I hope everyone has a happy and safe Thanksgiving Holiday. Maybe you’ve got a long weekend ahead or perhaps you’ll need to be up and ready to provide deliverability support for those Black Friday email campaigns. Either way, I hope things go smoothly and that you have a good one.I hear that supply chain issues could interfere with turkey deliveries, so don’t forget that our good friend SPAM® Oven Roasted Turkey is always available as a backup.Disclaimer: Neither I nor Spam Resource are connected to Hormel or the foodstuff known as SPAM in any way. I’m just a fan! Please don’t sue!Take care and I’ll see you back on the blog and in email soon!
Having trouble sending mail to mail.mil? You’re not alone. One of their three authoritative DNS servers (sdns3.csd.disa.mil) for the domain mail.mil appears to be unreachable right now. Confirm for yourself here.If you use public DNS, results are mixed. My testing shows that Cloudflare can find the MX record; Google Public DNS cannot.If you’re lucky enough where it’s easy to hard code an MX setting in your mail sending infrastructure, you could probably get away with temporarily directly mapping mail destined to mail.mil so that your MTAs just directly connect to IPs 126.96.36.199 – 188.8.131.52, as they seem to be responding just fine on port 25. (Those IPs are just a few of the mail servers that host mail for that domain.) Of course, that’s not a scalable long-term solution.I’ll update the website when more information is available.
CM Group has announced a merger with email service provider/customer engagement platform Cheetah Digital (aka CheetahMail, once upon a time owned by Experian, later spun out standalone, with leadership and a lot of higher-level positions more recently filled by ex-ExactTarget and Salesforce folks). This would seem to bring Cheetah under common ownership with Campaign Monitor, Emma, Delivra, Sailthru and Selligent.This is very clearly being presented as a merger and I’m not seeing any information about a potential cost of acquisition. Usually these kind of things happen because private investors want to cash out — I’m assuming there’s something to that here, and I suspect we’ll see more on this in the tech industry press in the coming days. Stay tuned!Read the press release here.Pictured: The Guaranty Building in downtown Indianapolis, which was one of the first headquarters for ExactTarget, now Salesforce Marketing Cloud. If you look closely, you can see the “Cheetah…
Multiple sources are reporting that Google Postmaster Tools (GPT) has returned. I’ve confirmed it myself; graphs and data are back. As previously mentioned, Google Postmaster Tools went down around October 4th (and DMARC reports ceased to be sent, around the same time).In my Google Postmaster Tools dashboard, I’m getting a warning that says “Data shown with missing records. Some data may be unavailable,” suggesting that Google could still be working on loading missing data.Google began to send DMARC reports again starting on October 9th or 10th.