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.
With the recent launch of the newest version of Outlook for Mac, many email designers were wondering—will it have similar support as its predecessor, Outlook 2011? How will my emails display in this client? What has changed? Will I have to tweak my designs? In this post, we’ll answer all of these questions and more.
Over the past year, Gmail has undergone some major changes—including quick actions, image caching, the auto-unsubscribe, and more—all of which have put the email world in a tizzy. Earlier this week, Google released yet another change (and perhaps the biggest one yet). They launched an entirely new email app, Inbox by Gmail. In this post, we’ll take a look at Inbox’s functionalities, as well as this new email app’s effect on the email marketing world.
Over the past year, Gmail has been through a whirlwind of changes. As if all of its rendering and CSS quirks didn’t make Gmail a pain for email designers already, these recent updates have kept the email marketing world on its toes. Should designers and marketers be concerned about these updates to Gmail? What, if anything, should we do in response? Our eBook gives you the information you need to be a Gmail expert, along with recommendations and tips for reacting to the changes.
In December, Google announced that images in emails will now show automatically. We’ve kept a close eye on the increased open counts in Gmail—automatic image downloads have given us a unique opportunity to examine the impact that image blocking has had on email marketing for years. What we’ve learned is fascinating, and unveils a critical metric unknown to email designers before now.
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.
Microsoft has a long and complicated history with the email world. From founding the first free webmail service to building several variations of desktop mail programs, the tech giant’s influence on both business and consumer email messaging is vast. Over the years, Microsoft has expanded the “Outlook” brand to encompass nearly every email project it touches, leaving email industry pros puzzling over seemingly dozens of products using similar naming conventions—not to mention their associated rendering and support quirks.
Email marketers can no longer ignore mobile. Despite a recent dip in mobile opens, mobile remains a favorite medium for consuming email. So what do marketers and designers need to do to take advantage of this increasingly important audience?
With so many image file formats available—BMP, EPS, JPEG, PNG, and GIF to name a few—how do you determine which is right for your email? Each format produces variances in file size, compression, and quality. To make things more confusing, support for specific file types can also vary between email clients. In this post, we’ll weigh the pros and cons of the three most popular file formats for email: JPEG, GIF, and PNG.
Many in the email industry attempt to gain a competitive edge by locking up their knowledge of email clients, coding techniques, and campaign stats. This outdated attitude is, in reality, hurting the entire email design industry. For the email industry to evolve into a well-respected, mature community, we all need to share our knowledge and work together to refine our craft.