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Email Design & Coding – The Ultimate Resource List For Remarkable Email Creative

by Karen Talavera

10 27, 2017 | Posted in Creative, Email Marketing, Graphic Design, Resources for Getting It Done | 1 comments

 

Email Design & Coding Ultimate Resource List

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If you're involved in email marketing creative, you'll love this! Sure there's a ton of detailed information about design and coding hacks, tips, tactics and tools online; you could be reading for days. What you need is a master list of all the best places to go for that advice, plus the tech and software that make features like video in email, dynamic content, countdown timers, side scrolling and more easily possible. So we were inspired to produce this list of favorites. Bookmark it and explore to your heart's content. And here's to continually raising the bar on really good email!  

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Getting the Most From Your Email Marketing Budget: 5 Critical Areas to Invest In

by Karen Talavera

05 31, 2016 | Posted in Audience & List Growth, Creative, Email Lists, Email Marketing, Marketing Automation, Marketing Vision, Metrics | Measuring Results, Strategy | 2 comments

Email Marketing Investments that pay off

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With endless approaches christened “best practices” and infinite blog posts on the latest email optimization tactics, it can be difficult to determine where it’s worth investing your email marketing money and manpower. Questions like these abound:
  • Does my company need abandoned cart/browse campaigns if we’re not an ecommerce or retail marketer?
  • Are reactivation campaigns worth it, or should I just cull unresponsive subscribers from our list?
  • How much marketing automation do I need? Do I need an ESP or MA platform?
  • Do multi-touch campaigns (like a welcome series) outperform single message-campaigns? Is the extra effort to create a series worth it?
  • Would my company benefit from reputation management and delivery services? What’s it worth?
  • Does dynamic content really pay off?
. . . and the list goes on. It’s often said  

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10 Emotionally-Provocative Email Subject Lines (and what you should learn from them)

by Karen Talavera

09 30, 2014 | Posted in Creative, Email Marketing, Response Improvement | 0 comments

One of the best ways to engage email subscribers is to connect with them emotionally, although this is often easier said than done. I have spoken and written many times about the importance of creating emotional resonance – either positive or negative – between your message and your audience. It's essential because without some sort of feeling connection to you, at least occasionally, subscribers will become bored by the purely practical often repetitive litany of subject lines cropping up in their inboxes (i.e. 20% savings this week!) and easily tune out.  

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Three Tried and True Email Creative Tactics for Instant Visibility in a Crowded Inbox

by Karen Talavera

09 14, 2011 | Posted in Creative, Email Marketing, Messaging Strategy | 2 comments

Does your email creative stand out like this?

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With email inboxes more crowded than ever before, simply arriving successfully is half the battle.  Assuming you routinely have good deliverability, the second half of that battle is standing out in a crowd. The majority of email users (more than 70% by some estimates) view the lineup of email messages in their inboxes via preview panes, so only a snapshot of each message is visible either to the right or on the lower half of their screens.  Mobile environments can be even worse, eliminating preview-ability altogether.  

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Three Holiday Retail Email Marketing Lessons for Non-Retail Companies

by Karen Talavera

12 20, 2010 | Posted in Creative, Customer Loyalty, Email Marketing | 0 comments

Retail Email

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If yours is a services business, B-to-B firm or solo-entrepreneurship, this time of year it can certainly seem like all the marketing focus is on retailers.  Yet just because retail eclipses other industries during the holidays doesn’t mean non-retailers can’t take a few lessons from retail marketers and employ similar strategies in their own communications, especially email. In the spirit of the season, here are three email marketing lessons non-retail businesses can swipe and deploy from holiday retail marketers.  Here’s hoping they enlighten your email for 2011!

Vary frequency and cadence seasonally

Retailers live and die by the holiday gift giving season (hence the term “black Friday” for the day after Thanksgiving, traditionally the biggest shopping day of the year on which many retail businesses that haven’t yet made an annual profit will go from “being in the red” to “being in the black”).  Even before the days of e-commerce, holiday messaging was much more frequent than advertising done at other times of the year.  This increase is easy to see in the email marketing frequency of retailers, which goes from monthly or weekly to as often as weekly or daily during November and December. It may not be at holiday time, but chances are there is a period or there are seasons when it makes sense to increase your  

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Avoiding Forgotten Stepchild Syndrome in Email Design

by Karen Talavera

10 14, 2010 | Posted in Creative, Email Marketing | 0 comments

A good day out

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Thankfully, the days of silo-ed email marketing run by two techies hunched in a shared cubicle wedged into a forgotten corner far from the marketing department are largely over at most companies.  However, marketing email can still suffer from "forgotten stepchild syndrome" when it comes to design.

It's a fair enough question: "Should my email creative match the design/look/feel of my company's website?" Ideally yes, provided your website was created or at least had a face lift in the last few years.  (If it hasn't been touched since 2002, that's a different story.)  But in general, yes, from a creative standpoint your email marketing messages need to be included in your digital family.  

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