Is your email going to Spam?

Many of our customers hear about us because their business partners tell them that a message failed to reach their inbox or was found in the spam or junk folders.  The typical cause:  a blacklisted sending IP address.  While monitoring for blacklisting is fundamental for preventing email going to spam, inbox providers are now using more technologies to prevent spam from reaching their users.  You need to step up your game!

MxToolbox is here to help

Inbox providers like Google, Outlook and Yahoo! now scan incoming messages for spammy content or words, phrases, domains, and financial requests that are frequently found in spam.  Our SpamAnalyzer tool allows you to get insight into the spammy nature of your content and make changes before you send an email to your customers.

How does it work?

Create you email in your standard mass emailing platform and send yourself a test email.  Locate the email and view the email source.  Copy the email source and paste it in our SpamAnalyzer tool.

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We run over 700 different types of analyses on your email and provide a detailed report on the tests.  Our report gives you the opportunity to improve your email setup and email content to give you a better chance to have your email land in inboxes and not in spam folders.

Other tools

MxToolbox focuses on providing tools and technologies to help our customers get their legitimate email to their customers, suppliers and partners.  If you are experiencing problems with email going to spam, we highly recommend a multi-step approach:

  • Check all your senders regularly for blacklisted IP addresses and domains (see Adaptive Blacklisting for our unique approach)
  • Make sure all your email senders are in your SPF record
  • Setup DKIM for all email senders
  • Setup DMARC to get feedback on your email
  • Enlist a DMARC analysis service (like MxToolbox Delivery Center) to get insight into the feedback you are receiving on SPF, DKIM and DMARC compliance and the emergence of fraud and phishing attacks using your brand
  • Analyze outgoing emails for signs of spam with SpamAnalyzer
  • Enroll in Feedback Loops to get direct customer feedback

 

A Case of Fraud and Phishing

Companies large and small are potential victims of fraud and phishing using their brands and domains.  If you leave your business unprotected, it is simple for hackers and fraudsters to leverage your domain and brand to email your customers scams.  Companies in banking, financial services and investment advice are at particular risk due to the potential for immediate financial loss.

MxToolbox Experts are here to help you prevent damage to your brand and improve your email deliverability.  Leveraging new email technologies, such as DKIM, DMARC, BIMI and others, our Managed Services team helps businesses worldwide with email deliverability and protect against fraud and phishing.

A recent Investment Advisory case study shows how MxToolbox can help:

  • Leveraging DMARC best practices to aid email deliverability
  • Improving SPF, DKIM and DMARC compliance rates
  • Implementing strict DMARC policies to prevent Fraud and Phishing
  • Dramatically Improving Email Open Rates

Read the Case Study

Case Study: Financial Services Company

MxToolbox has a decade plus history of improving email deliverability for our customers.  Occasionally, one of our customers provides insight into exactly how we helped and what it means to their business.

The recent results from a Financial Services company illustrates the way our Managed Services teams increase email delivery and open rates to generate business value.

Highlights include:

  • Implementing DNS best practices to aid email deliverability
  • Improving Email Delivery Rates
  • Dramatically Improving Email Open Rates

Read the Case Study

The End of a Blacklist – BSB

On Friday the 17th of April, the blacklists BSB and BSB Domain shutdown.  When a blacklist goes offline, it typically returns a positive blacklisting event for every IP address or Domain inquiry.  This is standard but can be a bit alarming for users.

What that means for you?

All of our Monitoring and Delivery Center customers suddenly had a notification of blacklisting on BSB or BSB Domain.  This is normal.  MxToolbox has removed BSB and BSB Domain from the list of blacklists we check.  All notifications that we previously sent of blacklisting by BSB and BSB Domain can be ignored safely.  If BSB and BSB Domain return to action, then we will evaluate adding them back into the list of blacklists we search.

The Importance of Email Delivery Management

Blacklisting is not the only reason why your email may be denied or tossed into a Spam or Junk folder.  Blacklist monitoring is the beginning of good email delivery management.  In addition to monitoring your email for blacklisting, you need to:

  • Monitor your DMARC, SPF and DKIM configurations for compliance with industry standards
  • Regularly monitor the blacklist reputations of all your senders; not just your own IP addresses, but every CRM, Marketing Automation, Order Management, Support Ticketing and other sending system.
  • Actively monitor and manage the DMARC compliance rates for your legitimate senders, eliminating non-compliant senders if needed.
  • Monitor DMARC compliance rates for Fraud and Phishing attacks using your brands

MxToolbox Delivery Center provides you with the capability to manage your Email Deliverability, reducing the chance that your email will be dumped to spam or junk.  Check out Delivery Centertoday, or Contact Sales for a Walkthrough of Delivery Center Managed Services.

 

Email still going to Spam and Junk?

There are many reasons an email can end up in a Spam or Junk folder.  While no system can promise 100% inbox delivery, there are things that our experts can help you with that dramatically improve email deliverability.  Let’s take a look at a few reasons why emails fail to arrive and what can and cannot be done to correct it.  

DMARC Compliance

First, if you aren’t monitoring email delivery, then you don’t know what your DMARC compliance rates are right now.  If you are say around 75%, that’s 25% of your email that fails to make it to the server, much less the inbox.  MxToolbox can help there.

Second, our DMARC compliance rates (and many of our Managed Services customers) are around 99.8%, some of the highest in the industry.  With the volume of email we send in a week, that’s still several thousand emails that fail compliance.

There are many causes of DMARC compliance issues.  Some you can control through better configuration (our specialty), some you cannot control. For example, if you have a large amount of forwarded email, SPF and DKIM will often break, making that email non-compliant.  The newly released ARC standard is starting to help reduce that breakage, however.

Blacklisting

Email sender blacklisting is still an issue.  If your email sending tools are blacklisted, then some of your email will be blacklisted.  It happens and reduces delivery rates. Again, if you aren’t monitoring it, you don’t know about it.  We know that some of our sending IPs were blacklisted in recent emails, which may send some email to spam or junk.  If you are monitoring blacklisting for all your senders, then you can identify problems with these senders and address them either by working with your sender to improve their blacklist status or finding a sender with a better reputation.  Our Adaptive Blacklisting give our customers insight into the blacklist reputation of all your senders.

The Appearance of Spam

Finally, some emails appear spammy to standardized spam rules that inbox providers apply.  This is something MxToolbox tests for before every email broadcast. You can test emails too, with Spam Analyzer.  

However, custom spam rules and customer behavior are something that no emailer can get around without feedback from users.  For example, Gmail applies custom spam rules based upon some image attachments and Outlook.com appears to automatically junk email from senders that you routinely delete without opening.  Fortunately, many inbox providers are leveraging feedback loops to provide insight to legitimate senders about their users’ behavior.

Conclusion

No email delivery tool can promise 100% inbox placement.  Email Delivery is a complicated balance leveraging existing and emerging technologies to help you business communicate your message.  Our Experts spend their days working with these technologies to help our customers improve their email delivery.  

If you have learned something from this, then maybe you can trust us to help you. 

My Favorite Tools

If you are like many of our users, you have a favorite tool or set of tools that you run often.  Our customers have informed us that the “More” page is the most bookmarked page of MxToolbox.com and the one most likely for them to access to do work on a regular basis.

Introducing Favorites

In March, MxToolbox added a feature to our More/NetworkTools page that allows registered users to save a set of favorite tools.  Now, you can save a set of tools that you use frequently and access them through the “My Favorite Tools” tab.

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Add a Favorite Tool by clicking the heart icon on any tool.

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And, boom, you have favorites.

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Use Favorite Tools to save yourself time and effort when using MxToolbox.  Enjoy!

 

Announcing Bounceback Reporting

Emails bounce.  It’s a fact of email marketing that some percentage of your emails will not make it to the intended customer, partner or vendor.  Inbox providers are leveraging more and more technologies to prevent spam, malware and phishing attempts from making it to their users, which means there are more reasons to bounce email.  Email bouncebacks come in many forms:

  • Malformed email addresses
  • Email addresses that do not exist
  • Email box is full
  • Bad forwarding addresses
  • Blacklisted senders
  • SPF authentication failures
  • DKIM signature issues
  • DMARC authentication problems

With all these complicating factors, inbox providers have gone beyond the RFC standards in creating response codes for bounced emails.  Businesses need to keep abreast of these new responses in order to actively manage their email deliverability.

MxToolbox Bounceback Analyzer

MxToolbox experts focus on helping legitimate email senders get their mail delivered.  Our newest tool, Bounceback Analyzer, leverages our expertise in email to give you insight into the many reasons your email may be bouncing.

How does it work?

When you get a bounceback email from an inbox provider, simply copy the email and submit it to our Bounceback Analyzer tool.  Our tool will diagnose the reasons for your bounceback with our unique centralized repository of bounceback messages that span hundreds email provider responses.  Even better, if we don’t have the bounceback response in our library, the tool will let us know so we can go get it.

The Importance of Managing Email Deliverability

Your business will suffer if you are not actively managing your email deliverability.  How can you effectively communicate with your customers, vendors and partners if your email never reaches their inboxes?

Actively managing email delivery involves:

  • Monitoring Blacklist issues with your email senders
  • Monitoring and managing your email DNS configuration – MX, SPF, DKIM, DMARC and BIMI
  • Monitoring and managing SPF, DKIM and DMARC compliance rates
  • Researching Fraud and Phishing using your email domains
  • Investigating Bouncebacks
  • Leveraging Feedback loops
  • Keeping track of Email Deliverability standards and technologies

MxToolbox Experts constantly monitor trends and technologies that benefit email deliverability and incorporate those in our products.  MxToolbox Delivery Center is the best tool to actively manage your email deliverability, leveraging all of our expertise in a central integrated platform.