Verizon recently sent a letter to its customers stating that they would deactivate any email accounts that had not been active within the last 180 days (6 months). After that, any messages sent to these email addresses will bounce. But there’s more to this story.
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You’ve done the batch-and-blast thing. You know how to segment your list to get better results. And you know that getting more in-depth metrics and stats from your campaigns is the key to your success – both now and in the future.
So it goes without saying that you’ve moved past entry-level solutions. But what’s next?
Google has made some recent changes to Gmail that may have an impact on your email marketing efforts (if they haven’t already). Read on to find out what you need to know!
Is achieving your email marketing goals becoming more and more challenging? It might be time to take a look at whether your current ESP is still meeting your needs.
Are you experiencing any of the following issues?
At Net Atlantic, we’ve always believed in the value of using detailed data and reporting to improve email deliverability and overall ROI. So we were thrilled to see that Google has introduced Gmail Postmaster Tools.
Your Sender Score, a ReturnPath metric to gauge your reputation as an email sender, is pretty important. It determines whether or not the door to recipient inboxes is open to your email communications and whether or not you’re even a welcome visitor. Heck, it determines whether or not you can even knock on that door as email marketers with poor Sender Scores are often not permitted anywhere near the premises! They either have their emails shunted to a spam folder automatically or recipient ISPs outright refuse the delivery of their messages entirely. Your Sender Score is pretty serious business.
It’s every email marketer’s worst nightmare. They spend days, or even weeks working on a perfect email design, layout, length, and subject line. When they find out from their customer or prospect that the message ended up in their spam folder, it causes extreme frustration.
If you’ve found yourself in this situation, you aren’t alone. Of the billions of emails that are marked as spam on a daily basis, many of them are well-meaning marketers who simply made a few mistakes with their email campaign.
Here are a few of the most common reasons that you are having trouble reaching the inbox of your recipients, and some of the best practices to correct these issues.
The term “bounce” as it pertains to email analysis is never a good one. Put simply, a bounced email means that your email was not delivered to the intended recipient. There are a number of reasons that a bounce may occur, but they are divided into two broad categories: a hard bounce and a soft bounce.
So what’s the difference between a hard bounce and a soft bounce, and why does it matter for tracking email metrics?
by David Manning
Did you know that 17% of Americans create a new email address every 6 months and that 30% of all Americans change their email address at least once annually?
Those are alarming figures if you are serious about keeping your data relevant and continuing your consumer reach. This has become even more important recently as Major ISP’s like Yahoo, AOL and Microsoft are recycling unused email accounts in an effort to monitor sending reputation and preventing fraud. For instance, the Microsoft Service Agreement states that they “periodically, at a minimum of every 270 days” have the right to recycle any account and make it available again after 360 days.
Internet Service Providers (ISPs) take email engagement very seriously. In fact, engagement metrics have become the leading determinant of whether an email message reaches your target’s inbox, bulk, or spam folder.