Email marketing services firm GraphicMail has launched a series of free email marketing courses designed to teach marketers how to create email campaigns and strategies. The online classes instruct marketers on copywriting, list building and how to use email analytics. Participants will get a an HTML badge that they copy into their own emails or websites.
Norbert is a new web tool designed to help users find an email address fot a potential contact using their first and last name along with the company they work at. Users can search the engine for the contact and then Norbert will check the address that pops up to confirm that it really exists.
Tech startup SquareOne has evolved its signature inbox management iOS app and turned it into a tool for sales people. The new version of the app, which is now called Immediately, is an email client with tools for sales people including syncing with SAlesforce, email reminders, scheduling tools and the ability to track email opens and clicks. The app is available for iOS devices and on the web.
A Utah County school principal has apologized for using a school computer to send out political campaign emails urging school staff to vote for specific school board candidates. Keith Conley admitted his mistake and said that his actions were not aimed at hurting anyone. The apology came after he was criticized for his actions.
Some Australian businesses are considering banning calling in sick to work via email or text message. Instead, employees would be required to call in to report taking a day off sick. The idea is that too many young employees are faking illness with digital communications and that in-person phone calls would encourage accountability. In addition, The Fair Work Commission of Australia is considering firing employees that share fun day photos on their social media accounts when they have taken a sick day from work.
Maxito Pean has been indicted for scamming another man through email. According to the allegations, Pean sent a phishing email and tricked the recipients into sharing his bank username and password on a malicious website. Pean then swiped $233,200 from the victim's account.
AT&T is warning customers about an email scam which promises recipients a $20 Starbucks gift cards. The spam email encourages recipients to click on a malicious link to collect the prize. AT&T has warned customers to look out for these fake emails and not to click on these links or share any personal data on a form these emails link to.
Texas-based tech startup ContentGuard has created a new app designed to make photos shared via email and social networks more private. The app lets users add privacy filters or self-desct mechanisms to their photos so that their exposure is limited.
Checking work email after hours has been the subject of much debate these days, as some countries have gone so far as to ban the practice. Winward Studios has created an app that keeps employees from checking their email after hours and during vacations. The app is called Enforced Vacation and allows companies to limit access to employee email in order to enforce time off.
CurrentC, a pilot based payments service program that competes with Apple Pay, has exposed the email addresses of members in a data breach. The company confirmed that "unauthorized third parties" stole some member email addresses from its database. The company did not disclose how many addresses were exposed, but did reveal that many of the addresses were for dummy accounts.