Spam Trigger Words: Do They Exist or Don't They? Here's the Deal
Spam trigger words, do they exist, or don't they? And if spam trigger words exist, what are they? Here's the definitive answer. Ask 5 different email marketing or email deliverability experts whether there is really such a thing as spam trigger words, and you'll get seven different answers. Even highly respected deliverability sources will say something like "There is no such thing as spam trigger words... except.." or "Spam trigger words don't exist, but...". Because you see, spam trigger words do exist.
Spam Trigger Words: Do They Exist or Don't They? Here's the Deal
Google is ending a pilot program that allowed political campaigns to bypass the spam filter, and they have filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit that the RNC filed against them. Note that Google is not 'restarting' spam filtering in Gmail for political campaigns, as claimed by some, and that's because they never stopped. Confused? You won't be, read on.
Spam Trigger Words: Do They Exist or Don't They? Here's the Deal
As we have always predicted they would, the shortcomings of the CAN-SPAM Act have given rise to new state email opt-in laws and email consent laws, in the form of their new personal data privacy laws. The new Connecticut privacy law, along with new privacy laws in Colorado, Virginia, and Utah, all require consent before you can send targeted advertising to someone whose personal data you have acquired.
Spam Trigger Words: Do They Exist or Don't They? Here's the Deal
Here's why you should never send email "from" an email address that doesn't exist, and why an email address from which you send email needs to be real. Once upon a time somebody - somewhere - somehow decided that it would be good idea to send email to their mailing lists using an email address in their "From:" field that didn't really exist. But sending email "from" an email address that doesn't really exist is a spectacularly bad idea. In fact, it may even qualify as the Epic Fail of "from" email address ideas.
Spam Trigger Words: Do They Exist or Don't They? Here's the Deal
Why would people who request your email, maybe even pay to receive your email, still report it as spam? Here's why. By way of example, we have a customer who sends email out on behalf of a very large, very well-known institution in the financial investment world. Some of these mailings lists are paid mailing lists. By which we mean that the users paid to receive these emails. And yet, they still report it as spam. Why would they do this? Here's why.
Spam Trigger Words: Do They Exist or Don't They? Here's the Deal
Here's one way to tell transactional email vs marketing email: have a court slap you for putting what it says is advertising or marketing content in your opt-in confirmation email. This court decision happened inside the EU, however it is also a cautionary tale for anyone in the U.S., or Canada, or really anywhere that has national email marketing laws.
Spam Trigger Words: Do They Exist or Don't They? Here's the Deal
Did you know that certain popular buzzwords can actually hurt your deliverability when used in your email subject line? No, we're not talking about so-called 'spam trigger words', although those are still a thing despite what some may say. And did you know that personalization in your email subject line (and even in your opening salutation) can also hurt your deliverability?
Spam Trigger Words: Do They Exist or Don't They? Here's the Deal
Email address confirmation messages are those messages that email senders who use best practices send to people who sign up for their mailing lists. The purpose of the email confirmation message is to confirm that the person actually wants to be on, and consents to being put on, your mailing list before they get added to the mailing list. The problem is, some email senders see confirmation messages as a place to slip in a little advertising.
Spam Trigger Words: Do They Exist or Don't They? Here's the Deal
Here's a fun "what if" game, play along with us: What if the boss gave you $10,000 to improve your brand's email marketing ROI? How would you spend it? What would you do? Well, for us that was a no-brainer. But before we tell you how we would spend that $10k, and why, let's cover some basics.
Spam Trigger Words: Do They Exist or Don't They? Here's the Deal
If you send email, especially email marketing or other bulk email, then there are the two things that your business contracts must contain, even in the U.S., to be not just GDPR compliant, but GDPR-proofed.

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