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Welcome to S Squared, the digital marketing blog of Shaw + Scott. We’re your go-to source for staying looped in on the industry’s most innovative trends and brand strategies. We cover the latest and greatest in cutting-edge marketing insights, helping you to navigate the digital spectrum-and take your program to new heights.

Let’s face it, marketers have a tough job. They’re constantly anticipating the needs of millions of customers on a daily basis. They’re always leveraging data and learnings from prior campaigns and conversions, often times throwing darts, hoping something sticks at the right moment. Sometimes we find the mark, and sometimes we don’t. Either way, there’s one group of decision makers that will always hit the mark, the customer.

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Did you know that one of the biggest mistakes in promotional email marketing is driving traffic to your home page? Why is this not a good strategy? Because the purpose of a home page is to start the conversation. In an email campaign, the conversation has already started and a landing page is a continuum to that conversation. Why not help users to quickly find what they’re looking for and make a conversion that will quantify your email campaign?

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First and foremost, all of us at Shaw + Scott hope this holiday season has been filled with joy, laughter and beauty. As we look back on the year, there is so much for which we are truly grateful.

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I’m currently helping a subdivision of a larger parent company with their onboarding process. Recently, this client asked if they should have their own dedicated IP address, or if they should send their emails via their parent company’s existing IP address. My first thought was that of course each company should have its own IP address.

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In my last article I encouraged email marketers to focus on creating quality, value-based content experiences before focusing on fine-tuning tactics, such as send-time-optimization. Regardless of when an email is sent or opened, customers look at the sender first and immediately decide whether or not your message has enough value to bother opening (subject lines come a distant second).

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