How Will Consolidation in Email Deliverability Providers Affect You?

How Will Consolidation in Email Deliverability Providers Affect You?

If you follow email industry news, you've most likely recently seen stories about deliverability services provider Validity buying up two deliverability software vendors: Return Path and 250ok. It's natural to wonder what these and other acquisitions in the email space might mean for your own efforts to improve deliverability, or for the industry as a whole. Here's our take: Validity's two acquisitions mean that the industry's top three stand-alone deliverability services are now part of other organizations, beginning when Validity bought Return Path in May 2019 and when email services provider SparkPost bought eDataSource in October 2019. These consolidations will likely bring fewer service options to companies working on their own with a single company. However, they won't affect Trendline's ability to pinpoint and help you solve nagging issues like delivering emails into the inbox. What is Email Deliverability? Service over software These consolidations, and even the potential loss of one or more of these services, won't affect our ability to provide deliverability services because we...
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Back to the Basics: ESP Migration Checklist

Back to the Basics: ESP Migration Checklist

Back to the Basics: ESP Migration Checklist ESP Migration is a little like moving a house. Nobody wants to meticulously pack, box and label the entire contents of their home only to have to unpack it all somewhere new. However, the more prepared and organized you are, the smoother the transition will be as you start life in your new abode. ESP Migration can feel the same. Nevertheless, if your company has decided to move to a new ESP, it is a complex task with more than its fair share of obstacles to overcome. To help, platform migration experts, Trendline Interactive, have compiled a basic ESP Migration Checklist for you to consider. 1. Export Lists Maintaining the quality, reliability, and size of a company’s contact list during ESP Migration is a common concern. Still, rookie mistakes are easy to make. Firstly, remember to export list(s) from your old ESP before they lock you out of your account. It’s crucial that contacts from suppressed lists also...
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Overview of the Enterprise Email Service Provider Landscape

Overview of the Enterprise Email Service Provider Landscape

The Enterprise Email Service Provider (ESP) landscape continues to evolve, and the competition is as fierce as ever. Instead of going into the strengths and weaknesses of individual providers (there are a number of buyers' guides that regularly address this in depth), a general overview of the strengths and weaknesses of the different types of ESPs in the Enterprise ESP landscape may better provide context for those considering their platform options. In general, the current landscape can be classified as follows: Traditional Self-Service Enterprise ESPs These established Email Service Providers now form the foundation of various "Marketing Clouds" – IBM Marketing Cloud (Silverpop), Oracle Marketing Cloud (Responsys, Eloqua), Salesforce Marketing Cloud (ExactTarget, Pardot), and Adobe Marketing Cloud (Neolane). Strengths: These platforms have the broadest product offerings, including tools to coordinate marketing campaigns across digital channels. They have the most sophisticated training programs, and substantial financial and human resources to continue expanding their solution set. Drawbacks: Their long track record of success means they serve a...
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