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Prevent your e-mails being labeled as spam!

February 1st, 2009 by XDXY eMarketing

Marketers struggling for growth in today’s economy know they need to get maximum results for their e-mail marketing efforts.

ISPs today use your “reputation” to determine which e-mails get delivered. Gone are the days when your e-mails were filtered on content and keywords alone. In fact, more than 80% of delivery problems today are caused by the sender’s e-mail reputation.

There isn’t just one magic bullet for managing your reputation and getting to the inbox. The technology used by your e-mail service provider certainly matters, since managing delivery rate and processing bounces properly can make a big impact. But there are also quite a few other factors that you can—and should—pay attention to. Here are five best practices:

1. Maintain a clean list by handling bounces properly and scrubbing your list regularly. Scrubbing includes removing duplicates, suppressing distribution accounts (e.g., info@ or sales@) and removing inactive addresses, those without any opens or clicks in the last 12 months.
2. Ensure your prospects will remember giving permission to e-mail them. E-mail recipients complain about e-mails they don’t recognize. A confirmed opt-in process can be helpful because it makes recipients less likely to forget that they asked to receive your messages. This also means being very careful about how you contact leads you purchase or e-mail addresses you append to existing data.
3. Use a form of e-mail authentication, such as DomainKeys (Domain Keys Identified Mail), SPF (Sender Policy Framework) or Sender-ID. These help to authenticate your messages with ISPs, letting them know your e-mails come from you and are not phishing or spoofing attempts, which in turn can improve deliverability.
4. Avoid spam complaints by using reasonable mailing frequency and ensuring relevant e-mails. Using customer behaviors to trigger e-mails, as opposed to sending batch blasts, can dramatically improve relevancy.
5. Make sure your e-mails look right in multiple e-mail clients. A poorly rendered e-mail is more likely to trigger a complaint.

Quick Tip:
I see some ragular email sender put a quick button ‘add this to your address book’ at the Top of newsletter or blasted email to make sure that this email account are ‘Safe’
Anyway, enhance your company or products’“reputation” is long way to go.

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