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What is the Mail From field?

When emails are sent, there are two from fields, the Mail From and the Display From address.  The Display From address (technically referred to as RFC.5322 from address) is the from address that is displayed to the end user within their email client.  The Mail From (technically referred to as RFC.5321 from address) is the […]

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4 things spammers do legitimate marketers don’t

I’ve never met a spammer that claims to be a spammer. Most that I’ve met claim to be legitimate marketers (or high volume email deployers). But there are things spammers do that I never expect to see a legitimate marketer doing. I’ve written about these things throughout the blog (tag: TWSD), but it’s probably time […]

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Four things to check before your next mailing

Like many bits of technology, email is often set-and-forget. Everything is checked and rechecked during setup, and then no one goes back and looks at it again. But mail programs are not static, and people make changes. These changes don’t really break things, but over time they can create their own set of problems. Setting […]

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Don’t like opt-outs? Target your program better.

I get a LOT of spam here. Most of it is marked and trivial to get rid of. Some of it is what I would call semi-legitimate. It’s a real product, but I never asked to receive any information from this company and am not actually part of their demographic. For one time things I […]

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Best practices … what are they?

“We follow all the best practices!” is a common refrain from many senders. But what does best practices really mean? To me the on. Send opt-in mail. Follow the SMTP spec. Authenticate your mail with DKIM. Publish a SPF record. Don’t hide you domain whois behind privacy protection services. Honor unsubscribe requests. Put your postal address […]

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Old Lists and RadioShack

RadioShack is putting their assets up for sale including more than 65 million customer records and 13 million email addresses. Many are up in arms about the sale of personal data including the Texas Attorney General and AT&T who both want the data destroyed. Part of the controversy is that RadioShack’s privacy policy states the […]

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What to do when an important email bounces

Some emails are more important than others. I know, I know, all emails are important, but really, some are more important than others. I’ve recently been decluttering by the simple expedient of enrolling in paperless statements for some of our accounts. We have a 1TB NAS, I’m not going to run out of storage space […]

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Bad SPF can hurt your reputation

Can a bad SPF record ruin your delivery, even though all your mail still passes SPF? Yes, it can. One of our clients had issues with poor delivery rates to the inbox at gmail and came to us with the theory that it was due to other people using their domain to send spam to […]

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Updated M3AAWG Best Practices for Senders

M3AAWG has published a new version of the Senders Best Common Practices document and the contains a lot of new information since the original publication in 2008. The new document covers how to vet ESP customers, considerations when selecting a dedicated or share IP to send mail, and includes best practices on a number of technical […]

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‘Tis the season

It’s the time of the year, when we celebrate a holiday by telling you about email.

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