Content Marketing 101: What’s in it for Me?

Content Marketing 101: What’s in it for Me?

It has probably happened to you. You meet a guy at a conference or party who starts talking about himself, and within 15 seconds, you’re looking for an escape. Guess what! The same thing happens when we send an email about our brilliant products or services. However, we don’t even get 15 seconds–we get approximately 4–and the escape route is ‘delete’, ‘unsubscribe’, or ‘mark as spam.’ The solution? Don’t be that guy. Why did they sign up? Digital marketing should be a conversation, but if you’re talking about yourself, it’s a lecture. Frame your conversation by asking yourself why your subscribers signed up. Did they subscribe so you can tell them you’re “a leading service provider” or so they’ll know when you form a new partnership? Not likely. Most subscribers are with you because they thought there was something in it for them. Make sure there is. Every email or blog post, and ideally every paragraph and sentence, should include a clear benefit to...
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Top 10 Signs You’re an Email Geek

Top 10 Signs You’re an Email Geek

You might think calling someone a geek is an insult. However, in the email world, it means you're a member of a widespread yet close-knit group of developers, marketers, and strategists––all of whom believe in the power of email. There’s one thing you'll learn quickly as a member of the email community: We help each other out. We reach out across company and competitor lines to help our fellow emailers solve coding issues, handle deliverability problems, and figure out marketing strategies. This collaborative environment also marks the way everyone at Trendline works together to solve our clients’ email marketing problems. Most of us come to email from other disciplines. We had to learn email skills on our own through trial and error or online learning. That's probably why helping each other is a core characteristic of the email community and why we don’t hesitate to reach across department lines to work on client solutions. How #emailgeeks and Trendline made me an email geek I more...
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Trendline’s Top 10 Articles of All Time

Trendline’s Top 10 Articles of All Time

August marks Trendline’s 10-year anniversary, and we’ve had a lot to say! Here’s a list of our top-read articles of all time. From holiday emails to deliverability resources, there has been no shortage of Trendline content through the years. 10. Overview of the Enterprise Email Service Provider Landscape The Enterprise Email Service Provider (ESP) landscape continues to evolve, and choosing which platform is right for you can be a challenge. Learn from Trendline’s CEO, Morgan Stewart, about the strengths and weaknesses of each of the ESPs. 9. The Best QA Process to Produce Error-Free Emails Our QA process at Trendline not only needs to produce and test error-free emails but do it as quickly as possible. Trendline’s VP of Email Operations, Molly Privratsky, gives the full scoop on how the QA Team maintains a high error-free rate at blinding speeds by utilizing the Litmus tool. Read the full case study. 8. Soft Bounce vs. Hard Bounce: What’s the Difference? So your email bounced. What caused...
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Salesforce Marketing Cloud Experts–Why You Need One

Salesforce Marketing Cloud Experts–Why You Need One

It’s an open secret that people use only a fraction of the technology available to them on a typical marketing automation platform. A 2018 study by Holistic Email Marketing and Tripolis bears this out. Only 44% of companies that use marketing suites like Salesforce say they use half or more of the features on their email platforms. But, even if they use less than half of the platform, they’re still paying for 100% of its potential. Having well-trained users will help you get more of what you pay for. So, hire someone who’s an expert in Salesforce Marketing Cloud (SFMC) to work with your marketing team. Sounds simple enough, right? However, if you don’t check their credentials carefully, you could end up hiring someone who knows a little about email technology and figures they can teach themselves the basics of SFMC. We can predict what will happen next because we’ve seen it before: The first time they log in to SFMC, they will feel like...
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