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Email Auto Correct

We are proud to announce we have launched a new feature called Email Auto Correct. There are many cases where users quickly type in their email address for example testingkrista@yaoo.com and we would generally mark this as an invalid email ID because the customer made a typo when entering the domain. Clearly in this example the user would have intended to type yahoo.com, but dropped the letter “h”.

Now you will have the ability to enable Email Auto Correct under your “Email Settings” tab. When you do this we will be able to fix common domain typos and formatting issues when obtaining email addresses. This new feature will work with both our Javascript and our API integration. This is exciting news because you will no longer have to tell the user the email address is no good due to a minor domain typo.

Please review our updated developers documentation to learn about how to capture the new API response if you are interested in enabling that feature. If you need any assistance with development or inquiries related to Email Auto Correct please reach out to support@xverify.com

What’s Next?…Premium Data!

With the need for data verification on the rise we have been hearing an increased demand for data append. We are looking to launch a great solution to being able to provide crucial customer data called XVerify Premium Data which will return information such as marital status, occupation, household income, and much more.

Businesses constantly want to learn more about their users/clients to enhance targeted marketing or for analytical purposes, but it is also important to wisely select who will be doing your data appending. At XVerify our goal is to provide you with accurate results because we understand that even a minor mistake can result in a big impact.



XVerify will be a one stop shop for your data validating, and appending needs. It will be simple for you to upload a list of email addresses select the areas of interest that you want to append back, and we will email you when your file is complete and ready to download. We will also be launching it for our API so as you are validating your information we will also append back to you, your unique areas of interest.

The great thing is that it will be flexible. You don’t have to use the same data set match up every time. Each time you upload a new file you can configure your batch settings to look up against a different set of records. Same goes with the API…if your company runs multiple domains you will be able to customize which data look ups you want to do for that particular domain.

This new service is expected to launch prior to 2013, if you have any questions or would like to acquire more details please reach out to sales@xverify.com.

Avoidance of the Spam Folder


Learn How To Stop Your Email Campaigns From Hitting Spam Folders & Black Lists

If your business is to send out email communications it is important to monitor and measure how those emails are performing. You invest a lot of time in monitoring how many emails you send, split testing, open rates, click through rates and more, but what happens when users are unable to see your message. Perhaps you wake up one day and suddenly your messages are no longer delivering to the inbox but instead you are now hitting the users spam/junk folder. This is going to take a huge toll on your revenue. In order to help educate you on how messages get sent to spam folders, you can take steps to prevent this from happening.


How do emails get to the spam folder?
Have you ever wondered how your email provider chooses to push emails into the junk folder without you requesting the email to go into the spam folder? Well much of that depends on users. Major email providers such as Gmail monitor feedback from their users, and if a particular email gets marked by a certain percentage of its users as spam they will apply a global rule where all mails from that particular sender will be pushed to the spam folder. This is a common reason why many email marketing senders will try to ask you to whitelist them. When you whitelist a sender you are essentially telling your email provider that the emails from this sender are something you are certainly interested in. Once Gmail reaches the threshold to apply the global rule they are also adding intelligence to their system to start looking for similar emails from other senders. One way to help avoid this is to make sure you are sending to users who are generally interested in what you have to offer. Possibly you acquired a list of data from a third party, and you decide to mail on that data blindly%u2026 this may not be a good idea. Before you send such an email you should always cleanse your data to make sure the accounts are in existence. The best thing you can do is partner up with a good email cleansing source such as XVerify which can also use unique methods to identify users who frequently report email campaigns as spam.


Not only do emails get an automatic push to the spam folder by having users report emails as spam, but it is also dependent upon the content that is inside of the email that you are sending. There are also common keywords that can flag emails as suspicious and get them immediately pushed into the spam folder. So next time you start to plot your next email campaign make sure you avoid keywords such as “risk free”, “sales”, “profits”, “100% satisfied”, etc. . If you are interested in learning more about keywords that are spam triggers check out a long list that can be found http://blog.mannixmarketing.com/2009/08/spam-trigger-words/. It’s also not a good practice to think you can get around that and attempt to place some of those keywords inside of a graphic image. Email services such as Gmail, is already a step ahead and uses optical character recognition (OCR) to prevent spam words being used in images as well.


What could be worse than going to spam?
Not getting your email delivered at all, and this is commonly what happens in the event that you start sending emails to spam traps. Spam traps are also known as honey pots and believe it or not there are several different kinds on the web. Basically, a spam trap is a way for the email service providers (ESPs) to determine who is sending spam. They are able to identify this by having email IDs that are not registered by users so they know those accounts should never receive emails because no one has opted in for any mails. If the trap email accounts start receiving emails it sends a red flag to the ESP where they can immediately blacklist that sending server.


If it is important to you to maintain a good delivery, then you should always mail to an opted in list and try to avoid list buying at all costs. However if you have data you are not sure about or you are paying for traffic to your website I would highly suggest you verify and clean your data at point of entry before it contaminates your data base. XVerify offers a real time data verification solution which will help identify some of these spam traps to enable you to continue to have clean delivery.

How do you know if you are currently blacklisted?

You can check some sites such as www.mxtoolbox.com/blacklists.aspx which is a free service you will just need to enter the IP addresses that you send mails from to do an accurate look up. You can also check out www.dnsstuff.com which is does a look up of about 97 various blacklists. One of the most popular blacklists is SPAMHaus.org. SPAMHaus has created a monitoring network which hosts millions of spam trap email addresses.


What do you do to get removed from a blacklist?

Some of the common steps you can take are to first identify if you are actually on the blacklist or if the emails are just getting filtered to the junk folder. Testing is the best way to do this, you will send your email campaigns out and then look to see which domain is not getting them. Once you have confirmed you are on a black list the first thing you should do is make sure your server is not sending any unauthorized emails. To help identify this, check the amount of volume you are emailing, try to identify compromised accounts, check for emails that send to one account and then forward to another account. For a better reference to learn how you can remove yourself from various blacklists (yahoo,gmail,msn, etc.) check out http://www.rackaid.com/resources/gmail-blacklist-removal/.


What is the best practice?
The best practice is to send to a safe list, and use a double opt in method to ensure the user is going to want your emails. Use these methods in conjunction with a real time data verification service such as XVerify to ensure the email addresses you are receiving at point of entry are both legitimate accounts, and not temporary email IDs, spam traps or some other kind of high risk account. Even if you are only capturing your data in real time and not buying lists you still run the risk of acquiring bogus data.

Replace Your Use of Captcha

Are you using a captcha on your webform to try to keep spam at bay? While that may be beneficial to keep spam away, do you know what kind of damage you are doing to your conversions. Even web savvy young people are annoyed at captchas because they keep retrying, and many users on the internet who fill out your forms have basic computer skills and have a higher chance of just dropping from your website and not returning.

If you are looking for a solution to using Captcha, XVerify can be a good answer. Because we verify your user data such as the email address, phone number, and physical address we are eliminating junk or spam data from entering your database. If the information a user enters is incorrect or the user makes a typo by mistake, we will display an error message which will give the user an opportunity to make the correction. We also have built in protection where if a user enters too many failed attempts we can block that specific user by their IP address for a specified amount of time. This will prevent spam bots from trying to attack your website with malicious data.

Interested in learning more about what XVerify can do? Setup a demonstration by calling 1-866-903-9164 or submitting an inquiry via our website. We do offer free trials, and help you get integrated, so don’t delay call today!

 

A lesson on lead scoring

Sometimes it is necessary to know more information about your end user, and if you are collecting several key pieces of information you want to make sure you are getting quality data. With leadscoring we are able to find out additional details about your user and then cross reference that data with the information the customer put into your web form to create a unique score.

Based on the scoring criteria you setup in your admin settings your returned results will be unique. Lead scoring is also important to businesses who resell leads, it allows them to attach a price value with each lead they sell. So they can measure the high quality data from the low quality data,meaning most or all data the customer provided was matching would result in a high score, and the low quality data would result in lower scores. We even do a check against where the user is located and their IP location! To get a free demo or learn more call Xverify today at 1-866-903-9164.

Built In Fraud Blocks

Real fraud protection you can count on. With Xverify, we don’t only check your email IDs in real time to find out if they are a real registered email account, but we also run them through our built in fraud blocking features.

Temporary/Disposable Email Accounts – We know that a temporary email account could be harmful to your mailing reputation so everyday we scour the internet to look for new temporary email domains such as 10minutemails.com to add them to our master suppression file to better protect you.

Potential Spam Traps – Xverify has networked with many other companies to pull together a list of potential spam traps to add to our suppression file to help you identify high risk email IDs. We understand that all it takes is one spam trap and your ability to send emails can be ruined. Every week our database of potential spam traps increases to provide you with an additional layer of protection.

Screamers & Complainers – We monitor several different lists and utilize a unique algorithm to determine if a user is a screamer or complainer. These are the users that have a higher likely-hood of marking your email messages as spam. The more uses who identify your email messages as spam the less likely you will be to reach your end users inbox.

IP Verification – Are you concerned with suspicious visitors from other countries coming onto your site and creating fraud? Our IP verification can look at the geographical location of  your user based on their IP address of course. If the country the user is located in, is on your allowed list they will be able to breeze right through your registration form. However, if they are not on the allowed countries list we will notify the user why they are unable to continue through your websites registration process.

BEST of all there are no add-ons to any of these services, they come standard along with our email verification. Interested in giving email verification a try for free? Give us a call at 1-866-903-9164

Faster Responses Means More

Xverify has recently released new updates where you will notice a decrease in our response times while still having amazing accuracy. This makes both our API and javascript respond even faster than what they previously were. Also, if you have a need for speed kind of personality we are even giving you the ability to turn off social lookups. If you turn off social look ups you will see that your email verification duration will be reduced.

LeadsCon + New Features




Xverify is pleased to announce we will be exhibiting at LeadsCon and you can find us at booth #213 February 28 – 29th 2012 at the Mirage in Las Vegas. We have recently revamped our website; added new services such as phone confirm and reverse phone, as well as added new settings to our existing services.


New Features:
As I mentioned we added new features to our existing services such as giving you the ability to not accept toll free phone numbers. This will help you eliminate many business based phone numbers if you choose to enable this custom rule. We will even allow you to add or remove specific area codes so there maybe reasons you want to accept 800 numbers but not 877 numbers.

We are now also providing you with opportunities to use test email IDs that do not cost you verification. We had several clients request a way that they could test their registration paths without increasing the number of verifications used. You can now setup one or more testing email IDs and any time those email ids go through validation they will not appear as verification.

Keyword blocking is another new rule we have released for email verification. Suppose you are acquiring many email Ids such as webmaster, admin, test, fake you can specify keywords such as these and any time the handle of the email contains the keywords we will suppress those for you and prompt the user to enter a different email ID.

If you are interested in any of our services or want to meet up at LeadsCon feel free to give us a call 1-866-903-9164

LeadScoring – Whats Your Score?

What’s your score?
A service that Xverify will be rolling out with soon, will enable our clients to score their leads. This will allow you to identify your high quality leads vs your low quality leads. Businesses are ready to pay top dollar for high quality leads, so check what range your users are falling into before you attempt to sell your lists.

Similar to a grading scale we will grade what the user has provided on a scale of 0 – 100%. We will be giving you eight criteria points to check against what the user has entered into your form. These eight criteria points can be set to hold certain value based on your specification.

For example if you feel that is most important for the last name to be the same as what the user entered in your form then you can set the number of points to be higher for the criteria point “last name matches.” If everything comes back as a match the results will show a 100% match. Whether it is name matching or street address matching, Xverify gives you the control of organizing your accurate information and grading your leads accordingly.

This will be a service that sends back the information via XML format and will pretty much be just as straightforward to use as the rest of our services. Intuitiveness is a key role in our developments. We want you the consumer to be able to use these programs with the least worry so you can focus more on making money.

San Francisco Satisfaction

Welcome back to a Monday morning. We had an amazing trip out to San Francisco for the daily deal summit. This was our first time running a booth so during setup we found it a little tricky but once we got our booth up we were then ready to get the show started.

 

We were very pleased with the outcome of the event and had an opportunity to meet some really great people, and learn about some interesting business models. I got a chance to listen to some well known speakers at the event as well. One thing I was most impressed with is that we received many compliments about our booth and our product. Just from meeting with people at the event, and getting their feedback I already have new ideas on ways we can add more value and expand XVerify.

 
The summit was held at the Marriott, which was a very nice hotel and the breakfast/lunched that was served to the attendees was great. However, I think most people enjoyed Thursday because they had an open bar! One lesson learned is if you set your booth up near the bar you are more likely to attract more visitors!
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