The holiday season isn’t just closing in — it’s already started for many marketers preparing for Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and beyond. A big holiday season also brings big revenue goals, prompting many marketers to expand mailing lists and increase sending frequency to meet these goals. Before you make a decision that might derail your marketing efforts, here are a couple of recommendations to optimize your deliverability during the holiday season.
In the early days of email, spam filters were all about the content. Including specific combinations of words and phrases would often make your message more likely to be flagged as spam or blocked outright. As mailbox providers and their spam filters evolved, sender reputation became more important as a factor: instead of a single message, providers evaluate a sender’s “body of work.” Senders whose messages often generate spam complaints or are ignored by recipients are now the most likely to end up in the dreaded spam folder. Message content still factors into many spam filters, but is almost always outweighed by IP or domain reputation.
Even so, many in the industry remain convinced certain words or phrases are the kiss of death for an email. You can find recent articles advising marketers to avoid including words like “free” in the subject line, along with symbols like dollar signs or exclamation points. It’s not hard for senders to get confused with the seemingly conflicting information out there, so we wanted to investigate how it all might tie together.
Recently a few MessageGears users reached out to our Deliverability Team, concerned with a banner added to their messages prompting recipients to unsubscribe. We recently wrote about Gmail’s Easy Unsubscribe feature and its impact on open rates, but these addresses weren’t hosted at Gmail and the Unsubscribe prompt looked a little different than those presented by Google.
If you’ve visited any forums or read any blog posts related to the email industry in the past few days, you’ve probably seen mention of Google’s Postmaster Tools. Specifically, the tools have been experiencing a partial outage, leaving many marketers and deliverability professionals searching for solace or news about a fix (count us among that group!).
To help pass the time until that sweet, sweet Google data is flowing again, here’s a primer on Google Postmaster Tools (GPT) — what they are, how they’re used, and how they complement your own (or your ESP’s) data and services to optimize delivery to Gmail.
Over its 15 years of existence, Gmail has undergone some major changes – some heralded by fanfare, others made without warning or even acknowledgement. From perpetual beta status and Priority Inbox to Promotion annotations and AMP, Google’s penchant for innovation has often left marketers running to keep up with the latest update.