July 2015: The Month in Email
Once again, we reviewed some of the ways brands are trying (or might try) to improve engagement with customers. LinkedIn, who frequently top lists of unwanted-but-legitimate email, announced that they’ll be sending less mail. Josh wrote about giving subscribers options for both the type and frequency of messages, and about setting expectations for new subscribers. In each case, it’s about respecting that customers really want to engage with brands in the email channel, but don’t want the permission they’ve granted to be abused. I also wrote a brief post following up on our June discussion on purchased lists, and as you’d predict, I continue to discourage companies from mailing to these recipients.
In industry news, Google announced new Postmaster Tools, which should be quite useful for senders and ESPs who want to understand more about delivering to Gmail. AOL launched new Postmaster pages this month as well. We also looked at Microsoft’s new app, Send, which is an interesting hybrid between mail and chat that uses SMTP to relay messages.
I very much enjoyed my trip to Colorado to speak to the Sendgrid Customer Advisory Board about email and deliverability. I continue to explore the relationship between data management best practices and delivery, and wrote a few posts about that (Data is the key to deliverability and Yes, Virginia, there is list churn). I also talked about delivery with Ken Magill, and used that opportunity to add a post about what we do here at Word to the Wise.
Finally, Steve wrote two in-depth posts about IPv6 addressing and email. The first, IPv6 is big, reviews the differences between IPv4 and IPv6. (Also, since people always ask, here’s a good explanation of IPv5…) The second post explores the implications of IPv6 adoption for email senders, and is very much worth a read if you send email.