Top Tips to Improve Your Email Deliverability

  • Posted on May 11, 2017
  • by Alan Blume

Insurance Agency Email MarketingBusiness of all types can benefit from a well run email marketing initiative. Today however, they must take extra precautions to ensure they maintain a high quality sender reputation to optimize delivery, and improve conversions. Review these top tips and make sure your organization is following all of them:

Ping Test Emails

Always ping test your emails prior to your initial campaign, especially if it is an older list, a trade show list, or a prospect list. And once ping tested, never use failed ping tested emails.

No Longer At

Monitor your autoreplies and remove no longer at and retired immediately after every campaign. These email responses must be closely reviewed, as the autoreply can come for a source that is different from the actual email that should be removed.

Consistency & Frequency

The consistency and frequency of your email campaigns is important in maintaining a positive sender reputation. ISPs attempt to create and evaluate the email marketing history for your domain. The more consistent you are, and the more reasonable you are with your frequency, the more likely you are to create a solid reputation as a sender. That assumes you are following the other tips listed herein.

Avoid/Diminish Complaints

Lots of complaints will spell lots of trouble for your sender reputation and domain. The best way to avoid complaints is to limit campaign frequency (every two weeks for most general campaigns is a good rule of thumb), honor opt-outs immediately, focus on quality content and collateral, and restrict “sales” pitches.

Avoid Spam Traps (Honeypots)

Spam traps, sometimes referred to as honeypots, are email addresses specifically created to catch email from marketers who don’t follow email best practices. The traps target marketers who are scraping email addresses from the web or are simply blasting emails using poor quality lists. Sufficient “catches” by spam traps can result in low deliverability or even domain blacklisting.

Use Relevant, Educational Content

“Buy my stuff and save money now”! If your content is salesy, spammy and irrelevant, your sender reputation will be adversely impacted, and it will happen quickly. Try to make your content relevant and educational. Changing regulations, industry innovation, important news of the day, and educational webinars are going to be better received than an invitation to buy your products or services.

Email marketing is both an art and a science, and is increasing in complexity and deliverability nuance. It can be a great lead generator when properly used, or a waste of time and money when used with an email “blast” mentality. Agencies and businesses seeking guidance on their email marketing and lead generation can contact StartUpSelling for a complimentary email marketing and lead gen review.

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5 Tips to Improve Your Insurance Agency Email Marketing Program

  • Posted on April 14, 2017
  • by John Scranton

Insurance Agency eMarketingProperly executed email marketing programs put your agency marketing efforts on steroids. Agencies are often swept up with the hottest new tools, like social media, but email marketing remains one of the highest performing lead generation tools available.

Email marketing engages prospects and builds value with your current clients. It allows you to leverage your efforts through automation, making it seem like you have a team of agency marketers working for you 24/7/365. It’s like rolling a snowball down a hill that eventually turns into an avalanche.

The challenge is many agencies do not execute email marketing initiatives correctly, and end up hurting the the agency more than they help.  Here are 5 quick tips to drastically improve your email marketing open and response rates.

  1. Perfect the Subject Line – It all starts with a great subject line.  If you can’t get people’s attention they won’t read the rest of your email. Also, do not use spammy words like “free”, “save” or “money” – they turn people off and will get you blocked by spam filters.
  2. Keep It Short – If people open an email and see a small novel they will instantly be turned off. Keep your emails short and sweet,  making your point in as few words as possible.
  3. Remove the Fancy Stuff – Email marketing systems offer templates to create fancy emails. Don’t use them. Templates make your message appear salesy and can create spam issues.
  4. Write Like A Friend – The structure of your email should look like a professionalized version of an email you would send to a friend. Use plain text and don’t be afraid to be a little conversational.
  5. Calls To Action – The point of sending the email is to entice your prospect to take some type of action. Be sure you include a call to action that is easy to see and clearly articulated.

To learn more about how your  agency can improve email marketing results, visit StartUpSelling or call (518) 222-6392 for a one to one review.

Originally Posted on January 6, 2015 by John Scranton

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Digital Insurance MarketingStartUpSelling continuously publishes insurance marketing and technology articles of interest to help insurance agencies optimize their marketing initiatives. These articles are available on Ezine, and agencies, brokers and wholesalers can view and download these without charge. These insurance marketing articles will help agencies and brokers improve their sales, marketing and lead generation initiatives. Many of these articles provide access to additional insurance marketing resources such as blogs, on-demand webinars, YouTube videos, and social media feeds. The articles and ancillary resources have been viewed by tens of thousands of insurance agents, brokers and wholesalers across North America.

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  • Mobile Friendly Insurance Agency Website Checklist
  • Social Media Tips For B2B Insurance Agencies
  • 10 Insurance Agency Online Marketing Ideas For Agents & Brokers
  • Malware Trends Insurance Agencies Should Watch Out For In 2017
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Join thousands of other agents and brokers who are benefiting from StartUpSelling’s insurance web marketing and lead generation resources. For more information visit http://startupselling.com.

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Join us to learn how insurance agencies are leveraging integrated email marketing and web seminars to enhance lead generation and to improve client retention. Our agency clients are consistently attracting 50 to 300 registrants with attendance averaging over 60%. Educational insurance webinar series are highly valuable for both prospects and clients – helping to showcase expertise, demonstrate thought leadership and elevate the conversation from insurance sales to trusted adviser. Topics include:

  • Insurance Web MarketingEmail List Generation to Support Webinar Series
  • Email Marketing Best Practices & Compliance
  • Selecting Topics and Speakers
  • Webinar Preparation, Presentation & Execution
  • Follow-Up & Lead Gen Best Practices

Date & Time: Wed, Jan 25, 2017 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM EST

To Register:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4410093140174457090

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Join us to learn how insurance agencies are leveraging integrated email marketing and web seminars to enhance lead generation and to improve client retention. Our agency clients are consistently attracting 50 to 300 registrants with attendance averaging over 60%. Educational insurance webinar series are highly valuable for both prospects and clients – helping to showcase expertise, demonstrate thought leadership and elevate the conversation from insurance sales to trusted adviser. Topics include:

  • Insurance Web MarketingEmail List Generation to Support Webinar Series
  • Email Marketing Best Practices & Compliance
  • Selecting Topics and Speakers
  • Webinar Preparation, Presentation & Execution
  • Follow-Up & Lead Gen Best Practices

Date & Time: Wed, Jan 25, 2017 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM EST

To Register:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4410093140174457090

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What you don’t know about Insurance eMarketing can kill you

  • Posted on January 10, 2017
  • by John Scranton
Insurance Email Marketing

Insurance Email Marketing

Not long ago, I spoke to an agency owner who had attempted to launch an eMarketing campaign.  He had engaged with a high-profile agency marketing firm to use their email platform, and purchased 30,000 emails from a vendor they suggested.  He sent several messages over the course of a few months, and received absolutely no opportunities – only SPAM complaints.

This is the danger of using an eMarketing platform without the required expertise.  What you don’t know can kill you.  This agency was not aware of any of the following critical components to a successful campaign:

  • Message Content – Cannot be sales-oriented or the email will likely be seen as SPAM
  • Sending Frequency – Too many email sends will wear out your list and again make you look SPAMish
  • Scrubbing your List – Nearly 1/3 of the aforementioned list was useless, but the vendor still changed them
  • Opt-In / Opt-Out – It must be just as easy to opt-out of a list as it is to opt-in
  • Domain Spoofing – Bulk email sends to a dirty list are an invitation for domain spoofing, make sure you are protected

The lesson here is not that email platforms are useless or confusing, but that purchasing one without the required eMarketing expertise is dangerous.  If a surgeon hands you a scalpel, that does not mean you know how to operate – and if you purchase an email platform, that does not mean you know how to launch email campaigns.  Hire an eMarketing expert of find a solution that provides the required experience.  Do not just pick up the scalpel and start cutting.

Originally Posted on October 7th, 2010 by John Scranton

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Join us to learn how insurance agencies are leveraging integrated email marketing and web seminars to enhance lead generation and to improve client retention. Our agency clients are consistently attracting 50 to 300 registrants with attendance averaging over 60%. Educational insurance webinar series are highly valuable for both prospects and clients – helping to showcase expertise, demonstrate thought leadership and elevate the conversation from insurance sales to trusted adviser. Topics include:

  • Insurance Agency WebinarsEmail List Generation to Support Webinar Series
  • Email Marketing Best Practices & Compliance
  • Selecting Topics and Speakers
  • Webinar Preparation, Presentation & Execution
  • Follow-Up & Lead Gen Best Practices

Date & Time: Wed, Jan 25, 2017 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM EST

To Register:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4410093140174457090

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Join the insurance agency marketing experts and learn how insurance agencies are leveraging integrated email marketing and web seminars to enhance lead generation and improve client retention. StartUpSelling insurance agency clients are consistently attracting 50 to 300 webinar registrants, with attendance averaging over 60%. Educational insurance webinar series are highly valuable for both prospects and clients – helping to showcase expertise, demonstrate thought leadership and elevate the conversation from insurance sales to trusted adviser.

Topics include:

  • Email List Generation to Support Webinar Series
  • Email Marketing Best Practices & Compliance
  • Selecting Topics and Speakers
  • Webinar Preparation, Presentation & Execution
  • Follow-Up & Lead Gen Best Practices

Date & Time: Wed, Jan 25, 2017 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM EST

To Register:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4410093140174457090

StartUpSelling CEO Alan Blume commented, “The fastest path for agency CEOs to grow the top line is to consistently carry their vetted value proposition to their targeted prospects, and integrated email marketing and web seminars offer an excellent opportunity to accomplish this.”

For more information and a complimentary insurance marketing and lead generation review, visit http://www.StartUpSelling.com.

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Join us to learn how insurance agencies are leveraging integrated email marketing and web seminars to enhance lead generation and to improve client retention. Our agency clients are consistently attracting 50 to 300 registrants with attendance averaging over 60%. Educational insurance webinar series are highly valuable for both prospects and clients – helping to showcase expertise, demonstrate thought leadership and elevate the conversation from insurance sales to trusted adviser. Topics include:

  • Insurance Agency WebinarsEmail List Generation to Support Webinar Series
  • Email Marketing Best Practices & Compliance
  • Selecting Topics and Speakers
  • Webinar Preparation, Presentation & Execution
  • Follow-Up & Lead Gen Best Practices

Date & Time: Wed, Jan 25, 2017 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM EST

To Register:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4410093140174457090

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