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When it comes to email marketing, a good subject line makes all the difference. In fact, one study found that 33 percent of email recipients open an email based solely on its subject line. As consumers have grown more spam savvy over the years, they’ve learned to quickly scan their inboxes and single out the messages they want to read.

For businesses, this means old email marketing rules no longer apply. It isn’t enough to deploy a single message to tens of thousands of customers and hope some of them buy in. The vast majority of those emails will hit the trash folder without ever having been opened. The first step to creating email marketing messages that convert is to make sure your subject line grabs attention and convinces recipients to open it.

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Yesterday, I attended the webinar Everybody Writes, sponsored by Marketo and given by Ann Handley from Marketing Profs.

If you couldn’t guess by the title, Everybody Writes was a webinar focused on content marketing. Handley has recently written a book on the subject and decided to share her knowledge with the Marketo community.

I received so much great information from the session that I decided to share a brief summary of the webinar with you all so you can take some tips back to your own content marketing strategies!

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After reading The Definitive Guide to Social Marketing from Marketo, one quote really stuck out to us:

“And I think the one mistake that most companies make, even mature companies in the social media marketing world right now, the one mistake they make is they don’t plan to measure.”

–   Jason Falls, CEO of Social Media Explorer

So we decided we wouldn’t leave you, our Webs readers, in the lurch. We know social media is a tricky channel. And while email has click-through rates and delivery metrics, many aren’t sure where to start in measuring a platform that depends mostly on brand awareness and “word-of-mouth.”

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As a Webs user, you’ve probably experimented in the site builder with different images, different calls to action, or even different button colors  on your website.

How do you usually decide which option is best or appeals to your customers the most?

Do you do user testing, ask friends, or just go by your own gut feeling?  Wouldn’t it be great if there was a tool to help you discover what site designs and images resonate with your customers the most and then provide you with the testing data to provide it?

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It’s been a year of innovation here at Webs. Thanks to our intrepid engineers, we’ve been able to bring some really exciting new products to our users to help them make the most of their sites and build their businesses. In case you missed any of the updates along the way, we’re counting them down today!

February 2013: User Interface Redesign
The day we launched a redesign of the Webs interface for users was really exciting for everyone here. Our research and development teams spent a lot of time listening to users and figuring out ways to improve their experience. With this redesign came a new look and feel, and a dashboard checklist to help users make sure they were getting the most out of Webs’ tools.

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