Good morning, marketers, and welcome back.

We hope you all enjoyed the holiday weekend, to the extent permitted by circumstances anyway. Maybe you spent part of it indoors catching up with your non-work emails. Offers, discounts, rewards? Yes, email marketing lives.

That was the main theme of a report which just dropped from the DMN and Pure360 (the latter has email marketing in its portfolio, and so has skin in the game). Email engagement is the highest it’s been in five years is the headline. Click-to-open rates and delivery rates have increased since 2015. The report suggests that this might be related to more proactive and efficient management of lists, post-GDPR.

Open rates saw a slight decrease, but remain above the five-year average. Do you open marketing emails? Someone must be doing it. Let me know: 

Kim Davis,
Editorial Director

Social Media

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Ad fraud prevention firm CHEQ enters PPC market

CHEQ, the cybersecurity firm offering an ad verification solution for impression-based programmatic, has launched a solution for paid search and paid search advertising channels called CHEQ PPC.

With most digital ad spend going to paid search and social, this represents a significant expansion in CHEQ’s offering, against a background of increasing click-fraud. Twenty percent of clicks are non-human or otherwise fraudulent, according to a recent study commissioned by CHEQ.

CHEQ joins a number of other companies in the space, including ClickCease, Clixtell, ClickGuard, TrafficGuard and PPC Protect.


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MarTech Minute

Facebook delivers voter registration info to all U.S. users

Starting tomorrow, the social platform will pin voter registration to the top of the news feeds of U.S. users of voting age. The information provided will include a link to the user’s home state’s registration website, or a link to an alternative non-partisan source if the state does not display registration information online.

Facebook also plans to hold registration drives this summer, including on Instagram and Messenger. “We want to use our platform to empower voters to make the ultimate decision themselves, on election day,” said Nick Clegg, VP of Global Affairs and Communications.

Why we care. Against a background of fierce criticism and high-profile boycott by advertisers, Facebook tries to do something right. 

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