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.
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.
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.
Email file size and load size may not be the sexiest email topics, but they’re critical to the overall health of your email program. We sat down with Carl Sednaoui, Director of Marketing at MailCharts, to get to scoop on everything email file size.
In the 35th episode of The Email Design Podcast, hosts Kevin Mandeville and Jason Rodriguez break down Windows 10 Mail rendering, the latest on Gmail’s rollout of <style> and media queries, and image blocking in email. Be sure to follow along and join in the discussion on Twitter using #EmailDesignPodcast.
In the State of Email Design report, we take a detailed look at how marketers (1) search for email inspiration, (2) use brand guidelines, (3) approach email design, (4) use various design elements, (5) A/B testing their emails, (6) handle email redesigns, and much more.
With attention spans on the decline—leaving you with only 8 seconds to make an impact on your subscriber—Chris and Jamie connected ideas from email marketing, cognitive behavior, and user experience to help you get better marketing results to boost your business. With over 4,000 registrants (wow!), we didn’t have enough time to get to all of the questions during the Q&A portion of the webinar. The Emma team has very graciously offered to answer all of the questions we missed here on the blog.
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.
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.