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Use Preheaders to Improve Open Rates

Tick. Tick. Tick. That’s how long it takes subscribers to decide if they are willing to open your email. Tick: Sender Name Who sent this? Do I know or recognize the sender? Tick: Subject Line Do I find this interesting or provocative? Tick: Preheader Text Does the rest of the text visible in my inbox compel me to open?…

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New Study Confirms the Power of Content Marketing

We were glad to see a new study that underscores a marketing idea we share often: If you want to build your email list, offer free content in exchange for an address. Demand generation company Ascend2 surveyed 251 marketing, sales and business professionals, 42% of whom said content downloads are the most effective tactic they…

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Looking for a Good Idea? Swipe One!

Mark Twain once wrote, “There is no such thing as a new idea.” I agree. That’s why I spend so much time swiping others’ good ideas. Before you call the authorities, let me explain. When I see an email I like, I save it to my swipe file. Every marketer should have a swipe file — a…

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A Great Example of Myth-Busting, Personalized Curated Content

We were really impressed with this email we received from MarketVolt client Les Landes. We often encourage you to curate content — reference others’ works to make important points — rather than creating original content from scratch. This email is a great example of curated content. We share it here in its entirety. Thanks, Les,…

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Prospects Think B2B Marketing is Too Pitchy

If you sell to small businesses and you haven’t been closing the sale, you might be pitching too hard. So says a survey of 401 small businesses from The Alternative Board that asked, “When evaluating a new product or service for your business, what is your biggest criticism of the information that you receive directly…

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ExxonMobil Ad is Must-See TV for Marketers

Every marketer can learn something by watching a great new television ad from ExxonMobil. In the ad, a woman fires-up the gas stove and drops an egg in boiling water before we see a progression of scenes showing what came before the egg — engineers mapping the next well, helicopter pilots approaching an oil rig, conveyors…

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Should You Include Animated GIFs in Your Email?

Check out this beautiful airplane — part of the fleet available from Aero Charter, a premium private jet charter service. We created this slide show for one of Aero’s email newsletters by combining three images into one, using a format called animated GIF. We used to avoid animated GIFs in email because several email clients would…

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Marketing Lessons from the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

We always emphasize that social media and email marketing are two great marketing tools that work great together (apologies to the grammar police, but work greatly together doesn’t have the same ring). Social media can be especially effective for attracting leads — exposing your business to people with whom you have not yet connected. Email can be especially…

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Useful Tips From a Pet Resort to Get More Out of Email

What is the first thing you would do if your furry friend went missing… panic and drive around your neighborhood? Hope that someone calls? Time is of the essence, so instead of posting missing photos around town, use a digital solution to find your pet faster. Our friends over at Kennelwood Pet Resorts have successfully…

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