The influx of phishing and spam emails, combined with the recent Microsoft email hack, has made email deliverability a little more challenging. As concerns over security and privacy increase, email service providers continue to make email filters stricter.

CountingWorks PRO emails fall into the following categories: transactional (E-Sign or message notification), reminders, or marketing emails (newsletter).

We have taken steps to improve system-generated email by optimizing the email structure, minimizing the use of words that might get flagged, and monitoring email delivery rates. Our platform successfully delivers millions of emails every month.

Here are some areas that you might look at if you are facing email deliverability challenges.

1. Do not use Gmail or Yahoo type emails as your “from” email address.

Use an email address that includes your domain name as the “from” sender.
Ex: [email protected].

2. If you host your own domain, update your email settings to include our SPF settings.

Unlike other email products out there, we allow for maximized branding of your messages, which means the messages appear to come right from you. There are some instances where mail servers will recognize that you are not the actual sender of this message.

This can cause the messages to go to spam. However, there is a way that you can tell other servers that it is OK for our server to send messages on your behalf.

Please have your IT person add this SPF record to your DNS entry to ensure proper deliverability:

For Google:

v=spf1 a mx include:world-serv.net include:_spf.google.com  ~all

If you do have an existing SPF record, add this to the SPF record string:

include:world-mailserv.net -all

For Rackspace email:

v=spf1 a mx include:world-mailserv.net include:emailsrvr.com ?all

If you do have an existing SPF record, add this to the SPF record string:

include:world-mailserv.net -all

For Office365 email:

v=spf1 a mx include:world-mailserv.net include:spf.protection.outlook.com ?all

If you do have an existing SPF record, add this to the SPF record string:

include:world-mailserv.net -all

If you use another third-party system, please inquire to research the proper SPF settings for your configuration.

3. Do not use words that might be flagged as spam.

Check out this article by AutoPilot with a list of 202 spam trigger words you will want to avoid.

4. Ask your subscribers to add your “from” email address to their contact list.

For example, in Gmail, users can hover over the sender's name in the top-left corner of the email, then click "Add to Contacts." Emails from a subscriber's contacts always go to the Primary inbox. Ask your subscribers to add your “from” email address to their contact lists.

5. Did the recipient flag you as a junk sender?

The number 1 issue we see with email deliverability is when your recipient flagged one of your emails as spam or unsubscribed. They will need to resubscribe to get you off a blocked list.

6. Has your email been hacked?

If your email has recently been hacked or spoofed in a hacker phishing campaign, your domain or even phone number might be showing up on spam filter tools and being blocked. There are steps you can take to get yourself removed if this has occurred. Contact your IT professional for support.

7 . Proper DMARC settings

We have found that some clients who manage their own DMARC settings have made the settings so high they get their own emails flagged by many internet providers. This usually looks like this:

● None,

● Quarantine, or

● Reject

Many times we see “quarantine” ending up in spam folders. You will want to change that to “none.”

When in doubt, you can view the flagged email header to see why the email is being blocked or delivered to spam. Here is a great email header guide for the most popular email clients.

Keeping your domain name and sender email scoring low in spam filters is our priority. Ensure you only send emails to people who have opted in or have a pre-existing business relationship.

If you need assistance with updating your SPF records, please reach out to Client Success at [email protected].

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