Why You Shouldn’t Send Image-Only Emails

We’ve all been there: your boss or client just asked you to set up an email that’s almost entirely made out of images. At first glance, sending image-only emails might sound like a great idea, but now it’s on you to convince your team that those emails come with a poor subscriber experience—and can ultimately hurt your brand.

Here’s why you shouldn’t be sending image-only emails—and a few tips for how you can utilize the power of imagery while keeping your emails accessible.

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The Ultimate Guide to Email Image Blocking

One of the largest problems that email campaigns face is image blocking. Usually, due to their email client’s default setting or a personal preference, images are blocked automatically for many subscribers, leading to emails that lack the ability to immediately communicate and make an impact, or even looking broken. As a result, it’s extremely important to optimize your emails for images-off viewing.

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Why is email rendering so complex?

The marketer’s email service provider and the subscriber’s operating system, browser, email client, screen size, and whether they’ve enabled images all affect email rendering. All of these layers of complexity add up to the possibility of more than 10,000 different email renderings for every email you send.

Back to the Basics: Are You Testing Your Emails?

Ever send an email campaign only to get swamped by replies saying that it looks broken in subscribers’ inboxes? Nine times out of ten, broken campaigns come down to a failure to test before sending. Learn why email preview testing is one of the most important tools for email marketers.

Gmail Data Analysis Reveals Image Blocking Affects 43% of Emails

In December, Google announced that images in emails will now show automatically. We’ve kept a close eye on the increased open counts in Gmail—automatic image downloads have given us a unique opportunity to examine the impact that image blocking has had on email marketing for years. What we’ve learned is fascinating, and unveils a critical metric unknown to email designers before now.