Email marketing is so commonplace these days that thinking it's 'dead' and not worth trying is a common misconception. In fact, the idea that email marketing is dying out, and that your choice of email marketing software doesn't really matter are two of the biggest myths in the marketing world today.
The fact is that, when done right, email marketing can be extremely useful for your brand and should never be overlooked. And, the software and platform that you're using to send out your marketing emails and newsletters really does matter. You should find an option that works well for your brand and offers all the features that you need. So, what should you be looking for in an email marketing program?
#1. Ease of Use:
The last thing that you want is to be spending hours and hours creating marketing emails on a platform that's really tricky to use. Unless you're a coding wizard, you'll want to opt for something that allows you to easily create marketing emails that stand out from the crowd, whether it's a drag-and-drop option or easy email templates that you can customize to fit your brand and your message.
#2. Great Reviews:
Secondly, look for a platform that's been tried and tested by other users such as yourself. It's a good idea to ask your business contacts if they have any recommendations; ask what they are using right now and whether they think it is worth you investing in, or if they have used a program in the past that they think would be suitable for your needs. Use the internet to your advantage, too – you can find several third-party review sites where you'll find honest descriptions of various services. You can also read through informational articles from sites like PieSync comparing different programs such as Mailchimp vs. Sendgrid to get a better idea of what's going to work for you.
Price will play an important factor in your choice as you'll need to find a program that fits your budget, but don't let it all boil down to how much you're going to be paying. It's always better to spend all of your budget or even go over a little bit for the right platform that's going to get you the results that you want, rather than opting for the cheapest version just to save money and risking spending more in the long term to fix mistakes and problems.
Last but not least, consider the amount of manual work that you will actually have to do in order to get your emails created and sent out to the right people. The best email marketing programs offer tools for automating important tasks such as filtering through emails and creating a list, automatic email re-sending to people who didn't open it the first time, and removing the emails of people who've requested to be taken off the list. It's a good idea to also find a tool that can easily sync up to other programs that you use for CRM and more.
Not all email marketing programs are created equally, so take some time to research and determine which is the best choice for your brand.
With so many groundbreaking medical advances being revealed to the world every single day, you would imagine there would be some advancement on the plethora of many female-prevalent diseases (think female cancers, Alzheimer's, depression, heart conditions etc.) that women are fighting every single day.
For Anna Villarreal and her team, there frankly wasn't enough being done. In turn, she developed a method that diagnoses these diseases earlier than traditional methods, using a pretty untraditional method in itself: through your menstrual blood.
Getting from point A to point B wasn't so easy though. Villarreal was battling a disease herself and through that experience. “I wondered if there was a way to test menstrual blood for female specific diseases," she says. "Perhaps my situation could have been prevented or at least better managed. This led me to begin researching menstrual blood as a diagnostic source. For reasons the scientific and medical community do not fully understand, certain diseases impact women differently than men. The research shows that clinical trials have a disproportionate focus on male research subjects despite clear evidence that many diseases impact more women than men."
There's also no denying that gap in women's healthcare in clinical research involving female subjects - which is exactly what inspired Villarreal to launch her company, LifeStory Health. She says that, “with my personal experience everything was brought full circle."
“There is a challenge and a need in the medical community for more sex-specific research. I believe the omission of females as research subjects is putting women's health at risk and we need to fuel a conversation that will improve women's healthcare.,"
Her brand new biotech company is committed to changing the women's healthcare market through technology, innovation and vocalization and through extensive research and testing. She is working to develop the first ever, non-invasive, menstrual blood diagnostic and has partnered with a top Boston-area University on research and has won awards from The International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering and Northeastern University's RISE.
How does it work exactly? Proteins are discovered in menstrual blood that can quickly and easily detect, manage and track diseases in women, resulting in diseases that can be earlier detected, treated and even prevented in the first place. The menstrual blood is easy to collect and since it's a relatively unexplored diagnostic it's honestly a really revolutionary concept, too.
So far, the reactions of this innovative research has been nothing but excitement. “The reactions have been incredibly positive." she shares with SWAAY. “Currently, menstrual blood is discarded as bio waste, but it could carry the potential for new breakthroughs in diagnosis. When I educate women on the lack of female subjects used in research and clinical trials, they are surprised and very excited at the prospect that LifeStory Health may provide a solution and the key to early detection."
To give a doctor's input, and a little bit more of an explanation as to why this really works, Dr. Pat Salber, MD, and Founder of The Doctor Weighs In comments: “researchers have been studying stem cells derived from menstrual blood for more than a decade. Stem cells are cells that have the capability of differentiating into different types of tissues. There are two major types of stem cells, embryonic and adult. Adult stem cells have a more limited differentiation potential, but avoid the ethical issues that have surrounded research with embryonic stem cells. Stem cells from menstrual blood are adult stem cells."
These stem cells are so important when it comes to new findings. “Stem cells serve as the backbone of research in the field of regenerative medicine – the focus which is to grow tissues, such as skin, to repair burn and other types of serious skin wounds.
A certain type of stem cell, known as mesenchymal stem cells (MenSCs) derived from menstrual blood has been found to both grow well in the lab and have the capability to differentiate in various cell types, including skin. In addition to being used to grow tissues, their properties can be studied that will elucidate many different aspects of cell function," Dr. Salber explains.
To show the outpour of support for her efforts and this major girl power research, Villarreal remarks, “women are volunteering their samples happily report the arrival of their periods by giving samples to our lab announcing “de-identified sample number XXX arrived today!" It's a far cry from the stereotype of when “it's that time of the month."
How are these collections being done? “Although it might sound odd to collect menstrual blood, plastic cups have been developed to use in the collection process. This is similar to menstrual products, called menstrual cups, that have been on the market for many years," Dr. Salber says.
Equally shocking and innovative, this might be something that becomes more common practice in the future. And according to Dr. Salber, women may be able to not only use the menstrual blood for early detection, but be able to store the stem cells from it to help treat future diseases. “Companies are working to commercialize the use of menstrual blood stem cells. One company, for example, is offering a patented service to store menstrual blood stem cells for use in tissue generation if the need arises."