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Use Testing to Continuously Learn More About Your Audience

Through testing, you can gain insights into your subscribers and their preferences that help you send strategic, optimized, and better-performing campaigns. The team over at Emerson, a manufacturing and technology company, wanted to generate interest in their product by offering a free trial via email. While they knew their B2B audience consisted mostly of conservative, middle-aged engineers, they were unsure which type of offer would resonate best—and ultimately produce the most leads. So, they set out to test…and test…and test again!

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Where Should You Focus Your Testing Efforts?

Between buggy support for HTML and CSS, spelling errors, bad links, missing images, and other potential blunders, it’s crucial to test your email campaigns before every single send. But, where should you focus your testing efforts? With so many email apps available (not to mention the different versions of each), it’s easy to feel overwhelmed trying to test every possible combination. Looking at open data for your audience is the key to narrowing down where you should be focusing your testing efforts.

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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.

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!).