International Women's Day Advice

Celebrating International Women’s Day with Advice to Our Younger Selves

Mar. 8, 2022 / By Elsbeth Russell

“What would you tell your younger self if you could go back in time and give yourself a piece of advice?” I recently posed this question to the women of MessageBird and in honor of International Women’s Day today, we’re sharing all that compiled wisdom and advice for women in tech with you! The women

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Deliverability Tips for Email

Part 2: Nine Deliverability Tips for Email Marketers

Mar. 3, 2022 / By Co Authors

In our last post, we broke down the first of nine deliverability tips email marketers need to make sure messages land in the inbox. We started with a clear signup/opt-in process, a welcome message/series, and an important look at the difference between delivery and deliverability. Today we’ll break down the next three email deliverability tips

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Deliverability Tips for Email

Part 1: Nine Deliverability Tips for Email Marketers

Mar. 1, 2022 / By Co Authors

To maximize your email investment, you need high deliverability. But getting there can feel like a major challenge. The truth is, you can get there and our team of deliverability strategists are here to help. We’ve compiled this series of deliverability tips for email marketers and today we’ll break down the first three of our nine

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Email should be accessible to those reading messages through touch with screen readers or Braille readers.

Best practices to make your email more accessible

Feb. 22, 2022 / By Snaedis Valsdottir

You’ve probably thought about diversity and inclusion at your company, especially from the perspective of hiring and employees. But have you thought about how inclusive your email content is? If you’re not following email accessibility best practices, you could be excluding 20% or more of your readers. Get your message to as many people as

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Email Privacy

Email Privacy Challenges Continue to Stress Marketers Out

Feb. 18, 2022 / By Koertni Adams

SparkPost’s recent global survey revealed that 74% of marketing leaders are concerned about impending email privacy changes – and 82% of leaders are actively preparing for those changes. But this isn’t exactly breaking news. We’re constantly hearing about iOS 15… Email opens are dead… Third-party cookies are next on the chopping block… Zero-party data is

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Valentine Roses Email Design

The Most Dramatic Blog Post Ever: Valentine’s Day 2022

Feb. 8, 2022 / By Lauren Stein

In this season of the Bachelor, we are fortunate enough to have an NFL player who has had a whopping zero minutes of playing time during his entire career. Clayton Echard is also the only Bachelor who hasn’t been in the spotlight yet and was not a fan favorite at all.  However, we’re not here

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5 Email Marketing Trends You Should Be Into

Feb. 3, 2022 / By Elsbeth Russell

It can be hard to judge a trend worth adopting, and it’s no different when it comes to email marketing trends. In this post, we’ll break down five of the trends we think live up to the hype. Some trends speak to us immediately and we jump at the chance to try them out. Others

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Email customer privacy

Why increased customer privacy provides an opportunity for marketers

Feb. 1, 2022 / By Kieran Cooper

Editor’s Note: A version of this article originally appeared on B2BMarketing.net. Since the rise of data-driven marketing in the ‘80s, data became a tool that marketers relied on. We’ve since moved past the days of seemingly unlimited data, and data breaches, to more restrictions. However, all is not lost. Here’s why tighter customer privacy restrictions

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Creating and Consuming SparkPost Webhooks

Jan. 27, 2022 / By Darren Smith

SparkPost’s real-time event webhooks are an incredibly valuable tool for senders to have data automatically pushed to their systems. This can drive downstream automation such as updating mailing lists, triggering automated email journeys, or populating internal dashboards. While the same event data can be accessed via the SparkPost UI using Event Search, or programmatically by

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Gmail prefetched images

Update on the Gmail App Prefetching Images

Jan. 25, 2022 / By Chris Adams

Gmail is Prefetching Images, Leading to Marginally Inflated Opens The recent changes with Apple Mail Privacy Protection had us wondering – where else is prefetching happening? While false opens come as no huge surprise, we have additional details around the limited set of circumstances in which Gmail is prefetching images in emails sent to Gmail

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A Day in the Life of a ​​SparkPost Technical Support Analyst

A Day in the Life of a ​​SparkPost Technical Support Analyst

Jan. 20, 2022 / By Sasha Malcolmson

Hello! My name is Sasha and I’m a Technical Support Analyst on the Frontline Support Team at SparkPost. We are a part of the greater support team and are all proud members of the Customer Success department. As technical support analysts, we are the frontline of customer support and primarily serve customers of the SparkPost

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2022 email benchmarks

2022 Email Benchmarks, Trends & Geeky Behaviors

Jan. 19, 2022 / By Koertni Adams

Check out the top 2022 email benchmarks in this new, comprehensive report Email is hard. And effective. And fun! Basically, email rules. 👑 Our new report, Email in 2022, includes almost 50 pages all about why email rules – it turns out we had a lot to say. The report is broken out into three

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You got this

Tips to Prevent Burnout and Recharge Email Inspiration

Jan. 12, 2022 / By Matthew Parsloe

Typically, over the course of a year, we all face challenges, pressures and setbacks in both personal and professional spheres. We can end up feeling emotionally drained, physically tired, and even negative towards those closest to us. This results in a noticeable detrimental impact in workplace productivity. This decline also seeps into our social lives,

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ISO 27001 Certified

SparkPost Achieves ISO 27001 Certification in Latest Commitment to Global Security

Jan. 11, 2022 / By Jim Sipe

Drum roll please… 🥁🥁🥁 SparkPost is Now ISO 27001 Certified SparkPost officially has an ISO 27001 certification for our corporate systems and cloud products. We’re proud to have long-term trust by some of the world’s biggest brands with sophisticated email programs, and this internationally recognized certification is the latest achievement in our ongoing dedication to

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SparkPost Litmus Email Deliverability Guide

Litmus + SparkPost [The Ultimate Guide to Email Deliverability]

Jan. 7, 2022 / By Koertni Adams

The spam folder is the black hole of email marketing We’ve all been there. You worked tirelessly on an email campaign… Poured hours into messaging, design, testing, rendering tweaks, etc. And after all of that, results were abysmal. 😭 At first, you may not know why a campaign is underperforming. But then you spot it.

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How to beat the Great Unsubscribe – Tips on keeping subscribers in your email list during the January cleanse.

Jan. 5, 2022 / By Matthew Parsloe

January is traditionally a month of cleansing, re-evaluation, and pretending that the 15th leftover turkey, cranberry and stuffing sandwich is still as amazing as the first. It’s also when people take to their inboxes to delete unread emails, remove superfluous ones and unsubscribe from marketing emails. This is called the ‘Great Unsubscribe’. But why? In

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Using SparkPost with Salesforce

Using SparkPost with Salesforce

Dec. 29, 2021 / By Tom Mairs

One of the common questions we hear from customers and prospects is “how can I connect SparkPost to Salesforce for notifications?” This quick how-to will walk you through the steps to integrate these two powerful tools. The first thing you should know is that there is no special magic or custom code required here. Everything

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How SparkPost Addressed the log4j Vulnerability

Dec. 20, 2021 / By Jim Sipe

A widely used chunk of software code used to do logging on much of the internet called log4j has been identified as having a bug by the broader cyberspace community. Many companies across the world are working around the clock to find and patch the vulnerability in their systems that use log4j code in their

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The Holiday Emails We Loved This Season

Dec. 17, 2021 / By Matthew Parsloe

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, especially for email designs! Tons of creative energy and strategic thought go into the holiday season, as the email marketing sector tries to attract customers to their brands at a time of increased purchasing. In fact, December sees an average monthly household spending increase of 29% (according

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Black Friday Cyber Monday Emails

Black Friday & Cyber Monday Emails in 2021

Dec. 16, 2021 / By John Landsman

We’ve been closely watching retail email activity since the start of the pandemic. Not surprisingly, year-over-year trends were largely negative for the last nine months of 2020, during the period of lockdown and restricted activity. Even so, email proved to be an invaluable tool during that period for brands to communicate precisely, quickly, and effectively

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SparkPost's Service Level Agreements

Better Uptime and Burst Rates for SparkPost Customers

Dec. 14, 2021 / By Harold Vass

Starting today, we’re rolling out an enhancement to the SparkPost Service Level Agreements (SLAs) that will result in better uptime and burst rates for customers. All customers will now enjoy a new 99.99% Uptime SLA. This is in addition to the Uptime SLAs that our Enterprise customers already enjoy. The new SLA covers a 5%

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6 Email Design Best Practices We Swear By

Dec. 14, 2021 / By Lauren Stein

Email design is so much more than what you see in an email. It’s also the strategy that goes behind creating your emails before you build them, and the brand personality that resonates with your subscriber at each touchpoint. It’s also ensuring your reader gets a great experience, regardless of device preferences, accessibility needs, or

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An Email Geek Gift Guide

Dec. 7, 2021 / By Elsbeth Russell

Shopping for the email geek in your life, or just want to support a fellow email geek this holiday season? Check out our Email Geek Gift Guide! Editor’s note: None of these links are affiliate links. The idea of this guide is to support email geeks who are makers and spread some holiday joy! For

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