In Klaviyo, there are two types of profiles: Active and Suppressed.
This guide will define what it means for a profile to be "suppressed" and the significance of these profiles in your Klaviyo account.
- To learn more about how Klaviyo manages unique contact profiles, click here
- To explore Klaviyo's guide to unsubscribes, click here
What is a Suppressed Profile?
A "suppressed profile" in Klaviyo is a person that can no longer be emailed. A person can become suppressed for the following reasons:
- The person unsubscribed: The main way a profile will become suppressed is if the person unsubscribes from one of your emails; when someone unsubscribes, Klaviyo will suppress the person to ensure that he/she no longer receives emails from you.
- The person marked an email as spam: If a recipient struggles to find an unsubscribe button, or otherwise wants to take action against your email as spam, many inbox providers allow for a user to directly mark an email as "spam"; when this occurs, Klaviyo will automatically suppress this person to ensure that he/she no longer receives emails from you.
- An email to the person hard bounced: A hard bounce occurs when an email cannot be delivered due to a permanent reason. This could be caused by a variety of reasons, including a misspelled email or a deliberate block by the email server. Given a hard bounce signals a permanent email delivery issue, Klaviyo will automatically suppress these profiles to help ensure your lists stay clean.
- Manually added: If you have a file of people you want to manually upload to your Suppression List, this is an option; you will be able to distinguish these people on your Suppression List by the reason "manually added". Note that you cannot bulk un-suppress individuals from your Suppression List even if you manually added them.
To find your Suppression List in Klaviyo, navigate to the Profiles tab and then click Suppressed Profiles in the upper right-hand corner. Once you navigate to your Suppression List, you will be able to filter by reason, export this list to a CSV, add an email address manually, or upload a file of people you'd like to suppress.
How Klaviyo Treats Suppressed Profiles
Suppressed Profiles & Pricing
Klaviyo's pricing tiers are based on the total number of active profiles in your account. An active profile is any profile that isn't suppressed; Klaviyo does not charge for suppressed profiles.
If you navigate to your Account Overview, you will only see active profiles referenced in terms of counting against your plan limit. On the Profiles tab of your account, you will see the counts for total Active Profiles and Suppressed Profiles separately.
Automatic Exclusion from Email Sends
Klaviyo will automatically exclude all suppressed profiles from any send. This means even if you try to send an email to profiles that are suppressed, Klaviyo will automatically ensure these intended recipients get skipped.
For Flow emails, for example, under Recipient Activity > Other there you will always find a Skipped: Person Suppressed count that signals how many people didn't receive the email because they are suppressed in your account:
If you have Klaviyo's Global Unsubscribe feature enabled, which is highly recommended, someone will become "globally" suppressed in your account after unsubscribing from any email. This means that if someone unsubscribes from just one list, he/she will stop receiving emails altogether vs. just being removed from that single list.
Keeping our Global Unsubscribe feature enabled is recommended because it is most inline with recipient expectations. If a recipient chooses to unsubscribe, this action signals he/she would like to stop receiving emails from the sender. If this recipient continues to receive emails from the sender, he/she will either ignore your emails, begin to mark them as spam, or take more aggressive action -- as a sender, all of these consequences can significantly harm your email deliverability.
After someone becomes globally suppressed, however, this person is not automatically removed from all lists and segments that he/she may be part of in your account. This suppressed person's existing subscriptions and segment inclusions will remain intact, but the "suppressed" tag will ensure this person does not receive any emails moving forward. If someone reaches out asking to opt back in, you can then simply remove the "suppressed" tag and this person will promptly begin receiving the same emails as before - this person won't have to worry about re-subscribing.
This means, however, that your main Newsletter list may have, say 500 people on it, but it's possible that 5% of those people are actually globally suppressed. If you send a campaign to this Newsletter list, Klaviyo will automatically skip all suppressed users and you'll notice that only 475 emails were successfully sent.
To test this out, use Klaviyo's Segment Builder to view a cross-section of your list that is suppressed. This segment should include the following two conditions:
If someone is in or not in a list >
Person is in [Choose List]
If someone is or is not suppressed >
Person is suppressed
Keeping vs. Deleting Suppressed Profiles
There are severals reasons why Klaviyo recommends keeping suppressed profiles in your account instead of deleting them:
- Klaviyo will never charge you for suppressed profiles: Klaviyo's pricing tiers are based on the total number of active profiles; you will never be prompted to upgrade to pay for suppressed contacts, so there is no cost associated with keeping them in your account.
- Suppressed users still matter for business insights: Klaviyo's powerful segmentation tools allow you to slice and dice your data for more targeting email communication, but these same tools can also be helpful for gaining important business insights. If you plan on creating segments to analyze customer behavior, website activity, etc., deleting profiles (even those you can't ultimately email) will skew these segments and make it impossible to get accurate insights.
- People can re-subscribe: If someone chooses to re-subscribe to the list he/she initially unsubscribed from, Klaviyo will automatically un-suppress this person. By leaving suppressed profiles intact in your account, you also keep their entire engagement/activity history that can be useful if they resubscribe in the future.