eMail Marketing Tools

Quick Start Options

constantContact

I haven’t used this option yet, but starting a trial now. So far, it’s easy to start a free trial.

mailChimp

Great tool, excellent metrics, multiple list and campaigns BUT be careful sending out email with MailChimp as they are a little too strict. If you get too high of a bounce-back rate or if even a few users complain (user’s can unsubscribe and specify flag your email as spam), Mailchimp will close your account (you can try to appeal). Mailchimp does offer a great trail period to get started however. You can create emails from templates or paste in an entire HTML document.

marketo

With a limited trial period, Marketo is a pricey option. However, the sending capabilities are great. The UI for managing emails and templates is a bit confusing. You can create emails from templates or paste in an entire HTML document.

For the tech savvy

amazonAWS

I haven’t tried this option but here’s some info from Amazon:

The cloud based email service integrates with other AWS services, making it easy to send emails from applications being hosted on services such as Amazon EC2. With Amazon SES there is no long-term commitment, minimum spend or negotiation required – businesses can utilize a free usage tier and after that enjoy low fees for the number of emails sent plus data transfer fees.

sendgrid

Great app for sending emails within your application.

sendy

I haven’t tried this option but here’s some info from Sendy:

Sendy is a self hosted email newsletter application that lets you send trackable emails via Amazon Simple Email Service (SES). This makes it possible for you to send authenticated bulk emails at an insanely low price without sacrificing deliverability.

Email Utilities

mail.tester.com

VMWare Fusion 5 on a Mac with an Apple Thunderbolt Display (2560×1440)

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After installing Windows 7 via an ISO and then installing Windows 8 onto a MacBook Pro, I noticed that the resolution on the virtual instance of windows was not being set to the max resolution of my display. After several attempts in trying to fix, I noticed one small post on VMWare’s site about the issue. Turns out, it’s a quick fix. Simply launch your VMWare Fusion and resume your virtual windows instance. If your instance is running as a window, then simply go to the top VMWare menu under Virtual Machine > Install VMWare Tools. If you’re running your instance on full screen, scroll your mouse to the top of the screen and wait for the top Menu to show up (see attached screenshot above). Once you select “Install VMWare Tools” simply wait for the app to install on your windows instances. Before the installation is started you may get prompt asking what to do with the CD/ISO, simply click run/open to launch the installation.