Today, we’re thrilled to announce the Email Design Podcast. Hosts Kevin Mandeville and Jason Rodriguez discuss industry news, design techniques, tools, coding best practices and upcoming events every month.
When it comes to doing email right, there’s a lot to consider: the from name, subject line, reply address, preheader, content—even landing pages and more! This collection of email best practices in action—complete with plenty of examples—will help you check all the boxes.
With 100 employees and only five people in their promotions/marketing department (none of whom are focused solely on email!), Edinburgh Bicycle was still able to optimize their emails for viewing in mobile, desktop, and webmail environments. Despite their limited resources, responsive design was a must for them and they accomplished their mobile goals!
April Fools’ Day gives email marketers (and marketers in general!) the perfect opportunity to show their brand personality through witty and funny techniques. Here at Litmus, we anxiously monitored our inboxes all day (yes, we are email nerds) waiting for the April Fools’ emails to roll in. While there were some awesome ones that made us laugh, the majority left us feeling pretty unimpressed.
Launching the Litmus Community—a hub for any and all conversations about email design, marketing, and code—was an exciting announcement for our team. We didn’t want to launch Community with just any average marketing email. We wanted the message to resonate strongly with users and illustrate the idea that every email marketer and designer has a true home in the Litmus Community. Our Content Designer, Kevin, upped the ante by suggesting we add animation to the email. Find out how we did it!
The travel industry likely has a large percentage of subscribers that, well, travel. A natural consequence of traveling is reading messages in non-desktop environments, so mobile optimization should be a high priority. And, as always, content should be helpful and relevant to the subscriber. Guestfolio, which offers Guest Relationship Management tools for the travel industry, keeps all of the above and more in mind with designing their customizable newsletters. Using customer Black Rock Oceanfront Resort as an example, let’s take a look at how Guestfolio improved Black Rock’s confirmation emails.
After seeing an increase in mobile subscribers, Chalk and Pixel, a full service digital creative agency, revamped one of their client’s newsletters to be more mobile friendly. Their client, Auto Trader, was sending out a monthly newsletter to approximately 250,000 subscribers and continually seeing more of those subscribers opening on mobile devices. Alongside the redesign, they also revamped their content strategy with the goal of becoming the go-to source of information for motoring enthusiasts and car owners.
Innovative, beautiful, and—let’s be honest—even awful emails are frequent topics of conversation in the Litmus office. We like to admire and get inspired by the good ones and, on occasion, get a laugh out of the bad ones. Paul recently shared an email from Plywerk that was simple and sleek, but what really caught our eye was the unusual and engaging landing page.
Campaign Monitor recently introduced a redesigned newsletter – full of techniques to make any email designer drool. From advanced bulletproof buttons to web fonts and hover states, we take a look at some of the techniques used by Campaign Monitor designer Tim Swan and developer Stig Morten Myre.
Working with customer engagement agency The Lacek Group, Starwood Preferred Guest began looking at their subscriber open data to determine how to optimize their emails for their audience. With opens in iOS drastically increasing, they knew it was imperative to optimize their emails for iPad and iPhone. However, a large portion of their audience was also opening on desktop clients—a perfect opportunity for responsive design.