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Machine Learning and Data Science (xx) Love at Movable Ink

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Here at Movable Ink, we’re serious about gender equality. We are excited to support initiatives aimed at bringing more women into STEM fields by getting involved and supporting community efforts advocating this cause.

This past week, Movable Pink hosted the inaugural event of the NYC Women in Machine Learning and Data Science meetup. This group fosters informal discussions on machine learning and data science related topics, with the purpose of building a community around women in these fields. The inaugural event consisted of a series of lightning talks and culminated with a keynote delivered by Claudia Perlich, Chief Data Scientist at Dstillery. If you have not heard of Claudia yet, let’s just say she’s a data science rockstar, and some of her accomplishments include the Advertising Research Foundation’s (ARF) Grand Innovation Award and being selected as a member of the Crain’s NY annual 40 Under 40 list.

Lightning talks – Some interesting machine learning/data science topics were covered by speakers from the industry. With a span of 5 minutes each, the lightning talks covered the following topics:

  • Fashionably Data – speaker Anna Smith
  • Big Data and Hadoop – speaker Esther Kundin
  • Python Map Reduce vs Scalding – speaker Emily Samuels
  • Clustering Ferguson – speaker Dara Elass

Who attended? We had a diverse attendance, spanning both the industry and academic scenes. Some of the represented groups include:

  • Columbia university
  • NYU
  • Acxiom
  • Blenheim capital
  • Bloomberg
  • Distillery
  • Metis
  • RentTheRunway
  • Spotify

We were excited to see such a great turnout and vivid enthusiasm around machine learning and data science topics. Stay tuned for future events from the NYC Women in Machine Learning and Data Science meetup. Meanwhile, take a moment to check out some of the event pictures here.

The Solution to iOS 8’s Video Problem

A few weeks ago we discovered that Apple had changed the way it rendered HTML 5 videos in email on iOS 8 devices.

Here’s a recap. Let’s say you used agileEMAIL to embed a video in your email (because we know including videos within email makes it more engaging). When subscribers opened your email, your video would appear as a poster image with a play button, but the video didn’t play within the email itself. On top of this, your subscribers had no easy way to reach the video’s targeted landing page once video playback was complete.

It isn’t clear that Apple will revert back to the way they used to handle video in email—so our Engineering team crafted a solution within agileEMAIL that works with iOS 8 AND improved on the user experience!

Here’s how it works:

  • • When subscribers open an email with an embedded video, the video poster image appears with a play button.
  • • When the play button is tapped, QuickTime is launched within the mobile version of Safari, and the video plays in fullscreen mode.
  • • In addition, you can now direct subscribers to the video’s targeted landing page—after video playback is complete, your subscribers can tap “Done” followed by the browser’s back button. This launches the video’s targeted landing page within Safari, making it faster and easier for your subscribers to reach the video’s landing page.

If you have any further questions about this, please contact your Client Experience team, or email support@movableink.com.

Movable Ink Announces Responsive Design For agileEMAIL and Inkbrush.com!

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Go From Concept To Code, Generating Email-Ready HTML In Minutes

We are excited to make a big product announcement this morning! The team here at Movable Ink has worked hard on the latest innovation in email design, and now through agileEMAIL, Marketers can generate fully responsive email templates going from campaign concept to email-compliant HTML in minutes. With a simple upload of their templates, marketers can send emails that render optimized formats and content for desktops, mobile phones, and tablet devices. The new responsive design product is available for marketers to use today, and has been built into agileEMAIL’s Workflow tools as well as Inkbrush.com.

“agileEMAIL has helped us improve the effectiveness of our email and gotten us great results,” said Coleman Easley, Email Marketing Manager at Excentus. “We are excited to use Movable Ink’s new responsive email tools to further improve the quality of our messages to take advantage of our rapidly increasing mobile traffic. Movable Ink enables us to send rock solid email that is optimized for our members to consume at any time on any device.”

“One of the hottest topics we get asked about is responsive design for email,” said Vivek Sharma, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Movable Ink. “We’re excited to offer marketers a bulletproof solution to design and code their emails, ensuring they are optimized for the device a subscriber uses to read it. It is a great complement to agileEMAIL’s real-time content and email optimization capabilities, and a new tool for marketers to add to their toolbox. Marketers want to spend less time writing code and more time bringing their creative ideas to life.”

Key capabilities of agileEMAIL’s new responsive design solution include:

  • - Automatic email-compliant HTML code generation
  • - Create re-usable responsive email templates
  • - Device detection for optimal email experience
  • - Email compatibility reports on major email clients
  • - Intuitive hosted email design for desktop and mobile templates
  • - Build from HTML, PSD, JPG, PNG, or Gif files
  • - Email version control for mobile and desktop
  • - Centralized link and content management for email
  • - Seamless integration with email service providers

Click here to learn more about the new responsive design announcement and here to view the full press release.

Announced in July 2014, Inkbrush, by Movable Ink, is a hosted email design and coding solution, that is easy and fast to use, and free forever.

For more information about driving email ROI by personalizing emails in the moment, contact us at contact@movableink.com or at 1-800-270-6033.

Apple Pay + Email: Reducing the friction to purchase

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Yesterday Apple announced that Apple Pay will arrive on Monday October 20th along with the iOS 8.1 update. This is exciting for marketers and further puts an emphasis on the ever-growing importance of mobile. With Apple Pay, consumers can complete purchases by simply scanning their finger on their iPhone (6 or 6 Plus) or iPad (Air 2 or Mini 3). It’s being championed as the solution that will start the consumer shift to mobile payments. But what does that mean for you, especially for your email program?

We’ve cooked up some potential email Apple Pay integration ideas that could be possible through agileEMAIL when iOS 8.1 is released on Monday. With agileEMAIL, you can target by operating system and optimize content for the device it’s read on. These are key capabilities when driving usage of a new mobile payments solution.

1. Use Email To Drive Participation with Apple Pay.

There’s a land rush now to be the first payment provider in Passbook. When a subscriber running iOS 8 opens up an email, target them with a message to add a payment method to use with Apple Pay. Deep link from the message right into Apple’s Passbook where the subscriber can scan in their credit or debit card using the iPhone’s or iPad’s camera.

2. Click To Buy Buttons In Email

Fewer clicks and less data entry mean more purchases. Click to purchase buttons aren’t new in email, but now you can link your emails to Apple Pay and remove steps on the path to conversion. After clicking in an email, take the consumer right to the shopping cart or straight to the checkout page where they can use Apple Pay. Working towards this will reduce clicks and abandonments on mobile.

3. Geo-Target Subscribers Near Stores That Accept Apple Pay

iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users can take advantage of Near Field Communication (NFC) to use Apple Pay to complete their purchase at the store, rather than pulling out their credit card to swipe. Use agileEMAIL to geo-target consumers, displaying local maps or lists of nearby locations that accept Apple Pay. You can even provide a coupon to add to Passbook to redeem in stores that accept it. This can be a highly engaging way to capture that user and drive clicks to bricks.

On Monday when Apple Pay launches, keep in mind that not all iOS 8 users will be able to use it. Plan your campaigns accordingly. We know this much though – demand for devices that support Apple Pay is high. Over 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus units were sold on the first weekend these devices were available and by the end of the year they’ll be sold in 115 countries. Furthermore – the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 launch alongside iOS 8.1 on Monday. Apple Pay has the potential to be a huge hit.

Click here for a demonstration of how agileEMAIL will help you take advantage of Apple Pay.  If you have any questions, we’re glad to help.  Contact us anytime at contact@movableink.com.

How Recent Gmail Changes Impact Mobile Deep Linking In Chrome

mobileoptimizerLast week, we hosted the latest in our series of agileEMAIL tutorial webinars, this one on integrating social media features like live Twitter feeds and deep linking into mobile apps. Deep linking is a powerful way to drive subscribers to your various social channels, and we’d like to fill you in on some recent updates Google has made to Chrome that affect how deep linking works on Android devices.

First, if you’re directing Android users to a mobile app in your emails but they don’t have the app installed, users are now directed to the app’s download page on Google Play; this means that they can’t be taken to a default URL that you specify. In addition, when you’re setting up deep linking for Android, you must now use an app link scheme called an Android intent, which requires you to specify the package that’s associated with the app (for more information on this, see App link structures for mobile deep linking and Deep linking into Android apps on our Support Center).

To accommodate these changes, we’ve updated agileEMAIL to fully support the new app link scheme required for Android.  If you have specific questions about this, please each out to your Client Experience team directly, or contact us at support@movableink.com.

For more information, please send an email to us at contact@movableink.com.

Introducing Movable Pink!

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We are excited to announce Movable Pink!  This Spring we officially launched Movable Pink, the women’s employee network here at Movable Ink.  Last Wednesday we took Movable Pink public with the first external event, in the form of a networking cocktail party for women in Digital Media and Tech. – check out the pictures and recap here: www.MovablePink.com.

Stay tuned for more information on future Movable Pink events and great updates on this new blog.

The Movable Pink Team

The Future of Live Email: Agility In Action

Screen Shot 2014-07-22 at 1.20.06 PMWe’re going on the road and headed for the 2014 Experian Client Summit this week!  The focus of the conference this year is to deliver strategies for engaging today’s hyperconnected consumer through relatable, memorable and sharable customer experiences. Speakers will have a chance to tell their story and how they are addressing some of the new challenges in an “always-on” world.

Movable Ink was selected to host a session on the advances made in email and how retailers, brands, and agencies are addressing them in the real world today.  On Thursday July 24, 2014 at 2:30 pm, our CEO Vivek Sharma will take the stage to host “The future of live email: Agility in action.”  Speakers from Bass Pro Shops and The Finish Line will share how they are bringing life back to the inbox while solving some classic targeting, segmentation, personalization, and cross-channel issues that faced them while creating and executing campaigns.  This session is geared toward sharing their story, and showing how you too can optimize your emails after you click send.

The future of live email: Agility in action

Featured Speakers: 
Vivek Sharma, CEO, Movable Ink
Aaron Buchanan, Email Marketing Manager, Finish Line
Todd Jones, Manager of eCommerce, Bass Pro Shops 

2014 Experian Client Summit, Las Vegas, NV
Thursday July 24, 2014
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We would love to see you there!  If you are attending the show, or if you are in Las Vegas and want to say hello, reach out to us at contact@movableink.com.  The full agenda for the 2014 Experian Client Summit can be found here.

 

Hello Inkbrush!

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Back in January we announced the acquisition of Mailrox and now there’s some exciting news to share about what’s been happening since then.  Mailrox is a cost effective web based email design solution that allows marketers to easily turn graphic designs into fully coded HTML email marketing messages. In the last few months, we have been hard at work integrating Mailrox into agileEMAIL’s Workflow to further enhance the development, content, and relevancy of email. Vast improvements to the interface have been made and now it’s even easier to send emails that sense and respond to consumers in real-time (letting you truly market in the moment).

Today, we are ready to release a new and improved version to the world. Mailrox.com is becoming Inkbrush.com and it launches this afternoon!  Inkbrush.com will maintain all the great and intuitive aspects users have come to know from Mailrox.  It will continue to be a web based email design and coding solution, with one small twist. It’s free to try! You get up to 3 free email templates each month, and can upgrade to agileEMAIL at any time.  We’ve even enhanced Inkbrush with:

-A massively improved UI
-Edge detection for precise slicing
-PSD file upload and transfer of slices
-Support for email versioning
-Easier export of bulletproof HTML to your email service provider
-A brand new support forum

In the January announcement, our CEO Vivek Sharma said “Thousands of email marketers, designers, agencies, and developers have already used Mailrox to spend less time coding and more time being creative, and we are thrilled to add this simple but powerful technology to our portfolio.” We are making the most of the enhanced technology and are excited to launch Inkbrush.com, officially capping off the integration of Mailrox into Movable Ink. All Mailrox account data and logins will seamlessly work and be available on Inkbrush.com as soon as it goes live.

So please join us in saying “Hello Inkbrush!” and visit www.Inkbrush.com for your email design needs.

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This is a big milestone marker in the evolution of email marketing. To read the full announcement press release click here.  We are excited to hear what you think, please send us your questions, comments, and thoughts at contact@movableink.com.  We are glad to help out!

Email Works…But We Can Do Better

The Case For Better Email

These are exciting times for digital marketing. The rules of the game are changing, giving marketers more agility, and our customers have a higher expectation of us because of it. They want better, more engaging experiences with your company no matter if they are in the store, or using their computer or phone to browse your website, read email, or surf the web. The “connected consumer” wants you to know them and cater to them, but also wants to strike a balance between what you know about them and making it personal for them. A lot of advancements have been made in website and advertising technology to take advantage of behavioral targeting and such, but what about email?

Email is the only channel where consumers raise their hand and say “yes, please market to me.” But only one in five will open promotional email. What gives? We know that when we send more email, we make more money. But is that the answer? According to the 2013 edition of an annual consumer insights study conducted by the e-tailing group, only 22% of consumers are willing to be contacted by email more than four times during the month after visiting your site. Yet 74% say they want to receive email during that time. In April 2014, Redshift Research discovered that 39% of consumers will opt-out if they are sent email too frequently. Yikes!

Keep sending email, but it’s time to send better messages. Email needs to adapt and respond to what is happening in the moment, where a consumer is, and what device they are on. The same e-tailing group study shows that that 3 out of 4 consumers want to receive personalized messages that do just that, and not just in newsletters, but across the buying lifecycle, especially in abandonment and transactional email. This notion is further supported by Harris Interactive’s 2014 work that shows that 81% of US Consumers shop more frequently in the store and online as a result of targeted emails. The answer is to strike a good balance between what you want to say and how often you want to say it.

Email Tactics Used By Marketing Professionals Worldwide Feb 2014

It’s clear that consumers want “better email” from you.  How can you provide it? eMarketer recently released the top email marketing tactics used today in our industry. Over the next few weeks, we will provide you new and innovative ways to address them including content development, real-time testing and targeting, social integrations, mobile optimization, streaming live content into email, and overall creating better email at scale. Keep coming back to the Movable Ink blog to learn more about how you can market in the moment, keep email fresh by responding in real-time to your consumer, and ultimately drive more sales throughout the year.

 

Movable Ink Enables Marketers to Optimize Email Campaigns for Gmail’s New Promotions Folder “Grid View”

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Movable Ink today announced the industry’s first solution for boosting open rates in Gmail’s new Promotions tab “grid view”.  New features within the agileEMAIL platform will enable marketers to auto-optimize and personalize featured images on every open of the Promotions tab with the visual grid view enabled, resulting in higher open rates and more conversion opportunities.

Key features include:

  • Automated A/B testing. Test multiple versions of featured grid view images on the fly, and automatically set campaigns to display the best performing images to the majority of recipients.
  • Image personalization. Include a recipient’s name, birthday, anniversary, or other personalized content into the featured image to make messages stand out from other promotional emails. (This information cannot be viewed in grid view images as plain system text – it must be embedded in the image itself).
  • Contextually relevant content. Display featured images that are contextually relevant to a recipient’s time, location, device, or local weather conditions.
  • Countdown clocks. Display time remaining to take advantage of special sales.

Gmail’s elegant new ‘grid view’ format presents email marketers with an unprecedented opportunity to engage with recipients, and the new features we are announcing today will give them the ability to move the needle on boosting open rates in a way that was never before possible!

To learn more about Movable Ink’s agileEMAIL platform and our new Gmail grid view optimization capabilities, visit www.movableink.com/request-demo.