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If you are an independent software vendor (ISV) that integrates your communication platform with SendGrid APIs, this post is for you.
Enabling many customers to operate email programs concurrently is a complex task and you are in good hands with Twilio SendGrid. Our experience working with some of the world’s largest volume ISVs has taught us a few things about how ISVs can onboard customers for success.
In this article, I’ll present a framework that will help you avoid common pitfalls and institute internal processes to get your first customers up and running efficiently.
If your customers are successful, your platform will be too! Every ISV platform is different, and your customers may have different requirements and demands, too. Having a consistent approach to customer onboarding will reduce problematic sending practices that can hinder and harm your business.
Below is a suggested framework on which you can build when designing your product features and services.
When customers use your platform to send email, you share their success and their challenges. It’s especially important to ensure that your customers use your platform to send wanted and well-orchestrated email campaigns, so that you build and maintain a good reputation for your IPs and your overall platform.
We recommend building the following steps into your customer onboarding process when vetting a customer’s readiness to start using your platform to send email.
A verified sender domain is a prerequisite for sending email as it signals to inbox providers and recipients that your customer’s email can be trusted, ensuring that the emails are delivered as expected. Follow the instructions below to ensure that your customer’s domains are ready to go.
We recommend that you take time to feel confident in your customer’s plans to send email that meets their stated business goals and that their audience in theory wants to receive. There is some art and some science to this step. In our experience, seeing examples of your customer’s planned communications and ensuring that they have an understanding of email deliverability will greatly improve outcomes for you and them.
As new customers are cleared to start sending, we recommend that you give them a chance to warm up before they hit their largest volumes. This period gives you time to see how your system is working for them and for them to more safely get comfortable with your platform. If challenges arise at this time, it will be easier to adjust course at this stage.
IP pooling is an essential tool for ISVs who are managing many different email programs simultaneously. We recommend that you take time to understand and establish IP pools with good sending reputations. From there, you’ll be ready to assign customer mailstreams accordingly.
The truth is that some of your customers at some point may end up in hot water in terms of their sending reputations. The good news is that with good monitoring, you can catch the problems as they materialize and before they spill over into other IP pools. Follow the actions below and you should be ready to capture and contain poor sending results.
Many problems that could arise when your customers are operating their email programs can be prevented or mitigated through proactive support and training. The following practices can help your team build internal knowledge and develop positive relationships with your customers.
You would obviously like to avoid it but despite all of your best efforts some customers may not comply with the positive sending behavior that you need for them to operate on your platform. The following steps may help your team stay on top of your sending policies and enable your team to respond when escalations arise.
Running an ISV email platform is complex and it can help to have experts by your side. Twilio Professional Services has a team of seasoned email experts whose knowledge ranges from building scalable email applications to email deliverability and email program management. We love ISVs!
If your team would benefit from guidance while you build and operate your ISV email program, reach out to Twilio Professional Services to learn more. We are ready and waiting to help you build!