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Monday Morning Reputation Cheer

Here is my latest Monday morning Reputation cheer to kick the week off with a bang. #emailreputation #emailmarketing Have a great and productive week everyone.

NOTE – These were a series of tweets that started this morning at 9:20am Eastern which is why there are some abbreviations and such throughout the post.


“R” is for Responsibility – As a marketer it’s ultimately yours. Practice good opt-in list techniques and your #emailreputation will thank you

“E” is for Engagement
– Your most engaged is your cherry list, your VIP’s. If your subscribers aren’t engaged, get em engaged or back burner em.

“P” is for Preference Pages
– If you aren’t making yours easy to use and using the info for personalization, you have some work to do.

“U” is for Understanding
– Follow the greats in our field & read what they post, ask questions, soak up knowledge, it’s a great group of people.

“T” is for Target Marketing
– Target correctly and you will reap the rewards do it wrong and say so hello to list attrition.

“A” is for Automation
– It isn’t easy but if you master it, you’ll have a big leg up on your competition. Put in the time & effort & do it right.

“T” is for Throttling
– If your emails are queueing up to major ISP’s throttle over a few hours and give your IP’s a break they will thank u.

“I” is for IP Reputation
– Keep it off RBL’s, keep your Sender Score up, don’t overwork it, monitor it closely, setup FBL’s & it will <3 you back.

“O” is for Optout
– If you haven’t made opting out as easy as pie, you WILL get complaints and your reputation will suffer.

“N” is for Nurturing
– Find out what your subscribers want, listen, use your preference info and it will grow your engaged subscribers.


What does that spell? REPUTATION. What did I say? REPUTATION. Who can have a good REPUTATION? You can #emailreputation #emailmarketing

The Monday Deliverability Cheer

So my Friday fun failed so I moved it to the Monday Deliverability Cheer to rev up your work week.  Enjoy… #deliverability #emailmarketing

D is for – “Delivery” of messages right to the inbox. The right message, to the right person, at the right time, through the right channel.

E is for – “Education” because you can never get enough. Listen to the masters in this industry and you will go far.

L is for – “Labor” because this is not an easy job but someone has to do it. You only get out what you are willing to put in.

I is for – “IP address” monitor yours, check it’s reputation, take care of it and it will reward you.

V is for – “Victory” that feeling that you get from a great campaign with awesome results.

E is for – “Evolution” because the email space is constantly evolving, what works today may not work tomorrow. Always keep on top of trends.

R is for – “Reputation” – Your online reputation will get you in to the best inboxes where you are free to be a rock star.

A is for – “Avoiding” SPAM filters, Junk mail, and RBL’s at all costs.

B is for – “Best Practices” follow them and you will be successful.

I is for – “images” that display properly across all email clients and browsers but don’t forget the Alt Tags.

L is for – “Learning” something new every day. There is so much to learn, surround yourself and listen to industry leaders and you will go far

I is for – “Indicators” to look out for that can cause poor deliverability, poor reputation, and most of all poor results.

T is for – “Time” Deliverability is not an overnight thing, you need to dedicate the time to be successful.

Y is for – “You” because YOU are ultimately responsible for your online reputation and deliverability.

What’s that spell DELIVERABILITY. Say it again, DELIVERABILITY, Who can get good deliverability? EVERYONE.

What can cause a nick in your online reputation?

I tweeted this information today but thought I would put it all in one place so it’s easier to read. There are many items besides the 8 I listed below, but this was just to get my creative writing juices flowing again. I will be adding on to this list over time.

* This can cause a ding in your reputation tip #1 – Increased volume outside of your typical sending.

* This can cause a ding in your reputation tip #2 – SpamTraps.

* This can cause a ding in your reputation tip #3 – Hitting RBL’s.

* This can cause a ding in your reputation tip #4 – Not handling SPAM complaints immediately.

* This can cause a ding in your reputation tip #5 – Not using/monitoring. FBL’s

* This can cause a ding in your reputation tip #6 – Non working opt-out’s. If it’s broke, fix it damn-it. Plus it’s a violation of the CAN-SPAM Act (Thanks @KentMcGovern for adding that)

* This can cause a ding in your reputation tip #7 – Not Monitoring replies. Not monitoring=not caring.

*This can cause a ding in your reputation tip #8 – Erratic sending practices and inconsistent timing.

Debunking 13 Email Deliverability Myths to Help You Succeed

The below information has been gathered from countless hours of assisting our clients with their day-to-day deliverability needs.  A lot of research and hands-on experience has gone in to debunking these very common deliverability myths.  Unlike when Geraldo uncovered a big goose egg in Al Capone’s vault, I’m hoping that these revelations will help you boost your deliverability and provide necessary information to lead you to success.

Email Deliverability Myth #1 – There is a magic phone number to the ISP’s.

If you are in possession of theses numbers, please tweet them because I’m sure it would get you a million-gazillion followers.  If you partner with the right ESP – they will have the industry knowledge, expertise, and experience and there will be no need to contact the ISP’s.  Even if these magic phone numbers did exist, whose answering the phones? The loch ness monster, bigfoot, maybe a unicorn or a pixie?  And even if they did answer the phone, do you think they can sprinkle pixie dust on the issue and resolve it? That would be awesome, wouldn’t it? But unfortunately, it couldn’t be further from the truth. It’s all about education, following best practices, and surrounding yourself with the right resources that will make you successful.

Email Deliverability Myth #2 – I dont have to check my feedback loops.

If you are using an ESP, you should know which Feedback Loops (FBL), you are subscribed to.  For a list of available FBLs, check out my blog from last week “ISP Deliverability Information – FBL, Postmaster, and Much More“.

If you aren’t checking your FBL’s then you are doing your valuable lists a huge disservice.  You should be checking your FBL’s at the minimum before every send to ensure that you aren’t sending to these subscribers.  There is absolutely no good reason to keep these subscribers as they have gone the extra mile to report your messages as SPAM.  Check those FBLs and check them often.  If your ESP is not providing access to FBL’s, use the list that I have compiled in the post referenced above and do it yourself.  It may be a lot of work to do on your own but it will pay off ten fold if executed, managed, and monitored correctly.

Email Deliverability Myth #3 – My ESP is responsible for my sending reputation.

A decent ESP will put the tools in place to ensure you can achieve a good sending reputation, and give you the education to use best practices. But it’s you as the marketer who is ultimately responsible for generating a high quality online presence and reputation.  You can have a workshop with the best tools that money can buy, but if you have no idea how to use those tools and don’t spend the time learning, then you’ve wasted your money and wont be able to build or fix anything. The following WILL hurt your sender reputation:

* Purchasing a list
* NOT checking your Feedback Loops
* NOT monitoring your complaints and opt-outs
* NOT keeping up with industry trends and best practices

If you are at fault for any of the above, the problem does not lie with your ESP, it lies with you.

Email Deliverability Myth #4 – If you have a deliverability issue just get a new IP address.

It’s much more advantageous to try and fix issues with sender reputation than to get a new IP address. Getting a new IP is like starting over from scratch.  It’s better to add an additional IP and start warming that up and then use both once the IP has been cleaned up.  It may take some work to mend your IP, but it’s well worth it since you have already spent time building up that reputation.  Being blocked by one or two groups does not mean it’s the end of the world, it just means you’ve got to roll up your sleeves and get to the bottom of the issue. Once it’s identified, there are ways to rectify it and put the proper pieces in place to ensure it doesn’t happen again in the future.  In most cases (there are some very bad apples out there) the people that monitor the RBL’s will work with you if you are honest, upfront and don’t become a multi time offender.

Email Deliverability Myth #5 – I’m getting through to one ISP, I can get through to them all.

All ISP’s are NOT created equally.  Just because you are getting through to AOL with high deliverability, doesn’t mean that you will have the same success with Yahoo!.  They each have their own algorithms, filtering techniques, authentication, etc..  This is where education comes in.  You must keep up with the changing trends.  Read the blogs, follow the right people on twitter, hire the right people and consultants, and adjust your campaigns, content, and sending strategies based on your findings.  What might be right for AOL may not be right for Yahoo!.  For some organizations, you may need to create and maintain different strategies for different ISP’s to be successful.

Email Deliverability Myth #6 – I don’t need to monitor my replies.

This myth is very similar to myth #2 with only one major difference.  If you think that the people who reported you as SPAM went out of their way, then the people that send you a personal reply have REALLY gone out of their way.  This can’t be automated as you could receive a plethora of different types of replies each requiring a different response.  Responding to these requests  needs human intervention.  Replies can really run the gamut from extremely postive to extremely negative and borderline threatening.  Each scenario takes a different type of response.  I’m a firm believer that if someone takes the time to reply, that they deserve a tactical response.  If it’s a positive response, take a second to respond back with a simple “thank you” letting them know you care, that thank you could go a long way. If it’s negative, send them a simple response stating that you understand the situation and have personally taken the steps to remove them from your list, that reassurance can also go along way.  There are companies out there like Bamboo Cricket ( that specialize in inbound mail and take the pressure off you by offering that human intervention for a reasonable price.  Regardless of the scenario, monitor your replies. You can really learn a lot by listening to them.

Email Deliverability Myth #7 – I should send transactional email through our own system.

Marketers often believe it’s beneficial to keep transactional emails separate from their marketing messages. This is a misnomer. It actually helps your deliverability to add transactional emails to the mix.  Think about it, if someone comes to your website and purchases something, that’s a guaranteed email address, especially if there was a credit card (or other payment) method involved.  That’s a guaranteed successful delivery.  If it’s not difficult to implement, I highly suggest that you at the very least test to see if it will work for you.  In most cases the implementation is easy and can pay big dividends depending on your volume.

Email Deliverability Myth #8 – No action, keep sending.

What do all of these statements have in common?

* Trying to sell Girl Scout cookies to an abandoned house
* Trick-or-treeting at a house with the lights off
* Trying to kill a T-rex with a pea shooter
* Dont tug on superman’s cape
* Don’t spit into the wind
* Don’t pull the mask off an ‘ole Lone Ranger
* And don’t keep sending to people that don’t interact, open, click, respond, etc. to your messages

You just don’t do it.

Email Deliverability Myth #9 – I can wait to mark my hard bounces as inactive.

Why wait, set your hard bounces to 1 and forget about them.  If you haven’t already, you should institute a no tolerance (mark as inactive after the first hard bounce) rule for hard bounces immediately.  The longer you wait, the higher chance that this bad email address will receive an additional message from you.  The other side to this is that if that email address has been turned in to a spam trap then you are a multi-time offender and that can get you blacklisted.  Don’t pass go, don’t collect 200 dollars, mark these subscribers with an opt-out status immediately.  On a side note to this myth with regards to status, don’t remove these subscribers from your database, mark them as opt-out in case these people get inadvertently added back to a list.  This will ensure that they don’t get another message from you.

Email Deliverability Myth #10 – I share an IP address, but it’s refreshed all the time so I don’t need to worry about any deliverability issues.

This is a tough myth for many to understand.  There are two opposite ends of the spectrum here.  On one side you have the people that are sharing their IP with a group of others.  In this scenario you are all responsible for each others reputations.  In some cases, this can be mutually beneficial, especially if you’re paired with other good senders.  This scenario also has a big risk.  If there’s one bad apple in your group, they can ruin all of your reputations with a single bad decision. I’m not going to turn this myth into a shared versus dedicated IP rant, that can be saved for another post. :)

Email Deliverability Myth #11 – Never send over the weekend.

We have found that early morning (just after midnight) sends that land in the inbox by the time people are waking up do very well for B2C retail clients when sent over the weekend.  This myth has really been debunked because different industries have different successes sending campaigns at different times.  The best way to figure out if this works for you is to do an A/B split campaign to see what kind of results you pull.  I’m not sure about any truth with this next statement but I’m going to throw it out there anyway and hope for some comments.  The continued success could be because there are substantially less senders on weekends, making the volume on the ISP’s incoming mail servers much lighter.  There, I said it, talk amongst yourselves.

Email Deliverability Myth #12 – I’m worried about some of my email content words or phrases sounding “spammy” so it’s best to put it all in images. That way, it won’t get flagged as spam by ISPs.

Bad, bad, bad idea.  If you think your content is “spammy”then change your content, don’t mask it behind images.  You need to maintain a good image-to-text ratio to stay out of the junk folder and or blocked by SPAM filters.  There are plenty of free spam tests out there like Spam Assassin to score your message, giving you a good indication as to where your message will end up.  If you want to go the extra step you can run a litmus test using Litmus’s extensive tools which will allow you to see how your message renders across most available email clients, perform spam filter testing, as well as give you a very detailed and organized set of analytics.

Email Deliverability Myth #13 – If I make it difficult for people to opt-out of messages, I will have less opt-outs.

Yes, you hit the nail on the head, you WILL have less opt-outs but MANY more SPAM complaints… FAIL.  You must, must. must, have a clear functioning, and easy to use opt-out.  I have seen some organizations that claim that it takes a few days to a week or so to opt you out of their database.  This should be an instant action and the subscriber should be removed right away.  I’m not sure why this is so difficult for some companies.  If you think the subscriber is going to change their mind, you’re living in a dream world.  People opt-out because they don’t want to hear from you.  Don’t send them a message asking them if they are sure they want to opt-out, it will just frustrate them and then you will be dealing with myth #6.

ISP Deliverability Information – FBL, Postmaster, and Much More

As I’m putting the finishing touches on one of the three blog posts that I have been working on, I took a side step to publish this list.  I have been compiling this list for a while of ISP information and noticed that it would come in handy for my upcoming post regarding email deliverability myths.  This list includes ISP information and links to their feedback loops and who operates them, bulk sender forms, RBL (Real-time Black Lists) lookups and removal forms.

NOTE: This list is a work in progress and if you have any information you would like to see added, please send me a message and I will include it and of course give you credit.

Feedback Loop Signup –
Postmaster –
Bulk Sender Form –
Yahoo Mail Delivery Form –
Operated By – Return Path

Feedback Loop Signup –
Postmaster –
Whitelist Signup –
DKIM Information –
Operated By – AOL

Feedback Loop Signup –
Postmaster –
RBL Lookup –
Operated By – Return Path

BlueTie (Excite, IWon, My Way)
Feedback Loop Signup –
Postmaster –
Operated By – Return Path

Microsoft Smart Data Services – Windows Live Mail, Hotmail, MSN
SNDS Signup –
Postmaster –
Operated By – Microsoft
Note: You must have a Windows Live ID to signup

SpamCop (SPAM Reporting Service)
Signup –
Operated By – SpamCop
Note: This is the signup page for “ISP features”

Feedback Loop Signup –
Postmaster –
Operated By – Return Path

Feedback Loop Signup –
Postmaster –
RBL Lookup –
Operated By – Return Path

Feedback Loop Signup –
Postmaster –
RBL Removal –
Operated By – Return Path

Feedback Loop Signup –
Postmaster –
Operated By – Return Path

United Online (Juno Netzero)
Postmaster –
Trusted List Signup –

Bulk Sender Form-

Feedback Loop –
Operated By – Return Path

Postmaster –
RBL Removal –

Feedback Loop Signup –
Operated By – Return Path

Feedback Loop Signup –
Operated By – Return Path

Whitelist Signup –

Email marketing made me do it, not social media. The dissection of a one day sale.

Good timing, I needed a few new shirts!… Here is another real-life experience that prompted me to purchase something from an email message.

Over this past weekend, I noticed that I really needed a few new shirts. I NEVER shop for myself, probably because I live in a house full of girls (even my dog is female) and I know that I’ll need to save BIGTIME for the teenage years. I wear jeans to work every day so I don’t need a fancy wardrobe. I received an email from Old Navy on Monday morning. This email hit me when I was getting desperate, almost like they knew I needed those shirts. Maybe this is a new kind of personalization where they have a vision of what’s in my closet and how long it’s been there. The email spoke to me – well, it spoke to my wallet. The subject line was clear “30% off TODAY ONLY! Plus, FREE Shipping Every Day!” I got the message on my iPhone so I clicked on the link for “Men” and I was greeted with a VERY mobile friendly catalog of items. In a matter of seconds I found exactly what I was looking for. My only problem is that I’m a hands on kind of guy so I knew that I needed to go to the store if I wanted to purchase these shirts. Lucky for me it wasn’t an online only sale which was also clearly stated in the email. Plus, I knew that my wardrobe couldn’t wait much longer even if it was free shipping , I needed the instant gratification. I left my office a little early and headed over to the mall. On my way over I called the store to find out which entrance they were closest to. This way, I could minimize my time at the mall and avoid my temptations of going to the Apple store, after all I was on a time limit. I was greeted by the woman on the other end who promptly reiterated the“today only” sale which was a nice reinforcement. When I arrived at the store there was plenty of signage both inside and outside the store also focusing on the sale. I quickly found the shirts that I was looking for, tried them on and proceeded to the checkout. The woman at the checkout was friendly and asked me if I had seen the TV Ad after the Superbowl. I told her that I hadn’t but I did receive the email that morning which was what got me in to the store. She was excited about that and commented that she didn’t have to ask me if I wanted to join their mailing list now.

I got to thinking about the message that I received and how it spoke to me and ultimately got me to purchase from them. Thepart about being “Super Cute for Less” didn’t exactly speak to me, but the main message certainly did: “TAKE 30% OFF ANY OLD NAVY PURCHASE*”. The “Super Cute for Less” tagline prompted me to check my preferences for their email communications. I looked back at the email and it was very clearly marked at the bottom. When I got to the preferences page I was surprised with all of the options. I guess I hadn’t chosen any options when I initially signed up which explains the lack of personalization. I chose the categories that interested me and also gave them my Birthday for a “Special gift on your special day!” which sadly I missed out on by only a few weeks. They also have a section for credit card holders to receive bonuses as well as exclusive offers. Lastly they invite you to opt-in to other Gap brands. The one thing I was surprised about was that after submission, I was taken to a thank you page which stated that my preferences would be updated within the next two weeks. Wow, really? Two weeks to update preferences?

My analysis of the message:

It had a lot of images at the top which was balanced with A LOT of filler text mumbo jumbo at the bottom. This probably gave it an equal image to text ratio. It boasted the T.V. spot which was apparently a big deal although I couldn’t find it on the web anywhere. The sale information was very clear with a large button to “shop now.” I wish that they had read my previous article “Highlighting the Promo Codes,” however the promo code for online purchase was also very clearly marked within the message. The colors were bright, vibrant, and appealing. The message also highlighted another ongoing sale in case this sale didn’t appeal to me. Overall, the message was very well done and I didn’tsee room for any major improvements other than to try and use more personalization which again in this case I found out by checking my preferences that I hadn’t provided enough information.

Here is what I learned from my Old Navy experience and about this particular sale:

I wasn’t a fan on Facebook so I missed the post about the sale.
I didn’t follow them on twitter so I missed the tweet about the sale.
I don’t watch Glee so I missed the commercial about the sale.
I am Opt-in to their email list so I did get the email about the sale. DING DING DING!

This shows that they are reaching their audience through all the major channels and doing a good job at promoting the sales and special offers.

Here is what Old Navy accomplished by sending me the email:

I’m now fan on Facebook and I see they have valuable information there.
I’m now following them on twitter (please follow me back @oldnavy) and I see there is valuable information there as well.
No matter what they say or give me, I will NEVER EVER watch Glee!

Overall, my experience from receiving the message, to my phone call, to my visit to the store, to making a purchase and ultimately updating my preferences was excellent. Now that I updated my preferences we will see if they use that information to personalize my upcoming messages. I will include this brand in my research regarding personalization after updating my preferences.

Disclaimer – No Glee fans were injured during the writing or posting of this article! :)

How well will Whole Foods do with their “One Day Deal” for today?

Last night while talking to my Dad about my daughter’s incredible ability to demolish sushi, he asked me about an email that he had sent me earlier today from Whole Foods (@WholeFoods on Twitter).  I hadn’t seen it yet so I looked while we were talking.  It was their “One Day Deals” email that my Mom received earlier in the day.  My Dad forwarded it to me because he knows how much my family loves Vitaminwater (@vitaminwater on twitter) and it looked like a great deal.  After reading the email, I disagreed, it wasn’t a great deal it was a FANTASTIC deal, 50 cents a bottle.  This is one third of the regular price per bottle.  Now I only buy Vitaminwater when it’s on sale for a dollar a bottle (I stopped buying it at Costco because although the price is a little less per bottle, the selection in the big packs were not what my family enjoyed) so this was something I would jump at.

So, I re-arranged my morning a little to get over to my local Whole Foods store as close to 8:00am, when they open.  I was greeted by a chalkboard sign outside of the entrance reiterating the email that I received which was nice to know in case for some reason my store didn’t participate or something.  It also stated while supplies lasted which made me a little nervous.  I got a cart, walked in and went straight to the Vitaminwater section.  This is where I thought I may get disappointed and find that it was just one flavor or they only had five but I was pleasantly surprised to find a large selection and plenty of them.  I quickly filled my cart with 50 bottles of the various kinds my family likes, took a picture from my iPhone for later use and proceeded to the checkout.  Both the cashier and the bag packer knew about the deal (and seemed excited about it) and didn’t bat an eye at the fact that I had 50 bottles in my cart.  They quickly rang me up, gave me my 20 cent discount for my four recycled bags and I was on my way.

When I got to the car I MMS’d a picture of my filled to the brim cart to my Dad and went  to the office.  When I got to the office I tweeted my picture and mentioned both Vitaminwater and Whole Foods in my tweet.

Here is the “Whole” point of my post:

I have since signed up to receive Whole Foods daily emails in hopes of another spectacular offer like this one.  Here are a few notes from my experience in signing up for their emails and my overall experience with my Whole Foods adventure.

One thing I did notice on their website is that it was hard to find where to signup for their newsletters.  It was a small text link under the “Welcome” section.  They really should make it more visible on their home page, I almost gave up.

During the initial signup, they ask me for my email address, first name, my local store, which Newsletter I would like to subscribe to, and the format I would like to receive it in.  After that they have a “Step 2” which asks for a bunch of personal information which will hopefully be used to generate personalized emails.  They are using a double opt-in mechanism which is comforting to know.  I used my Yahoo email address to signup and the message came right through to my inbox within a minute or so.  This too was nice to see as a lot of organizations have a difficult time getting through to Yahoo’s inbox in a timely fashion.

The confirmation message I received was personalized with a “Dear Michael” and a link to change my preferences.  It also noted that “We hope you enjoy your bi-weekly newsletters” which was what I signed up for so that was a nice touch as well.  I noticed during signup that they had three options for newsletters although when I clicked through to the preferences, I noticed that there are only two choices to opt-in or out of, I’m not sure what happened to the third choice.

I did notice that the deal of the day email that my Dad forwarded to me was not personalized at all.  I would have thought since the store was a mandatory choice in the signup process it would have at least included some info on our local store.  I’m not sure what info my Mom gave up when she signed up, however I offered a bunch of personal information during my signup and will update this article as I receive more emails.  One more note from the forwarded email was that it was very well done.  It had the right text to image ratio, the design itself was appealing (although it did make me think of Fall and Halloween), and best of all it was short and to the point.

Overall, I think Whole Foods is doing a great job with their communications and I look forward to receiving future correspondences from them.  My entire experience from my Dad forwarding me the email, to shopping at the store, to signing up for their newsletters, to enjoying my Vitaminwater Focus (which honestly helped me sit still and write this post) this morning was pleasant.  I didn’t want to be too greedy this morning (I thought 50 was a good round number) but I may go back after work, see what’s left and clean them out.

BTW, here is a pic of my award winning cart and thanks Dad for the great tip, much better than the time you told me not to smoke in bed.

Highlighting the Promo Code in the Subject Line for Extra Visibility

This article “Highlighting the Promo Code” was featured on the Email Expert: Email Marketing, Reputation, Deliverability & Best Practice Blog

This post is based on an initial article written by Andy Thorpe titled, “The Anatomy of Email: Subject Lines“  and a response that I wrote to his post.

I originally read about using promo codes in the subject line in an article from Jordan Lane over at Email Moxie towards the end of last year. A  few weeks before I read Jordans article, I was speaking with Mike Cayelli, the CEO at Cuff-Daddy about ramping up for the upcoming holiday season.

Cuff-Daddy is one of the leading retail websites specializing in cufflinks.  They have a home grown opt-in list that get’s an incredible deliverability rate.  They have relied on Email marketing to help grow their bottom line and they notice a significant jump in sales during email campaigns.  We were discussing different ideas on how to increase opens and clickthroughs to drive more holiday sales.  We came up with a bunch of ideas that we began executing immediately which seemed to be moving things along in the right direction.

Some of the ideas were content related, time related, adding personalization, and a snazzy new template.  It’s important to note that the above mentioned ideas were implemented before testing the promo code in the subject line.  They had already begun seeing an increase in opens and clicks prior to testing.

I sent Jordan’s article to read and told him that we should give it a try in their next campaign.  He agreed, and the results were very positive.

They saw a 4% increase in open rates, an 8% increase in link clicks and a 12% increase in sales.  These were exciting stats as we weren’t expecting a big bump from something so simple as highlighting the promo code in the subject line.  Because of these results, Cuff-Daddy has taken this simple task and added it to their marketing efforts for 2011.  The best part about this tactic is that it’s easy to implement, takes no integration whatsoever and is very, very low risk.

I think that this test was successful not only because the promo code had extra visibility in the subject line but it was this idea coupled with other ideas outlined in Andy’s initial article that made it work.  Since the subject line is the “first impression”, it’s important to find a good balance that works for your organization.  My best advice is to test, test, test and then test some more.  A good way to test this theory would be to use an A/B split to see if adding the promo code works for you.  Since Cuff-Daddy’s success, we have been talking to our other retail clients about implementing this and they have all been receptive to giving it a try.  If you implement this, please let me know your results for a follow-up post in the near future.

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Gold Lasso Signs Three New Clients for Email Marketing SaaS

GAITHERSBURG, MD — (MARKET WIRE) — 08/18/10 — Gold Lasso, an up-and-coming email service provider (ESP) and interactive marketing channel management company, today announced a deal with three new clients for email technology and services. These businesses, an internet retailer, a content sharing platform and a career-focused social network, join Gold Lasso’s client roster looking to increase engagement with customized email campaigns.

New clients include: Beauty Encounter, Clearspring Technologies and Brazen Careerist.

Yotam Derfler, Gold Lasso VP of Sales and Operations, said, “Clients chose us because we focus on customized campaigns using content algorithms, an emerging specialty for Gold Lasso. As seen in our Biggest Secret’ video released earlier this year, we help our clients get the right message to the right person at the right time through our proprietary technology and via the guidance of a knowledgeable account manager.”

“We’re thrilled about this new business relationship with Gold Lasso,” said Kristine Viray, Marketing Manager at Beauty Encounter. “Our marketing objectives have grown significantly, and will continue to grow. We’re confident eLoop will expand with us, and will continue to help us reach our objectives through highly personal interactive experiences for our customers through targeting, personalization and enhanced campaign tracking.”

The following is an overview of Gold Lasso’s new clients:

Beauty Encounter
One of Internet Retailer’s Top 500, Beauty Encounter wanted a new email marketing solution for their rapidly growing business. The Fountain Valley, CA beauty products site came to Gold Lasso for a smart way to manage complex lists while leveraging sophisticated yet cost-effective technologies. During the summer, most retailers are already working hard towards their holiday sales goals; therefore it was even more important that they expeditiously transfer hundreds of images, messages, custom pages and rule-based campaigns with no interruption of service. Using proprietary methodologies and hands-on project management, Gold Lasso transitioned Beauty Encounter’s extensive program in just 48 hours and was able to see improved deliverability almost immediately.

Clearspring Technologies, Creator of the AddThis Widget
DC-based Clearspring Technologies is the largest online content sharing network in the world. Their free sharing tool, AddThis, enables publishers, advertisers and websites to integrate content sharing across blogs, social networks and other websites. AddThis, a well-recognized widget for sharing articles and other digital content across multiple platforms with a single click, will use Gold Lasso’s email marketing services to enable content sharing directly to email. Clearspring’s management and investor team includes Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and AOL founder Steve Case.

Brazen Careerist
Described by Fast Company magazine as, “Twitter meets Facebook meets LinkedIn meets Gen Y,” Brazen Careerist chose Gold Lasso’s email solutions for communicating with members looking for job hunting advantages. Brazen’s site enables young professionals and recent college graduates to create and manage their personal brands and network with other users to collaborate or find employment. Brazen’s email marketing efforts will coincide with the site’s existing in-site mailbox and include social resume updates, targeted job listings, invitations to career events, message board thread comments and industry news feeds. Brazen will also use email to continue growth of its Gen Y Branding and Recruitment Solutions for employers.

Elie Ashery, co-founder and CEO of Gold Lasso, commented on the agreements, “Long-term success for our clients is part of the Gold Lasso mission. With eLoop, we’ve created a product that can adapt with the ever-changing needs of growing businesses. In this economy, businesses need a dynamic, easily-managed web marketing solution that can adjust as strategies are fine-tuned over time.”