Almost five months on from the implementation of the European Union’s new General Data Protection Regulation, that question might seem a little overdramatic. But in the height of pre-regulation speculation in May 2018, many marketers and commentators were concerned that the new rules and enhanced data protection enforcement could be the final blow to email marketing. Overheard GDPR advice: "Short Mailchimp". — dan barker (@danbarker) May 15, 2018 So, has GDPR had the devastating impact some feared? We spoke to three email experts and found…Continue Reading “Has GDPR killed email marketing?”

We have two aims at EmailOctopus: making your email marketing affordable, and building an easy-to-use platform. We’ve already ticked the low cost box, so our focus over the past few months has been to make improvements to how our customers build campaigns. Today, we’re excited to announce a new feature which will make it incredibly simple for anyone to create beautiful campaigns. Here it is: our new drag and drop email editor. We spent a long time making sure we got this right: observing how our…Continue Reading “Announcing our new drag and drop editor”

I rehearse my opening line one more time for good measure. Wiping away a bead of nervous sweat, I open the office door and walk in for my interview. Just like that, I forget everything I needed and wanted to say. Perhaps the most adorable dog – Alfie – jumps at me, wraps his paws around my leg, and I stand there, overwhelmed. I think this particular moment in time nicely foreshadowed, and now perfectly encapsulates, my entire experience at EmailOctopus: nothing was as it…Continue Reading “On Interning at EmailOctopus”

Our customers use EmailOctopus to promote everything from celeb gossip to erotic fiction. Whatever you’re using email for, we’re happy to have you on board. This post is for all the event promoters out there: we caught up with Jonny from ticketing platform Ticket Tailor to find out why email should be your go-to marketing tool. He told us why email works so well for selling tickets and how you can use it to shift seats at your next event. The success of your event…Continue Reading “Using email marketing to boost ticket sales”

Last month, my wife and I moved from London to Vancouver. It was a great opportunity for us: to see new places, meet new people and take a break from our hectic London commutes. But for me, it meant saying a reluctant goodbye to the EmailOctopus office and our small but mighty team in the UK. With the team now split across London and Manchester in the UK, and Vancouver in Canada, we’d be going months without seeing each other. I’m a huge advocate for…Continue Reading “5 things we learned at EmailOctopus by going remote”

With just a week until the new GDPR legislation is introduced, inboxes are overflowing with re-consent emails. These emails ask the recipient to re-confirm their interest in receiving communications, and state that no further emails will be sent after May 25th if they decline (or ignore the email altogether). Over the past two weeks we’ve collected 50 examples of these re-permission emails, and picked out five top tips to help you with your last minute re-confirmation campaign:  Align your message with your brand and product Every…Continue Reading “GDPR: 5 last minute tips for re-confirming your email list”

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on 25 May, 2018, and many marketers are wondering what changes they need to make to their email list to be compliant. Do I need to re-opt-in my subscribers? Not necessarily. The guidance from the ICO is that you are not required to automatically refresh permission in preparation for the GDPR. However, if the existing permission doesn’t meet the GDPR’s high standards or are poorly documented, you will need to seek fresh GDPR-compliant permission to continue…Continue Reading “Do I need to re-opt-in my email list for GDPR?”

The fashion industry is one of the most competitive around and what ultimately separates successful businesses from the rest is their marketing, both online and through more traditional channels like print. At EmailOctopus we’re always keeping an eye on the latest trends in email marketing: how companies are onboarding their users, how they spread the word about discounts and how their emails are designed. Over the past month, we’ve been closely monitoring ten of the leading fashion brands and how they use email to convert…Continue Reading “How top fashion brands use email marketing”

It’s been a long time coming, but today we’re excited to launch additional list fields. Our biggest single update to EmailOctopus since our launch in 2014. For the past 3 years, we’d restricted you to only storing 3 values, a first name, last name and email address. From today onwards, you can now add additional fields, chosen by you across each list. So now you can store a user’s address, number of items they’ve purchased, or age and then use each of these to personalise…Continue Reading “Announcing: Additional list fields so you can personalise your campaigns even further”

The keener eyed of you may have noticed a couple of updates to the EmailOctopus platform over the past week. Those updates are custom domains, which allow you to use your own domain to track clicks and host unsubscribe pages, and a re-worked campaign process. The re-worked campaign flow Our campaign flow has been completely overhauled, we’ve made it easier to add preview text (that little text which appears after a subject line) and made it quicker to make last-minute edit by adding a final approval…Continue Reading “Announcing: Custom domains and a re-worked campaign creation process”