In the 24th episode of The Email Design Podcast, hosts Kevin Mandeville and Jason Rodriguez discuss Outlook.com’s new rendering engine, the retiring of the Windows Live Mail email client, and Gmail overtaking the display of email content.
There’s a lot of confusion around what designers mean when they talk about responsive and hybrid HTML emails. This post looks at the differences between the two techniques, and weighs the pros and cons of each.
As you reflect on 2015, ask yourself: what can I do to improve my email development workflow in the new year? One of our favorite ways to optimize workflows is through snippets. With the help of snippets, you can build emails more easily—and more quickly—than ever before. Not sure where to get started with snippets? Don’t worry—here’s a roundup of the most popular snippets of the year!
With so many people using smartphones—and email being the most popular activity on those devices—it’s important to assess how your emails display on those small screens. There’s a lot to consider when it comes to mobile email design. On top of the multitude of smartphones, users have dozens of different email apps to choose from—each with their own set of rendering quirks. In this post, we take a look at differences in rendering across the numerous iOS and Android mobile email apps.
In our Responsive Email 101: HTML and CSS Basics webinar, we took a look at the mobile email landscape, the foundations of creating responsive emails, and why these techniques are crucial to improving the subscriber experience. We also covered email client support and demonstrated how to code a responsive email from scratch. We had a full house for the webinar, so while we tried to answer as many questions as we could during the Q&A portion, we weren’t able to get to them all. In this post, we round up some of the most commonly asked questions.
When it comes to A/B testing your emails, ignore the benchmarks. No one has the same audience and email strategy as you—your audience is unique. However, using others’ A/B tests, as well as industry trends, as inspiration is a great idea to get your testing ideas flowing. In this post, we’ll take a look at how Act-On Software reacted towards a continuous increase in mobile opens to create an A/B test revolving around responsive design. And, who knows—maybe you’ll find inspiration from their test!
When it comes to doing email right, there’s a lot to consider: the from name, subject line, reply address, preheader, content—even landing pages and more! This collection of email best practices in action—complete with plenty of examples—will help you check all the boxes.
With 100 employees and only five people in their promotions/marketing department (none of whom are focused solely on email!), Edinburgh Bicycle was still able to optimize their emails for viewing in mobile, desktop, and webmail environments. Despite their limited resources, responsive design was a must for them and they accomplished their mobile goals!
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.
The travel industry likely has a large percentage of subscribers that, well, travel. A natural consequence of traveling is reading messages in non-desktop environments, so mobile optimization should be a high priority. And, as always, content should be helpful and relevant to the subscriber. Guestfolio, which offers Guest Relationship Management tools for the travel industry, keeps all of the above and more in mind with designing their customizable newsletters. Using customer Black Rock Oceanfront Resort as an example, let’s take a look at how Guestfolio improved Black Rock’s confirmation emails.