What is email validation and why is it important?
Valid email addresses are essential for any company hoping to succeed with email marketing and customer communication. It’s critical to double-check your email address list is correct, error-free, and that the emails actually exist. People make mistakes, it happens, it’s not uncommon for your customers and subscribers to make typos in their email addresses during input. And if these typos go unnoticed and uncorrected into your database, you will not only lose contact with that customer, but also have an overall bad effect on your overall deliverability score as more of your emails bounce.
We’ve put together a handy guide advising how to check if an email is valid, why it’s important for your marketing strategies and sales communications, and how Fetchify could make life so much easier for you.
What is email validation?
Email validation is a method of determining whether or not an email address is reachable and valid. It executes a quick process that detects typos, whether they are honest errors or deliberate misdirection. It also verifies whether a specific email address is associated with a reputable domain. This tool not only checks email addresses at point of entry into your database, it also protects your email sender score, allowing you to get the most out of your email software.
It’s not enough to simply be checking for an @ symbol in your email field, or for a full stop and a standardised suffix. These only verify that a customer’s email address is properly formatted. Just identifying correct format doesn’t check if an email address works and is linked to a valid, frequently used inbox. This means you won’t realise it’s invalid until you try to contact the customers or prospect. Whether it’s for signup confirmation or an email campaign, if too many of your emails bounce back, you could end up automatically being filed into junk folders.
Why is email validation important?
Email marketing is essential for eCommerce firms because it allows you to connect with customers instantly without depending on social media algorithms or search engine results. It has a significantly lower risk than social media advertising. Your subscriber list is yours to keep and your communications are delivered directly to them, even if you switch platforms. That implies you can’t lose your ability to interact with them due to an algorithm change, a failure of an external firm, or an arbitrary ban.
Here are some great benefits of email marketing:
It boosts brand recognition – consumers who follow you indicate that they are interested in your business
- It is incredibly measurable, allowing you to diagnose issues and identify areas where you can improve
- It’s cost-effective
- Because some purchasers are in the research, comparison, or ready-to-buy stages, personalised messaging is possible, customised to their stage in the buyer journey.
Whether email marketing is your main method of communicating with clients or just one of several different channels, verifying customer email addresses at the time of entry/capture is a primary priority in order to maximise your campaign’s contactable audience and readability. Having verified email addresses could reduce your bounce rate by up to 98%1, which is a staggering statistic. It can also help with increasing your conversion rate as you can be sure your campaigns are going to the correct email addresses every time.
How Fetchify can help with email validation
We are experts in data validation with over 13 years of experience. When you choose us for your email address validation, you can expect immediate results and enhanced engagement. Our systems work worldwide, checking the email that your subscriber has entered is active and deliverable. As incorrect formatting or addresses are rejected in real time, users are prompted to correct the information immediately, allowing for quick and easy corrections to take place and deterring deliberately wrong information.
But what about the emails already in your database?
Don’t worry, we’ve got your back there too, with our data cleansing service. We can cleanse your existing contact list to reduce bounces caused by old, bad data, as well as ensuring only clean data is added to your database moving forward. Get in touch with our helpful team of experts to find out more about how our email validation and suite of data services can benefit your business.
We are a pioneer in SaaS address lookup and data validation solutions. We process millions of data transactions each day for thousands of clients ranging from small e-commerce startups to large household brands such as Heinz and RBS. Our flagship products Address Auto-Complete and Postcode Lookup reduce friction on checkouts, leading to increases in conversion rate of up to 40%, and helps reduce failed deliveries by as much as 75%. Since launching in 2008, we have differentiated by our ease of integration and exceptional support.