16
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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08
May 2018

Even though social media is largely increasing its influence in the world of digital marketing, email marketing still remains the most personal form of communication.

However, email marketing has become a lot more difficult to grasp than a few years ago. Nowadays, if you don't meet your audience’s needs and requirements or catch their attention immediately, your email will most likely end up in their spam folder or marked as read. That is why we decided to compile a comprehensive list of the best email marketing tips for 2018.

Differentiate existing audience from prospective

Imagine meeting someone for the first time in your life and starting a conversation with them. It might be a rather pleasant conversation but is not laid-back because you two don't really know one another. Then, an hour after your conversation ended, you meet an old friend of yours. You hug each other, joke and laugh and then you decide to go for a drink. In the bar, you have a great time together and keep talking for hours. These two conversations simply cannot be the same. That is exactly how you are supposed to differentiate between the audience that you are sending an email to for the first time and the audience that is already on your mailing list. The former is a new acquaintance, while the latter is an old friend. A practical way to implement this idea and even increase profits on your most engaged and profitable audiences, is by routing your traffic through more than one delivery vendor. Use high-end ESP or SMTP vendor for your less engaged list (prospects), such systems are more expensive, and use an additional vendor, such as Amazon SES, which is a top tier email delivery platform, with a very attractive low-cost pricing model but with strict bounce rate policy for your clean engaged audience (clients list). Make sure to take into account the difference between your relationships with your existing and prospective audience when crafting and sending emails, and you will do yourself a huge favor.

Personalize and Segment

Nowadays, everyone is trying to sell something. Our inbox is loaded with dozens of emails from who-knows-what-company trying to sell us who-knows-what. When we open an email, we want to see our name in it. If we are addressed personally, we are much more likely to respond. However, you should dive even deeper and try to separate your audience into several categories. Imagine the difference between talking to your spouse and your child. Even though you know both of them and call them by their names, you will not talk to them in the same manner. You should bear this in mind when writing to your already existing audience. Segment your audience based on their needs, profile info, website activity, location, responsiveness and so on. This method will be very helpful to you in the long run since it will allow you to devise different strategies according to your audience's characteristics. Therefore, personalized and segmented emails will simply be a must in 2018.

Visualize your content

Over 80% of the information that we get is visual. In that sense, people are spoiled and they expect the content to be visually appealing. One of the most important email marketing strategies is to include visual content in your email - videos, photos, animations or GIFs. Email service providers are increasingly allowing this feature, so you should take advantage of it as soon as possible.

Build your own email list and keep it clean

It is very important to have your own audience. Yet, it can be difficult and time-consuming to create a list of people who are genuinely interested in your product or service, but it is the only way to stay truly relevant to those who receive your emails. It is much better to have a shorter list of people who will be engaged by your emails than to send them out to random email addresses. Also, from time to time, you should clean your mailing list. You can do this by asking your audience to reconfirm their subscription and then delete all those who no longer want to receive your emails. This might seem counterproductive, as you would probably like to see a long mailing list. However, it will pay off in time. Remember – quality over quantity. Read more about lists management! 

Use your own IP address

Most email service providers offer a pool of shared IP addresses that you can send emails from. Now, if your emails are sent from the same IP that a dozen other companies use, your reputation will depend on theirs. If one of them spams their audience from an IP that you use, your emails will be recognized as suspicious too. Keep in mind that your IP is directly associated with your reputation. That is why you want to have your own IP address or more of them if you have a large audience. It might be slightly more expensive, but it is definitely a safer option.

Measure and analyze by using KPIs

If you invest a lot of time, effort and money in an email campaign, it is only natural that you want to keep track of its performance. In the world of digital marketing, measuring your success is much easier when you use key performance indicators. Some of the most relevant KPIs are click through rate (CTR), conversion rate, bounce rate, list growth rate, overall ROI, etc.

Conclusion

There you go! Those were some of the best email marketing tips to stay relevant in 2018. If you follow them and carefully tailor your campaign around your audience's needs and desires, you will see outstanding results very soon. Ongage is an advanced email marketing solution that separates the front-end from the back-end delivery system, allowing email marketers to seamlessly manage and route multiple email marketing operations via multiple email delivery systems. It was designed to improve campaign effectiveness by providing versatile and powerful marketing tools coupled together with full marketing analytics. The end result being improved deliverability, performance and ROI. Click here to try it for free.

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04
May 2018

Back in May of 1978 the “Father of Spam”, Gary Thuerk sent the first mass email. Thuerk was a marketing executive at Digital Equipment Corp of Maynard, Massachusetts. 40 years ago Thuerk sent the first unsolicited mass email to 400 ARPAnet users promoting Digital Equipment Corporation computers. Although email had been in existence for 6 years, it was quite a novelty for recipients to receive a sales email directly to their inbox. And who would have thought that the “spam” email would generate $13 million in sales of the DEC computers...and a few complaints.

Little did Thuerk know at the time he was changing the business of email as we know it today. Email continues to be the most profitable channel in the digital world. Let’s see where the next 40 years of email marketing take us.

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Madrivo empowers advertisers to effectively grow brands online and enables publishers to optimize online media and to leverage customer acquisition channels.

In the constantly evolving and incredibly fast-paced digital era, Madrivo is an integrated online marketing agency that develops efficient marketing solutions, unifies customer acquisition strategies, and develops tactics to successfully move traditional operations to the Internet. The team at Madrivo guides companies, large and small, globally, to establish the most cost effective online presence.

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