how to increase email deliverability
Email deliverability is one of the most important parts of your email marketing strategy. It’s easy to send an email, but ensuring that it gets delivered to the inbox is another story. In this post, we’ll talk about how to increase your sender reputation and make sure your emails get delivered so your target audience can read them.
How to increase your sender reputation
- Avoid using all capital letters and excessive punctuation in your subject line.
- Have a consistent From name and From address.
- Following email marketing, best practices will help you keep your sender reputation high, like avoiding spammy practices like sending emails too frequently or with low relevance to the reader. If you are unsure about what is considered spammy or not, check out this guide: How to be an Email Marketing Expert by GetResponse’s Content Marketing Manager, Pierre Lecourt.
1. Avoid using all capital letters and excessive punctuation in your subject line
To avoid having your email marked as spam, you should keep your subject line clean and professional. Avoid using all capital letters and excessive punctuation. Instead of writing “URGENT: Please respond immediately!” write “Please response needed by Friday.” This will help ensure that the reader knows this is important but not life-or-death urgent.
Also avoid using words like “free,” “sale,” or other spammy terms. These can be blacklisted by some ISPs, causing the messages to get blocked permanently rather than just temporarily filtered into a junk folder. As a general rule of thumb, if you wouldn’t say it out loud on an elevator ride with strangers around you at work or school without feeling embarrassed then don’t put it in your email subject lines either!
2. Have a consistent From name and address
Email deliverability measures how well your emails are being received and is an important part of your overall deliverability strategy.
To increase email deliverability, you’ll want to ensure that your emails’ From name and From address are consistent. Consider using the same From name and address on all emails sent from your account.
Additionally, do not use more than one domain for sending messages from Gmail; instead, create separate accounts for each domain you use for email campaigns.
3. Follow email marketing best practices and stay away from spammy practices
- Don’t use auto-responders! If you’re sending a welcome email, then send it only once. Most email providers will flag your account if you continue to send the same message multiple times in a row.
- Avoid sending emails to people who haven’t opted in. Did you know that it’s illegal for companies to send unsolicited commercial emails (aka spam)? If you’re sending an email campaign, ensure all recipients have explicitly given their consent by opting into your list first.
- Don’t attach anything! Attachments can get caught up with spam filters and prevent any of your other messages from reaching inboxes as well as they could’ve otherwise. This also means no links or images; plain text should do the trick now!
- Keep subject lines clean and concise! Use words like “promotion” or “special offer” instead of vague terms like “newsletter.” If people don’t know what they’re signing up for, they won’t stick around long enough until they figure out what’s coming next down the line later on down there after we’ve left this place behind us right now today but not tomorrow…
4. Use an email service provider or an SMTP relay to send emails
You can use an email service provider (ESP) or an SMTP relay to improve your email deliverability. An ESP allows you to send emails through their shared IP addresses instead of yours, making it look like they are coming from them.
If you’re confident in your technical skills and want complete control over sending emails, consider using an SMTP relay. An SMTP relay is a gateway that forwards messages on the internet by using your server instead of sending them directly from your site’s IP address.
Make sure you are following email marketing best practices
Here are some ways you can improve your email marketing:
- Make sure you’re following email marketing best practices. Don’t send spammy emails, don’t use all capital letters, and don’t overuse exclamation points or question marks. Also, always ensure you’re sending email campaigns to people who have opted in—you shouldn’t be contacting customers without an explicit request from them first.
It is important to understand that sending emails is a service and as such, you must comply with the laws and regulations of your jurisdiction. In addition, when using email marketing tools, you need to ensure that your service provider follows best practices.