Let’s start with a simple case study. You have a list of 2,500 customers on which you may send emails. We have a good idea of what that list will include in the past. About 200 of those emails will be invalid on a typical basis. The DMA has a “Do Not Email” list for some people. Twelve individuals will be linked to companies or networks that report spam. About the same amount of them will have misspellings or faulty URLs. This fact is just a sample of hundreds and thousands of email lists that we’ve worked on over the last eight years to come up with these figures. This one is the reason you need email hygiene in the first place. The question remains, though, what exactly is this thing?
There’s no accounting for natural wear and tear. Every month, email marketing databases deteriorate at a 3 percent average pace. For whatever reason, people cancel their accounts, leave them, relocate, or cease using them. Something has to be done about the potential dangers and losses of any list. So, Email Oversight comes into play in terms of email hygiene. It’s the answer you’ve been looking for to address these pressing concerns.
What is Email Hygiene?
Cleaning out “problem” email accounts from an email list is called “email hygiene.” At Webbula, we don’t delete these emails from your list; instead, we identify them and warn you about the hazards of utilizing them. This action gives you a chance to assess your risk tolerance. Furthermore, no data is lost. To make a choice as simple as feasible, threats are classified and evaluated. There are dangers to your reputation, delivery, and conversion labeled for you. To make it even simpler, we even refer to them as Soft Bounces.
What are Soft and Hard Bounces?
The term “hard bounce” refers to an email that cannot be sent to the recipient’s inbox for whatever reason. Typically, these reasons include: the email is invalid, the domain is invalid, or the server is preventing delivery. Many hard bounces in your email list may be traced back to input problems.
An email is said to be “soft bounced” if it cannot be sent to the recipient’s inbox for any reason. There are several reasons for this: a full inbox, a server outage, or a large email. This reason is why we’ve highlighted these concerns for you since they are frequently transient and can be fixed.
Maintaining a positive image.
When you use Webbula’s email hygiene, you’re helping your brand’s reputation with email hosts, service providers, and customers stay strong.
If you send to a wrong or invalid email address, or a spam bin, your reputation will be tarnished. Email hosts have lower deliverability rates when your reputation is tarnished. In the wrong hands, this vicious cycle might spin out of control in an instant.
Additionally, email inboxes are getting pickier regarding the information they allow. Email hosts will see you as a Spammer if you have a list full of issues, such as spam traps, invalid or unknown users, and other hidden risks. The user may never view your content since it will be sent to the spam bin. Even worse, you run the possibility of being put on a No-Fly List. Every one of these concerns should be addressed at all costs.
Use Email Oversight to your benefit when it comes to email hygiene.
It is critical to ensure that the individuals on your email list want to hear from you since email is a powerful marketing tool. Using the most effective email hygiene tool-set in the world, we can assist you in ensuring that your message reaches your target audience without a hitch.
Assuring that Your Lists are up to Date
It would be best to begin by deleting the hard bounces from your lists when you initially started narrowing them down. Invalid or expired email addresses result in a hard bounce. This may happen when a firm shuts, an employee departs, or a corporation moves email servers. Unresolved emails may be deleted immediately: personal business email addresses will no longer be utilized if an employee quits the company. Whether you suspect a mistake or a problem with an entire company’s email server, contact the individual or business in question through phone to see if the issue can be fixed.
Long-term success requires best practices.
It’s not enough to go over and evaluate your email list. Consider the following suggestions for increased success:
- While adding new emails to your lists, be sure to include the four essential components of an email: the user’s mailbox name, the @ sign, the email server name, and the domain name. Be thorough when inputting emails. The ones that come pre-installed should also be checked. Please double-check your work for obvious spelling errors.
- Double opt-ins should be a part of any list you construct of persons who have opted in to receive your communications. It’s as simple as sending them an email and asking them to confirm their subscription to your material by clicking on a link in the email. This ensures that you only communicate with folks who want to hear from you.
- If you don’t have an unsubscribe option, you’ll be breaking federal law, but it’s also a good idea since it helps you keep track of who isn’t interested in your information.
- Avoid losing touch with your customers: At least four months have passed since an email was sent to a “cold” list. Email etiquette dictates that you should not allow this to happen. Depending on the sort of list you have, you may want to commit to weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly email correspondence.
- To keep your email list up to date, you should use a reliable email marketing service. Email Oversight, for example, automatically removes hard bounces from your email quota and classifies them as clean. But you should still study these communications to determine if any problems may be resolved.
- It’s essential that you publish content that your subscribers will find interesting, so they won’t want to unsubscribe from your emails. Email subject lines that entice the receiver to open the message, tailored content, and mobile-friendly language all play a role. If you don’t, no matter how clean your email lists are, you’ll struggle to see results with your email marketing.