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Mike Donnelly

Mike Donnelly

Founder and CEO - Seventh Sense

Recent posts by Mike Donnelly

3 min read

Just Say No to A/B Testing

By Mike Donnelly on Feb 21, 2020 2:27:37 PM

It seems every article I read on “top email marketing tips” or “email marketing best practices” extols the virtues of A/B testing. Always be testing seems to be the mantra in many marketing departments. I’m about to make a bold statement that many may disagree with: Most marketers, especially in the SMB space, shouldn’t be spending resources running email A/B tests.

Topics: Email Deliverability send time personalization
4 min read

HubSpot's Smart Send vs Send Time Optimization

By Mike Donnelly on Jan 29, 2020 12:00:00 AM

A few years ago, HubSpot released a feature called Smart Send, which is basically the ability to send marketing emails at the same time, across timezones- something numerous email marketing software providers had available, and many customers were asking for.  As an early HubSpot app partner, we've gotten a lot of questions, centering around, "How is HubSpot's smart time zone sending different from what Seventh Sense does for HubSpot customers?"

Topics: HubSpot send time optimization time zone sending
7 min read

Intelligent Email, Deliverability Protection and More

By Mike Donnelly on Jun 6, 2019 3:05:27 PM

Over the past several years, Seventh Sense has primarily focused on helping businesses, organizations and educational institutions, use AI to understand and automate the process of sending emails to their audience at the most optimal time.

Topics: Artificial Intelligence Email HubSpot Email Marketing marketing automation marketo
3 min read

My list is bigger than yours.

By Mike Donnelly on May 16, 2019 11:05:43 AM

It’s vanity...it’s social proof…no, it’s subscriber counts!

First and foremost, I’m all for social proof as it’s one of the most valuable assets any company can have. 

Topics: Artificial Intelligence Email Email Marketing marketing automation
5 min read

An Experiment: Sending Email at the Worst Time vs. Personalized Times

By Mike Donnelly on Mar 22, 2019 2:13:01 AM

What would happen if we sent our monthly email newsletter at the worst engagement time vs. using send time optimization over 24-hours?

Topics: Email Marketing send time optimization send time personalization
2 min read

Marketo Timezone Sending vs. Send Time Optimization

By Mike Donnelly on Dec 20, 2018 1:46:11 PM

For Marketo users with email lists spanning multiple time zones, enabling the 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?

Topics: Email Marketing marketing automation marketo send time optimization
1 min read

7 Ways Seventh Sense is Good for Your Health

By Mike Donnelly on 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.

Topics: send time optimization
4 min read

8 Reasons NOT to Use Send Time Optimization

By Mike Donnelly on 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.

Topics: send time optimization
2 min read

Update: The Best Time to Send Email Has Been Found

By Mike Donnelly on 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.
Topics: Email Marketing send time optimization eCommerce Email Marketing