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4 Things I Learned at The Email Evolution Conference
February 3, 2011

I just got back from the 2011 Email Evolution Conference in sunny South Beach. The fourth annual event, sponsored by the Direct Marketing Association's Email Experience Council (EEC), didn't disappoint. I met many of my "virtual" contacts in person, did some networking, gathered some interesting content for our e-newsletters and acquired leads for future articles. There was a positive vibe about email in general at the event, with more than 500 attendees and exhibitors milling around the Eden Roc Resort. Here are four takeways from the conference:

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