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4 polls that work like magic in email marketing

By EmailGarage on 19 July 2012 in Email Marketing, Tips, Targeting, Surveys

Email marketing is a great way to build a relationship and interact with your consumers. Yet the focus lies more on relationship building than on the interaction itself. Email marketers can send emails with content perfectly personalized and tailored to the customer's needs at the right time. Yet, it remains pushed content, aimed at getting them to your website and starting the conversation.

How to use word-of-mouth and viral strategies for email marketing

By EmailGarage on 12 July 2012 in Email Marketing, Tips, Targeting

Word-of-mouth marketing or campaigns going viral, aren’t those every marketer’s wet dream? Makes sense, because over the last few years marketing has shifted drastically from push to pull marketing. Today the consumer is in control. And consumers trust each other, rather than taglines on your next billboard. That’s where the opportunities are: a viral campaign is linked to consumers being in control and peer recommendations are based on peer trust. But then again, what is the difference?

5 things you should know about effective preference centers

By EmailGarage on 5 July 2012 in Email Marketing, Tips, Social media

What if your contacts could determine the frequency of your email, which content they would like to receive and even on which other channels they want to follow you? Looks tough? Well, in fact it isn't all that hard. All you have to do is set up a web form that allows them to choose their preferred communication type. We know, these forms have been around for a while. But for some reason, they don't seem to really catch on. And that's a pity, because these ‘preference centers’ have an enormous potential.

The 10 best ways to spice up your emails with animated GIFs

By EmailGarage on 28 June 2012 in Email Marketing, Trends, Design, Tips

When we talk about animated GIFs, you’ll probably dream off to the 90s when we were all experimenting with our very first websites. You’ll remember those one page websites that had no content but were filled to the brim with heavy animated GIFs. Need to freshen up your memory? Just have look at this website, we bet you’ll recognize every single animated GIF… Hammer time! 

D’ya think email marketing is sexy?

By EmailGarage on 24 May 2012 in Email Marketing, Trends, Tips

“Do you think email marketing is sexy?” Most of the times when we pop this question at the beginning of a presentation we see startled faces, fall into an uncomfortable silence or even get plain laughter. We swiftly counter that by saying that it’s not a rhetorical question. That there really is an answer. That’s when the chuckling stops and eyebrows are raised. Well, the answer to this question is as simple as can be. Email marketing has an unsexy image, because frankly: we don’t make it sexy.

3 key insights to make your mobile email marketing work

By EmailGarage on 19 April 2012 in Email Marketing, Rendering, Tips, Deliverability

Mobile is a trend on the rise, and it doesn't seem that it will be ending anytime soon. That’s why it’s wise to optimize your emails and email strategy so they fit in a mobile environment. In our previous posts we’ve already given you tips on optimizing your emails for smartphones and tablets. But that’s just one – albeit important - part of a mobile strategy for your future email campaigns. Check out these 3 key findings to give you a better insight into mobile email marketing.

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