Connect External SMTP from Mailgun or SendGrid to Woodpecker

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We’ve recently launched an option to connect an external SMTP from two email delivery providers: Mailgun and SendGrid. If you have been using one of those services to send your business emails, now it’s easier for you to connect your SMTP to Woodpecker. If you haven’t been using those, and frankly have a hazy idea what it is all about, you may want to learn more from this post. Either way, keep reading to find out when it makes sense to use Woodpecker’s integrations with Mailgun and SendGrid and how you can actually benefit from that.

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What to Do if You Feel Like Cold Emails Don’t Work for You?

 

Have you ever felt like that? You’ve sent a cold email campaign and you’ve got poor response. “Argh, this just doesn’t work for me…” I bet most of us have thought that to themselves at least once. In moments like that, we are usually demotivated and we feel helpless. We feel like we want to give up. But if you give up too soon, you might miss a lot of opportunities.

Before giving up on cold emailing, you can do at least 12 things to verify if cold emails really don’t work for you, or if they haven’t work for you because you were missing something in your approach. See what you can do.

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How We Use Woodpecker for Inbound Sales

I write a lot about cold email outreach automation, which is a part of outbound sales. But today I’ve got something quite different that I want to share with you. I want to show you how our own inbound sales team uses Woodpecker to contact people who have signed up for a free trial. This is something I believe played a huge role in getting Woodpecker from 1 to 1000 B2B customers in 2,5 years. Keep reading to learn more about the whole process and see some email templates.

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How We Actually Rework Our Ideal Customer Profile

At the beginning of 2016, I wrote about the Ideal Customer Profile (ICP) framework that we adopted at Woodpecker and about the way we worked on our marketing personas. At that point, we had around 100 B2B customers.

Our customer base has grown to 1000 since then. And it has obviously changed a bit, too. Here’s about how we actually measure the changes in our customer base in order to constantly rework our ideal customer profile as our company grows, and why it’s important to keep the ICP up to date in general.

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Celebrating 1000+ Customers at Woodpecker.co

 

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This month, we hit the magic number of 1000 B2B customers at Woodpecker.co. We decided to celebrate in a very special way. This time, instead of preparing a rough-numbers report, we decided to surprise you with a natural science article about great spotted woodpecker’s vs. Woodpecker.co’s life cycle. Check in what ways Woodpecker resembles its natural counterpart and learn more about Woodpecker’s symbionts (a.k.a. customers).

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What Mail Merge Custom Fields Can I Use for Clever Outreach?

Mail merge fields, custom fields, dynamic fields, snippets however you call them, successful cold email outreach can’t be done without them. These are just the pieces of information about each of your prospects that can be merged into your email templates to make your messages catch people’s attention. In this post, I’m sharing some ideas for custom fields, other than the traditional first name and company name. Learn where to find them and how to add them to your prospect base for more effective personalization at scale.

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Lean Approach to Email Outreach, or How Big Should My Cold Email Campaign Be?

Our users sometimes report to us that they couldn’t find enough time to run their outbound campaigns. Yes, a well-thought-out cold email campaign takes some time to get prepared. But what we often observe is that cold email senders want to go large from the very beginning: have a prospect base including thousands of addresses, an 8-touch email sequence with A/B testing, and so on. In this post, I’m going to show you why it’s more beneficial to start small. Check out what we call the lean approach to cold email, and why it’s worth testing.

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SMTP & IMAP: What Is It? How Does It Work?

SMTP & IMAP are the two main protocols that allow you to send and receive emails. Why am I even writing about this? Well, sometimes we take crucial things for granted. We use them every day and don’t ever think about how they work. I believe that this is one of such things. And I think that it’s worth understanding how sending your emails works, especially if you send a lot of them as a part of your job.

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What’s the Difference Between Inbound & Outbound Lead Service?

You can get leads from two sources: inbound and outbound. But what’s actually the difference between the two when it comes to sales? How do you approach the leads from those two sources? Should you work out two different strategies for serving them? If so, how should the strategies differ? Keep reading to find the answers to those questions and convert more leads, both inbound and outbound, into customers.

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