catching email is sure to please any executive. The logic being it’s pretty, so why wouldn’t recipients click-through? While HTML is great for style points, it doesn’t do any favours for your metrics. That’s because what we do know about Google’s Gmail algorithm is that too much HTML is a red flag. It signals that your email is commercial content and nine times out of ten it’ll land in the Promotions tab. To get in the primary inbox, keep it simple. Write your emails [...] [more]
maropost.com    Deliverability

discussion Cyber Week Emails: 9 Designs for Extending Cyber Monday [GFX]

This year, more brands than ever celebrated a novel holiday: Cyber Week. Did you notice it, too? Companies big and small extended their Black Friday and Cyber Monday promotions throughout the week. And they launched big email campaigns, of course, to go along with them! The (inbox) result: a flood of cyber week emails. Even as of this morning—nearly a week after Black Friday and three days after Cyber Monday—our inbox looked like this: [...] [more]
beefree.io    Gallery

discussion Halloween Email Campaigns: What's Hot (and What's Not) for 2017 [GFX]

Want to see what great things marketers are doing for their 2017 Halloween email promotions? Here are some of our favorites from the Email Creative Archive. [...] [more]
freshaddress.com    Event, Gallery

tactics Skip Labor Day For Back-To-School Email Promotions

Emails without “Labor Day” in the subject line generated a 128% higher click-through rate when compared to emails that did not reference the holiday, according to a GoDaddy Email Marketing analysis of emails sent from its platform between August 1 and September 30, 2016. Back-to-school email promotions, on the other hand, were shown to perform well throughout the month of September. Subject lines containing the word “school” declined throughout August and September according to GoDaddy, although the [...] [more]
mediapost.com    Subjectline, Event, Study
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