Author: Mike Parry



Is your phone listening to you?

“I swear my phone is listening to me!” Whom amongst us hasn’t had that conversation with friends? “I just had a conversation with Homer about holidaying in the Maldives and up pops adverts for holidays in the Maldives on my Facebook”. Or “I was talking to Marge about trellis for my garden and the next thing I know Facebook is advertising trellises”. Well, Apple are about to change all that. At their WWDC 2021 conference yesterday (Worldwide Developers Conference), they announced changes to privacy. Which they hope will prevent such tracking and unsolicited targeted ads. How will this impact email? Where these changes may impact us as email marketers is in relation to the new Mail Privacy Protection function in…

Planning and implementing your email marketing strategy…part 2

Following on from last week’s blog I am taking a look at how you go about implementing some of the ideas mentioned and try and flesh out the opportunities afforded by the medium of email marketing. List Growth How do you go about growing your list? You can do this in many different ways, each one having their own level of effectiveness. The standard tools available are: Newsletter Sign Ups: Have a clear and obvious way of letting people sign up for emails, hiding your newsletter sign up at the bottom of the contact page is almost apologetic. You’ve paid for the eyeballs, now try and capture them. Place the sign up somewhere obvious. Also, look at using downstream popups…

Planning and implementing your email marketing strategy

Email Marketing Strategy Just because you can do something doesn’t necessarily mean that you should! It’s an old adage and one many email marketers would do well to consider before embarking on their email marketing strategy. If we start from what is possible the prospect of drawing up an email marketing strategy, budget, resource and timelines is daunting. I like to start from the other end, not what is possible but what does the business need. It sounds simple and the oft flippant response is more sales but that doesn’t always hold true. So start with a blank canvas and decide your business’s short, medium and long term goals, they may all turn out to be the same – sales,…

What’s the real cost of not outsourcing your Email Marketing

Why is it more expensive to do something in house? Just recently our sales team have come across a number of potential small business accounts which have said; We manage email marketing ourselves… It’s become a part of my role and I fit it in when I can… We’re too small to outsource… We use the DIY email builder for our emails… We can’t afford to outsource. The answer to all of these is simple: You can’t afford not to outsource and here’s why: As a small business you need to leverage every penny of your resource to it’s maximum. If you’re an SME you probably don’t employ a marketing manager, a designer, a coder or a database administrator. This…

GDPR – the email marketing red herring

Have I got your attention? I’m going to say something else controversial, GDPR is not about email marketing! GDPR doesn’t cover email and the ICO doesn’t care how many times you email your data, once in the morning and once in the afternoon, once a day, once a week or once in a blue moon. It simply isn’t relevant. They don’t care when the last time a name on your email list opened an email, it isn’t in their remit. That’s right, GDPR is not about email marketing! It does reference the currently-under-review PECR but more as a make sure you also follow these regulations, which you should have been doing for years now. Now don’t get me wrong, anyone undertaking…

Predictions for 2017 email marketing

Well, it only took 2 years, at this time in 2014 I wrote that 2014 was going to be the year when mobile responsive email just became email, became the common place, was what all the hip kids were doing. That finally happened in 2016, so the market was a little behind the curve but, boy, did email marketing catch up quickly! Responsive and Spongey coded emails abound, as do gif animation emails. Open the door and when you marketers come through it you do it with vision and a vengeance. So what will 2017 bring us? is it finally the year of video in email? Is it the year when automation crosses the chasm and is no longer the…

Essential Email Marketing tips for Christmas

At Christmas time email marketing retailers really need to make hay while the sun shines. However, sometimes we are so busy doing our day to day job that we don’t stop to think about the specific requirements or the bountiful opportunities Christmas offers us. What we do know is if we get it right it is a great year at the tills and if we don’t well… Download the full infographic