Where to get deliverability help
There are lots of places to get deliverability help, I thought I’d list some of them here so I have a post to point people to.
Of course, we provide deliverability consulting services and have done since 2001. Our customers are mostly large companies sending millions of emails a month. I focus mostly on complex problems that other deliverability folks haven’t solved. Overall I focus on understanding client programs and business needs as well as current deliverability situation. Once I have a picture of a client’s program, I craft solutions that work with their business processes and get mail to the inbox. We don’t sell tools or certification. Instead, we work with our clients to help them fix delivery and teach them how to analyze the data they already have.
The nature of the work I do is intensive and I limit the number of clients I have in order to provide personalized service. But that’s OK! We have 2000+ blog posts to answer questions. And, there are lots of other companies that provide deliverability help. Here’s a partial list of places to look for resources.
Your Service Provider
Many (most?) ESPs and MTAs provide deliverability help for customers. In some cases, this is primarily self serve through their website support pages, blog posts, and knowledge bases. Other ESPs have dedicated deliverability support staff to answer questions and help customers answer questions. MTA vendors and SaaS SMTP providers also provide deliverability support.
ISPs and Filtering Companies
Many ISPs and commercial filtering companies also provide deliverability advice in their blogs. Sometimes the information on these sites is not presented in as sender friendly a way as the third parties and the ESPs. I know some of my clients have visited these websites and bristled at the tone. Nevertheless, the information is good and it’s written by the people who block mail. It’s worth looking past the tone and seeing the content.
Most email adjacent organizations provide deliverability resources. The EEC, M3AAWG, and the ESPC are organizations we belong to that provide free deliverability resources, many of them developed through member collaboration. Other organizations, too, have deliverability sections, I’m sure.
Many governments provide information about local laws. Not necessarily deliverability advice, but vital for successful businesses.
Third Party Tools
Gone are the days when Return Path was really the only game in town for monitoring inbox delivery. There are multiple players in the market including 250OK, GreenArrow, Postmastery and eDataSource. But not everything in email is about monitoring inbox delivery. Many other companies have email focused products and provide information on delivery and email issues including (in no particular order) places like InboxPros, Litmus, Sendforensics, dmarcian, ValiMail, Agari.
I know I’ve missed some resources, this wasn’t intended to be a comprehensive list. Just some information about where to look for deliverability help besides yours truly.