Why Do Super Senders Put Up With Bad ESPs?

Why do Super Senders put up with bad ESPs?

Super Senders generally detest their email service provider. That’s not an exaggeration. It’s like a dark family secret that no one talks about in public. But that doesn’t make the problem go away.

It’s always been striking to me how obvious this seems to be to everyone, but they try to ignore it because they feel like it’s just the way things are. After a career managing technology companies, I’ve been in the email world for 2.5 years now. I’m new enough to have been able to come in and see things with fresh eyes. There are many reasons why the marketing cloud ESPs are, frankly, doing a terrible job serving their largest customers.

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Webinar Recap: Envisioning A Better Cross-Channel Experience

Webinar Recap: Envisioning a Better Cross-Channel Experience

Every enterprise marketer knows the challenges of messaging change dramatically at scale. Customers demand — and expect — a highly personalized experience from brands of this size, but legacy marketing clouds and traditional ESPs aren’t built to enable Super Senders to do that. Maybe you can send to multiple channels, but your ESP’s disconnected setup hinders your ability to deliver the kinds of campaigns your customers will respond to. And what’s worse is you probably think that’s just the way it has to be.

MessageGears is envisioning a better cross-channel experience. In our latest webinar, MessageGears CEO Roger Barnette and Chief Product Officer Dan Roy discussed our mission to create tools that meet the unique needs of enterprise marketers and showed off our revolutionary new cross-channel orchestration capabilities that empower marketers to send the right message to the right person at exactly the right time — and now, to the channel that will deliver the best results.

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ESPs Need To Differentiate Themselves

ESPs Need to Differentiate Themselves

When enterprise marketers survey the landscape of email service providers, what do they see in front of them? Is there an array of options, a sea of possibilities with a host of vendors ready to provide them with the tools they need to deliver the sorts of cross-channel messaging campaigns that get results?

Or do they run into walls during the RFP process, seeing the same answers from everybody? Do they all promise to lasso the moon and pull it down from the sky, only to fail to live up to the hype? And, over time, does it become easier and easier for them to think all ESPs talk a bigger game than they can deliver? In which case, what’s the difference who they choose?

We’re well aware of some of the perception that exists among many enterprise marketers. Our recent research looked to better understand their attitudes toward ESPs and the RFP process in general. We wanted to see how satisfied they were with it, and how it’s shaped their attitudes toward our industry.

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Rise Of The Modern Customer Data Warehouse And Leveraging It As The ESP Database

Rise of the Modern Customer Data Warehouse and Leveraging It as the ESP Database

One of the most profound movements in marketing over the past five years or so has been the desire to consolidate as much customer information as possible into a single 360-degree customer database — more specifically, a Data Warehouse. If you have every piece (or nearly every piece) of first-party, second-party, and third-party data that you own or have acquired about your customer in one place, you can be even more personalized, responsive, and predictive (i.e. leverage AI models) about how best to serve and communicate to those customers. And customers increasingly expect you to leverage their data in this manner — to deliver a better cross-channel experience that “surprises and delights.”  To fail to do so is to risk losing that customer relationship.

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Webinar Recap: How Legacy ESPs Have Failed Enterprise Marketers

Webinar Recap: How Legacy ESPs Have Failed Enterprise Marketers

It was because of you, the enterprise marketer, that we were inspired to push forward with our recent webinar, “How Legacy ESPs Have Failed Enterprise Marketers.” We’ve heard so many stories on the phone and the road over the past several years, talking to marketers who are endlessly frustrated as they find that not only does their ESP seem not to be built around how they need to reach their customers, but that they’re essentially stuck with that albatross around their neck. It’s too hard to change, and there’s no way they’ll get the buy-in they need from the key stakeholders to migrate to a new solution. And, furthermore, even if they did, everybody thinks they’re all the same anyway, so what would really change?

We know these frustrations well. It’s why we felt like it needed to be said that ESPs haven’t been as innovative or flexible as they should be, and that enterprise marketers — along with their often-beleaguered I.T. teams — have borne the brunt of that. If you didn’t get a chance to tune into the webinar, here’s a quick recap of the main topics we touched on:

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The C-Suite Must Be Involved To Make Email Work

The C-Suite Must Be Involved to Make Email Work

When you’re grinding away in your cubicle day after day, running A/B tests, segmenting your audience, poring over deliverability metrics, you know the reality of email marketing. You know what’s working and what isn’t. It’s your job to know. You’re in the thick of it. Boots on the ground. Every day. You’re not part of the C-Suite; you’re an enterprise email marketer. This is your world.

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MessageGears Research: Largest Companies Stay With Unpopular ESPs

MessageGears Research: Largest Companies Stay with Unpopular ESPs

The larger the company, the less enthusiastic their marketers are about the performance of their Email Service Provider, and — paradoxically — the less likely they are to change to a new ESP.

That was one of the chief findings of our 2018 ESP Satisfaction Report, for which we surveyed 101 marketing professionals, at companies that send at least 10 million emails per month, to research a wide range of their views toward their ESP.

It wasn’t surprising to us that we found plenty of mixed feelings across the board toward ESPs. The stark nature of this particular finding was striking, though. It was one of the clearest statistical trends our survey showed — company size is a significant factor both in lower ESP satisfaction and in lower openness to change.

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How To Micro-Personalize Your Emails In Real Time

How to Micro-Personalize Your Emails in Real Time

Have you ever wondered how some companies consistently send millions of highly targeted, personalized emails in real time? The very nature of email makes sending real-time, personalized messages a challenge for any company. Real-time marketing’s key is speed, but email marketing’s success is based on a series of time-consuming tasks. These include list creation, data syncing and batch delays. Each activity introduces another delay, all of which can quickly turn a real-time marketing opportunity into a missed one. If you want to personalize too, expect more delays. The more you personalize a message, the more time consuming it is to prepare. So, how are some enterprise marketers managing to send relevant, highly personalized emails in real time?

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How To Convince A Reluctant Decision Maker To Change ESPs

How to Convince a Reluctant Decision Maker to Change ESPs

It’s a situation many enterprise marketers have encountered in recent years — you have an email service provider (ESP) that isn’t working for your organization’s needs. But the decision maker at your company standing in the way of change is tough to convince. To be fair, changing ESPs is not only hard, but it can be expensive and time-consuming. Campaigns have to migrate over. You have to account for data. Your team has to learn how to use a new tool. It can seem daunting, and the decision maker — whether it’s your CMO, CEO, VP of Marketing, Director of Marketing Operations, or whoever will make the final call — will understandably have a high bar to clear for making such a significant shift for your organization, one that will involve not just Marketing, but Marketing Operations and I.T. as well.

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Making Sure Your ESP Is Holiday Ready

Making Sure Your ESP is Holiday Ready

Every good marketer knows that designing a successful holiday email program requires months of planning. Without the proper technology and infrastructure, though, a holiday email program won’t be successful no matter how well you plan everything else. With a little prep (and some conversations with your email service provider throughout the year), you can maximize your holiday success. Here are a few questions to ask yourself and your ESP to ensure you have a smooth season:

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