May 2018

On May 25th, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will go into effect. This new law will bring significant change to data law protection and will give internet users more control of their privacy and data.  Along with this change comes many questions - how will it affect your company, what if you don’t comply, what do you need to do to be compliant, what will it mean for the US? The list goes on. There are many sources out there to sift through to get these answers, but with the launch of GDPR on our heels, we want to arm you with reliable sources to answer all of your questions.

EU GDPR Information Portal

This resource contains key changes, FAQ’s and timelines for GDPR.

Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)

The ICO is an independent regulatory office in charge of upholding information rights in the interest of the public.


GOV.UK is the place to find government services and information, as well as articles and checklists on GDPR. We hope these resources help answer any lingering questions you may have about GDPR and the new regulations associated with it.

Gary Thuerk
May 2018

You may have read our post on May 4th marking the 40th birthday of email marketing. Our friends at ZeroBounce wrote a great blog post detailing the history of that day and how email has evolved year to year. Enjoy the post: If you look on the Guinness World Records website, you will find Thuerk listed as the author of “the world’s oldest spam.” His email, which was composed on the 1st of May 1978, got sent on the 3rd of May to almost 400 ARPAnet users. “The world’s oldest spam was sent at 12:33 EDT on 3 May 1978 by Gary Thuerk (USA), then working for Digital Equipment Corp. (DEC, USA). It was sent to 397 email accounts on the ARPAnet (Advanced Research Projects Agency Network) of the US Defense Dept., inviting them to a product demonstration of the DECSYSTEM-2020, 2020T, 2060 and 2060T computers. ARPAnet is regarded as the predecessor to the internet. The original email still exists,” states the Guinness Book of World Records. “I thought of it as e-marketing,” says Thuerk, who admitted he knew he “was pushing the envelope.” But he wanted to reach as many people as possible and invite them to test DEC’s new products. As a marketing manager for DEC, Thuerk was hoping to get attention and increase the company’s revenue.

What happened next?

He received many complaints for his unsolicited email, including from an ARPAnet representative, who called him and “chewed him out,” as Thuerk remembers. On the other hand, the email blast did work: DEC sold almost $14 million worth of its new computers as a result of the mass email.

How email marketing evolved

Since Thuerk’s first email blast in 1978, email marketing has gone through many transformations, with marketers and email service providers fine-tuning their strategies. Let’s take a look at how things have changed: 1991: Internet access gives marketers a new way to reach potential customers, with Hotmail offering the first free email service. The most common email marketing tactic is “spray and pray.” 1998: The Data Protection Act forces email marketers to offer their recipients the possibility to opt out. 2001: The first behavioral email is sent, as marketers realize they need to craft their campaigns according to online user behavior. 2003: The first spam regulations appear. The Can Spam Law sets new rules for commercial emails. 2004: The Sender Policy Framework is introduced as an email validation system for the prevention of email spam. The system verified the sender’s IP address. Email marketing is on the rise, with intensive spam being its main weakness. Legitimate marketers start to see a serious effect of the ISP’s filtering rules on their campaigns. 2008: Windows Live Sender Reputation Data allows recipients to mark emails as spam. Marketers start to understand they have to refine their strategies if they want to preserve their reputation. 2009: Email deliverability becomes a topic of discussion, as Return Path reports that 30% of emails never reach the inbox. Recipients now have the option to block certain senders. Due to poor email reputation, many marketers are blacklisted. 2010: The continuous development of email marketing and the rise of social media bring focus on data collection and management. 2012: More than 40% of marketing emails are opened on a mobile device. Creating mobile-friendly campaigns becomes a priority. In the same year, the European Parliament starts preparations on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). 2016: The European Parliament approves the GDPR. Enforcement date: 25 May 2018. 2018: Email is the most efficient marketing channel, with a revenue of $44 for every $1 spent. Techniques are more sophisticated than ever. Emails are personalized and marketers strive to send valuable content. Email verification becomes an essential part of their strategy as it increases deliverability and helps maintain a good sender reputation. About ZeroBounce Created by a team of top-notch professionals, ZeroBounce is the premier email validation service dedicated to e-mail bounce detection, email abuse and spam trap detection, email data append and advanced security. Marketers who are using email lists validated by ZeroBounce report a 98% accuracy rate and preserve their online reputation intact. Featured on Entrepreneur.com, BuzzFeed and Inc. magazine, ZeroBounce is widely considered “the best email validation system available.”

May 2018

Ranked a Best and Brightest Company two years in a row and recognized for being a Great Place to Work by Great Rated!, Madrivo is committed to bettering the lives of employees, both personally and professionally through its investment in company culture. Company-wide initiatives have helped to improve the culture over the past few years and retain great talent, one of Madrivo’s top priorities. Each company has its own unique culture, mission and vision. The focus for many companies is primarily on the product or service they provide, but let’s not forget that a company could not run without its employees. Job satisfaction plays a big role in the productivity, health and well being of an employee. A study performed at the University of Warwick found that a 12% spike in productivity was a result of happy employees. Creating a positive company culture can lead to high job satisfaction and in turn positively affect job performance. There are many ways to create a positive company culture. Here are our top 5: 1.Hire people who fit the culture You can’t fit a triangle into a circle. The same goes for hiring employees who do not fit the core values of the company. Hiring a person who fits the job requirements and hoping they will adopt and mold to the culture may cost you time and hurt morale in the long run. Hire on both job fit and cultural fit and you’ll find your new hires are happier in their new role, feel invested in the company and show remarkable job performance. Additionally, they’re far more likely to bond with their colleagues and have a positive influence if they feel a sense of camaraderie and belonging. 2.Make it meaningful People need to feel a sense of purpose at work and know that what they do on a daily basis has some meaning. It’s one thing to give out tasks, but another to explain why the task is important to the company and how one’s individual role is making an impact on the company as a whole. Employees will feel invested in the future of the company. 3.Have fun! You can have fun at work? You most certainly can and should! It boosts moral, reduces stress and is a great way for employees to see the more personal side of their fellow co-workers, a side they may not see that often. Having fun doesn’t have to take up a lot of time or money. For example, have a friendly competition with prizes, celebrate individual and company wins, or plan a catered lunch for the entire company. 4.Lead by example Employees frequently look for guidance from senior management to help them get their work done, but the same is true for how to build a positive culture. The culture should be shaped by the leaders of the company and then be adopted by all other employees. Employees need to see others living the culture and values of the company. When you put them in action and everyone makes an effort to live them, you will see your employees thrive. 5.Open communication & transparency In any relationship, communication is essential and the same goes for the workplace. Open communication and transparency aids in the company’s ability to be productive and increase employee satisfaction. When employees trust leadership and their peers;  hard work, a positive outlook, and inspiration will follow suit. This can be done by encouraging open and clear communication through a town hall style meeting or even through an online forum for employees to ask any questions of leadership. In summary Creating and sustaining a positive culture will keep your business healthy and prosperous. Madrivo’s culture is constantly evolving so we’re always looking for new ways to improve. What is your company doing to create a company culture that produces positivity and happy, engaged employees?


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