Email Segmentation: How Much is too little? Not enough?You probably know by now that segmentation improves email marketing performance significantly, so if you’re still operating primarily in “batch and blast” mode it’s time to start slicing and dicing your subscriber file.

Marketers who practice list segmentation see better open and click-through rates, fewer unsubscribes and better deliverability. The reasons are obvious: segmentation creates discreet audiences we can laser-target with offers, creative, and information crafted specifically for them, at just the right time. This in turn improves relevancy and response, while decreasing complaints or blocking. Who among us doesn’t want to see more of this kind of email in our inbox: messages that speak to us as if we’re the center of attention, and show up at the perfect moment (or not at all?)

Too Little?

Let me begin by addressing the easy part of the question: how much email list segmentation is not enough? [click to continue…]

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Email Marketing IconYou’ve probably heard the saying “The devil is in the details” and never is it truer than in email marketing, where small changes or omissions can make big differences in response, revenue, or even which side of the law you’re on.

Starting next month email marketers will be able to tap into a new resource for getting their burning email questions answered, avoiding rookie mistakes, and enjoying free strategic advice. The Email Experience Council (eec) launches Email Coaching Clinics on [click to continue…]

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After fifteen years in email marketing, I recently joined the board of the Email Experience Council (EEC) – the industry association for legitimate email marketing and the nexus of entrepreneurs, executives and experts leading the email marketing world itself. Shortly before the EEC’s annual Email Evolution Conference earlier this month, the organization sat down with […]

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If you take them aside in confidence and buy them a drink or two, most people working in email marketing will eventually admit there’s a hungry beast they have to deal with that is never full and always has an appetite for more. No matter how much or how often they feed it, it’s a […]

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Three MORE Email Marketing Improvement Challenges for 2014

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Last month we looked at three email marketing improvement challenges for 2014. This month I want to give you three more that can maximize email’s contribution to your bottom line. Although improving email open and click-through rates seems an ever-present task, I encourage you to expand your focus beyond mere campaign-by-campaign process metrics and try […]

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VIDEO: Email Marketing List Hygiene and Deliverability Essentials for Success (and Pitfalls to Avoid)

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Chances are you’ve invested a significant amount of time and money building your email marketing list, but are you taking care of it? What exactly should you be doing to ensure email address integrity and maintain list deliverability, and how often?  And what’s the downside of not doing enough – or worse yet – doing […]

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