Email Marketing Glossary


Do you know the difference between a Delivered and an Open? How about CTR vs CTOR? Have you got a single or double opt-in setup?

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  • Abandoned Cart Email
    An Abandoned Cart Email is an email sent to people who started adding things to their shopping...   Learn More >
  • Analytics
    The measurable statistics of a website or an ad campaign (such as impressions). Typically...   Learn More >
  • Analytics Platform
    A provider of website analytics such as Google Analytics.
  • Behavioural Segmentation
    Behavioural Segmentation is the process of splitting people by their activity (or lack of...   Learn More >
  • Bounce
    The term bounce is used in digital marketing is used in both Websites Analytics and in Email...   Learn More >
  • CAN-SPAM
    A national standard in the USA for sending emails, which legislates around SPAM emails and...   Learn More >
  • CASL
    Legislation around email marketing in Canada which requires express permission before emails are...   Learn More >
  • Click
    What is a Click? When it comes to online advertising, a click refers to a user clicking on an...   Learn More >
  • Click-To-Open Rate
    CTOR is the acronym for Click-To-Open Rate. It is used to calculate the percentage of people who...   Learn More >
  • Conditional Content
    Conditional Content is content on a webpage or email that only appears when certain criteria are...   Learn More >
  • Conversion
    What is a Conversion? Conversion is the generic term used for an action or acquisition...   Learn More >
  • Conversion Rate
    The Conversion Rate (CR) of a campaign is the number of conversions achieved per click. It is...   Learn More >
  • Converted
    In online advertising, a converted user is someone who has seen or clicked on an ad and...   Learn More >
  • CR
    The Conversion Rate (CR) of a campaign is the number of conversions achieved per click. It is...   Learn More >
  • Creative Agency
    A Creative Agency is a company that creates advertising on behalf of other companies. They...   Learn More >
  • CTOR
    CTOR is the acronym for Click-To-Open Rate. It is used to calculate the percentage of people who...   Learn More >
  • Dayparting
    Dayparting refers to optimising by the hour of the day (splitting a day into parts).
  • Demand Generation
    A type of marketing that focuses on increasing demand for a product or service, rather than...   Learn More >
  • Demographic Segmentation
    Demographic Segmentation refers to splitting up an audience by their demographics. This is...   Learn More >
  • Direct Mail
    A type of marketing where a letter or piece of promotional material is sent through the post...   Learn More >
  • Double Opt-in
    An Opt-In process where after a user has entered their details, they have to take a further...   Learn More >
  • eCommerce
    eCommerce refers to buying or selling goods or services online, as well as online transactions....   Learn More >
  • eCommerce Conversion
    An online sale. A subset of conversion in general, which don't have to be sales or money related...   Learn More >
  • eCommerce Conversion Rate
    The conversion rate of online sales (as opposed to other types of conversions).
  • Email Bounce Rate
    Email Bounce Rate is the percentage of emails sent which weren't delivered. In general terms -...   Learn More >
  • Email List
    Often referred to as an Email Marketing List. A list of email addresses that a company gathers...   Learn More >
  • Email Marketing
    Email Marketing is the process of sending out emails en masse with a marketing message. It is...   Learn More >
  • Email Service Provider
    In marketing, an Email Service Provider (or ESP) is a company that offers email marketing...   Learn More >
  • Emoji
    A standard set of small images that can be added to messages and posts that is used to express...   Learn More >
  • Enhanced Tracking Protection
    The way in which Firefox blocks all third-party cookies automatically, making analytics and...   Learn More >
  • ESP
    In marketing, an Email Service Provider (or ESP) is a company that offers email marketing...   Learn More >
  • ETP
    The way in which Firefox blocks all third-party cookies automatically, making analytics and...   Learn More >
  • Frequency
    What does Frequency mean? In online advertising, frequency refers to how often an ad appears to...   Learn More >
  • GA
    Google Analytics is one of the most commonly used providers of web statistics. It's free and...   Learn More >
  • Google Analytics
    Google Analytics is one of the most commonly used providers of web statistics. It's free and...   Learn More >
  • Hard-Bounce
    Hard bounces in email marketing refer to when you try to email someone, and their email address...   Learn More >
  • Inactive Subscriber
    In email marketing, the term ‘Inactive Subscriber’ refers to someone who has chosen to continue...   Learn More >
  • Landing Page
    The page where a person enters a website (ie the page they "land on"). In online advertising,...   Learn More >
  • Last Click
    Sometimes referred to as Last Touch, this is the most common type of attribution for conversions...   Learn More >
  • Lead
    A potential customer, or a way to get in touch with a potential customer (eg email address,...   Learn More >
  • Lead Generation
    Lead generation (or Lead Gen) is the gathering of potential customers' contact information and...   Learn More >
  • Lead Magnet
    A lead magnet is an incentive offered to users, often in exchange for their data or their...   Learn More >
  • Lifetime Value
    LTV (often called Customer Lifetime Value or CLTV) is an attempt at predicting the amount of...   Learn More >
  • LTV
    LTV (often called Customer Lifetime Value or CLTV) is an attempt at predicting the amount of...   Learn More >
  • Metrics
    Metrics are measurable statistics that are used in digital marketing to improve performance such...   Learn More >
  • Monetized
    If something is monetized that means that it has been set up so that money is earned from it....   Learn More >
  • Multi-Touch Attribution
    Sometimes referred to as multi-channel attribution, this is a way of attributing conversions...   Learn More >
  • Open Rate
    Open Rate is the percentage of people who were sent an email who opened it. It is one of the...   Learn More >
  • Opt-In
    ‘Opt-in’ or ‘Opting in’ means requiring a user to make an active, positive choice to increase...   Learn More >
  • Opt-Out
    In email marketing, an opt-out means unticking a pre-ticked box that says "I would like to...   Learn More >
  • Optimising
    What does optimising mean? Optimising means making changes to improve performance. It is a...   Learn More >
  • Owned Media
    Owned Media refers to advertising using channels an advertiser controls. This includes your own...   Learn More >
  • Phishing
    Phishing is a type of scam through digital communication in order to obtain personal information...   Learn More >
  • Post-Click Conversion
    A Post-Click Conversion, or PC Conversion is when a user converts after a click. This click can...   Learn More >
  • Post-Click Window
    The Post Click Window, or PC Window, is the amount of time after a user has clicked on an ad and...   Learn More >
  • Return On Investment
    What is an ROI? ROI stands for Return on Investment and means the amount of money you get back...   Learn More >
  • Revue
    Revue was launched in 2015 and bought by Twitter in 2021. It is essentially Twitter's version of...   Learn More >
  • ROI
    What is an ROI? ROI stands for Return on Investment and means the amount of money you get back...   Learn More >
  • Role-Based Address
    A role-based address is an email address that uses a job title rather than the name of an...   Learn More >
  • SaaS
    A business model where users are charged a subscription fee for using software as opposed to a...   Learn More >
  • Segmentation
    Segmentation can take place in any form of digital marketing, and simply involves breaking...   Learn More >
  • Single Opt-in
    An Opt-In which only has one step. For example, entering an email address into a box and then...   Learn More >
  • Soft-Bounce
    In Email Marketing, Soft-Bounces refer to what are usually temporary issues – the recipient...   Learn More >
  • Software as a Service
    A business model where users are charged a subscription fee for using software as opposed to a...   Learn More >
  • Spam
    Spam refers to unsolicited emails but also can be used to describe emails that use deceptive...   Learn More >
  • Subscriber
    This is the name for a person or group of people who have voluntarily decided to become notified...   Learn More >
  • Substack
    A subscription newsletter platform.
  • Third-Party Cookies
    Cookies that are dropped onto a person's computer when visiting a website that are not from the...   Learn More >
  • Traffic
    Traffic in online advertising is a catch-all term for visitors to a site (the online equivalent...   Learn More >
  • Troubleshooting
    The process of systematically testing for, finding and fixing problems (such as broken ads,...   Learn More >
  • Uniform Resource Locator
    The web address of a website or webpage. For example, the address of this website is...   Learn More >
  • Unmonetized
    If something is unmonetized that means that it has not been set up so that money is earned from...   Learn More >
  • Unsubscribe
    When someone unsubscribes from something, it means they have decided they no longer want to...   Learn More >
  • Unsubscribe Link
    All email marketing is required to have a working Unsubscribe link contained within it. An...   Learn More >
  • Unsubscribe Rate
    In email marketing, the unsubscribe rate means the percentage of your users who are choosing to...   Learn More >
  • Urchin Tracking Module
    UTM parameters are 5 tracking parameters you can add to the end of a URL which can be read by...   Learn More >
  • URL
    The web address of a website or webpage. For example, the address of this website is...   Learn More >
  • UTM
    UTM parameters are 5 tracking parameters you can add to the end of a URL which can be read by...   Learn More >
  • Welcome Email
    An initial email to someone who has joined any type of email list (eg because they've signed up...   Learn More >
  • Zapier
    A company with a set of tools which link different platforms to make them easier to use (for...   Learn More >

 

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