Outlook & Postini Spam Filter won't pass

Hi, I have run my campaign through the design and spam filter test and cannot seem to figure out why Outlook 2003, 2007 and Postini fail.  If anyone has any insights into this, I would greatly appreciate. 

Thanks,
Lisa

Code is below:

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<head>
   <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8">
   <title>Template 4 - Left Sidebar</title>
   <style type="text/css" media="screen">
      body {
          background-color: #ffffff;
          margin: 0;
          padding: 0;
      }

      p a {
          color: #864c29;
          ;
      }

   
      table.bg {
          background-color: #ffffff;
        border: 1px solid #000;
      }

     

      td.sidebar {
          background-color: #fce486;
         
      }

      td.sidebar h2 {
          font-family: Georgia;
          font-size: 16px;
          font-weight: normal;
          color: #464646;
          margin: 0 0 10px 0;
          border-bottom: 3px solid #464646;
          text-transform: uppercase;
      }

      td.sidebar ul {
          margin: 0 0 20px 24px;
          padding: 0;
          font-family: Georgia;
          font-size: 12px;
          font-weight: normal;
          color: #313131;
      }

      td.sidebar ul a {
          font-family: Georgia;
          font-size: 12px;
          font-weight: normal;
          color: #44a0df;
      }

      td.sidebar p {
      font-family: "Times New Roman", Times, serif;
          font-size: 12px;
        line-height: 1.5em;
          font-weight: normal;
          color: #313131;;
          margin: 0 0 14px 0;
          padding: 0;
      }

      td.sidespace {
         padding: 20px;
      }

      table.options {
          border-top: 1px solid #9f9862;
          border-bottom: 1px solid #9f9862;
      }

      table.options td {
          padding: 16px 22px 16px 22px;
      }

      td.border {
          border-bottom: 1px solid #9f9862;
      }

      td.mainbar {
         padding: 20px;
      }

      td.mainbar h2 {
   font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;
          font-size: 20px;
          font-weight: bold;
          color: #000000;
          margin: 0 0 10px 0;
          padding: 0;
      }

      td.mainbar h2 a {
    font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;
          font-size: 20px;
          font-weight: bold;
          color: #000000;
             text-decoration: none;
      }

      td.mainbar p {
         font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;
          font-size: 13px;
        line-height: 1.5em;
          font-weight: normal;
          color: #000000;
          margin: 0 0 8px 0;
          padding: 0;
      }
         td.mainbar p#quote {
          font-weight: bold;
        font-style:italic;
        line-height:1.5em;
        margin-top: 20px;
       
      }
      td.mainbar p#source{
          font-size: 10px;
          line-height:.9em;
          margin-top: 0px 0 30px 0;
      }
      
    
      
      
      
       table.footer {
          font-family: "Times New Roman", Times, serif;
          font-size: 11px;
          font-weight: normal;
          color: #000000;
          text-align: center;
          }

     
      table.bgBottom {
         padding: 10px;
         
       
      }
   </style>

</head>
<body>

<table width="100%" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0">
   <tr>
      <td align="center">
             
               
          <table width="579" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" class="bg">
            <tr>
               <td width="254" align="center" valign="top" class="sidebar">
                  <table width="100%" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0">
                     <tr>
                     <td><img src="left-col-bkg.jpg" width="212" height="222" alt="John Leininger"></td>
                     </tr>
                     <tr>
                        <td align="left" class="sidespace">

                         
                       <p>Dear [firstname1,fallback=Friend],</p>
                          <p>I have a dream job. I get to listen to all  sorts of talented and exceptional folks  tell me about their dreams and visions,  whether it’s for themselves, or for a  special client they are seeking to help. </p>
                          <p>This e-mail highlights yet another great  example of how our staff, skills and yes,  experience were actually a true comfort  to our client in realizing her dreams. In  fact, she was so pleased, she decided to  share her experience with other home  owners online on <a href="http://www.angieslist.com/Angieslist/CompanyList/SP--kentucky--lexington--doors--leininger-cabinet-and-woodworking-inc--8592520429.aspx">AngiesList.com</a>, giving  us an incredible endorsement, some of  which, we have included in this e-mail. </p>
                          <p>Anyway, should you find yourself seeking trusted help in realizing your particular dream or vision, please feel welcome to <a href="http://www.lcw-inc.com">visit our site</a>, and  email or call me anytime.</p>
                          <p> I look forward to your call and learning  how we may be of help to you. </p>
                         
                       <p><img src="signature.gif" width="50" height="53" alt="signature"></p>
                           <p>John Leininger<br>
President<br>
Leininger Cabinet &amp; Woodworking<br>
<a href="http://www.lcw-inc.com">www.lcw-inc.com</a></p>
                           <p><strong>t- 859-252-0429</strong><br>
                             <a href="mailto:johnl@lcw-inc.com">johnl@lcw-inc.com </a></p>
                           
                           
                           
                           
                       </td>
                     </tr>
                  </table>
               </td>
               
               <td width="325" align="center" valign="top">
                  <table width="100%" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0">
                     <tr>
                            <td><img src="mainbar-bkg-nov.gif" width="367" height="97" alt="On Budget, On Time, Project #091203"></td>
                     </tr>
                     <tr>
                       <td align="left" class="mainbar">
                           
                           <h2>On Budget, and On Time!</h2>
                       <p>Renovation doesn’t have to be stressful, or dare we say a  nightmare. In fact this project, and the comments below from  long-time client and friend Annette Bacola really say it all.   <a href="#">See Another Example</a></p>
                          <img src="Leininger_Bacola9-15.jpg" width="327" height="261" alt="Bacola Estate Project">
                           <p id="quote">&quot;Leininger Cabinet & Woodworking is simply the best of the best!
They did virtually every cabinet and woodworking detail for <img src="bacola-small.jpg" alt="Annette Bacola Home Exterior" width="180" height="155" align="right">my
recently acquired home. The quality was extraordinary and they
were a dream to work with. Their pricing was reasonable for the
quality, and they delivered on budget and on time. One of those
rare and perfect experiences.
&quot;</p>
                         <p id="source">
                             ANNETTE BACOLA, CHICAGO, IL</p>
                             <br />
                         <img src="bacola-lower.jpg" alt="Bacola Interior Kitchen" width="250" height="230"></td>
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                        <td align="center"><p><strong>This e-mail was sent to [email]by <a href="mailto:johnl@lcw-inc.com">johnl@lcw-inc.com</a></strong><br>
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<p><strong>Leininger Cabinet &amp; Woodworking Inc. 116 S. Forbes Road,  Lexington KY 40511</strong></p></td>
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Jarrod Jarrod, 7 years ago

Lisa,

Unfortunately, it's hard to note specific reasons why your campaign has failed these filters, as there is not a lot of documentation on this subject. One observation however, is the use of a url as link text may be producing phishing warnings.

Our best recommendation is to do some trial and error testing by altering content and sending test emails to Outlook 2003 and 2007 clients, gradually removing any content you think may be triggering the filter. Also try alternating the subject line and from name/address.

For more information, have a read over this help topic for a few further notes on these filters, plus you may find this blog post helpful about Postini.

Phil1, 6 years ago

I have found that outlook doesn't seem to like things being centred. Probably a little late to help the op but hopefully might help future outlook sufferers who find this post

BThies BThies, 6 years ago

Majority of the time it has to do with specific text, links, subject lines, and font-sizes.

I'll test the centering theory, but I can't see why that would raise red flags.


Brian Thies
Professional Email Developer
Thies Publishing

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