With the year 2020 within reach, we’re about to enter a new decade of email design. But which visual design trends will shape the look of emails in the 2020s?
Trends that dominated designs in 2019 will still be popular in the coming year. We’ll continue to see vibrant colors, bold typography, and off-grid designs. But new trends in digital design will make their way into the email design world over the coming months.
Here are 10 email design trends that will hit your inboxes in 2020.
Interactivity has been a top email design trend for a few years, and it’s easy to see why. Interactive elements make an email more accessible, and often, more fun and engaging. The concept takes a format that has long been a single, static message and turns it into an entire experience within the inbox. Yet it isn’t actually a pervasive design or strategy.
We asked nearly 2,000 email marketers about their team’s use of interactive email design, and we’re a little surprised by the results.
We don’t mean to step on the toes of any social media marketers, but it’s time to shine a light on email subscribers. Email may often be seen as an old school channel, but the truth is, it pulls weight in the marketing arena that’s unmatched by other channels. Why? Because of the special relationship that email creates between a brand and a subscriber.
Given that it’s easier to build a personalized connection and track ROI with an email subscriber, we may even go so far as to say an email “subscribe” is more powerful than a social “like.” Here’s why.
Dark Mode. The tech industry is buzzing with these two words, and email marketing is no exception. Last year, Apple added Dark Mode to its desktop email client. In 2019, Dark Mode came to iOS Mail and other industry heavyweights, including Gmail, announced support for Dark Mode. There’s no denying Dark Mode is taking over the inbox—and making sure emails look great in this reading environment is the new big challenge for email marketers.
In this post, we break down what email clients offer Dark Mode, how each client’s Dark Mode settings impact your email designs, and what you can do to improve your emails for subscribers that read in Dark Mode.
Animated imagery is one of the top email design trends for 2019. Email marketers everywhere are looking to add movement to their campaigns—and the most popular way of doing that is by using the power of animated GIFs.
But animated GIFs aren’t the only file type that allows you to add movement to imagery. Animated Portable Network Graphics—or APNGs—are an option you might want to explore, too.
Earlier this year, we identified animation as one of the top email design trends for 2019. Email marketers everywhere are looking to create dynamic, engaging emails with the help of animations—whether that’s through the use of animated GIFs or code-driven CSS animations.
But to truly take advantage of the power of animations, you have to use them the right way, said Evan Diaz from Lucky Red Pixel in his talk at Litmus Live Boston this year. Unfortunately, marketers don’t always do that. If you’re considering adding animations to your next campaign, make sure you don’t fall for these common mistakes.
“Oh, I’ll just make this one little tweak before we send…” Nope. No. Don’t do it. It may be tempting to make a small change to an email after it’s been approved and tested. Perhaps you want to tweak an image, add another section, or update a link. While it may seem harmless to make these small, last-minute changes, they can trigger a negative chain reaction.
If you find yourself making changes to an email after it’s approved, it’s time to assess the situation.
Here at Litmus, we may seem biased towards email testing, but it’s because we’ve seen what happens when a carefully crafted email goes off the rails in the final moments. Email mistakes are costly (and embarrassing), so you’d think marketers would do whatever they can to avoid them and protect their brands.
But when we surveyed nearly 2,000 marketers about their email testing routines, we were a bit surprised. That’s because a larger percentage of the email community than we expected is risking a bad email experience by not testing their emails every time.
If you work in email marketing, you know that getting a great email out the door isn’t easy. From copywriting to designing, coding, getting feedback from your team, and analyzing results post-send, the process involves a multitude of steps and stakeholders. Keeping on top of all of this can feel like an impossible task.
There’s one secret to keeping the moving pieces together to shape a well-oiled email marketing machine: It’s building a bulletproof workflow with seamless cross-team collaboration. We teamed up with our friends at Trello to bring everything we’ve learned about the perfect email process into a Trello template that you can copy and make your own—and, ultimately, make your email workflow more seamless.
Everyone likes to feel special: your customers included. Segmentation and personalization in email make the message more relevant and, ultimately, more effective. Plus, personalization can make your brand stand out in a vast sea of competitors.
How do you actually put personalization into practice? We surveyed nearly 2,000 marketers about what data points they use to personalize their emails. Here’s what they said.