Holiday Email Watch: Free Shipping Friday Round-Up

|  by Beth Negus Viveiros

comScore reports that consumers have spent $30.9 billion online so far in November-December, a 15% increase over the same period in 2010. While Cyber Monday still holds the record for the heaviest online spending day of the year for the second ...

GetGlue Connects Entertainment Marketers With Fans

|  by Beth Negus Viveiros

As TV watchers, moviegoers and readers increasingly consume entertainment with tablets and smartphones at their sides, the potential for marketers to connect with them via another screen becomes more and more enticing. Enter GetGlue, which wants to become the social hub for entertainment.

Tips for Avoiding ISP Filters and Getting Your Email Read

|  by Beth Negus Viveiros

Some big changes have taken place over the last year in how ISPs process and deliver email. Filtering that used to focus on spam complaints and unsubscribes is now looking at metrics like messages that are deleted without being read, the percentage of messages received from a sender that are opened, and messages replied to.

Tips for Using Your Database to Drive Revenue

|  by Beth Negus Viveiros

Direct marketers usually aren't very creative about how they take advantage of their marketing databases. Sure, modern marketing databases are used to make general decisions about whom to promote. Typically this is done with rules-based logic such as recency, frequency, monetary value (RFM) cells or—even better—with statistics-based predictive models. However, this is just scratching the…

Keeping Marketing Assets Secure in the Cloud

|  by Beth Negus Viveiros

After all, if your marketing and sales materials are managed and distributed via a Software as a Service (SaaS) solution on the Internet, rather than housed on your company's own servers, aren't they more prone to being viewed by unauthorized users? The answer may actually be no, according to some industry analysts.