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Benchmarking for Email Marketing

Welcome to a new digital marketing series at iPost called "Don't do this, do that.", where some of the best minds in email marketing will use dozens of years of both client, agency, and ESP experience to guide you the email marketer with pragmatic advice to help improve your marketing strategy. This week's article is about Benchmarking. What Is Benchmarking? First, let's start with some definitions. According to Wikipedia, "Benchmarking is the practice of comparing business processes and performance metrics to industry bests and best practices from other companies." Benchmark is defined as an object, such as a ruler or standard, used as a measure of size, accuracy, or quality. So if you're comparing yourself to [...]

By |October 23rd, 2021|Categories: Associations, Best Practices, Featured, Franchises|Tags: , |

Thank you Apple, we L.O.V.E. MPP!

Apple delivered the email marketing community a gift at the WWDC this past week, and we at iPost cannot be more excited.  In case you haven’t heard, Apple will be releasing “Mail Privacy Protection” MPP later this year with iOS15, iPadOS15, watchOS8, and macOS Monterey. Here is what we know so far about Mail Privacy Protection (MPP): IP addresses will be blocked. The opening times of emails will now no longer be accurate at all Email opens will be completely inaccurate - All emails will be marked as open whether a person reads them or not. Tracking Pixels (or “spy pixels”) will be opened by default All remote images will be preloaded before hitting the users [...]

Email delivery vs Email deliverability

In email marketing, email delivery and email deliverability are two entirely different things when it comes to running an email program. Unfortunately, they are often used interchangeably, and it causes some confusion amongst non-email people around your organization. So how do you distinguish email delivery and deliverability? Email Delivery Delivery simply means that the email you just sent was accepted by your recipient’s server and did not bounce.  It doesn’t mean that the email was delivered to the inbox or a folder; it simply means that it wasn’t rejected. Email delivery rate is NOT a metric you want to use to gauge the success of your campaign or your program.  Therefore, the email delivery rate is [...]

iPost Announces eValuate, a Free Assessment for Email Marketers

SAN MATEO, CALIF., May 06, 2021 iPost, an enterprise email marketing and automation provider, has announced iPost eValuate, a free assessment of two critical email marketing components: subscribers and creative. With eValuate, iPost experts with an average of 15 years of industry experience conduct both a subscriber analysis and a creative review. iPost eValuate Can Analyze Up To 1,000,000 emails! The Subscriber Analysis analyzes up to 1,000,000 email contacts to determine the health of that database. The iPost team looks for invalids, spam traps, and bogus and disposable email addresses. The team then provides optimization recommendations based on that information. The Creative Analysis looks at one piece of email creative and makes recommendations for optimizing the creative while staying [...]

By |May 13th, 2021|Categories: Associations, Franchises, Press Releases|

Chapter 2: Don’t treat members the same way as non members in email.

Welcome to Chapter 2 of the new series at iPost called "Don't do this, do that," where some of the best minds in email marketing will use dozens of years of both client, agency, and ESP experience to guide you the email marketer with pragmatic advice. This chapter is strictly for Associations where members and non-members are your audiences. MEMBERSHIP MEANS SOMETHING, ESPECIALLY IN EMAIL It is no secret that associations thrive on member growth, engagement, and involvement. Consequently, the decision to become a member is often a strong belief that the Association will provide professional and personal development that aligns with their values. However, membership is a two-way street and requires work from both sides. [...]

By |May 11th, 2021|Categories: Associations, Best Practices, Email Marketing, Featured|Tags: , , |

Emails From The Client Side – Levels of Engagement

As we continue to grow, we are constantly fielding questions around our solution and its ability to perform strategically no matter what vertical they are in. One common theme from our clients is "levels of engagement." A recent email from the client-side asked us this: My engagement levels have peaked in many of my programs, and I'm trying to determine if it would be a better use of time to build on these or if I should focus on creating new campaigns where I can start with a lower engagement rate but perhaps achieve a higher conversion rate as a result. What do you think? How do your subscribers compare across the various programs you manage? [...]

Purging Your Subscribers: How to Determine Who Needs To Be Purged

Check your marketing ego at the door, people, because at some point in your email career, you will be faced with the decision to purge subscribers from your email program. Purging your subscribers is a great way to maintain the legitimacy of your database. What does purging mean? Purging means that you take a pre-defined segment of subscribers and remove them from your sendable database. Here, the operative term is "pre-defined," which means that you need to agree on what parameters make up the need to kick the subscribers to the curb. There are almost always spam accounts lingering on your subscribers' list. DEFINING THE PURGING SEGMENT Let's be clear; there is no definitive definition or [...]

By |April 20th, 2021|Categories: Associations, Best Practices, Email Marketing, Featured, Franchises|Tags: |

iPost Joins American Society of Association Executives (ASAE)

SAN MATEO, CALIF., April 06, 2021 iPost, an enterprise email marketing and automation provider, has joined the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). ASAE is a membership organization of more than 48,000 association executives and industry partners representing 7,400 organizations. Their members lead, manage, and work in or partner with organizations in more than a dozen association management disciplines, from executive management to finance to technology. “We joined the ASAE because an association’s email needs are similar to those of franchises, an industry iPost serves particularly well,” says Andrew Kordek, VP of Customer Engagement at iPost. “Most larger associations have multiple locations, like state or county chapters, so the iPost capabilities around accounts and subaccounts is a big deal.” [...]

By |April 6th, 2021|Categories: Associations, Press Releases|Tags: , |

7 Hidden Costs of Switching Email Service Providers (ESP)

If you’re switching email service providers, one of the questions that’s likely top of mind is, what will it cost to move from one ESP to another? Although there are steps you can take to make the ESP migration easier, you still might not understand the real costs. Based on anecdotal evidence from watching—and helping—clients switch email service providers, both before and during their engagements with iPost, I’ve pulled together some hidden costs to consider to help you understand those real costs associated with switching ESPs. Please note: This is not a breakdown of the costs of switching email service providers, nor a guide to figuring out if the cost is worth it. It is, however, [...]

By |March 9th, 2021|Categories: Associations, ESP Migration, Featured, Franchises|Tags: |

5 Bad Email Practices to Avoid in 2022

It's fair to say that none of us in email marketing are in it to annoy our subscribers with our email newsletters. We have all read articles about the top reasons why subscribers leave your email program. This article about 5 bad email practices to avoid in 2022 is no exception. In addition to frequency and lack of personalization in emails, some things just flat out drive people nuts. They may be things that you don't intentionally do, but they are things nonetheless. I hope you will take inventory of your program and see if these five things impact your engagement in any way. #1 POOR SIGN-UP EXPERIENCE Imagine you have been invited to a fabulous [...]

By |March 2nd, 2021|Categories: Associations, Best Practices, Featured, Franchises|Tags: |

Are Long Emails Bad? How Long Should an Email Be?

Are Long Emails Bad? You Have Been Mislead. In recent years people in the email industry have led you to believe that you should stop writing long emails because email subscribers don't read long emails anymore. Email marketing strategists and thought leaders have subsequently encouraged you to write shorter emails (50 to 125 words - 200 words) or image-heavy with little copy and bullet points because subscribers "scan." The industry has said that no one likes to scroll on emails unless you have valuable content, and only then should you have your most valuable content at the top to grab their attention. Captain Obvious called on the former and asked that I tell you "HOGWASH" on [...]

By |February 2nd, 2021|Categories: Associations, Best Practices, Creative, Email Marketing, Featured, Franchises|Tags: , , |

Silent Marketing Solution: Use Email Analytics to Best Engage Silent Subscribers

What are the best email analytics to help determine which subscribers are bringing you down? As digital consumers, we’ve all been through this scenario of disillusionment: You land at a website and you like what you see. You subscribe to the brand’s emails because you’re thinking this is the start of something. Then the emails start coming. They fail to offer what you’d anticipated. And they keep coming. And you wish they’d just stop. Next thing you know, you’ve gone from warm fuzzies about a brand to being a disillusioned silent subscriber who never opens another email. We know that’s a tiresome and oft-repeated scenario as consumers. But we need to address this common occurrence from [...]

By |January 26th, 2021|Categories: Associations, Data, Featured|Tags: |

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