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Marketing best practices for your B2B or B2C business has seen many dramatics shifts in the past few years, with the advent of the web, with the proliferation Google’s AdWords product, with blogging and social media, email marketing and more. As new channels continue to develop at increasingly rapid rates (you do have your Vine strategy together, right?), it is helpful to periodically review marketing fundamentals to ensure that campaigns are following time tested rules that ensure success. Message match – the practice of making sure your message match – landing pages for every campaignfollow up to a campaign is in sync with the campaign that generated the interest, is rapidly being accepted as a fundamental in the online world. Boingnet believes that the once clear lines between online and offline campaigns have disappeared, and that if marketers aren’t using dedicated, campaign specific landing pages for every campaign, online and offline, they are squandering opportunities to connect and generate leads and sales.

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A recent study that was highlighted over at MarketingCharts.com showed many of the ways that marketers today are working to make sure that their email lists are of the highest quality. With the huge investment in email marketing that brands and smb’s are making, and the risks associated with developing a poor deliverability score with ISP’s, the costs associated with poor list quality have escalated. In fact, the survey states “With respondents saying that the quality of their subscribers is as important as overall ROI when gauging their email program’s effectiveness”. As a result of the understanding that list quality is so important to the success of email marketing, marketers have utilized a plethora of techniques to both capture accurate email addresses from likely responders as well as update those addresses (people change jobs – alot) to keep their lists growing and accurate.

A new report from Epsilon titled Q1 2013 North America Email Trends and Benchmarks report highlights several new & distinct trends. Overall, open rates improved from 27.4% in Q4 (a previous high) to 31.1% in Q1, while open rates bounced up to 5.1%, after spending 2012 in the 4% range. Great news for marketers who rely on email marketing to drive messages and campaigns. However, the real news is the numbers within the numbers. Triggered Emails (Drip Marketing in Boingnet version 2 parlance) have absolutely exploded in terms of use and effectiveness.

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