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1 CiviMail Best Practices March 7, 2011

2 is Still King " continues to be the core way in which money is raised and volunteers are driven to go to events.... In terms of response rates, will come out on top. - Joe Rospars, Blue State Digital

3 3 3 3 Complexities of Sending » 78% of all sent is considered SPAM » Its annoying to consumers and it is problematic to ISPs » ISPs utilize a variety of different measures to reduce the level of SPAM, unfortunately this creates additional legwork for digital marketers » Mechanisms for Combatting SPAM ISP Throttling IP Blacklists and Whitelists SPF (Sender Policy Framework) Feedback Loops » Chances are if you are sending out through your web host a large portion of your is not being received » Free utility to check:

4 4 4 4 CiviMails Shortcomings » No ISP throttling » Bounce processing libraries out of date » No support for SPAM feedback loops from major ISPs » Requires a lot of expertise to setup the proper infrastructure » Sending speed is greatly determined by your server configuration » Running CiviMail on shared hosting accounts is often problematic But dont let that discourage you…

5 5 5 5 Why Use CiviMail » CiviMail is still a very powerful engine » With the proper setup CiviMail can reliably deliver 250,000+ s/hour But the real reason to use CiviMail is… » It offers one centralized database for all of your contacts No importing and exporting No 3 rd party APIs Just the ability to to your donors, your event attendees, your petition signers, your volunteers, your contacts that like pistachio ice cream at anytime anywhere without having to call in the IT swat team and data wranglers » The more personal and relative you make your s the higher your conversion rates will be

6 6 6 6 Scalability: Whats Possible # Threads

7 rd Party MTAs Price: $ $ per REST API for Feedback Loops Control panel to monitor sending No limits on simultaneous threads Project Code: https://github.com/e motive/CiviCRM- sendgrid-integration Price: $ $ per REST API for Feedback Loops Control panel to monitor sending 10 Threads at a time Project Code: https://github.com/e motive/CiviCRM- socketlabs- integration Price: $ $ per REST API for Feedback Loops Control panel to monitor sending Reputation Management

8 8 8 8 Dashboard Analytics

9 9 9 9 Feedback Loops » Failed Messages (messagesFailed) Utilizes unified failure deliver codes to sort hard/soft bounces Places hard bounces in group in CiviCRM Hook on the CiviMail process marks all people in the bounce group as on hold in CiviCRM before it calculates the total number of messages Comcast, Time Warner and Charter all use soft bounces to flag SPAM > Socketlabs can work with you to get your IP cleared if you have been flagged » Spam Messages (messagesFBLReported) Supports AOL, Hotmail and Yahoo Marks each as Do Not in CiviCRM preventing them from ever being contacted using CiviMail » Multi-site/client configuration available with a small hack on outbound mailing code » Google does not provide any feedback on SPAM » API Documentation: https://www.socketlabs.com/od/api

10 10 Our Mail System Setup Cloud Sites Database Server LAMP Stack with Civi and Drupal Qmail Mail Relay

11 11 Available Modules and Resources » Check for Blacklisting: » Check your Sender Score with Returnpath: https://www.senderscore.org/https://www.senderscore.org/ » Setting up a SPF Record: » ISP Resources AOL Postmaster: Yahoo Postmaster: MSN/Hotmail Postmaster: » Feedback Loop Modules Send Grid: https://github.com/emotive/CiviCRM-sendgrid-integrationhttps://github.com/emotive/CiviCRM-sendgrid-integration > Looking for people to help debug/test! Socketlabs: https://github.com/emotive/CiviCRM-toolshttps://github.com/emotive/CiviCRM-tools » ReturnPath Blog:

12 12 Questions and Discussion » Contact Information Matthew Briney emotive, llc (703)


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