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w✩EPiC - Weekly Email Picks #287

Welcome to a new edition of the email marketing roundup. Please find selected news and inspiration from the last two weeks below. Have a nice weekend!

Greetings from Berlin,
Rene Kulka/@lukeAnker
Microsoft Expands Animated GIF Support with Outlook 365 
Animated GIF support—or the lack thereof—in Microsoft Outlook has long been a thorn in the sides of email marketers. A favorite of email geeks and subscribers alike, animated GIFs allow for movement and excitement in an otherwise static medium. But desktop Outlook users have always been left in the dark when it comes to animated GIFs. That is until now. The team at Microsoft announced that desktop Outlook will be getting an update to enable animated GIFs for Office 365 users starting in early [...]
 litmus.com        Design   
Results from our #Emailweekly Above-the-fold test 
The results have shown that around 410px would be our ‘email fold’, receiving 12%of clicks within the first 25% of the email. Although there did continue to be an even spread of clicks between 410px and 1600px, with 80% of recipients continuing to engage this far down the email. This then increased slightly towards the end of the email, most likely due to Desktop opens. With 8% of users still clicking between 1600px and 1700px. 0.4% of Gmail users also clicked on the fake ‘View Entire Message’ call [...]
 emaildesignreview.com        Design     Study   
Wistia Onboarding Email Breakdown [GFX]
Wistia is a video hosting service targeted at business owners, and they offer a free plan. The emails below were captured over the 30 days after signing up. [...]
 medium.com        Automation     Gallery   
The State of Email in 2019: The Data, Trends, and Innovations Shaping the Email Industry 
Staying on top of the ever-changing email world can feel like an impossible task. Email clients, platforms, and industry standards continue to evolve. New laws mean finding new ways to reach and speak to subscribers. Customer expectations have soared, as have their options for reading and acting on your emails. That’s why, every year, we round up the must-know data, trends, and innovations from the past 12 months into a one-stop resource: Litmus’ State of Email Report. [...]
 litmus.com        Study   
Valentinstag-Mailing ohne Sperrlisten-Ärger 
Wie sieht es mit der juristischen Theorie aus? Die EU-Datenschutzgrundverordnung (DSGVO) ist nur auf personenbezogene Daten anzuwenden. E-Mail-Adressen zählen zu den personenbezogenen Daten, aber was ist mit gehashten E-Mail-Adressen? Kommt drauf an, sagt der Gesetzgeber, nämlich darauf, ob es sich bei der Verschlüsselung von (personenbezogenen) E-Mail-Adressen mittels Hash-Algorithmen um eine Pseudonymisierung oder eine Anonymisierung handelt. [...]
 email-marketing-forum.de    (translate)     Law   
The Best Time to Send Emails 
Is 10pm the new best time to send B2B emails? Another interesting finding is that despite conventional wisdom, we had our second highest click rate at 10pm. This is a pattern we've seen with B2B email newsletters in the past. Decision makers and business owners in particular tend to do their research and reading in the evening, not at 9am during the work week. [...]
 theseventhsense.com        B2B     Study     Sendtime   
Fallbacks for Interactive Email: How to Combat Limited Support for Interactivity 
For the third year in a row, interactive email experiences were voted one of the hottest email design trends. So why don’t we see more interactive emails in our inboxes? For many brands, limited inbox provider support is the main reason they don’t send more interactive campaigns. You don’t have to fear limited support if you have a fallback in place. There are plenty of methods that help you create engaging, interactive emails where they are supported, while still guaranteeing a functional and [...]
 litmus.com        Design   
SendGrid’s 2019 Email Deliverability Guide [PDF] 2.4mb
Whether you send transactional emails or marketing emails, the one thing every business can agree on is that getting to the inbox is critical—which is where email deliverability comes in. The 2019 Email Deliverability Guide includes updates on: Gmail Tabs, Microsoft Filtering, Oath and Verizon Media Group, Privacy and Compliance [...]
 sendgrid.com        Deliverability   
Promoting Meaningful Communication with Gmail Promotions Update 
Last month Jordan Grossman, Product Manager from Google partnered with Litmus to unveil the Promotions annotations and how adding a promotions information will be used inside Gmail’s inbox, alongside other changes. As part of this update, Gmail provided more detail on how they will be bundling promotional mail. This includes groupings such as Top Deal and Expiring Soon. Though there has been a fair amount of discussion around the bundles and how they will work, most of the hype has been focused on [...]
 returnpath.com        Design     Marketing   
Post-Purchase Retention Strategies for the New Year [GFX]
This is a guest post from Molly Horstmann, the Content Marketing Manager at SmarterHQ. SmarterHQ is a leading behavioral marketing platform powering highly personalized, cross-channel customer experiences. Visit their site to learn more. The holidays have come and gone, and so have many of your seasonal customers. That is, unless you have a solid plan to keep them engaged with your brand in 2019—and start leveraging these strategies as soon as possible. The following campaigns and tactics will help [...]
 mailcharts.com        Automation     Gallery   
Top 8 Email Design Trends To Follow In 2019 
Looking to reinvent your email designs? Here are the top 8 email design trends that you should consider to follow to get the most out of your marketing campaign. In this age of shiny web applications and mobile computing, emails have sustained their supremacy over all the other marketing channels. It is the communication tool that has worked seamlessly for all your prospects. Email marketing is a dynamic, paradigm-shifting field with a rich scope of innovation. Through 2017 and 2018, it has fostered [...]
 emailmonks.com        Trend   
2019 Email Marketing Conference Preview 
One of the most common questions I see in every email networking and membership group I belong to is “If I can only attend one conference this year, which one should it be?” It’s a valid and critically important question! Considering that most companies budget for marketing team members to attend just one single event per year, and taking into consideration time out of the office and travel costs, the decision isn’t easy. And feedback can be soooo biased! [...]
 synchronicitymarketing.com        Event   
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