10 Reasons Why Your Company Will Love CRM

A Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system is, “A technology for managing all of your company’s relationships and interactions with customers and potential customers with the goal to improve business relationships” (Salesforce Blog). A CRM not only helps the Sales team, but it also benefits more groups within your company such as marketing, development, and customer service teams; it can help your entire company. With everything stored in one place and updated in real-time, your company will run more accurately and efficiently. After eleven years of doing Salesforce Consulting, we wanted to list the top 10 reasons why your company will love a CRM system.

1. Customer Visualization

A CRM system keeps everything organized and updated. Whether you are looking for leads, contacts, marketing campaigns, or advanced analytics, a CRM system makes these features easily accessible. Being able to have all of your customer’s recently updated information in one place is essential when it comes to knowing your customers wants and needs. Keeping information accessible allows for a smooth transition after a sales deal from the sales team to the development team.

2. Opportunity Tracking

With opportunities in CRMs, you can track deal amounts or size, current stage, next stage, and more. Being able to track these key items allows teams to go into the opportunity to see where the deal is at and what are the next steps. Having this tracking in one system allows everyone in your company to be proactive. With a robust CRM like Salesforce, everything we send out has tracking so that we can check on the performance of our sales and marketing strategies.

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3. Organization of Data

As mentioned above, one of the great features of a CRM system is that everything is in one place. This saying can get repetitive, but it is one of the best benefits because of how organized your system can be. Your company will not have to jump on different systems to use various features. CRM will provide your company with the tools to organize your leads, contacts, analytics, and more all in one place. An organized company generally results in more ROI.

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4. Streamlining the Company

Necessary but tedious work is done within the system to help your company save time. A tedious task, such as finding out who’s the best resource to answer a case question, can be automated. Knowing which sales reps should own a new lead based off of criteria such as location can also be an example to save time. The bonus of some CRMs is that they have embedded AI such as Einstein Analytics with Salesforce. The importance of having a quality AI system is becoming a crucial aspect in recognizing those early signs of interaction with your company.

5. Automation Benefits

Having automation will save time for everyone in your company. A CRM such as Salesforce has automation that helps departments all across the company. An example of automation in Salesforce is workflows. Automating workflows help move deals down the pipeline, send important notifications, and automatically reach out to customers on behalf of sales reps. It is more than just workflows though, some other benefits of optimizing your automation processes include marketing, generating leads, aligning sales and marketing, and more.

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6. Easy Customization

You can easily customize the data that you want to see so that you are getting the most accurate data. Developing dashboards that are fit to your exact need will help with recognition of your company’s objective. Customization does not stop at just data and dashboards. Being able to customize everything in your CRM to fit your specific business needs will help your companies effectiveness all around. The sales team can have a particular view of the system that shows objects they should interact with, while the marketing team can have a look specific to their needs.

7. Sales Forecasting

CRM systems provide real-time data and reports of your sales pipeline and KPIs. With this kind of information in your reports and dashboards, you can see immediately how your performance is doing. Having this real-time data in one place allows your sales representatives to make improvements to their sales strategy.

8. Additional Collaboration

There is improved communication between multiple teams with a CRM system. Every calendar update, email, and phone calls are stored in one location. Everyone in your company now has information regarding updates of your clients. With a CRM system like Salesforce, Chatter allows a social messaging board for all teams to communicate and collaborate on issues, deals, and more.

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9. Better Customer Service

CRM systems fix client issues rapidly and efficiently through easy communication. Reps being able to pull up the customer information in one system will give them a better understanding of the issue at hand. Having excellent customer service could be the critical difference between customers returning for more business or not. At Corrao Group, we use Cases in our Salesforce CRM to help resolve customer issues quickly and efficiently.

10. Increased Engagement

A CRM system provides a nurturing process for leads that allows your company to see the level of engagement they are having with your material. Due to improved opportunities for engagement, the retention rate is better with a CRM as well. Improved engagement means that customer relationships encourage referrals for the maintained success of your company.

Having an excellent CRM system is essential to you and your companies success. At Corrao Group, we have been doing Salesforce consulting for the past 11 years. We have completed over 2,050 Salesforce projects which equates to 78,500 implementation hours. Through all of our experience, we have become Salesforce consulting professionals. We are true Salesforce power users, capable of helping you to maximize your Salesforce investment. If you would like to learn more about our Salesforce consulting, please visit our website.

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The Benefits of Marketing Automation

In its most fundamental structure, marketing automation software is intended to take time away from the most tedious workplace tasks, freeing up bandwidth for more strategic initiatives. With a powerful marketing automation software like Pardot, you can automate sales, marketing, project management, accounts receivable, and more. In this blog, we’ll take a look at some of the benefits of optimizing your marketing automation processes, between generating leads, personalizing their journey, aligning sales and marketing, and more.

Lead Generation

Lead generation is a crucial component in any marketing strategy. Artificial Intelligence is giving you the analytics in real-time to find what content leads are engaging with on your website. Being able to track clicks, downloads, and website activity gives you more insight to understand what the visitors are interested in. Tracking customer behavior helps your sales team identify the pain points and needs of your prospects. Giving your team a head-start, knowing these pain points accelerates the sales cycle. In a study done by Invesp, “80% of marketing automation users saw an increase in the number of leads, and 77% had an increase of conversion.” Having automated messaging, such as social media, emails, or lead magnets, will create more qualified leads for your company. Automating lead capture allows your marketing and sales team to further invest in strategy and business planning. Once the lead is engaging with your material, it’s time to start them on a customized journey.

Personalized Journey of the Customer

Let’s say you had an ad that someone clicked on and downloaded a lead magnet. The lead can now be put in a customized, automated drip campaign. Developing a library of diverse content to fit any and all of your prospects will serve as the foundation for your automation strategy. Your company saves time each time a prospect is automatically added to a drip campaign with content tailored to their area of interest. This personalized and relevant information to leads provides inherent value allowing you to stand out from the rest of the competitors. However, being able to track engagement with your content is a vital piece of the qualification process.

Accurate and Reliable Data – Reports and Dashboards

Choosing an appropriate marketing automation tool allows you to develop real-time reports in a matter of minutes. With big data you’ll be able to assess the effectiveness of past, present, or future campaigns. Your reports and dashboards, as with many tools at your disposal, will also come into play during the lead qualification process. Pardot’s automatic scoring system scores a prospect based on engagement with all of your marketing assets from email to landing pages to videos. Your sales and marketing teams will then have further insight on your prospect’s existing relationship with your organization paving way for better-informed decision-making in the nurturing process. However, your team may find that you have access to an overwhelming amount of data, and you’ll need a plan for identifying the most valuable among it all. At Corrao Group, we run reports every day to find the data we need to make improvements in our sales and marketing strategy.

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Save Time and Resources

One of the most significant benefits of utilizing marketing automation is the increased bandwidth that comes with it. Imagine how much time you are spending on manually sending emails to leads or preparing posts on your social media accounts. Many different marketing automation tools allow you to have more time to spend on strategic planning to maximize return on investment. Free from the burden of many manual tasks, you’ll devote your resources to creating more engaging marketing content, working with your sales team, and building better relationships with customers. Improved relationships within your team and with your prospects is a win for all parties involved.

This explosion of AI technology over the past couple of years has allowed marketers to leave low-status, redundant tasks to AI while being able to focus on the more prominent creative marketing strategies with marketing automation. When leveraged for its full potential, automation software is not a tool just for sales and marketing. At Corrao Group, we created EZ-AR™, the first automated invoice generation and account receivable collection solution. What used to take hours upon hours of manual work, now gets done in minutes thanks to lessons learned in our experience with marketing automation.

Sales and Marketing Aligned

Disconnected sales and marketing teams plague organizations across industries, but marketing automation can bring the two teams together. Marketing automation provides help to the sales team by improving lead generation, lead scoring, and automated lead follow up for sales. The streamlined qualification and hand-off capabilities of a marketing automation tool connect the sales cycle from start to finish. Collaboration between both teams is vital to have, and the relationship of these teams should only grow closer as they work to maximize ROI at your company. Marketing automation delivers higher quality leads with more context based on the pain points and interests of each of these prospects, and all this before an initial phone call. It’s incredible what your company can do when you have both the marketing and sales team aligned, and working as one.

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There are many more ways that marketing automation can efficiently and effectively improve your company’s time and revenue stream. Being able to have a powerful tool that can run different parts of your company with AI technology is becoming the norm. More and more companies are moving towards utilizing marketing automation; roughly 51% of companies are already marketing automation users with 58% of B2B companies planning on continuing to use the software or make the switch. Understandably, it can be a lot to handle, and if you would like to learn more, please feel free to contact us. Our marketing innovation combines technology and creativity in a unique experience that attracts, converts, closes, and delights.

The Importance of Salesforce Training

Salesforce Training Clipboard Wouldn’t it be nice if all the employees at your company were Salesforce power users? Imagine the ROI your business would receive. None of this is possible without some kind of training. It’s a fundamental key to every business’s success. Yes, training means spending more time and resources; however, it’s required because Salesforce is a platform that is very complex and powerful. As a Salesforce Consultant, we view training as a big part of our success. It is paramount that every single one of our employees are power users. The first question that might pop up in your mind is: How do I become a power user, or where do I even start with training?

Salesforce Training Basics

Because of how vast and intimidating Salesforce can be, it’s best to start with basics definitions in the system. Learning the basics of what accounts, contacts, or leads are can increase your team’s knowledge of the system right away. Give a value proposition to why it’s important to Salesforce, so the employees know the significance of each term. During these training sessions, it’s a good idea to physically walk-through what each definition is and to show them where they are in the system. You have to remember that every employee responds differently to training. Some might like visual presentations, while others may want more hands-on training. Find the right balance so that every employee has their best chance to learn. Our suggestion would be hands-on training because they can learn the basic key terms while physically engaging with the system.

After basic definitions are taken care of, give examples of how to navigate through apps and tabs in Salesforce, or show them how to make a new opportunity. Salesforce Training is something that will take time for employees to learn, but over time, these training sessions will become quite helpful for your company overall. If you don’t have the time or resources to do the training on your own, you should look into a reliable Salesforce consultant who is a power user.

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Becoming Salesforce Power Users

Becoming a Salesforce power user is not something that will happen overnight. It takes years of training and implementing Salesforce systems to find what works and what doesn’t. We’ve worked with over 1000 customers, implementing, optimizing, and customizing their Salesforce system to fit their needs or goals. That’s why training is a fundamental key to our company. With over 2,050 successfully completed projects and 78,500 implementation hours, our development team can maximize your Salesforce investment to see higher ROI.

However, it’s not just our development team that makes a difference here at Corrao Group; it’s everyone in our company. It starts with our leadership. When the executives show interest in Salesforce training, everyone else at the company will as well. It is the follow-the-leader type of philosophy. Salesforce was purchased for a reason, so it should be imperative to the executives/leaders to maximize the investment they put in. The only way that happens is to learn and use Salesforce every day like power users.

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Salesforce Training with Corrao Group

If your company wants to maximize the ROI on their Salesforce investment, we recommend hiring a Salesforce consultant. These experts become a part of your company by learning your current business processes and then create a personalized Salesforce strategy tailored toward your goals. At Corrao Group, we specialize in custom integrations that are based upon your unique needs and business requirements. We scope, deploy, and train to enhance your system. Secondly, we have 6 or 12-month agreements (Salesforce Sales Cloud, Service Cloud, Marketing Cloud) that provide guidance and support after projects are completed. We work with you and your team to ensure your system users adopt the system so your organization generates results.

Training with Corrao group is the first step towards maximizing your Salesforce investment. As Salesforce Consultants, we have vast experience in implementing and optimizing customers systems. When we complete a project, we offer Salesforce training that can benefit your company. These training sessions can take up to 8 hours as we physically walk you through everything we did to your system. These sessions allow time for you to ask us questions so that you can learn and transfer the information to your employees. If you would like to have your entire team on the call, that is fine with us as well. If you would like to learn more about our implementations and training, please visit our website.

Salesforce Sales Cloud – Task Tracker or Business Streamliner?

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You’re not alone if your company is using Salesforce Sales Cloud primarily for tracking tasks. Tasks are one of the simplest features and are easy to learn. They help users stay on track of open opportunities, larger projects, increase transparency and much more. Reports and dashboards can be built to show a high-level overview of users’ tasks tied to a specific opportunity, useful to review during project meetings. Companies that use Sales Cloud mostly for tracking tasks could get much more out of their current investment. Salesforce started out as a task and opportunity management system but has grown tenfold since then.

  • 41% of Sales teams use Sales Cloud only for tracking tasks, where 35% say it streamlines their work. For other users, 27% use it for only tracking tasks, where 52% say it streamlines their work. (State of Salesforce). Other users are those in marketing, Service, IT, Finance and more.

So why are Sales teams not using Sales cloud past these initial features? Simply put, businesses aren’t keeping up with the new Salesforce features that are released. Sales cloud has released hundreds of updates that help deliver innovation to their customers. Users need to customize it to their unique selling experience in order to get more out of the platform than just tracking tasks and opportunities. Doing so will help pinpoint their customers’ individual needs, assist in their buying journey, and guide customers to contract signature. The best implementations extend the core functionality with solutions that assist sales users with everything from scoping and closing deals. We’re going to walk through the many ways us Salesforce users can streamline businesses beyond tracking the bare minimum.

Boost Sales Productivity

Each Salesforce cloud eliminates busywork so reps can focus time on what matters most. For Sales Cloud, it’s giving sales reps time back to focus on selling. Less time is spent updating multiple systems, tracking down information, and trying to find an old email – it’s all in one place in Sales Cloud. Sometimes, acquiring a new customer comes down to who contacted them first. A lead can visit 5 competitive companies and whichever one contacts them first gives them such a compelling pitch that they are favored. Chances are, the company that contacts them has a CRM, and it could be Salesforce Sales Cloud. Not only can it help companies engage leads quicker, but it also helps identify those potential leads, up-sell opportunities, and even sell to repeat customers. Some of these results aren’t from just one feature that can be turned on, it takes strategy combined with these features. With each strategy being different, knowing which system features to use is crucial.

Increase Efficiency

A profit increase isn’t the only ROI that should be tracked. Increasing your team’s efficiency is one way to help add to increased sales. Users can view important notes and documents that can help speed up the sale, helping the customer as soon as possible. For example, if a lead is looking for a few documents about a product, their sales rep can send the content to the lead, tracking, and logging when they open the content. They can accomplish this on their phone even as they’re heading out of an onsite meeting with a prospect. They can update fields and next steps so that those back in the office can move forward without having to wait. It doesn’t stop there with Sales; that’s right, Sales Cloud is for your entire company. A case can be automatically tied to a contact in Salesforce, recording the appropriate information and alerting the customer service rep. The rep can then record this and send a replacement if needed, which automatically alerts the Finance team. Your customers will appreciate the immediate responses and attention to detail that your company provides.

Implement Company Wide

From those measured in a Bluewolf survey, 45% say using one Salesforce cloud provides a cohesive experience. 55% said using three or more clouds provided the most cohesive experience. Implementing more clouds allows companies to onboard more departments onto Salesforce, helping the company stay on the same page. The clouds integrate seamlessly with each other, showing real-time information so there’s no more waiting around for someone to push an update. It also helps teams to be proactive, sending alerts when certain processes are triggered. For example, when a marketing lead reaches the criteria to become sales-qualified, the sales owner instantly receives a notification, prompting them to strike while the iron is hot. If engaged in a competitive sales environment, being first is key and sometimes even one day can cost companies a large deal.

Streamline The Entire Business

The moral of the story here is to think about processes that can be automated by Salesforce rather than become overwhelmed with what it has to offer. Find out from each department where the gaps are, and use the system to help better them. Salesforce Sales Cloud is a great way for a company to stay on top of its business and ahead of their competitors. With such a diverse system, it can be overwhelming to try and learn all of the features to know which ones are the most efficient to use. In no way is Salesforce a system that new users can set up themselves. There are too many features, and to properly learn the entire system in addition to one’s day job would take years. Expert help is always recommended, if not required to successfully implement Salesforce. Corrao Group’s Salesforce consulting business dates back to 2008 and has helped over 850 companies customize Salesforce to their business. Visit our Salesforce services pages to learn more about what we do, and how we can start the conversation of helping Salesforce streamline your business.

Why Manufacturers Need a CRM

Many manufacturers don’t feel the need to have a CRM due to the fact that they are usually touted as being tools for sales and marketing teams. One of the great features of a CRM, such as Salesforce, is the ability to integrate all departments and vendors while creating a seamless connection between employees and customers. Salesforce goes beyond the sales department to streamline customer service, marketing, finance, partner management, logistics and everywhere in between. In order to keep up with the incredibly personal and attentive world that a flexible CRM creates, you must hop on the bandwagon! If you’re still unsure about how a CRM could benefit your team, keep reading to see the top reasons why every manufacturer needs one.

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CRM Benefits for Manufacturers

  • Inventory Management, E-commerce, Finance

A CRM is not only great for basic communications between a company and its customers, but it’s also an invaluable tool for managing your inventory, finances, and e-commerce processes throughout your company. Integrating your ERP with CRM allows for full-spectrum visibility across all valuable KPIs for your business. With insight on your finished inventory as well as your shop floor, a CRM provides invaluable information for field sales, manufacturer reps, vendors, order processing, and manufacturers to asses ways to improve the inventory turns and the net availability of products in stock.

  • Customer Support

Since CRM provides data for all aspects of your business processes, it can be used as a tool to better support your customer’s needs while communicating with your sales staff. Your customer will be able to access knowledge based articles to self-diagnose resolutions as well as getting real-time status on open trouble tickets. Another way your CRM will transform your customer support is through the data regarding past purchases and interactions. From customer communication to product launches, your CRM will provide next-level engagement with your customer, enticing them to further support your business.

  • Increased Sales Pipeline Visibility

A CRM such as Salesforce provides real-time information for availability and ship dates, as well as updates and alerts for problems that need resolution. Having visibility into your entire sales pipelines will allow your manufacturing team to work seamlessly with sales in order to resolve issues and predict trends for the future. Integration with ERPs will also tie the complete supply chain with the forecast and show actual sales in real-time.

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  • Company-wide Collaboration

Along with sales, your manufacturing team can benefit greatly from the collaboration across departments, whether that be with marketing or project management. Salesforce provides a tool named Chatter, which can provide a space for internal communication about new product releases for example, and other general conversations. Having a collaborative environment is beneficial for manufacturers as they now have insight into the way products are being sold, and are able to connect with teams across the company about data present within the CRM.

  • Vendor Management

A CRM allows you to stay connected to your vendor to ensure the highest quality products and on-time delivery through real-time communication. In today’s business world, ensuring that your vendor supports your business needs requires an integrated solution to ensure an efficient process is in place. Allow a tool like Salesforce to schedule and grade your vendors for you, in order to allow your staff to be as efficient as possible.

  • Customer Feedback

Ensuring your customer’s satisfaction is critical in today’s business world of social networking. As customers go through their evaluation, purchase, and receipt of products, you can capture and analyze areas for improvements, as well as using the feedback to socialize on your corporate channels.

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How Corrao Group Can Help

We have been optimizing business processes since 2002 and have continued to work with numerous clients in fields from manufacturing to finance. We have worked with large and small companies, new and seasoned companies, and everywhere in between. We know how it feels to have a business process in disarray, and we strive to create customized plans for each company that allows them to grow.

Working with Salesforce since 2008, we’ve have seen the invaluable benefits that a CRM can have for companies, especially those in the manufacturing industry. Salesforce allows for streamlining and company-wide visibility into all business processes. With tools such as custom reporting and forecasting enablement, data can be analyzed effortlessly. Salesforce consulting services have been just as important to us as business process optimization, and we strive to help businesses maximize their investments into their CRM.

To learn more about our the benefits of Salesforce and our Salesforce consulting services, visit our Salesforce Services page.

 

Top 8 Reasons Why Your Company Needs an Internal Newsletter

When it comes to creating newsletters, you probably only think about the ones that go out to your clients. From product sales to social marketing updates, newsletters are a great way to keep customers engaged and coming back to your company for more. But, did you know that internal newsletters are just as important? We have compiled a list of the top 8 reasons why your company needs an internal newsletter so you can keep your employees as engaged as your clients!

Top 8 Reasons Your Company Needs an Internal Newsletter

1. Transparency across all departments

Employees don’t usually keep up with their coworker’s roles unless they happen to be working in the same department or team, which can lead to a lack of company knowledge. Having an internal newsletter is a great way to highlight important projects each department is working on and may encourage employees to reach out to one another for questions and collaborations based on personal experience.

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2. Company & Industry News

It’s important that everyone in your company is up-to-date on the latest company endeavors, as well as the latest news about your industry. An internal newsletter is a perfect place to provide links to new company products/marketing services, as well as updates on competitors or changes within the industry so all employees can be informed.

3. Introducing New Employees

Whether you have a small company or are as big as Google, it’s important that new employees and clients are recognized company-wide. When there is a new addition to the company, many employees get caught up with work and don’t take the time to get to know the person or their role, so welcoming them through the newsletter is a great way to keep everyone in the loop and encourage a conversation!

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Automating (More than) your Marketing with Pardot

Pardot or “to sell,” in Latvian, is, appropriately, the name of a marketing platform that ultimately serves to lead you closer to the sale. However, nurturing your prospects from initial touch to that sale is a delicate and often lengthy process. Pardot provides a number of tools that allow you to automate the marketing process from start to finish, but the open-ended nature of the platform can also lead to the confusion surrounding best practices. Below, we’ve put together a basic structure for you to follow while automating your processes in Pardot.

Tracking

Before your prospects are prospects, they could just be visitors on your website. A variety of tools in Pardot support you to track visitor activity on your website and begin associating data with these future prospects right from the start. You’ll then be able to view all of their Pardot tracked activities once they convert from visitors to prospects.

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Converting

Forms on your web pages and landing pages act as the primary instrument for conversion from visitor to prospect status. Using Pardot forms or form handlers allows you to automatically update prospect records for use in sorting and customization as you start to develop your marketing campaigns.

Grading

The prospect grading process should really begin before you dive into the many features of Pardot. Automating a grading process for your prospects allows your team to capture information surrounding the suitability of each of the prospects in your system. You can significantly improve your conversion rates by marketing to prospects who will see the relevance of your products and services. The platform provides you with a default grading model that may serve as the foundation for your prospect grading strategy, but it also presents the opportunity to customize grading profiles for an approach that will more directly apply to your unique offerings.

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Top 7 Email Template Designs for 2019

Digital marketing has evolved and stretched its fingers across nearly every digital platform imaginable. From the paid ads you see on Instagram, to the web pages that have fostered their SEO strategy enough to land on the first page of Google, your opportunities for reaching prospects are broader than ever. Despite the surplus of opportunity in the digital landscape, email marketing remains the most effective method of marketing to your customers. Before launching your next email marketing campaign, take a look at the top email template designs for 2019. Pardot HTML email templates have a broad range of capabilities, and between these 7 examples, you’ll be able to pick and choose ideas to adopt in your own emails based on your marketing goals.

1. Call to Action: InVision

Starting off our list of email designs is a template curated by an agency well-known for its design prowess. While we must give credit to the clean overall design of the email, we would like to highlight the use of a single call-to-action after the email’s body of content. Using only one CTA has proven to improve conversion rates since it erases any doubt about which path is intended to be taken upon review of your email.

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2. Mobile-responsiveness: Yesler

You’ll notice that many of the templates we are recognizing here utilize a single-column layout, and this is no coincidence. Your customers continue to rely more and more on their mobile devices for both their personal lives and work, especially when it comes to having email access both in and out of the office. A single-column layout can easily be optimized for mobile viewing, and Yesler provides an excellent example of how a content-heavy email can still be designed with mobile in mind.

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