Category Archives: Best Practices

Email Delivery Failure: What Causes It?

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Email delivery can be a frustrating business. You work hard to create emails that will capture your customers’ attention, and sometimes all of that hard work goes to waste. And despite your customers having asked to receive these emails, Internet Service Providers (ISPs—like Gmail, Yahoo, and AOL) and other filters can make can make 22% of them go undelivered. What’s a sender to do? First of all, it’s important to understand that it’s not personal. ISPs are just trying to sift through over 100 billion emails that are sent daily. This volume of spam makes it extremely difficult for ISPs to

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Grow Your Email List by Developing Valuable Content

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We’ve been talking a lot over the past two months about how to add subscribers to your email list the right way—that means no renting, purchasing, or sharing lists. So far, I’ve shared some tips on how to promote your email list and how to optimize your opt-in pages. Now, I want to talk a little bit about the content of your emails, because no one will want to sign up for your list if you don’t have anything interesting to say, right? So, here are a few things to keep in mind when you’re crafting your next email. 1.

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SendGrid TAMs Reach Out to Customers to Improve Their Email

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SendGrid is committed to customer success. One important element of that is our Technical Account Management team. So what are Technical Account Managers (or TAMs) doing for our customers? In addition to helping with the technical integration of the world’s largest cloud-based email platform, TAMs proactively monitor accounts for sending reputation and deliverability rates, they’re updated on all the latest ISP protocols, and they work directly with clients to make sure any issues are resolved as soon as possible. Reaching Out The SendGrid TAMs work with some of our highest-level clients to ensure their email programs are successful. One of the ways

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4 Email Subject Lines To Learn From

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Subject lines can make or break the open rates for your email. Therefore, it’s imperative to continuously test the content, tone, and length of your subject lines to see which ones work better. Often the results of your tests will surprise you and your gut instincts will be proven wrong. It is important to having data to back up your decision-making. It’s also helpful to learn from other senders. Recently, we’ve seen some subject lines that missed the mark for being too ambiguous, too forward, or too generic. So let’s take a look to learn from them: Curious What’s Inside?

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7 Sign-Up Opportunities to Help Grow Your Email List

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Last month, I shared 5 ways to optimize your opt-in pages to increase list sign-ups. But, that’s only the first step. Once you’ve optimized your opt-in page, you need to promote it so that more potential users can engage with your brand. Here are some easy ways to promote your list: 1. Thank You Page: Every time a visitor completes a form on your site, they should receive a “thank you” message. This is an excellent opportunity to include a call to action that encourages the user to sign up for your email list. Make sure to include information about the list

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The ABCs of ISPs: How to Get Delivered at the Major Internet Service Providers

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The email delivery landscape is ever changing. We all know that email deliverability is critical to the success of any email program, and one of the best ways to ensure you get delivered is by complying with guidelines set by Internet Service Providers (ISPs) (also called mailbox providers) like Gmail, Yahoo, and Outlook. ISPs like these control the flow of mail. To help with this compliance, we’ve released a new guide, The ABCs of ISPs that outlines key tactics to help you navigate the ISP landscape. Topics covered in this guide include: The difference between IP and domain reputation The

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Learning from a Couple Email Unsubscribe “No-Nos”

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Unsubscribing is the process by which recipients voluntarily remove themselves from your email list. When a person decides they no longer want to hear from you, it’s your job as a sender to make sure the removal process is swift and easy. The CAN-SPAM ACT of 2003 specifically addresses the issue of unsubscribe. Because of the nature of transactional email, especially relative to that of marketing email, it is exempt to the guidelines of the CAN-SPAM Act.  Specifically when sending transactional emails, a company is not required to include a physical postal address or include an email unsubscribe link. Despite

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