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How To Create Lists and Import Subscribers Using GreenArrow’s API and Ruby

A minute automated is a minuted earned.

Automation can be such a life-saver—after all, a minute saved is a minute earned. GreenArrow's APIs are robust and powerful, and allow you automate a variety of tasks (mailing list management, transactional email, modifying settings, etc.) There are so many options, in fact, it can be a bit mind-boggling. Today, we'll make sense of two auto-magical, time-saving tricks I have for your email list and subscribers. 

We’ll be using Ruby, but we’ve used a clean syntax recognizable to most developers so that it can be translated into other languages without much trouble. 

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Matt Rideout
By Matt Rideout
on June 13, 2018
     

Cloud or On-Premise: Which is Right for Your Email?

You say "Tomato," I say "Cloud Management"

Cloud Computing. I remember hearing this term everywhere in 2008 when I was racking and deploying dozens of servers in my datacenter job. One day I was “setting up racks of servers” and the next I was “building a cloud,” according to my product manager. Did we suddenly have the powers of Zeus? Would my day-to-day radically change? Um, no and not so much. Did I add, “Managing the Cloud” to my resume? Heck, yes.

It’s been seven years since I racked my last server and now I help customers get launched in our own, (wait for it), GreenArrow Cloud. These cloud-type buzzwords that were initially empty and meaningless to me now fill my every day. However, here at GreenArrow we also provide an On-Premise solution. Which leads to the number one question we get asked ("What’s the difference?") and then the number one follow-up question ("Which one is right for my email?") If you’re wondering too, then read on! I'll make it short and sweet.

Manage Your Domain Reputation with Google Postmaster Tools

Can it really be this easy?

I love details, and I love numbers. Makes sense, right? I’m a developer. Details matter because they define our work. But much as I love details, I also love simplicity. There’s an elegance to simplicity that, if done right, can make for better and more powerful solutions to complicated problems. One great example of this is Google Postmaster Tools’ reputation system. It’s surprisingly basic, and yet it works wonders in email deliverability. 

In this post, I'll explain the benefits of the system and give you a few pointers to help you get the most out of it.

8 Ways Working Remotely Brings Us Together

 

My Grandma Thinks I'm A Hacker

People can develop amusing views of what "working from home" means. For example, when my grandmother came for a visit, she asked about what I do at work. So I showed her by remotely connecting to a server and viewing some of its settings. Her takeaway from that experience was revealed the next time she visited—she asked if I “still break into people's computers at work”.

9 Email Statistics You Shouldn't Ignore

Is Your Email Sending Ready For Prime Time?

Have you ever watched the game show, Jeopardy!? Contestants face a big board full of clues in random categories that pop-up without advance warning, and have five seconds to sort through a lifetime of knowledge to come up with the correct answers.  Sometimes email marketing can feel like the game of Jeopardy!, especially when rolling out a new email campaign. There is the potential for big gains—you might even stumble onto a Daily Double!—but when the categories are unfamiliar and there’s stuff you don’t know, it can be easy to get stressed out.

Now imagine you know the categories ahead of time. Today's post is kinda like that. We've compiled nine important email statistics – and a bonus cheat sheet! – that will help you make sense of your email delivery data.

Email Domains and Deliverability: How Setup Affects Your Sending

Hammering Out Which Domain To Use

When sending email, domains are a key part of how people remember and experience your brand. For example, if your company (named “ACME”) primarily sells anvils, you would be wise to include the words “acme” and “anvil” in the domain name that you send your emails from. Simple stuff, I know.

But what if your business sells multiple things or has multiple departments? What if you have multiple sub-domains to manage? And what if your company grows from a one-man consulting firm to a software team and needs to update the domain name it's been using? (Actually that's us, and we know it. Look for a domain name change in 2018.)

As you can see when it comes to domains, things can get complicated. But whether you’re getting launched on GreenArrow, or another email platform, or whether your biggest customer is Wile E. Coyote—we have some helpful tips below. (Because like the Roadrunner, GreenArrow is also known as Accelerati Incredibilus.)

SMTP Relay Service or Dedicated IP—Which is best?

In our digital age, reputation is key. 

If you’re like me you check and compare online reviews all the time. I check before visiting a new restaurant, choosing a new doctor or even when I’m buying a simple kitchen tool on Amazon. Chances are you've thought about how nice it might be to have access to the resources and reputation of a much bigger company. 

And in the world of email, you can do exactly that! SMTP relay services such as Amazon SES, SendGrid, Sparkpost or GreenArrow Cloud offer access to their reputation. These services can, therefore, be a very useful tool in your email sending toolbox, but they're not for everybody. Today’s post gives you the pros and cons of do-it-yourself vs. outsourcing your email.

How Cryptography Protects Your Data (& What You Can Do Today)

Lock It Up (But Don't Throw Away The Key)

As we readied this post for publication in September 2017, Equifax announced a security breach that impacted over 145 million U.S. consumers. As I checked my social security number, I had a flashback to 2014, when a group called "Guardians of Peace" leaked information from Sony Pictures. The Sony leak included personally identifiable information of employees, salary data, copies of upcoming films, and emails containing confidential information. 

Incidents like these are a good reminder of why we need to take cyber-security seriously. Turns out the Equifax breach was caused by a failure to patch a two-month old bug, however the proper use of cryptography could have reduced the scope of what was compromised at Sony Pictures. Below you'll find a crash course on cryptography, with an eye to explaining how we keep our data secure

Four Ways Routing Rules Will Redefine Your Email Sending

What's a Routing Rule?

If you send email using VirtualMTAs (which allow senders to send email from multiple IP addresses), you already know the importance of having a configuration that works for your specific business needs. For many senders, setting up a single IP address and a single VirtualMTA interface may be everything they need to see long-term success out of their marketing platform.

But what happens when things change? Suppose you’ve been blessed with the burden of HUGE growth and now have a volume of email that exceeds what one IP address should deliver. Or perhaps your one IP develops a reputation problem, and Yahoo (or some other ISP) just suddenly stops taking your email. And what if you suddenly need multiple email streams, each handled differently than the other? How can you possibly adjust to all of these changes?

Nine Essential Ways to Keep Your Email Server Secure

My wife and I have a new hobby—powerlifting.

Most people relax during the summer, but Paige and I decided to push ourselves (and the bar) to the limit by entering our first powerlifting competition. However, within minutes of entering the building and before touching anything heavy, I really messed up! Well, almost. And that reminded me about my work in email server security. When you don’t have the essentials figured out, you could end up with a bar in your chest like I almost did.

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