April 2015: The Month in Email
We started the month with some conversations about best practices, both generally looking at the sort of best practices people follow (or don’t) as well as some specific practices we wanted to look at in more depth. Three for this month:
Be gracious with opt-out requests. Email marketing is hard. Even when it’s successful, response rates can be very low. It is surely frustrating to hear from people who don’t want your email, but it can help you refine your marketing program.
Put bounce policies in place before your important email bounces. If you’re sending legitimate, requested, and wanted email (which of course you are, right?), it’s important to think about the implications of delivery failure not only on your business but on your customers’ lives.
Examine the real value of an old list. Just because you can buy addresses doesn’t mean you should. Here are some things to think about if you’re considering it.
We also noted that even with the very best practices, mistakes happen and trusted senders can recover from them.
At the intersection of best practices and industry news, we looked at the political realm and where politics, fraud, and spam overlap. We also talked about how important it is to make sure our politicians understand internet and email technologies.
In other industry news, Josh continued the exploration he started last month of Salesforce’s DKIM implementation and created a tutorial on how to use it. He also outlined the authentication changes Microsoft has made as part of their Office365/Exchange Online Protection over IPv6 implementation. Steve briefly clarified the different methods for email authentication and email repudiation, and I wrote a bit about email verification services.
I also mentioned that AOL hasn’t come up for me with clients lately, but several of our readers commented that they are still having active AOL-related discussions with their customers. I also wrote about the compromised employee account at Sendgrid, and the security implications for the email industry. I’m sure we’ll be hearing more about this sort of thing going forward.