ArchiveMarch 2016

Content is the new volume!

I’m having a great¬†time here at #EEC16. Today is my visit and go to sessions day, since tomorrow I’m speaking at 2 different sessions. I was lucky enough to get into the Customer Experience session presented by Carey Kegel of SmartPak and Loren McDonald of IBM Marketing Cloud. It was an interesting session. If you don’t know, SmartPak is a brand focused on selling horse tack and...

DMARC p=reject

Mail.ru is switching to p=reject. This means that you should special-case mail.ru wherever … Actually, no. Time to change that script. If you operate an ESP or develop mailing list software you should be checking whether the email address that is being used in the From: address of email you’re sending is in a domain that’s publishing p=reject (is a “rejective” email...

Prepping for EEC

Tomorrow I head off to New Orleans to the EEC conference. It’s my first one and I’m really looking forward to meeting some of the people I only know online. I’ll be speaking on two panels on Friday: All You Ever Wanted to Know about Deliverability (But Were Afraid to Ask) at 10:50. This is your chance to ask those questions of myself and other experts in the field. I always...

Ask Laura: Do I have to publish DMARC?

  Dear Laura, I heard recently that both Gmail and Yahoo will require DMARC authentication in early 2016 or images will be automatically blocked. Is that correct? And if so, do you know when they will be requiring DMARC? A DMARC-Overwhelmed Admin Dear Overwhelmed, There are three things going on here, all of which are related to DMARC but are very different in how it affects mail delivery...

Foundation: A toolkit for designing responsive emails

Zurb announced today version 2 of “Foundation for Email”, a full stack for designing content for responsive email. It looks rather nice, with features a modern web developer might look for when working on email content. It has many of the things you’d expect a web design stack to have. It support SASS for styling, includes browser sync for previewing content as it’s...

More Yahoo domains get DMARC'd

Yahoo is turning on p=reject for 62 of their international domains on March 28, 2016. These domains include: y7mail.com yahoo.at yahoo.be yahoo.bg yahoo.cl yahoo.co.hu yahoo.co.id yahoo.co.il yahoo.co.kr yahoo.co.th yahoo.co.za yahoo.com.co yahoo.com.hr yahoo.com.my yahoo.com.pe yahoo.com.ph yahoo.com.sg yahoo.com.tr yahoo.com.tw yahoo.com.ua yahoo.com.ve yahoo.com.vn yahoo.cz yahoo.dk yahoo.ee...

Ugg, a spammer.

I’ve written before about how there is some (I’m sure lovely) woman in the UK who has been connected to my email address. I get a lot of mail for her. Mostly spam. She doesn’t seem to be using the address, but I regularly get mail addressed to MRS. LAURA CORBISHLEY (all caps, always). Typically these messages are advertising various UK stores and products. Sometimes...

HE.net DNS problems

Hurricane Electric had a significant outage of their authoritative DNS servers this morning, causing them to return valid responses with no results for all(?) queries. This will have caused delivery problems for any mail going to domains using HE.net DNS – which will include some of their colocation customers, as well as users of their free services – but also will have caused reverse...

Optimize your SPF records

I talked on Monday about the SPF rule of ten and how it made it difficult for companies to use multiple services that send email on their behalf. Today I’m going to look at how to fix things, by shrinking bloated SPF records. This is mostly aimed at those services who send email on their customers behalf and ask their customers to include an SPF record as that’s the biggest pain...

Email nightmare for some FSU students

I mentioned yesterday that sometimes people and software screw up in ways that cause problems. Today I saw an article demonstrating just how bad these issues can be. Florida State University Housing Department sent detailed and confidential violation reports to tens of thousands of students. On Monday, March 14 at around 2 p.m., FSU first became aware that a glitch in the University Housing...

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