Episode 6: Microsoft Makes an Acquisition and Gmail Inches Towards Responsive Emails

In the sixth episode of The Email Design Podcast, hosts Kevin Mandeville and Jason Rodriguez discuss Microsoft acquisitions, Gmail’s (hopefully) coming support for media queries, and how to ruin movies with email. Tune in as Jason struggles to combat bad audio and Kevin solidifies the official Email Design Podcast sign-off. Be sure to follow along and join in the discussion on Twitter using #EmailDesignPodcast.

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Typography Tips for Email Designers

Typography is the foundation of every email–at least it should be. While making your message readable for all subscribers is a priority, there are a few things we can do to push typography to new levels. In this post, we take a look at some interesting tips from designer Paul Airy for getting the most out of our type.

The Designer’s Guide to Email Analytics

Using data to make design decisions is crucial to making your messages more effective. Email Analytics can show you engagement, email client, geolocation, and forward and print data to help make key design and HTML build decisions, providing you with opportunities to surprise and delight your subscribers (not to mention increase conversions!).

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Now Hiring: Email Marketing Manager

There’s an amazing opportunity to join the Litmus team as our email marketing manager—conceiving and executing the messages we send to customers, future customers, fans, and partners. I’m looking for someone who lives, breathes, eats, and sleeps email marketing. The type of person that thinks about new ways to utilize segmentation in the shower, discusses bulletproof buttons and actionable CTAs at dinner, and dreams about your next A/B test at night. If you’ve ever replied to a marketing email from your favorite brand to tell them they should use styled ALT text on their images, or annoyed your friends by defending your job as a “spammer,” this might be the job for you.

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A Bulletproof Guide to Using HTML5 and CSS3 in Email

When it comes to email, it’s all about providing your subscribers with a great experience. However, this doesn’t mean that your email has to look the same across every client—it just needs to be easily accessible for all of your subscribers. So, while HTML5 and CSS3 may not be supported everywhere, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t use it. Use progressive enhancement and graceful degradation to ensure a positive email experience for all of your subscribers.

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The Science of Email Clicks: The Impact of Responsive Design & Inbox Testing

Whether it’s reading a blog post with your phone, catching up on Twitter with a tablet, or even previewing emails on your watch, the number and types of devices we use to consume content are growing rapidly. In fact, at least 43% of emails are opened on a tablet or smartphone. How does small-screen reading impact subscriber behavior after emails are opened? MailChimp analyzed over 395 million emails during a 6-month period to examine how a user’s preferred device affects email engagement, investigate the impact of responsive design, and find out if testing your emails can increase click rates.

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How Atlassian Uses A/B Testing to Send Strategic, Optimized Campaigns

One way to gain insight into your subscribers and their preferences is through A/B testing. At the conference, Mike Heimowitz, Atlassian’s online marketing manager, presented on using A/B testing to learn what resonates with your audience so you can continuously optimize your emails. With this data in hand, you’ll be able to produce better-performing campaigns (and, hey, maybe even make more money!).

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How to Create Compelling Content using the VENT Methodology

It’s getting harder and harder to stand out in the inbox. Fledging startups are churning out new tools aimed at managing the volume of email that people receive—and subscribers are snapping them up. Meanwhile, the email industry continues to beat the relevance drum, pounding it into our heads that we need to be relevant to our audience, that sending relevant emails is the only way to rise above the noise, that relevant content is the golden ticket to email marketing success. But what, exactly, does it mean to be relevant? How can you tell if your content—and your emails—have relevance to your audience? The answer lies in the VENT methodology.