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Email marketing is a blood sport. In the last 20 years, the only thing that’s changed with email is that good email senders continue to get punished more and more by email service providers. While ISPs and ESPs could totally coordinate if they wanted to, they simply don’t. The result is that there’s an adversarial relationship between the two.
… to continue growing, you have to maintain and promote your list as well as retain the rest of your subscribers to remain healthy. How many subscribers are lost per week and how many new subscribers are you acquiring? While bounce rates per campaign are typically provided, I’m surprised that overall list retention isn’t a primary focus of email…
… for months and then – poof – the emails bounce. Or worse, they’re routed to some other employee who reports it as SPAM. We can literally go weeks without any reports of SPAM and very minor unsubscribe rates… and then inexplicably see the percentage of emails that make the inbox jump up or down. Same subject lines, same delivery time, same IP servers…