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Social Media + Email

[RESEARCH] Email. Social Media. Together?

When marketers think about email marketing and social media marketing, they don’t often think of the channels as a cohesive unit. In a lot of companies, the teams are split up. Sometimes, the email team will be in the marketing department and the social media team will be in the communications department. Either way, email and social are often siloed, limiting the impact of both the reach and ROI of both.

At Movable Ink, we’re curious about how marketers are integrating email and social today. Are you adding social buttons to emails? Are you promoting social media campaigns right to your audience’s inbox? What social channels are proving to be most effective?

In our survey, The State of Email + Social 2015, we’re hoping to answer these questions and more. Want a copy? Fill out the survey and sign up for our email newsletter, so we can email you the completed report!

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YouTube was voted the coolest social network.

Weekend Reading: The “Coolest” Social Network & Instagram’s API

 Happy Friday!

At Movable Ink, it’s been another busy one. This week, we released Inkredible5, Spring Edition, to showcase five great emails that are making use of our contextual marketing platform. We also talked about the importance of API integrations for email and analyzed the research from Google about this thing called “micro-moments.”

This week, Instagram announced some major advertising initiatives and that included making API integrations available to a roster of partners. Read about that and more in this weekend’s reading:

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Instagram can help engage email subscribers.

3 Reasons to Use Instagram Photos in Your Emails

When you get an email from a brand, you’re not used to seeing anything that’s all that surprising. Maybe it’s about a sale, maybe it’s about an event. Either way, no one really gets a rush from checking their inbox.

Social media, on the other hand, is something that is constantly unpredictable and exciting. That’s why more than a quarter (28%) of the average user’s time online is spent on social networks.

That doesn’t necessarily mean social channels are more profitable. Email ROI is still much higher than social media. What marketers should really strive to do is integrate live social media feeds right within the inbox. That way, you combine the engaging power of social with the ROI power of email.

Instagram, as a visual medium, is especially powerful. Here’s why:

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Instagram & Email Marketing: The Power of the Contest

Instagram + Email

Combining social media channels with email marketing campaigns has always been a delicate art for some and a total headache for others. Some companies have totally different social media teams and email marketing teams. That means that strategies and content often aren’t in alignment. And, consequently, the channels operate in a silo.

But what if you could combine the rapid-fire mobile engagement of a channel like Instagram with the dedicated, direct touch of email marketing campaigns?

Integrating Instagram content within an email can help grow both channels.

Instagram is the fastest-growing social network today, outpacing Pinterest, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook. Last December, the social network announced a milestone of 300 million users.

So how can brands make the most of Instagram and supercharge their email marketing campaigns in the process?

One way is to host a contest. Here’s how Saks Fifth Avenue did it:

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B2B Social Media Marketing: Why Facebook is the Worst

B2B Marketing Facebook v. Twitter v. LinkedInSometimes, it seems like Facebook is Gretchen from “Mean Girls.”

Just like Gretchen was trying to make “Fetch” happen, Facebook keeps trying to make “Facebook marketing for B2B” happen. 

But Facebook has a few things going against it – mainly that a lot of corporate Facebook posts don’t actually appear in a user’s news feed. On average, about 16% of your fans see your posts.

We wanted to give Facebook the benefit of the doubt, though. Recently, we hosted a webinar, “The Definitive Guide to Contextual Marketing.”  To make sure that we let as many people as possible know about the webinar, we ran paid social media marketing campaigns on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Far and away, Facebook was the worst B2B social media marketing channel we used.

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The Inkredible Five, Spring 2014: Five Exceptional Examples of Agile Email Marketing


Spring is finally here, and with it comes a brand new edition of The Inkredible Five, featuring some of the most inspiring examples of agile email marketing yet!

  • 7 For All Mankind’s gorgeous and immersive “Dreaming in Blue” campaign
  • The Wall Street Journal’s magic email that always displayed the latest news
  • Lilly Pulitzer’s “Lunch at Lilly” campaign that made purchasing online or over the phone easier than ever

Get your copy today to see how these top brands and others combined their ingenuity with Movable Ink’s technology to create memorable and engaging email experiences that stood out in the inbox.

Ready to be inspired?

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7 For All Mankind “Dreaming in Blue” Email with Video and Real-Time Instagram Feed

7 For All Mankind Dreaming in Blue Spring Collection 2014 Email with Video and Instagram

Click image to experience how the video plays within the email and to see how the latest Instagram photos using #DreamingInBlue are displayed.

One of our favorite examples of Agile Email Marketing we’ve seen recently comes from 7 For All Mankind, the international fashion brand best known for its premium denim jeans, popularly referred to as “Sevens.” This email tied into the company’s current broader marketing initiative around the spring line of denim, “Dreaming in Blue,” and used video and a real-time Instagram feed to create an eye-catching email experience.

The development and execution of this email campaign was a collaborative effort between the marketing team at 7 For All Mankind, their e-commerce partners at OneStop, and our Client Experience team at Movable Ink.

I caught up with Lyanne Loriz, E-commerce Analyst for 7 For All Mankind, to get more info on this “dreamy” campaign.

Brooke Burdge, Marketing Manager, Movable Ink: What was the main goal of this email?
Lyanne Loriz, E-commerce Analyst, 7 For All Mankind: We recently launched a new marketing initiative to promote our spring collection, “Dreaming in Blue,” which is now live on 7forallmankind.com. This email was an opportunity for us not only to increase awareness of the new spring collection, but also to broaden the reach of assets we’ve already developed, like the “Dreaming in Blue” video. (You can check out the video here).

BB: How were you sharing videos through email before using Movable Ink’s technology?
LL: Previously, we used a static video still with a “faux” play button in the center that linked over to YouTube when clicked. Using Movable Ink, we were able to power the full video and audio to play directly in the inbox. If subscribers opened the email on any clients that did not support HTML5, they saw either an animated gif which still offered a video-like experience, or in few cases, a static image that linked over to the full video. We were easily able to deliver the best video experience possible to each of our email subscribers, and simultaneously increase the ROI of the “Dreaming in Blue” video that we had already produced for other purposes.

BB: What inspired the use of a live Instagram feed in this email? Did you see any increase in your followers as a result of this campaign?
LL: We’re always looking out for opportunities to tie social media into email, and new ways to integrate all of our marketing channels. Our social media team has been busy publishing beautiful blue-themed photos on our Instagram channel, @7FAM, using the hashtag #DreamingInBlue and so have many of our fans. We felt the ability to add a real-time feed of the latest posts with that hashtag into the email was a great way to share those images, and also to hopefully increase our social media followers.

Typically, our Instagram followers increase by about 40 or so each day. In just the two-day period after this email campaign was launched, we gained 335 new Instagram followers, so our average daily increase in followers grew 320% immediately following the launch of this email.

Have questions about this campaign, or interested in learning more about the possibilities of Agile Email Marketing technology? Reach out to us at contact@movableink.com or request a demo of our platform.

Top Takeaways from the MarketingSherpa Email Summit – Day 2

MarketingSherpa Email Summit 2014 Las VegasLast week, we shared a few of our top takeaways from day 1 of the MarketingSherpa Email Summit. After spending another day with email marketing’s brightest minds, we left the summit feeling energized and ready to take new ideas and put them into action. So that you can do the same, below is a recap of a few more of our biggest takeaways from the event:

1. Test, learn, adapt, repeat.
To discover what factors make someone say “yes” and convert—whether that conversion action is opening an email, a click-through, or making a purchase—marketers must “always be testing” along every stage of the sales funnel. With each campaign we launch, we’re faced with two options: go with our gut instinct and do what we think will appeal best to our audience, or conduct tests so that we can let our customers tell us what actually interests them.

During a few presentations, the audience was asked to guess “which test won” and vote for which image, call to action, subject line, etc. would outperform another. Sometimes we guessed correctly, and sometimes we learned that our hypothesis, for whatever reason, turned out to be incorrect.

The only way to know for sure whether a hunch is right or wrong is to test. Every test is a learning opportunity to fill a particular knowledge gap you have about your customers. A/B testing doesn’t have to be time-consuming. With real-time creative optimization, marketers can test and optimize emails on the fly. Check out this case study to see how The Taunton Press was able to double click-through rates using real-time creative optimization.

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Emails We Love: Lilly Pulitzer’s #hoorayforspring Campaign with Social Media and Local Maps

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Ready to trade in your snow boots for sandals, and dark colors for warm pastels? Although spring weather may not be here just yet (at least not here at Movable Ink headquarters in New York!), it’s never too early to start getting excited about the warmer months ahead.

We love how this agile email marketing campaign from Lilly Pulitzer made clever use of social media to create excitement around the new Spring 2014 collection, and also incorporated real-time geo-targeting to show each subscriber the nearest store location.

Lilly Pulitzer encouraged recipients to share what they love about the new spring collection by using #hoorayforspring on Instagram and Twitter. The latest tweets using that hashtag were displayed directly in the email. To make it as easy as possible for subscribers to engage with the campaign, a click on the “Tweet Now” button prompted a tweet with the hashtag pre-populated and ready to send. If a subscriber opened the email on mobile, the tweet loaded directly in the Twitter mobile app using deep linkingWant to test out deep linking to Twitter for yourself? Just click the email image here to share this post!

This campaign also used real-time geo-targeting to display a local map and address information of the nearest retail location where subscribers could shop the spring collection. The store information and map is determined and populated instantaneously at the moment of every email open.

Interested in learning more about how Agile Email Marketing technology from Movable Ink made this campaign possible? Reach out to us at contact@movableink.com or request a demo.