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Apple to Support BIMI in Native Mail Applications

Apple Mail recently announced BIMI adoption within its email applications in iOS 16 and MacOS Ventura. In September. Apple will become the most recent email client to support BIMI.

Why adopt BIMI?

BIMI gives email recipients more confidence in messages they receive and helps them avoid fraudulent emails by forcing senders to utilize new technologies to make email more secure.

BIMI gives marketers and businesses enhanced branding opportunities by attaching the company’s logo to verified messages in the inbox as a reward for adopting DMARC email security technologies. Your customers will trust your correspondence more and your brand will be enhanced.

What is BIMI?

BIMI, or Brand Indicators for Message Identification, is a DNS-based email technology that allows a company to specify a logo for inbox providers to display in an email client. Email providers, such as Gmail, Yahoo Mail, and now Apple Mail, can show this logo to their users in the subject line of certified messages from the sending company. If you receive a legitimate email from Yahoo!, for example, this logo will appear:

How do I get BIMI?

BIMI requires DMARC. Before you can get your logo displayed in Apple Mail’s inbox, you need to get your email fully DMARC compliant, then apply strict DMARC policies. Becoming DMARC compliant is a process, but it is very beneficial and strongly recommended. You need to know who is sending email on your behalf, ensure they are properly configured with both SPF and DKIM, and regularly monitor DMARC delivery reports to understand DMARC compliance.

Once your verified email sources are fully DMARC compliant, you can start enforcing stricter “Quarantine” or “Reject” policies with your DMARC configuration. Inbox Providers like Yahoo!, Google and now Apple Mail will only attach a BIMI logo to your email if the email is DMARC compliant and you have a “100% Reject policy”.

Need Help with BIMI and DMARC?

Checkout your BIMI configuration

Our free BIMI Lookup tool searches for a BIMI record for any submitted domain name. If a record is found, it is shown in detail after a series of diagnostic checks are performed against the record. For example, below are the results for chase.com.

Get DMARC Compatible!

To maintain the highest levels of email deliverability using DMARC, businesses like yours need a proven Email Delivery management system, such as MxToolbox Delivery Center. Our Delivery Center provides valuable insight into your email delivery status and the continual maintenance necessary to sustain peak performance, including:

  • Manage SPF, DKIM, DMARC, and BIMI to improve compliance and reduce the threat of fraudsters and phishing campaigns using your domain.
  • Review daily volume and SPF, DKIM, and DMARC compliance rates to ensure the best email deliverability.
  • Implement Feedback Loops (FBLs) to gain unique data on how your recipients view your emails and when they mark them as spam.
  • Gradually move your DMARC policy to “Reject” to enable better inbox placement opportunities and reduce the risk of phishing and fraud using your domain.
  • Manage the ongoing requirements of maintaining optimal levels of email deliverability and security.

Want more assistance? MxToolbox has a Managed Services offering to get you DMARC compliant and maintain the highest levels of email delivery.

BIMI Lookup Tool

MxToolbox is excited to announce the unveiling of another free tool for your use: the new BIMI Lookup tool. This innovative tool enables you to test your Brand Indicator for Message Identification (BIMI) records, ensuring that your BIMI record is correct and adheres to the current standards.  A missing or incorrectly formatted BIMI record means your customers may not see your domain’s logo in their inboxes. 

What’s BIMI and Why’s It Such a Big Deal?

BIMI is an industry-wide standards effort to display brand logos next to the brand’s email messages in their customer’s inboxes as indicators of trust to help message recipients recognize and avoid fraudulent emails delivered to their inboxes. This new standard, which is currently in beta testing, is important to email senders and their customers alike. Businesses get a prime opportunity to add trust to the emails they send and increase the visibility and ROI of their email programs, while recipients also benefit from senders deploying DMARC and other BIMI authentication standards to reduce the success of phishing attacks.

BIMI builds off of DMARC, with some outlets calling it DMARC 2.0, and will only display if you have deployed DMARC. Several Oath brands (Yahoo!, AOL, etc.) are currently beta testing the BIMI standard with their mailbox users. Gmail will also be rolling out their own beta test of the BIMI protocol in 2020. With Gmail’s current 1.2 billion worldwide users able to see a company’s logo displayed within a year’s time, adopting the BIMI standard will be highly beneficial to your business email practices. As DMARC and BIMI work in tandem to improve message delivery, it becomes imperative your brand utilizes these pioneering email technologies and standards.

How MxToolbox’s BIMI Lookup Tool Works

The new BIMI Lookup tool allows you to check for any errors included in your BIMI record published content, syntax check content, DMARC record format, or image format content. By entering your company’s domain name and clicking the “BIMI Lookup” button, this diagnostic tool will parse the BIMI record for the supplied domain, display its BIMI record, and run a series of diagnostic checks against that specific record. The provided results will help you recognize any current issues in your BIMI record’s setup that may prevent your logo from being displayed in Yahoo!, AOL, and Gmail (early 2020) inboxes.

To learn more about BIMI and how it’ll benefit your business, please click here.

Ultimate Combo

MxToolbox’s free BIMI Lookup tool is a great way to ensure your BIMI record is setup correctly and displays your logo as intended. BIMI provides your business an opportunity to grow your brand and protect your customers. Implementing this standard and monitoring it with our new tool are positive steps in improving your business email delivery. Don’t let your messages be sent to the Junk folder anymore.