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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.

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Responsive Design A/B Testing Leads to a 130% Increase in Clicks

When it comes to A/B testing your emails, ignore the benchmarks. No one has the same audience and email strategy as you—your audience is unique. However, using others’ A/B tests, as well as industry trends, as inspiration is a great idea to get your testing ideas flowing. In this post, we’ll take a look at how Act-On Software reacted towards a continuous increase in mobile opens to create an A/B test revolving around responsive design. And, who knows—maybe you’ll find inspiration from their test!

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A First Look at Inbox By Gmail: What Email Marketers Need to Know

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.

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Five Ways to Test an Email

We all know that email preview testing is important. But there are a lot of different ways to test your email throughout the development process. We take a look at five ways to get the most out of email testing for everyone in the design and development chain.

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Litmus Builder: A Code Editor for Email Design and Development

A little over a year ago, Jordan, one of our senior developers, and Alan, our lead designer, launched a hack week project called Litmus Builder. The tool was a hit and we received lots of positive feedback from the email community. As our email designer, I was a big advocate of the product and loved to use it when creating Litmus’ emails. Together, all three of us wanted to expand on the initial project and build a more robust version of the tool. And, together—along with the help of over a hundred of the world’s best email designers—we did just that. Today, we are thrilled to introduce the world’s first code editor built for email designers by email designers: Litmus Builder.