Posts in Email & eCRM

Seven tips for embracing social commerce

Social commerce is being tipped as one of this year’s major online growth areas.

With Groupon now officially the fastest growing company ever and retailers announcing new Facebook stores on a weekly basis, the tipping point seems to have been reached.

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Email marketers need to get back to basics: study

While email marketing budgets and the volume of emails sent has been increasing steadily over the last five years, marketers still need to focus on basics like deliverability and testing to improve performance. 

We have just published our Email Marketing Census 2011, sponsored by Adestra, which surveys almost 900 in-house and agency email marketers.

Some findings from the survey after the jump...

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Email break-ups aren’t so very hard to do

“It’s not you, it’s me. Actually no, it is you. You keep sending me boring, irrelevant emails that I don’t want. Our email relationship was going really well at the beginning  but now its fizzled out and I’m unsubscribing from your emails. For one thing, you just send me way too much. It comes across a bit...desperate."

As an email marketer, does reading this make you cringe? Are you afraid this is what your email subscribers would say to you if they had the chance?

The unsubscribe process doesn’t have to be as painful as a “Dear John” break-up letter, but with the way some brands go about it, it might as well be.

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A/B testing: five informative case studies

A/B testing is an incredibly useful tool for designers, developers, managers and executives. Sadly, despite the benefits, it’s often underused.

The news for those who shun A/B testing is particularly bad: it can facilitate dramatic improvements in numerous KPIs, including conversions and sales, as evidenced in the following five case studies.

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Don't get stuck in binary madness!

So your campaign didn't deliver the right result? Not enough sales, leads or engagement (or whatever the magic success metric was)? Poor ROI perhaps? I'm not surprised!

The reason is that, in general, we use really simple measures and record binary outcomes; ‘hit/miss’, ‘sale/no sale’ or ‘open/did not open’ metrics.

Typically we use one or maybe two such metrics per campaign. This simple methodology is the default across the industry but in reality it is now a hindrance to really optimising campaigns.

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Digital helps to feed comeback of offline marketing

Econsultancy's Marketing Budgets 2011 Report tells a familiar story of increasing digital marketing budgets, but a much more nuanced picture is emerging beyond the usual mantra that digital budgets are increasing at the expense of 'traditional' marketing.

The findings also challenge the orthodox view that digital is perceived as more measurable than offline. 

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Is the world ready for email sentiment analysis?

Do you ever receive email in which the tone just doesn’t feel quite right for a professional communication, or was a bit ambiguous about the author’s intentions?

I’ve been reading recently about a free Outlook add-on called ToneCheck which provides a kind of emotional spell-check, performing sentiment analysis on your email to make sure it gives the reader the impression you intended.

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Value based pricing: the holy grail of online lead generation

Value based pricing is the new buzz term in online lead generation, but what does it take to sort your Rolls Royces from your Robin Reliants?

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13 tips: the science of email marketing

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For those of you who missed it (and with 20,000 people registering for it I’m not sure who that may be) Hubspot’s Dan Zarrella’s “The Science of Email Marketing” was a reminder that testing and optimization are a core best practice which will ultimately drive the success of any email initiative.

Not that the webinar was focused on testing. Instead, takeaways were presented with the caveat “this may or may not be the case for you” ... which is another way of saying “test it and see what happens.”

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51 essential link building tips

I’ve been fortunate enough to write over 275 blog posts across a variety of different SEO blogs, some have been successful, others have had more a lead balloon vibe. Often you have no idea beforehand which ones are going to work. 

But one pattern I’ve been able to discern is people love in-depth blog posts. So inspired by great posts, like Aaron Wall and Glen at Viperchill’s long-form posts, I wanted to produce my link building opus of as many ways I could think to build links for here on Econsultancy.

So below are some of my top tips that cover off pretty much every way you can go about building links...

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Google releases Gmail’s priority inbox secrets

The secret's out (in a small way) and Google is happily sharing a top line look at the processes and algorithms that go together to make up what the company describes as “One of the largest and most user facing applications of ML (machine learning) at Google”, namely the Priority Inbox.

So how can we use this knowledge to ensure better inbox placement in Gmail? And is this news to us anyway? 

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Five profit-boosting techniques for affiliates

Being an affiliate can be extremely rewarding, but it's often not easy. There's a lot of competition, and depending on where you live, tax legisltation is a clear and present danger.

As with any business, being a successful affiliate means being smart about how you manage and maximize the bottom line. Here are five techniques for doing just that.

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