Monthly Archives: March 2015

Gmail Promotions Tab Grid View How To

Pinterest for the Gmail Promotions Tab; That is what most are calling the new image grid view

UPDATE: Unfortunately this trial was cancelled by Gmail. The Gmail Promotions tab imagery will not become available

Using these options currently available to email marketing lists, here is what an email from ESPN might look like:

Screenshot of ESPN email in the Gmail Promotions Tab gridview

Here’s the skinny on how to create images, brand logos and text within this new Gmail feature:

The new layout offers 4 sections: Featured image, the Sender Image that is pulled from the G+ page, the email Subject line and the From name.

Gmail promotions tab gridview layout suggestions

Featured image: The featured image must be at least 580px x 400px

Sender image: This is the image profile from the Google+ verified page that you want to display on your Gridview tab.

Subject: 75 characters or less to avoid truncation

Sender name: 20 characters or less to avoid truncation

Larger images will be resized to be as small as possible while ensuring both its dimensions are greater than or equal to the corresponding dimensions of the available area.

Both the sender name and subject line would of course come from your own email fields.

So far the Gmail specification for Gridview only mentions JPG files. Don’t ask me if you can use a GIF file with animation yet, we don’t know. I actually hope not!

Currently enabling this feature in your own Gmail Promotions Tab is only available via the Gmail Promotion Tab field trial here…

The full specification with both JSON and Semantic markup for Gridview is available here…

The easiest method for most marketers to add this code to their emails is going to be with semantic markup and that can be found on the developers page link above by clicking the “Microdata” tab.

Google developers Gmail Gridview semantic markup

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Screenshot of email whitelist instructions app

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Why Even The Slightest Email Spam Filters Matter

6 1/2 Years Ago (to the day) Trend Micro Blocked My Site On A False Positive – I Ignored It As A Small Insignificant Mistake On Their Part And In The End, That Was A Major Mistake On My Part

You see, blocking of any type is indicative of a much larger problem, and usually it only gets worse. Most only think in terms of direct consequences, as I did in 2008.


image of trend micro blocking my site in the browser

Most emailers just want to get off blocklists and proceed to try to get what they see as a “false positive” removed and go back to mailing and making money.

I did the same in 2008. I just wanted to go back to making the $5,000 a week I had worked like a dog to build my business up to back then.

That is a great goal, and sure; we are all here to make money.

But being listed in spam filters -even in a small way- is really a Heads Up moment not to be ignored.

So let’s say you are being blocked in some small way. You will often see other blocking appear in a URL Blocklist later, when your emails send out links to the site. Or use the “from address” that are in the prior supposed “Insignificant” earlier blocking.

And then the slide begins. You begin to see SpamHaus blocking you, you begin to see short term listings in Barracuda Networks, or worse yet, in BackScatter.

But you will never actually -SEE- this occurring. Instead you will see open rates plummet, sales dropping off from your list and of course your CTR rate will plummet.

Now that you have the headache you will begin to look for a cure and guess what? An aspirin is not going to cure this one, it is here for good and it will just keep getting worse.

I have been through this with so many clients over the years. In the end it turns out that it is usually something really stupid and silly. Something totally unrelated to your core business that you would have never thought mattered.

Bottom line here guys, is if you are beginning to see spam filters of ANY type nipping away at your emails? Well then it’s time to sit down with your team, look at your entire business from your subscriber’s standpoint and see what they are seeing.

Why? Because opt in or double opt in list or not: Spam is in the eye of the beholder and it is not you, not the Anti Spam community that is blocking you or even in control of the blocking.

Today more than ever your own subscribers are in control of your email delivery. And when it comes to plying the Enterprise level filters that are out there today?

Well, they will side with not your subscribers that open, click and love your emails. They will side with the machines that say you sent spam.

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