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 discussion The Year in Email 2018

The Black Friday emails are deleted, marketers’ email lists are checked twice, we pretty much know which senders have been naughty or nice. Another year in email is coming to a close, and boy, what a ride. While most thought leaders are busy making predictions about 2019, we like to learn from the past to [...] [more]
250ok.com    Trend

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 To be dedicated or not to be dedicated, that is the question.

Regional norms: Dedicated IPs are now standard in North America, where email marketers tend to have larger lists and utilize more aggressive mailing practices required for individual reputation management. However, in the European Union and APAC regions, a shared IP setup is more standard as lists are smaller and the permission for data collection is more stringent. [...] [more]
250ok.com    Deliverability

law Deliverability 101: Brazil’s new privacy legislation is similar to the GDPR.

In August 2018, the Brazilian parliament passed Law No. 13,709, a new privacy law known as the Brazilian General Data Protection Law (GDPL), updating and amending the existing “Brazilian Internet Law” of 2014. This is another example of major global economies updating outdated privacy legislation to provide more consumer-favored legislation, similar to the GDPR. There are several striking similarities between the Brazilian GDPL, GDPR, and the OECD Privacy Framework, so please bear with us as we drop [...] [more]
250ok.com    Law

law A CASL compliance update announced

Today, November 5, 2018, the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) released a new round of guidance documentation for businesses sending Commercial Electronic Messages (CEMs) to Canadian subscribers. This document (CRTC 2018-415) deals exclusively with Section 9 of the legislation, a part of the law mostly forgotten by businesses until the recent enforcement taken in July 2018 against Datablocks and Sunlight Media, who allegedly knowingly allowed malware to be shared [...] [more]
250ok.com    Law

discussion Is BIMI the new frontier for email marketers?

BIMI may allow email marketers to further indicate trust in the inbox with those who receive their emails. It’s important that email marketers understand the potential promise of BIMI while also appreciating the challenges to widespread adoption. As a very quick refresher, for those who don’t have time to dive into our original blog, BIMI [...] [more]
250ok.com    Marketing, Deliverability

discussion But what ARE the new Gmail features?

Surprise! We split this Gmail redesign launch into two parts, for easy digestion (yum). Here we’ll look at the actual changes from a features perspective. If you want commentary on its potential impact, head over here for my thoughts. Now, on to the good stuff… Offline mode: Replaces the Gmail Offline Chrome app. Users will be able to search, compose, reply, delete, and archive up to 90 days worth of messages offline. It’s supported by the Chrome browser only. Simply type in “mail.google.com” in [...] [more]
250ok.com    Trend

antispam What do Postmasters see daily?

Some common questions Postmasters field from senders are, “What happens to all the Postmaster tickets we submit? Does anyone look at them? What’s even going on there?” Before coming to 250ok, I worked as an AOL Postmaster. So in short, I know some stuff, and I’m happy to share what I can. So, we could go straight to the short answer, but… what’s the fun in that? Instead, let’s go on a journey together. Let’s start by getting a better understanding of what’s going on at the Postmaster. Even though [...] [more]
250ok.com    Spam, Deliverability

antispam DMARC adoption rates very low across most industries.

This year, we made it a priority to analyze the adoption of Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting & Conformance (DMARC) in industries using email as a key means of communication and business growth. We looked at the domains of the SaaS 1000, top law firms, nonprofit organizations (NPOs), higher education institutions, top Chinese brands, and e-retailers to better understand how seriously they take email authentication. Unfortunately, not one industry reviewed had even a 50% adoption rate, [...] [more]
250ok.com    Spam, Study, Deliverability

discussion Deliverability 101: FYI about DNS (and subdomains). | 250ok

DNS is one of the core components of the internet, and without it, you likely wouldn’t be reading this information right now. DNS operates as a translation agent between human-readable words, domain names, and machine-operated internet protocol addresses (IP addresses). But because life can’t be easy, it’s more complicated than just being a translation service. It also allows for the distinction of specific services that might operate on the same server. [...] [more]
250ok.com    Deliverability

tactics Post up with our guide to Google Postmaster Tools

As an email sender, there’s a lot to think about. There are insights about deliverability you want and need to know. Google Postmaster Tools can be an awesome resource for people looking to optimize email without getting too in the weeds. To help you get started, we put together this quick guide to Google Postmaster Tools. According to Gmail, using these tools can determine the health of your email program. Follow these steps to add a domain you’d like to monitor. [...] [more]
250ok.com    Tool

 discussion Email Year in Review: 2017

Can you believe it? The year 2017 is coming to a close and what a year it has been in the email ecosystem. Email’s staying power continues to flex its muscles as a dynamic channel that can adapt to the ever-changing landscape of digital marketing. This past year saw many changes, trends, and announcements that will help shape the industry moving into the New Year. Let’s relive together the most important moments and highlights in email. [...] [more]
250ok.com    Trend

discussion The Email Service Provider (ESP) Buyer’s Journey

With hundreds of ESPs to choose from, the buying process can be overwhelming. Throw in a couple T-Rex’s with laser guns on top of it and things get totally out of control. If you’re lucky, it’s a process you only have to experience once during your career. For others, it can feel more like Groundhog Day, as it’s not uncommon for marketers or product teams to switch ESPs every two years. So, regardless if you’re shopping for your first ESP or looking to switch, I want to help. [...] [more]
250ok.com    ESP

tactics How the Top 500 Internet Retailers Collect Email Sign-ups (2017)

We’re back for year three of How the Top 500 Internet Retailers Collect Email Sign-ups (2017), where we analyzed the email sign-up process of retailers, including how they incentivized sign-ups, what personal data they collected, and more. Included in this blog will be some trend comparison over last year’s How the Top 500 Internet Retailers Collect Email Sign-ups (2016). Before we get started, did you know that half of Americans are now Amazon Prime shoppers? Or that 43% of all US online retail in [...] [more]
250ok.com    Listbuilding, Study

discussion Understanding Spam Trap & Sensor Networks

The biggest problem confounding senders today is they have too much data and almost no context binding together what limited visibility is available through the dozen or more tools they’ve duct-taped together (1), and they certainly don’t have the time to build custom data integration and analytics tools from scratch. This problem is compounded when dealing with types of data that are vague or low-fidelity by definition, as is sometimes the case when talking about data for monitoring email reputation [...] [more]
250ok.com    Deliverability
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