Microsoft has a long and complicated history with the email world. From founding the first free webmail service to building several variations of desktop mail programs, the tech giant’s influence on both business and consumer email messaging is vast. Over the years, Microsoft has expanded the “Outlook” brand to encompass nearly every email project it touches, leaving email industry pros puzzling over seemingly dozens of products using similar naming conventions—not to mention their associated rendering and support quirks.
Calls-to-action are every email marketer’s best friend. They are how we entice subscribers out of the inbox and onto a landing page. This guide goes over some best practices for designing and implementing calls-to-action in a friendly, engaging, and reliable way.
Yesterday, we took a look at how Gmail’s preprocessor can affect the rendering of your email. Today, we will finish up our look at Gmail and CSS by talking about some of the more common CSS and rendering issues email designers are likely to encounter.
While Gmail is one of the most popular email services in the world, designers frequently struggle to get their emails rendering properly in Gmail’s webmail client. In this two-part series, we take a look at everything you need to know about Gmail and CSS.
My original mobile compatibility post offered up a one-stop shop for knowing what was supported where in each of the major mobile operating systems. Two years later, mobile email is still as confusing and popular as ever, meaning an update is in order! While nearly every major mobile operating system has great support for HTML and […]
We are (obviously) big advocates of testing your emails before the final send. Proofreading, checking links, and verifying how your email renders across all of the major email clients are just three crucial steps in the QA process. Not only can an error-ridden email result in unsubscribes, but it can affect your reputation as well. […]
With numerous different mobile strategies to choose from — fluid layouts, scalable, responsive and more — it’s hard to choose the right option for you. When Deckers, a footwear manufacturer with several brands, realized that between 35% and 65% of their subscribers were opening their emails on mobile devices, they knew that had to start thinking […]
When Ryan Brandle, Senior Interactive Designer at Craftsy, submitted this email to be featured in our inspiration series, I was really impressed with its infographic-like design & subtle animated GIF! It’s a visually appealing email and compliments the Craftsy brand. Let’s take a look: OBJECTIVE: CREATIVE SEGMENTATION AND COMMUNICATION Before we analyze the design aspects […]
Providing the fact that Justine & I are currently at ExactTarget Connections (#ET12), we found it fitting to feature one of their emails as our Inspiration post this week — especially since we received an awesome email from them last Friday! RELEVANT & HELPFUL CONTENT My favorite aspect of this email is how relevant the […]
A commonly accepted best practice in the email world is the inclusion of alt attributes (frequently known as an “ALT tag” or “ALT text,” which is shorthand for alternative text) for images. There are a few reasons why this practice has become standard among email aficionados: Most email clients block images by default. In some […]