Who are the top email marketing influencers 2014?

By the way of speaking about the most read email marketing blogs: it’s also time to do a quick refresh of my recommended 250 Twitter follows (gleanings). The list is about one and a half year old already; there may be some new influencers, who you should follow, and others, who quit talking about email. Please find the new and condensed overview below: Continue reading

Top email marketing blogs – ranked by the number of subscribers

Every now and then (and then and then and then and… :-) ) someone asks for popular email marketing blogs. We all got our preferences. Here is a somewhat different list: one that ranks based on how the number of Feedly.com subscribers developed over time… Continue reading

Litmus Email Design Conference – #TEDC14 Twitter Takeaways

Last week, the Litmus Email Design Conference took place in Boston Harbor. It “… teaches email designers, marketers and strategists how to produce great looking—and performing!—emails.”

As with the Sherpa Email Summit, I wasn’t able to attend. Ok, if you get my weekly newsletter or look at this blog, then you know that I’m not much of an design guy anyway ;-) . Nonetheless, I followed the discussion on Twitter and made notes.

Here are some impressions in pictures, popular tweets and web resources, which might be useful to you:

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Learnings from testing email signup copy

You might have noticed the banner on top of the emailMarketingTipps.de homepage, which asks visitors to sign up for my weekly email marketing roundup newsletter. That is, if the visitor has not already done so or if her cookie expired, because in that case, the banner is omitted. In the past, I have done some testing on choosing the right words to drive attention and interest.
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Here are some results: Continue reading

European email usage by country: Wow, 9/10 people use email in NL; not even 3/10 in TR

email-is-not-deadDid you know?

“The world counts x billion email users, with that number expected to increase to y billion by the year z”.

*yawn* Every now and then I stumble upon statements like this, attempting to prove that email is – after more than 43 years – still thriving. In fact, however, those numbers mean close to nothing. At least if they are not put into an adequate perspective. My suggestion: If you need email numbers, don’t look at statistics made up out of thin air, look at Eurostat and the like instead… Continue reading

After 1999 days of blogging about email, it’s time to thank 9 content marketing tools

Today is my 1999th day of email marketing blogging – the “hello world” posting came out on 1 December 2008. Who would have thought back then that I turned a hobby into profession?

Now, a bit more than 1000 postings on emailmarketing.de & emailmarketingtipps.de (and even a > 900 pages book) later, it’s high time to do some shout outs to the “MacGyvers”. I mean to those people who invented my tools of the trade, the content marketers Swiss Army knife.

Some of which are, in no particular order, free & ready for you to install: Continue reading

Email stats on the test stand: typefaces, message weights, mobile readiness & more

I already talked about why I don’t like many email marketing benchmarks and statistics: they too often turn out to be just easy pieces of PR without aiding anyone but the publisher. Marketers crave for quick wins, thus those stats fall on good soil. However, can they keep up against a reality check? I thought I’d check and discuss eight “facts” with you, on which I stumbled in the last weeks: Continue reading

Ebook: Permissible Email Marketing in Germany, Austria & Switzerland (incl. int’l email legislation list)

german-email-law The online marketing competence group of eco – Association of the German Internet Industry – just published their 5th edition of the popular “eco Directive for Permissible Email Marketing – Guidelines for Practical Use”.

The free ebook is a must-read not only for pasticipants of the CSA-whitelist and email marketers sending to the German-speaking part of Europe. For the first time, the current revision contains a worldwide opt-in/opt-out list – plus, it’s available in English, now. Continue reading

70+ examples of how email preheaders drive opens

The preheader is a small text fragment that precedes the header part in an email layout. Most often it’s the well-known “view in your webbrowser” link, or an “add us to your contacts” request. However, good preheader copy is capable of more than sitting on top of the email as a functional element. Continue reading

Sherpa Email Summit & M3AAWG Meeting – Twitter takeaways

Two major email events have been held this week: The MarketingSherpa Email Summit 2014 in Las Vegas, and the 30th General Meeting of the Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group in San Francisco. If you – like me – weren’t able to attend, you may want to have a look at what those marketing and deliverability folks shared with us on Twitter: Continue reading