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Mike Donnelly

Mike Donnelly

Founder and CEO - Seventh Sense
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7 Ways Seventh Sense is Good for Your Health

Posted by Mike Donnelly Oct 3, 2018 3:52:19 PM

 Do you feel stressed? You're not alone.

80% of marketers feel overloaded and understaffed and 1 in 4 say they experience "high stress" on a daily basis. Salespeople are stressed too. According to Hubspot, seven in ten sales managers say “challenging” is the number one way they’d describe their role.

I guess it's not surprising that some of the most common feedback we get from customers is that Seventh Sense makes their lives less stressful. Higher ROI from email is great, but its the "email insurance policy" that comes with sending email out over a longer time drastically reduces the likelihood of those "high stress" moments.

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Topics: send time optimization

8 Reasons NOT to Use Send Time Optimization

Posted by Mike Donnelly Aug 29, 2018 9:47:00 AM

It’s no secret I’m a big fan of using machine learning to improve the email experience for marketers, salespeople and their customers. But the truth is, send time optimization is NOT for everybody.

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Topics: send time optimization

Update: The Best Time to Send Email Has Been Found

Posted by Mike Donnelly Jul 26, 2018 5:12:10 PM

(Warning, this blogpost may contain sarcasm)

I get asked the question “what's the best time to send email?” on a regular basis. I’m happy to report there is finally a clear-cut answer:

5pm on Tuesday.

Yes. According to Inc. Magazine after analyzing 1.5 billion emails,

Smart Focus found the answer, the best time to send email is 5pm on Tuesday. Read More

Topics: send time optimization, eCommerce Email Marketing, Email Marketing

Are you still playing punch the monkey? (and why you're probably still sending too much email)

Posted by Mike Donnelly Apr 5, 2018 3:46:34 PM

Between revelations about Facebook logging Android data and Mark Zuckerberg set to testify before Congress about Cambridge Analytica, Facebook had a bad month.

“Any social media platform, in time, is going to become MySpace,” said Sabretooth Advisors chief investment officer Scott Freeze in a recent MarketWatch article“Nobody young uses Facebook.”

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Topics: Email Marketing

3 Easy Ways to Improve Your Account-Based Marketing

Posted by Mike Donnelly Feb 26, 2018 10:52:00 AM

Account-based marketing (ABM) has marketers and sales teams working together to examine the business issues facing the target prospect, map them to individuals, and tailor campaigns and sales efforts to address those issues at all levels.

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Topics: Account Based Marketing, Email Deliverability

The Five Levels of Send Time Optimization

Posted by Mike Donnelly Feb 12, 2018 6:18:04 PM

The origin of email goes back to 1971 when even the smallest computers required a wheelbarrow to transport. In the early days, computers were a tool used for a limited set of tasks, they were part of a job for some, but it was the introduction of the Blackberry, iPhone and Android in the 2000’s that brought our inboxes to our pockets.

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Topics: send time optimization, Email Marketing, Email, send time personalization

How to Keep Your Emails Out of the Promotions Folder

Posted by Mike Donnelly Jan 31, 2018 12:55:45 AM

I recently read a blog post by Seth Godin Please don't kill the blogs, which is an "open letter" to Google where he expresses his frustration with the way gmail has been putting his subscribers blog notifications in their "Promotions" tab instead of in the Inbox.

While I sympathize with Seth's frustration, Google, Microsoft and other ESP's (email service providers) are waging a war on spam. Many marketers still treat email as a commodity channel and blast away. 

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Topics: send frequency optimization, Email Deliverability, Email

Marketo Timezone Sending vs. True Send Time Optimization

Posted by Mike Donnelly Jan 17, 2018 5:13:58 PM

For Marketo users with email lists spanning multiple time zones, enabling the new recipient timezone sending feature on email marketing campaigns is a no-brainer. Without recipient timezone sending enabled, your Marketo mail blast sent out at 9 am EST will reach your west coast readers at 6am.

If your list consists solely of early rising CEO’s, this is perfect, but most data shows open rates peak between 8-10 am.

Wait til 9 am PST?

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Topics: Email Marketing, marketo, marketing automation, send time optimization

The Missing Link to Email Marketing Success - Email Frequency Optimization

Posted by Mike Donnelly Dec 10, 2017 12:34:37 AM

Why do we send marketing emails? To educate, inform and have our subscribers engage.How often is too oftenEmily loves email. In fact, she runs a company whose primary customer outreach is via email! Her inbox overflows on the weekends. During the week she tries to dig out so she can stay on top of business, but it’s always a challenge.

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Topics: HubSpot, Email Marketing, send time optimization, send frequency optimization, send frequency personalization, send time personalization

Is Email Marketing a Commodity?

Posted by Mike Donnelly Aug 17, 2017 12:10:08 AM

As an entrepreneur with a vested interested in email, not so long ago I’d argue with anyone that email marketing wasn’t a commodity. A recent conversation with an industry colleague changed my perspective. Looking at Merriam-Webster, a commodity is a ‘mass-produced unspecialized product’. By that definition, the sending of old-fashioned email blasts is clearly a commodity. Everybody can (and likely does) do it.

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Topics: Email Marketing, Email Deliverability, Email