Should you sell advertising in your email newsletters?

I’d suggest by the feedback I’ve gotten over the years, that most email marketers are thinking about this question the wrong way. Maybe a better way to frame that question would be; “What brand could you partner with, that would bring great relevant value to your current email subscribers”  As email...
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4 Simple Rules Successful Newsletters Follow for Loyal Readership

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Your list of email addresses could be your company's more valuable asset becaue it's the only following you truly own. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and the rest of the gaggle dictate who sees what and when. Your list of email addresses will always belong to you. Better yet, you control exactly what...
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Test your way to better Open Rates

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I have been following a recent discussion by the Only Influencers membership around how adopting new technology - or even fully using the existing functionality available to you - can be a challenge. Something I am sure many of you reading this would also testify to. The percentage of users who...
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Email Marketing 2020 -- The Art of Scale

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I had the opportunity to sit in on an executive presentation by Seth Godin. While it was a bit strange to see Seth trying to fit his routine into the email marketing industry, his outlook on solving big and small problems is sound. His way of communicating profound things in small...
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Analytics are the new metrics: Understanding the why

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I’ve spent the last 20 years consulting with marketers, with a significant focus on metrics and benchmarking. In fact, having produced more than a dozen email marketing benchmark reports and surveys on metrics, you could probably say I’ve made a career out of metrics. But like marketing tactics themselves, I believe...
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If great email marketing is a blend of art and science, where has the art gone?

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60% of email marketers believe that their skills are below good 45% of marketers report that half of all emails sent are not relevant 86% of customers report that over half of emails they receive are not useful Source: DMA Marketer & Consumer Email Tracker Reports Given the priority of email...
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The 10 Best Email Messages of 2019

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The team at Email Connect spends our days working with leading brands to help them through the ESP vendor selection process. But when the sun goes down (OK, sometimes even before that) we become consumers and email subscribers like everyone else. Because of the business we are in, individually and collectively...
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Start 2020 right with email strategising

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January is traditionally a month of reflection and aspiration. Which makes it the perfect month for getting your email strategies into shape. Take all of that fresh, shiny, hopeful and analytical New Year’s energy and channel it into making 2020 your best year yet by looking back at your past strategies and putting what you’ve learned into your future strategies.

 

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Email Hot or Not: Holiday Edition

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Hi OI! Thought we would start a blog post about holiday emails. If you get one that strikes you, forward it to me at jeanne@onlyinfluencers.com and I'll add to this post and start a discussion on the list.  I got a lovely one today from BrightWave (and very timely, since my Godchildren...
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Hello OI! Long time member, first time manager!

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Wow, feels like I just wrote one of these!

I am honored and excited to be expanding my business relationship with Matthew Finlay and the team at Rising Media as I become the General Manager of Only Influencers.

I’ve been a member of Only Influencers from its inception in 2010; my relationship with the founder, Bill McCloskey, goes back even further, to when he was running eDataSource. It is a privilege to be entrusted to continue his work with not just the Email Innovations Summit but also Only Influencers.

Only Influencers is unique, just like the email marketing industry.

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Case Study: What is an Email Address Worth and How to Increase Its Value by 176%

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The ability to measure engagement using open rates click rates make email the most measurable digital channel, yet most marketers struggle to prove the value of email an email address to their organization. As a result, email is the most consistently underrated digital marketing channel. Paradoxically the main reason marketers find...
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Tim Watson: Impactful Images

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It’s well said that a picture is worth 1000 words. But what’s an impactful image? Our brains consume visual information very quickly, making images a great way to communicate. In fact MIT found the brain can process images seen for as little as 0.013 of a second. I’ve run a live...
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Kath Pay: Lead with Strategy, Not Tactics

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Tactics are easy. Strategy is hard. Maybe that's why 55% of email marketers in a 2018 study by Holistic Email Marketing for Tripolis said they don't follow a definitive written strategy for their marketing programs. I have to admit I was not surprised by that finding. Coming up with a game...
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Very well said, Kath. A few times lately I've found myself getting stuck in the tactics or shiny opportunities only to realize I'v... Read More
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Unboxing: Webbula

This week I sat down with the folks from Webbula to take a look at their newly launched email hygiene tool. Let’s take a look under the hood: Webbula has been in business for 10 years. Starting as an email service provider, they noticed that customers often struggled with deliverability and...
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Email Roundtable Discussion: Email Delivery Wins

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Kath Pay: Bill asked me to lead a discussion based on my article/case study: 0% to 100% in Gmail? Yes, It Happened, and Here's How! We tend to treat deliverability as a dirty secret and more often than not only ever hear bad stories - so let's flip it and share our successes....
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Jeanne Jennings

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Jeanne Jennings is a recognized expert in the email marketing industry and a consultant who helps medium- to enterprise-sized organizations make their email marketing efforts more effective and more profitable. She is Founder and Chief Strategist at Email Optimization Shop, a boutique consultancy focused on optimizing bottom-line email marketing performance with strategic testing....
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How Can Retail Marketers Stand Out This Holiday Season?

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I hate to say it, but we are now at the end of October and Christmas is almost upon us (the marketing is starting to ramp up in earnest)! For most businesses out there, email marketing planning for the holiday season would have started months ago, if not the beginning of...
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Email Marketing: When in Doubt, the Answer is Seven

When I was in high school our history teacher, Mr. Holt, shared his theory-of-life with us: when in doubt, the answer is seven. A few weeks later we had a pop quiz in math, with an especially difficult problem at the end. At the one-minute warning, students who either hadn’t gotten...
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Quist: The word Halloween in Subject Lines is Bad for Open Rates – Spooky

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Everyone loves Halloween! Well perhaps not everyone but, judging by the number of Halloween themed offers and Subject Lines to be found at this time of year, marketers certainly seem to. There seems to be consensus that incorporating the Halloween theme in a Subject Line is a good thing. But what...
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Special Halloween Offer: Annual Touchstone licence worth $1188 for only $297 - 12 months for the price of 3. Use AI to test your ... Read More
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Pay: 0% to 100% in Gmail? Yes, It Happened, and Here's How!

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When you're trying to sort out your deliverability issues, it's so easy to think that fixing one thing will automatically solve all of your problems, especially with email services like Gmail. But I've learned over the 14 years that I’ve been resolving deliverability issues, that deliverability is a complex issue. Everything...
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