From The Sell Side: Getting Buy-in Before Bringing in the Vendors

From The Sell Side: Getting Buy-in Before Bringing in the Vendors

"Not long ago, I was involved in a RFP where it was evident that the project’s champion, who was advocating changing providers, did not have universal support from her team. The conflict that existed internally in their company played out in front of my team as we sat in the 3 hour presentation and watched various players from the prospect disagree on major issues that would impact the entire project. Not only was their clear and open hostility from the opposing points of view, but the variety of needs that were being expressed would completely cause the RFP and its focus to be revamped. Essentially, the field of prospective vendors may not have been aligned to the buyers’ final needs."

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How to Win Friends and Influence Good Email Practices

How to Win Friends and Influence Good Email Practices

"My job is to offer email and digital strategic solutions to clients that run the gamut of knowledge and experience between having zero clue what to do with email in their marketing program, those who need to initiate email into their marketing plan, through clients that simply need help optimizing their current email program. "

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Chris Marriott
Good stuff, Samantha! Great advice!
Tuesday, 13 August 2013 16:23
Samantha Iodice
Thank you Chris!
Monday, 19 August 2013 16:15
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Never Throw Out a Customer!

Never Throw Out a Customer!

My father owned a kitchen and bath showroom on 7th Avenue in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan. He ran the business from when he was a young man to when he retired a few years ago. While he was cordial with people just browsing his store, he would drop everything when a paying customer walked in. If he hadn’t heard from a customer in a while, he would reach out with a phone call. Putting the customer first and always staying in touch are principles that have stuck with me throughout my professional career.

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Failure is a key component of email marketing. Most people don't open your mail. Stop complaining. Unless you are in the transa... Read More
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Why Email Conferences Suck

Why Email Conferences Suck

"I've been to a lot of conferences. But frankly, a lot fewer than I used to. Why? It's simple: conferences, especially email conferences, have become an increasing waste of time that fail to deliver (drumroll, please) sustainable ROI."

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Why Email Marketers Should Stay Clear Of Big Data

Why Email Marketers Should Stay Clear Of Big Data

"The so-called "Big Data" aficionados have done a masterful job in branding this meme. The promises keep coming. After the "behavioral targeting" meme crapped out, a new term was coined and voila! Big Data was born. "

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Darcy Grabenstein: A copywriter’s take on subject lines

Darcy Grabenstein: A copywriter’s take on subject lines

"While our subscribers sign up for emails to save money on products/services, keep up with industry trends or simply to be entertained, those of us in the industry usually have ulterior motives when opting in to an email list. I subscribe to hundreds of emails - and to email subscription services like Milled, Mailboxr, Patroneer and The Swizzle - so I can keep swipe files on everything from copy to design to offers and more."

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Optimizing Your Unsubcribe Survey

Optimizing Your Unsubcribe Survey

Many marketers do not even bother with an unsubscribe survey, and many who do are either learning the wrong thing or ignoring a majority of the data. They may listen to a portion of it, but have unsubscribed from many of the insights that a survey can offer. The unsubscribe survey can be a more powerful tool for both insights and strategy if optimized.

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Interview with Bill Wagner, CEO of StrongView

The short answer is that current clients will not notice anything different, per se, what they will experience is an opportunity to have an expanded set of capabilities. If you are happy with the way things are, you are going to be happy with what's coming. If you want more and...
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Interviews with Vendors: George Bilbrey

 George: We had a client in the travel industry, an extremely narrow vertical, looking at how they were sending mail and the days of the week they were sending mail and looking at the days their competition was sending mail on and they found there was a whole in the calendar...
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Video in Email Part 3: Video in Email Best Practices

Video in Email Part 3: Video in Email Best Practices

"Today, I am going to switch gears to a more tactical focus by sharing where video in email is supported, specific techniques and tools you can use to maximize your in-email video coverage, and best practices you can use to create compelling subscriber experiences."

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Video in Email Part 2: Video in Email Demythified

Video in Email Part 2: Video in Email Demythified

"For over a decade, marketers were told that the only way to implement video in email campaigns was to include a link in the email pointing to a video playing on a landing page. Placing a video in the email message itself was looked upon as a fool’s errand at best, or the precursor to disastrous deliverability and subscriber experiences at worst. "

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Video in Email Part 1: The Case for Video in Email

Video in Email Part 1: The Case for Video in Email

"In today’s post, I outline how the landscape has shifted in the world of video in email, and why more marketers are embracing this tactic now than ever before. "

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Miracle on 34th Street: Why I shop Macy's

I've spent most of my career writing and speaking about online marketing. But today I want to write about something that is unique to the Brick and Mortar store experience. Something that can't be replicated in an online enviornment. I want to talk about why I shop Macy's. 

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The Three Pillars of Digital Marketing Part Two

The Three Pillars of Digital Marketing Part Two

Part Two of my address at the 2011 New York Ad:tech conference: Email and Mobile:

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Email, Social, and Mobile Marketing. Three Pillars of Digital Marketing Part One

Email, Social, and Mobile Marketing. Three Pillars of Digital Marketing Part One

The following is the Part One of a speech I just gave for the 2011 New York Ad:tech Email Track. It concerns the merging of Email and Social Media. Part Two is on the synergies between Email and Mobile and will be published in a separate blog post.

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Using Social Media to Boost Your Email Marketing

Using Social Media to Boost Your Email Marketing

I’m often asked what I believe to be the number one way to connect email and social media marketing. Last month I tackled that question from the starting point of email. This month I'm addressing it from the perspective of social media.

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iPhone viewport

iPhone viewport

Influencer Anna Yeaman shares her tips on properly setting the "Viewport" for mobile messaging on the Iphone:

The Safari browser on the iPhone uses a 980px wide viewport. This means any layout less than 980px wide, will appear zoomed out when viewed on the web.

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Will You Make the Opt-In Marketing Mindset Shift?

Will You Make the Opt-In Marketing Mindset Shift?

"Permission as a standard for email is nothing new. Proponents of permission marketing have preached its virtues since Seth Godin first penned his book of the same name in 1998, and many companies and organizations have voluntarily adopted opt-in marketing as their business standard. But in the United States, unlike in the United Kingdom and much of Europe, we’ve always stopped short of legislating permission into email marketing law."

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The Number One Way to Connect Your Email and Social Media Marketing

The Number One Way to Connect Your Email and Social Media Marketing

"With so many ways to integrate email and social media we have almost unlimited options for leveraging connection between these two powerful conversation marketing channels. Still, for those at the beginning of the process it pays to know where to start."

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Three Email Message Types Not to Miss in Your Customer Marketing Mix

Three Email Message Types Not to Miss in Your Customer Marketing Mix

It’s easy to bore your customers to death with email: just send them the same type of message repeatedly and you’ll succeed. We're often guilty of this when we send our e-newsletter and little (or nothing) else. And while a newsletter absolutely has a place as a staple in your email marketing program, it should be far from the only type of message you send your customers on a regular basis.

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