e-mail marketing service handles almost everything except your specific message content. The company designs an e-mail template based on your preferences, website, and logo. So for future mailings, you can just change the text for a new message.
Emma imports your contact list as an Excel spreadsheet file. Even better, the service cleans up bounced addresses and duplicates automatically, saving you time from culling the database. Additional features can target recipients based on their geographical location or alert you if your message seems likely to trigger spam filters.
And after you send messages, tracking tools can return helpful information. How many people opened your e-mail? Which links--and placement--were the most clicked? How many people forwarded the note to a friend? In all of these cases except the final one, you can see the specific people who responded. Plus, Emma stores these details so that you can compare results from different campaigns.
All of that automated tracking magic comes with a few caveats, however. Like other services that return similar information, Emma relies on HTML messages to report reader feedback. If recipients have turned off automatic HTML image downloading-- for simplicity and security--Emma doesn't know if they opened the e-mail to read the plain-text instead. Plus, the forward-tracking feature relies on an internal link; Emma doesn't know if someone manually clicked Forward in Outlook.
A 2007 said that people block HTML images in e-mail 59% of the time. So you'll miss actual data from the majority of results, but you could still roughly extrapolate from that 41%.