What effect do featured articles have on newsletter performance? Quite a big one, it turns out! We put this concept to the test in a recent edition of Email Design Monthly and saw first-hand how featured articles affect subscriber perception of newsletters.
With an increased focus on mobile audience, many email marketers are scrambling to find a strategy that works for them. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of confusion about what mobile email design strategies actually exist. Don’t worry, though—we’re here to help clarify things.
With over eight years experience as a web developer and a love for working with small teams, Kevin is the perfect addition to Litmus! Alongside Eddie, Jordan, Luca, and Drew, he’ll be working on the product team as a senior developer.
Mobile Gmail apps for both Android and iOS download images automatically and serve them via Google’s caching service. As users update to the new mobile Gmail apps, we’re seeing image caching affect mobile open rates, specifically opens made with the Gmail app on Android. As Gmail open rates rise, there has been a corresponding drop in Android opens. Since January, Android opens have dropped 34%—now representing 8% of opens.
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.
If one topic dominated email marketing conversations in 2013, it was definitely Gmail tabs. The auto-organization of consumer inboxes struck general fear and uncertainty in the hearts of email marketers everywhere. Buckle your seatbelts, my friends. Gmail has done it again—displaying messages in a grid format with heavy emphasis on visuals rather than just plain text.
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!
We’re thrilled to introduce you to the newest member of our team! As a CPA with over 15 years of experience in the wild world of finance and a passion for working with early stage SaaS companies, Julie will be joining us as our new VP of finance.
Email marketers are always looking for that extra something to draw attention to their campaigns. Recently, they seem to have found it with one of the internet’s most beloved assets—the animated GIF. We take a look at why GIFs are great for email, how to use them, and show off some of our favorite recent campaigns.
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.