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Email Delivery Tips for Marketing to Yahoo Users

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email deliveryYahoo Mail is a web-based email delivery service launched in 1997 by the parent company, Yahoo! This mail service is offered in four different plans – three for personal use (basic, plus and ad-free) and the fourth one is specifically for business use. With over 281 million users (according to a 2011 survey), Yahoo! Mail is the world’s third largest email service provider.

In late 2016 Yahoo announced that there was a severe breach of more than 1 billion user accounts getting hacked in 2013.  This was followed by another 500 million user accounts getting hacked. This initiated more stringent policies with Yahoo proper, as well as Yahoo Mail service, which also tightened up its policies around spammers and senders of maligned emails.

Calculation of Reputation

As mentioned above, the hack scares have made Yahoo Mail a tough cookie for email marketers.  According to their website, Yahoo Mail may consider any or all of the following factors to calculate your reputation:

And as a rule, a reputable sending history doesn’t guarantee you a top spot in the inbox, as users can still vote or report you as spam.  You need to also focus on the content quality and relevance to generate meaningful engagement from the user and to ensure your emails stay out of the trash.

Email Delivery: FeedBack Loop

With the help of FeedBack Loops (FBLs), email marketers are able to identify their campaigns that are receiving high numbers of complaints from Yahoo Mail users.  They offer a free Complaint Feedback Loop (CFL) program in which the senders will be forwarded complaints about their email campaigns sent to Yahoo Mail by users.  Before being able to avail this service, senders need to:

This link has all the information needed for the CFL program offered by Yahoo.

Email Delivery: Whitelist

Contrary to other leading email service providers, Yahoo Mail does not have a whitelisting program.  They do, however, have a program in which email marketers can submit their IPs for review.  You will have to fill out and submit this application for new IPs.  Once the review is complete, the Yahoo Mail team may decide on how to modify your reputation in their systems.

Email Delivery: Postmaster Tool

With the Yahoo Mail Postmaster Tool, you can analyze, as well as monitor, your email health and find the right routes for your messages to reach the right place.  You can learn more about the Yahoo Mail Postmaster tool here.

Yahoo Mail Delivery Tips

With the changes in how Yahoo Mail is keeping itself spam-proof, you’ll want to try and adopt the following methods to ensure optimal delivery:

  • The “unsubscribe” button on the bottom of your emails needs to be as clear as possible.  If you do not take this seriously, the chances are the recipients will get frustrated and will end up marking you as spam.
  • Your email lists must be acquired using one of the opt-in methods.  You should always have explicit permission from users in order to avoid future spam markings.
  • Make it a habit to regularly check the sending IP against blacklists.  Failure to do this can be very damaging to your business’s reputation.  You might also want to check out our blog on Blacklists to discover more information on this topic.
  • Try and stay away from using shortened URLs.  It has a bad reputation in the market for being used by spammers. In fact, it helps to keep URLs as closely linked to the topic of the email as possible.

Email Delivery Tips for Marketing to Gmail Users

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email deliveryIn a relatively short period of time, Gmail has become the email delivery service provider of choice for over a billion users around the world. That’s pretty amazing considering that its a free, advertising-supported email service which launched just 13 years ago – making it the youngest rival to the likes of Hotmail, AOL, and Yahoo.

The success of Gmail can be attributed to the fact that users of Android devices, Google Play Store, Google Chrome browser, Google Drive, Google+ and other services must have an account with them. Gmail is also accessible for users through the mobile apps for both Android and iOS and is also configurable for syncing emails through POP and IMAP protocols.

Email Delivery: FeedBack Loop

FeedBack Loops (FBLs) can help large volume senders identify campaigns in their traffic that are receiving large complaints from Gmail users. With FBL, the email service providers can detect abuse of their services and take the necessary actions to counter that. You can find out more about Gmail’s Feedback loop here.

Email Delivery: Whitelist

Email Whitelists are lists of IP addresses from which users are expecting to receive legitimate emails from. When an IP address is added to your whitelist, most of the emails sent from that IP will not be marked spam and will be delivered immediately. The Email Whitelist feature is available on G Suite. You can read more about it here.

Email Delivery: Postmaster Tools

With Gmail’s Postmaster Tools you can analyze and monitor your email performance to help Gmail route your messages to the right place.  You can find out more about it here.

Gmail Delivery Tips

Here are 8 tips to help you stay in Gmail’s good books:

  • Make sure that your list contains users who have confirmed opt-in. This is very important as it provides explicit permission from the users to avoid any “mark spam” actions from them.
  • Have a clear and seamless “unsubscribe” process. It is important to add the users who unsubscribe to the “do not email” list.
  • Take care in promoting affiliate products. Gmail is not the friendliest place to do affiliate marketing, so you might want to pass on this.
  • Avoid using shortened links. Thanks to the spammers, URL shortening services like bit.ly have been used too much for all the wrong reasons that it is best to avoid them.
  • Check the sending IP against blacklists. This should be a continuous, ongoing process to ensure your IPs are healthy.
  • Pay special attention to engagement.  Gmail is particularly sensitive to whether your email list is interacting with your email sends.  If too many of your addresses do not engage, you are likely to end up in the Gmail bulk folder.  You can optimize your Gmail engagement by periodically segmenting your list into 2 groups: one that has opened your emails recently (within 30-90 days) and another group who has not.  Send to your engaged Gmail users as you normally do.  Send less frequently or with special messaging to your less engaged Gmail users to try to bring them back to your active list.  The overall effect is that your engagement percentage is higher and more of your email is delivered to the inbox!

Improve Engagement

Despite all the safety measures and standard delivery tips to stay off blacklists and out of spam folders, things are tightening up, thanks to the recent changes to email categorization by Gmail.  According to these changes, senders are scored according to the relationship that they have with the recipients.

An important element of this relationship is the actual content of your emails and the kind of engagement that you’re pulling out of it.  Google now measures the recipient engagement, meaning the level of interaction from the recipient your marketing emails are able to get.  This includes, but is not limited to: email opens, archives, skim reads, deleting without opening, link clicks and of course, reporting as spam.

More positive interactions from readers will likely get you a higher score, ensuring direct delivery of future emails in their inboxes. So how do you get these positive interactions? Here are 5 tips to get you started:

  1. Have attention-grabbing subject lines that intrigue the readers to the point of clicking on them. This blog by Hubspot should help.
  2. Ask the recipient to mark your email address as ‘not spam’.
  3. Encourage the recipient to add you to their address book on Gmail.
  4. Tell users to make sure they click on ‘always display images from this address’ button when downloading the images.
  5. Make sure you either remove inactive users from your list or work to re-engage with them.