The end of the Privacy Shield and what it means for your data and email marketing

Anyone sending data to the USA or working with a technology partner whose servers are located in the USA needs to review the impact of the latest judgement by the European Court of Justice (ECJ). As of July 16th, data flows between the EU and USA are no longer legal. Why is this? US surveillance laws don’t prevent US security organisations from surveilling companies’ data even if they were members of the Privacy Shield agreement. Neither is there is an effective way for EU citizens to file a complaint about this in the USA. The damning conclusion of the ECJ ruling states; “The requirements of US national security, public interest and law enforcement have primacy, thus condoning interference with the…

Split decision – what to consider when conducting an A/B test

Split decision – what to consider when conducting an A/B test

Which of these statements about A/B testing is correct? A. It’s a fun little experiment. B. It’s a powerful tool which must be handled correctly. The correct answer is B. Split testing is a powerful tool. And, like all tools, it has the potential to do more harm than good if it’s not operated with care. It’s therefore unfortunate that split testing is often treated more like option A. "Hey, let’s try this" says someone… and suddenly you’re conducting an experiment based on an arbitrary, last-minute decision. Testing in a haphazard and disjointed manner may garner useful insights into your customers’ behaviour but it’ll be mostly down to luck. Such unplanned testing is as likely to waste time on inconclusive,…

The importance of Email Marketing and Digital Marketing Strategy for your brand

Have you ever opened a marketing email and not immediately recognised what company it’s from or the purpose of the email? It has no sales pitch or story or maybe it doesn’t even match their website? Sometimes it’s not their fault, they test their emails on desktops but don’t realise their emails don’t render correctly on mobile, the device that the majority of people now open emails on. Believe it or not, some companies don’t even use email marketing and have no idea of the opportunity they are missing out on. Fundamentals of Email Marketing and Digital Marketing Strategy include an optimised website and great emails, even mobile-friendly ones. Said to have the biggest ROI and be the most cost-effective…

What’s the real cost of not outsourcing your Email Marketing

Why is it more expensive to do something in house? Just recently our sales team have come across a number of potential small business accounts which have said; We manage email marketing ourselves… It’s become a part of my role and I fit it in when I can… We’re too small to outsource… We use the DIY email builder for our emails… We can’t afford to outsource. The answer to all of these is simple: You can’t afford not to outsource and here’s why: As a small business you need to leverage every penny of your resource to it’s maximum. If you’re an SME you probably don’t employ a marketing manager, a designer, a coder or a database administrator. This…

The Future of Email Marketing

“Is email dead” I hear you ask? Certainly not! Statistics say, email is here to stay, and as we marked 40 years of email marketing in 2018, the future still looks bright. Below, we discuss some of the up and coming trends that will keep email in the running for the most widely used form of marketing communication among most companies. Highly anticipated trends for the future include interactivity, personalisation and content. The hottest topic of all though, Artificial Intelligence. Interactivity One trend that has remained, is that of ‘Interactivity’. One way to be truly engaged with your customers is to have an interactive element to your marketing emails that allows a two-way street of communication. For example, the opportunity…

Inbox of tricks: stand out with Gmail’s new promotion tools

The inbox is a competitive place. Marketers strive to craft compelling subject lines which shine that little bit brighter than the rest. But only so much can be done with clever wording and look-at-me emoticons. Fortunately, Google has made the playing field more interesting. The Gmail application on iPhone and Android now supports email annotations. That sounds pretty dull, so let me rephrase it: it’s now possible to serve up additional content – including imagery – before an email has even been opened. Let’s take a look at the options by following Fictitious Travel’s quest to stand out from the crowd. Stage 1: unannotated email Nobody loves January. The people at Fictitious Travel know that, so they’re running a winter…

Five reasons to try interactive email

User interaction with an email used to mean one thing – a click – while the real fun was left for the landing page. Thanks to some recent breakthroughs, that no longer needs to be the case. It’s now possible to offer sophisticated user interaction within the email itself such as menus, carousels, triggered animations, browsable product categories, quizzes and even games. You can’t run a script in an email so how does it work? The magic happens thanks to a CSS trick known as the checkbox hack. Don’t be put off by the word hack – the principle is actually quite straightforward and the code is neat. It goes like this: You place a checkbox, like the one you’d…

Prefer your customers stay? Try a preference centre.

Preference Centres If GDPR is any indication, we live in a time in email marketing where consumers want to feel more in control, and what better way than to tailor-make what information you send them per their specifications. This is where preference centres are ideal – rather than simply opting out from all communications, you can let them hand pick what they want, to both eliminate the feeling of receiving unwanted emails and hopefully inspire greater loyalty with your brand. To give you some idea of the benefits, these are the results from two of our different preference centres: Client Total Preferences Selected Total Unsubscribed Preferences (%) A 43,787 364,073 10.74 B 20,258 299,740 6.33 As you can see, you…