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Kath lives and breathes email marketing, she is not only a world-renowned speaker and trainer but practices her art with her boutique consultancy, Holistic Email Marketing, where she is Founder and CEO. Regarded as one of the leading authorities in email marketing, she has authored "Holistic Email Marketing: A practical philosophy to...

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Kath lives and breathes email marketing, she is not only a world-renowned speaker and trainer but practices her art with her boutique consultancy, Holistic Email Marketing, where she is Founder and CEO. Regarded as one of the leading authorities in email marketing, she has authored "Holistic Email Marketing: A practical philosophy to revolutionise your business and delight your customers" which is available on Amazon.

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How Serendipity Enhances the Art of Personalisation

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In my previous Only Influencers post (When "One to Everyone" Email Messages Make Sense), I urged you to send “catch-all” campaigns to scoop up customers and subscribers who do not fit your segmentation criteria or triggered touch points. I am by no means saying that you should scrap your highly personalised...

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When "One to Everyone" Email Messages Make Sense

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First, the good news: For many years, experienced marketers have been preaching the advantages of targeting messages and using advanced segmentation for greater relevance, engagement and conversions, and marketers finally seem to be using these helpful tactics. Hooray! Now, the bad news: Some marketers are taking the segmented-and-triggered approach a little...

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How an email audit can put your email program on the right path

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When your email program doesn't deliver the results you expect or help you achieve your marketing goals, where do you look first to fix the problem? You probably don't have a big red warning light on your ESP dashboard alerting you to problems, the way your car warns you about engine...

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Overcome the 3 Challenges to Successful Journey Mapping

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Customer journey mapping helps you understand how your customers interact with your brand and website. But it has another use as well – setting up useful and relevant automated messages. Journey mapping has also proved to be one of the biggest challenges many of my clients face. The whole process needs...

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New Approaches for Building a Healthy and Growing Email List

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Data is at the heart of everything we do in email marketing, whether we're building relationships or selling. A healthy and growing database is your most important factor to succeed in every aspect of email. Building a healthy base and growing that base are two separate but related functions. Although you...

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Email Copywriting – the Overlooked Art and Asset

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Whenever I ask people for examples of emails they love, most are quick to show messages from brands with gorgeous images, great design, amazing personalisation or cutting-edge technology. Hardly anyone says, "I love the copywriting in [Brand X's] emails!" Unless, of course, I'm talking to a copywriter. This is a shame...

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How 2020's pains can lead to 2021 gains

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It's easy to focus on the negatives that 2020 has brought us, like the economic, political, and social disruption from the COVID-19 pandemic and all the uncertainty that has created in our marketing programs. But I've observed a major positive development this year as well: Marketers have paused doing business as...

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How Empathy is Making Us Better Email Marketers

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One of the silver linings of this crazy 2020 has been getting to chat more often with far-flung marketing friends - the people I would normally see several times a year at industry conferences but now view weekly on my computer screen. These virtual happy hours began informally when we were...

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More than ever, Helpful Marketing is good marketing

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One good thing to come out of the coronavirus pandemic is that marketers are rediscovering how to be marketers again, and the evidence is all over the inbox. Email open rates have been going up since COVID-19 lockdowns, quarantines and "safer at home" orders went into effect in mid-March. Granted, more...

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5 Things You're Probably Doing Wrong with Email Testing and How to Fix Them

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Testing is as essential to your email success as an up-to-date and accurate email address database. It can give you enormous insights into your audience across channels and makes you far more efficient when building campaigns. The increased revenue you will earn from testing will help you create better marketing messages...

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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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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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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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Pay: Innovate Your Mindset to Reimagine Your Marketing

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Last month's opportunity to deliver the opening keynote address at the fourth annual Email Innovation Summit helped me bring together many of the principles that have guided me in my own marketing journey. What I've learned is that it's not enough just to focus on innovation. We also must help marketers...

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Kath Pay: Are We as Customer-centric as We Think?

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We marketers like to say we are customer-centric. We give "customer centricity" and "customer experience" the nod in our public commentaries. The Google Trends search trend pictured below shows a marked increase in "customer-centric" searches, which indicates that many of us are on board with this concept.  Source: Google Trends. Search...

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OI Discussion: Email Attribution

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Kath Pay: Welcome to the second of the new format weekly Influencer discussions!  Absolutely chuffed to be leading this discussion and I really hope we all get to share our trials and tribulations when it comes to both accurately measuring and attributing success for email. My thoughts are that by sharing...

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Kath Pay: The Challenges of Attribution in Email Marketing

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Attribution is a problem as old as email, and it’s a huge topic – much too big to fully address in a simple blog article. And, sadly, I don’t have all the answers. In fact, I’m not sure that anyone does. But it is a topic that deserves much more attention....

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Kath Pay: To resend or not to resend? The data says yes!

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One of the recent topics on the Only Influencers email discussion group is whether to resend marketing emails to non-openers. (To read this or any OI past discussion, consider becoming a member of Only Influencers. If you are a brand, you might even qualify for a free membership.)  The benefits are...

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Pay: New Research: Helpful, Personalised, Customer-Focused Emails Drive Higher Engagement

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Around this time last year, I asked you all to think differently about email marketing, to envision "marketing as helpful customer service, not a means to an end." In other words, to build your email marketing around creating a better customer experience – Customer Experience Email Marketing. CX Email Marketing is...

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Must Read: Even GDPR Can't Kill Email

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On rare occasions Only Influencers publishes an article so important to the future of email marketing and its stakeholders that we label it "Must Read". Todays rebuttal, written by Kath Pay and Tim Watson, of a recent CNBC article is one of those rare occasions.

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