Should Relational Database Support Be One of Your Criteria When Choosing an ESP?

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If you’re doing an email service provider comparison, you might have noticed ESPs tend to fall into three categories: those for SMBs, the mid market, and the top-tier (or enterprise level) ESPs. Obviously, a Fortune 500 company doing enterprise email marketing wouldn’t use an ESP that exists to serve the corner espresso stand. Nor should that coffee place be investing top dollar in the powerful platform of a top-tier ESP.

5 Signs of a Quality Email Newsletter Tool

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Impressions are important. Your business is important. Newsletters are a great way to promote your services.

They are often the first concrete contact point between you and a potential customer and could very well be the last one. So what impression is your newsletter giving to your all important client base?

Selecting an email services partner: Why ESPs view services as a necessary evil

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It’s widely recognized that email marketing teams are under resourced. The result is that many companies still rely partly or entirely on third parties for services, despite software platforms getting easier to use.

This makes services an important component of the email marketing vendor selection process.

Seamless integration – a game changer in e-commerce email marketing

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Seamless integration. This combination of words will be a must-say about every future app or tech solution. Technology is getting more sophisticated, well-developed and powerful, but this shouldn’t hinder end users.

Companies choose the marketing tools that make work easier or can even do it for us. Marketing technology has to bring simplicity to our lives, solve problems and save time – and seamless integration can make it happen.

Now Five ESPs in Play for M&A activity in the next 12 months

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IBM purchased SiliverPop recently for an undisclosed amount of cash. With annual revs hovering close to 100M for Silverpop, slightly more in 2014, I wouldnt be surprised if IBM paid a 10x multiple given the trajectory of the space which is expected to grow by 40% per year over the next 5 years. In this article, I will attempt to forecast where ensuing M&A activity will occur over the next 12 months.

Migrating to a new ESP: what to move and how

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If you thought choosing the new email service provider was a daunting task, now you’re on to the next one, which might be just as daunting: Making the switch.
Below is a short list of what you’ll likely need to move over (and how) to help you get started with your migration…well prepared. Because the smoother, easier and faster it happens, the sooner you’ll be up and running with your new ESP!

2014 Marketing Automation Effectiveness Study results

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The 2014 Marketing Automation Effectiveness and Performance Survey set out to measure the effectiveness and performance of companies using marketing automation.

Heinz Marketing and OnTarget Consulting also measured performance against expectations. We handpicked some of their findings for this article.

4 myths, misconceptions and untruths about email deliverability

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Many organizations use deliverability as a data point when selecting an email service provider. Unfortunately there are a number of myths about deliverability and especially about the role of deliverability staff at ESPs.

Some are out of date, some are misconceptions and some are untruths spread by competitive ESPs. But all of them really deserve to be dispelled.

Campaign Monitor raises $ 250 million to expand into US and develop their tool

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Campaign Monitor recently announced that Insight Venture Partners invested US$250 million in the email marketing software company. This is Australia’s largest venture capital investment in technology ever made.

Is email marketing really that hot?

Does your future ESP have split testing magic?

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Split Testing. You know you should be doing it all the time, but how often is it actually done? Chances are, that all depends on how easy it is to actually set up and run a split test.

ESPs have very different levels of functionality in this field, so finding one which fits your requirements is important before making a choice for any ESP.