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Hot off the press! The Inkredible Five, Summer 2013

Inkredible Five Summer 2013

The best agile email marketing campaigns of Summer 2013.

Each season, the Movable Ink team honors five innovative brands who are breaking the mold with agile email marketing campaigns that truly stand out in the inbox.

The Summer 2013 edition of The Inkredible Five includes examples of exceptional emails that incorporate video, social media, live inventory, and even real-time weather information to create deeply engaging experiences.

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Emails We Love: ESPN’s ESPYS Awards

The email included live tweets from fans who used the #ESPYSBestTeam hashtag. (Click image to view full-size.)

Over 2 million sports fans tuned in to ESPN last week to watch The ESPYS, an annual awards show that recognizes excellence in sports performance. In advance of the show, ESPN launched this engaging agile email marketing campaign to encourage fans to vote for the best team. The email shown here was sent to a segment of subscribers who had previously identified the Miami Heat as their favorite team.

The email included live social media chatter from fans who used the #ESPYSBestTeam hashtag on Twitter, updated in real-time. A pre-populated tweet with the #ESPYSBestTeam hashtag was launched when a recipient clicked within the body of the email. If the email was opened on a mobile device and the Twitter app was detected as installed, the pre-populated tweet loaded directly within the Twitter app itself versus on a default mobile browser. Learn more about deep linking in mobile email here.

Once the awards were announced, the live tweets section of the email changed to reveal a summary of the winning athletes and teams (if you’re curious, the Miami Heat took home the ESPY for the best team).

Check out more examples of social emails on our Pinterest page.

Emails We Love: TV Land’s “Hot in Cleveland” Live Season Premiere

Hot In Cleveland

TV Land created this highly-engaging email to promote the season premiere of “Hot in Cleveland,” a sitcom starring Betty White, using Movable Ink’s agile email marketing platform.  Here are 5 reasons why we love this email:

  1. Live show using live content. The first episode of the new season of “Hot in Cleveland” was aired live. By creating an email using live content, TV Land successfully added to the real-time nature of the season premiere.
  2. Streaming countdown clock showed the days, hours, minutes, and seconds left until the show started.
  3. Deep link to Twitter app on mobile allowed fans to wish the cast well before the live show with a pre-populated tweet.
  4. Live stream of latest tweets showed the real-time social chatter that included the #HOTLive hashtag.
  5. Embedded video of the “Hot in Cleveland” cast played directly within the inbox, with no need to launch an external media player or web browser.

For more examples of engaging emails, check out other Emails We Love. Questions? Reach out to us at contact@movableink.com.

Is Mobile the Trojan Horse of Social-Email Integration?

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There has been plenty of discourse on “mobile-email” and “social-email” integration, but are marketers taking full advantage of the opportunity to tightly integrate all three?

As our infographic from March 2013 revealed, as many as 69% of B2C enterprise email marketing campaigns are viewed on smartphones or tablets, with desktop representing just 31% of total opens. In addition, recent research from Forrester forecasts that by 2018, the number of U.S. social media users accessing Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn on mobile devices will exceed 200 million (to put that number in perspective, the total U.S. population is currently about 315 million). Forrester also noted that the share of time spent on mobile social networking apps continues to increase, and social media apps are among the top apps that smartphone users use.

So how can marketers make all three of these popular digital channels—mobile, social, and email—integrate more seamlessly? 

Forward-thinking email marketers are doing this by deep linking to mobile apps. We covered deep linking last month (check out the blog post: “Deep Linking in Email Marketing: How it Works, and Why it Rocks!”), and shared a few examples of how brands like Comedy Central, Seamless, and American Eagle Outfitters have used deep linking to promote downloads and usage of their brand’s own mobile apps in email campaigns, and have seen great results.

But the macro-trends point to another, major untapped opportunity: Deep linking in email to native-installed social media apps that are ubiquitous on most users’ mobile devices—like Facebook and Twitter. The chances of these apps being on your users’ phones is greater than your own mobile app being installed, after all.

How it works: A mobile email user can click on the Facebook icon next to your logo, and be brought directly to your company’s page inside his or her installed Facebook mobile app, as opposed to prompting www.facebook.com to open in their mobile browser. Yet, if they opened the same exact email on a desktop, www.facebook.com would open. Movable Ink’s technology can detect the open device and check for mobile app installs all within milliseconds, allowing for an optimal user experience.

Twitter stands out as a unique social media use case for deep-linking. We’ve helped leading consumer brands enable pre-populated tweets in email by using deep-linking to the Twitter app. For example, an email recipient can “click to tweet” and if on a mobile device, their Twitter app will open with a pre-populated tweet of the marketer’s choosing. If the recipient opens the same email on a desktop, www.twitter.com is loaded with the same pre-populated tweet ready to send out. Customers can more easily engage with brands on Twitter, and marketers can prompt consumers to share specific language, links, or hashtags.

We’re excited about the ability to deep link to social media apps on mobile, and see this innovation as a game changer for marketers who are hoping to integrate their digital channels. Let us know what you think in the comments below, or reach out to us at contact@movableink.com with any questions or thoughts.

Deep Linking in Email Marketing: How it Works, and Why it Rocks!

We were excited to hear that Twitter unveiled new “Twitter Card” types at its latest developer conference last week. These cards enable “deeper linking and engagement into other apps you may have on your phone.”

According to a post on Twitter’s blog:

“One of the most important features in the new Cards is the ability to allow users to download your app (if the user doesn’t already have it installed), or deep-link into your own app (if the app is already installed on the user’s mobile device). The ability to enable app installs and deep-linking is globally available across all Twitter Card types…”

The beauty of deep linking is that it eliminates extra clicks, brings content closer to consumers, and enables people to more easily take the actions they intend on taking. This eliminates friction from the process of taking action (for example, launching and using a mobile app), resulting in more people actually taking the action that you’d like them to.

We’ve been a big fan of deep linking at Movable Ink for a long time now, and proudly offer it as a core feature of our Agile Email Marketing platform.  Below, Movable Ink’s Co-Founder and CTO Michael Nutt explains how the technology works:

“Deep linking in email works like so: When you create an app and submit it to the app store, you can register what are called “protocol handlers” that are name spaced to your company, for example Facebook’s is fb://.  Anytime someone clicks on a URL using the protocol handler and they have your app installed, the app will open and receive instructions within the URL to launch a specific action – for example, opening a Facebook message composer with a pre-written note. However, if someone clicks on the URL and your app is NOT installed, they will receive an error message indicating that there are no registered handlers for that protocol.

Movable Ink enables deep linking in email while avoiding the error-message problem using an iframe technique in a web page. When an email link is clicked, a web page is loaded, and the iframe’s source is set to the protocol handler URL. If the app is already installed, it launches immediately. If the app is not installed, the click – rather than returning an error message – automatically directs the user to download the app. Failing both those conditions, a timer will trigger after half a second in order to seamlessly redirect the user to a mobile web page.  This creates an optimal user experience across all possible situations.”

Here are some recent examples of emails that leveraged device detection with deep linking from Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report,” Seamless (the food delivery experts), and American Eagle Outfitters.   You can also read a case study about Seamless’s use of deep linking to increase app downloads by 50% and food delivery orders by 90% here: http://www.marketingsherpa.com/article/case-study/email-mobile-app-downloads.

If you’d like to learn more about deep linking in email, give us a shout!