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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.

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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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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.

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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!