Emma Social recap: The National Pecan Pie Day edition

A roundup of links we loved this week

It's National Pecan Pie day! So in addition to a roundup of great links from the web this week, we also have the not-so-official results on how to pronounce the word "pecan." I polled my brilliant colleagues (who are well-versed email *and* snack food), and in a landslide win of 18-6, "puh-cahn" beat "pee-can." There were also several write-in votes for "pih-cahn."

Whether you love pecans, pecan pie or you're just nuts about great content, here are your best practices and fun finds for the week:

Best Practices
Some great SEO basics for folks just getting started
Not a designer? You can still design great-looking emails
Don't hit the send button yet! Tips to get people to actually read your emails
How one taco shop got email wrong (but still makes really delicious tacos)

Fun Finds
All of the digital marketing acronyms you'd ever need to know
Some well-known logos reworked in Wingdings
Lessons from marketing pioneers Burma-Shave

And lastly, a favorite find from our own Twitter feed

We love the folks at Formstack, and we love our fans, followers and blog readers. We know some of you out there are great writers, so consider contributing to the Formstack blog, eh?

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Emma Social recap: The Mobile-Mobile-Mobile edition

A roundup of links we loved this week

Since launching the Brainiac Guide to Mobile Email, we've spent this past month sharing all kinds of expertise about mobile marketing, from both our own smarty-pants staffers and some of our trusted friends and partners. Next week, Emma's heading to HOW Design Live in San Francisco to mingle with designers and marketers, and our own creative director Chris Korbey will speak on designing for the mobile inbox. If you're SF-bound, be sure to come say hello, and don't leave home without reading these favorite articles from our social feed this week.

Best practices

Do your customers really understand you?
4 pillars of successful brand building
How to hone in on what your subscribers want

Emma news

Switcheroo alert: We upgraded Emma's toolbar in the drag & drop editor
We're giving away free Emma service to a Small Business Superhero!
Formstack has 3 tips for your online form

Fun finds

The best programming fonts for 2013
So many ways to say 'sent from my smartphone'
5 dating tips that apply to creating emails, too

And lastly, a favorite find from our own Twitter feed

Engineering + innovation = burritos. That's some math we can really get behind. 

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Emma Social recap: The National Donut Day edition

A roundup of links we loved this week

It's National Donut Day, and we're celebrating with Donut Country here in the Emma shop. Whether you're at partial to sprinkles, blueberry or classic glazed, we raise our glasses, er, donuts to you. And now, a non-sticky treat that won't give you a sugar crash: A look at some of the best that the web had to offer this week.

Best practices

Are you sizing your email headlines to at least 22 pt?
One quick tip for growing your LinkedIn network
You better start testing your emails for Outlook.com

Emma news

Our Communications Manager was interviewed about mobile email by FierceCMO
We've got free mobile-friendly buttons for your email campaigns
Our Brainiac Guide to Mobile Email is out!
 

Fun finds

Create your own infographic with these free tools
A fun look at different IT jobs with the highest pay and fastest growth
Meet Silencer, and avoid every Game of Thrones spoiler on Twitter and Facebook

Our most popular tweet of the week

And lastly, a favorite find from our own Twitter feed

What, you can't *run* to a donut shop? 

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Emma Social recap: The Digital Summit edition

A roundup of links we loved this week

Digital Summit (a.k.a. #dsum13) was so much fun this year. We met a ton of awesome folks in Atlanta, saw lots of Instagrams and tweets from people loving their Emma swag (thank you!) and generally had an awesome time. That wasn't the only fun to be had this week, though. Just take a look back at some of the best social posts...

Best practices

You've got 20-30 characters to get the mobile open
Follow these words of wisdom to make sure your blog shows up in search
Grow your Twitter audience with these 6 tips

Emma news

Every Emma template is now responsive and mobile-optimized! 
Digital Summit was so fun. Head to our Facebook page to see for yourself.

Fun finds

Some predictions about the future of email marketing
Brands are remaking priceless works of art
"The Great Catsby"  Why didn't I think of this?

Our most popular tweet of the week

And lastly, a favorite find from our own Twitter feed

It's hard to not love a cartoon about world domination. 

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Emma Social recap: The Swag edition

A roundup of links we loved this week

Digital Summit is this upcoming Tuesday, and we're getting ready by packing up tons of Emma goodies to bring to the masses. If you want your own little piece of Emma swag, but won't be able to meet us in Atlanta, just leave a comment here. We'd be happy to oblige!

Now that you've just added to your wardrobe, go ahead and add to your knowledge base with a look at what went down in social this past week:

Best practices

You, yes you, can use these 5 tips to boost your business on Pinterest
Social sharing can improve your email response. Go ahead and try it.
Learning about why folks unsubscribe may help you keep them from doing so
 

Emma news

Digital Summit is next week, and we'll be there speaking on mobile email design!
We're hiring in Nashville and Portland 
 

Fun finds

NPR reporters do seem to have pretty great names
A fun set of psychology behind tweeting styles
21 awesome social media facts, figures and statistics for 2013

 

Our most popular tweet of the week

 

And lastly, a favorite find from our own Twitter feed

Google Glass seems to be a hot topic in the blogosphere these days. I LOL'd at this fun little video. It's worth a watch.

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Emma Social recap: The Fantasy Baseball edition

A roundup of links we loved this week

Have your fantasy baseball teams been off to a great start? Over here in the Emma shop, Big League Chewie, Wookie Season and #FreeCharlieHustle are swinging for the fences. (That strategy sounds a lot like: "Should I be starting a new pitcher every day?")

If fantasy baseball is a bit off base for you, We've got you covered with a different type of strategy: the digital type to be exact. Check out some links we pitched this week, and walk into the weekend with home run advice. See what I did there? 

Best practices

The easiest way to use social media to boost your ROI
Ask, listen, sell. (In that order.)
Symbols in your email subject lines may be good for your open rate

Emma news

We're more mobile than ever! Check out what Emma staffers say about mobile email design.
Emma hosted a Nashville Fashion Week runway show

Fun finds

Whoa, baby. Thinking about getting an iPad? They're on mega sale!
Looking at cute kittens is good for you. Seriously.
Now little Johnny can put his new iPhone to use at Chuck E. Cheese

Our most popular tweet of the week

And lastly, a favorite find from our own Twitter feed

Sure, everyone loves a freebie, but what makes Imogene and Willie's giveaway so great is that they share the personal story behind it. What a great way to connect people with your brand on a personal level. 

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Emma Social recap: The March Madness edition

A roundup of links we loved this week

Around the Emma offices we like to work hard, and we've been known to play pretty hard, too. This week we set up streaming capabilities in our bistro so we can get our March Madness on with the best of them. I'm pulling for Gonzaga – but mostly because it sounds like "gorgonzola" and I love cheese. No matter which team you're rooting for, we've listed this week's slam dunks from the web.

Best practices

A great lesson in social customer service from C.C. Chapman
Creating engaging content with calls to action that drive conversions
Nike is getting Instagram right

Emma news

Come work with us! We're hiring a Production Designer
We're still giving away stock images: Get yours by March 31 (less than ten days away!) 
A peek into our own test of responsive email design

Fun finds

What did we ever do before SEO and SEM?
#How #to #keep #people #from #hating #your #use #of #hashtags
Twitter's old enough to learn how to ride a bike

Our most popular tweet of the week

And lastly, a favorite find from our own Twitter feed

Even if basketball isn't your thing, you can get into bracket-mania with Garden & Gun's southern food bracket. We're rooting for Cheerwine. No, wait. We want MoonPie... Er, how are we supposed to choose one winner?!  Leave us a comment and let us know who you're rooting for. (It's Texas Pete, isn't it?)

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Emma Social recap: The Ides of March edition

A roundup of links we loved this week

We've been having a lot of fun with stock images from BigStock this month. Et tu, Brute?

The Ides of March are upon us, folks. The biggest thing you should beware? Our BigStock giveaway expiring before you get your five images (yep, we're footing the bill). You've got about two weeks left for the freebie! Before you go fretting about which baby panda photo to purchase (you'll probably want to get 'em all anyway), relax and take a look back at all the wonderful things the world wide web had to offer you this past week:

Best practices

How to use SEO and SEM in your email marketing
Applying neuroscience to your email campaigns
How to get your co-workers sharing your social campaign

Emma news

You've got 2 weeks left to get stock images on us!
We're hiring in Nashville
All March long, we're talking images on our blog

Fun finds

Looks like Twitter is diving into the music industry
Pitching your startup in 6 seconds  a great way to put Vine to good use
Think you can spot a great subject line? Prove your skills in this showdown

Our most popular tweet of the week

And lastly, a favorite find from our own Twitter feed

To retailers, March Madness is all about sales. To die-hard fans – brackets. To the IT folks, it's about throttling your streaming capabilities. Cheers to you, IT peeps. Or as we like to call you: purveyors of productivity.

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Emma Social recap: The All Aboard edition

A roundup of links we loved this week

All aboard! The Startup Bus is seen here departing New Orleans.

 

We kicked off this past week at Emma with a visit from the Startup Bus. An extremely talented group of entrepreneurs pitched their startup ideas to some Emma staffers. At the end of the visit, they grabbed our Director of Technology, Alex Ezell, and pulled him aboard the bus to finish out the trip before finally arriving at SXSW. 

Don't worry, you don't have to hop a bus and develop a startup in 72 hours to be hip to the happenings this past week. We've rounded up the best links just for you:

Best practices

40% of all emails are viewed on a mobile device. Make it easy for recipients to interact
How to Lose a Fan in 10 Days
You have less than a second for your email to make a good impression

Emma news

An entreprenur carrying Startup Bus wheeled into town and snatched up one of our staffers
Our Brainiac series on images will continue all month long on our blog
You have a few weeks left to get 5 free stock images

Fun finds

Social media sites as animals (a fun infographic)
Fashion: in 8bit form
Can you guess the #2 search engine? Hint: It's not Bing

Our most popular tweet of the week

And lastly, a favorite find from our own Twitter feed

The freshened up Facebook newsfeed is cool, but what really had us LOL-ing was some of the commentary surrounding scones and soundtracks as folks eagerly awaited the news.

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Emma Social recap: The In Like a Lion edition

A roundup of links we loved this week

Emma CEO Clint Smith declares Nashville a hub of creativity *and* food trucks.

Oh, hey March. What'd you do with our friend February?

This last week has been a busy one at Emma. We officially launched a new partnership with Bigstock by offering five stock images to every customer through March 31, hosted a whole slew of events at our Nashville office and (finally) recovered from all the Oscar hoopla. 

If March also caught you by surprise, never fear. We've rounded up some of the best stuff from our social spaces this week. 

Best practices

5 super-fast, easy ways to use images to up your email marketing
Are you giving people a reson to subscribe to your email?
Tips for keeping your open rate in the 50-70% range

Emma news

We're buying you stock images!
Jim Sherraden from Hatch Show Print visits Emma
B2C's blog says we're one of four marketing tools to help you grow
WorkIT Nashville interviewed our CEO, Clint Smith

Fun finds

The brands that got the Oscars all wrong this year
Instagram goes Polaroid on everyone in 2014
MySpace is back...and better than ever?
 

Our most popular tweet of the week

And lastly, a favorite find from our own Twitter feed

We'll be out at SXSW next week, partying it up. Let us know if you'll be there too. We'd love to connect. You know, IRL.

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