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tactics The Ultimate Guide to Animated Background Images

In recent years, many brands have embraced the power of animation, utilizing animated GIFs as primary design elements to show off their products and tools, or to simply add some movement and fun to their campaigns. But animations don’t always have to take the center stage in your email design. You can also use animations to spice up your background imagery, giving your email design more depth and a truly special look and feel. [...] [more]
taxiforemail.com    Design

tactics Making sense of Outlook’s rendering engine

In 2007, Apple introduced the first iPhone. The same year, Microsoft introduced Outlook 2007 on Windows and its brand new HTML and CSS rendering engine: Word. It makes a lot of sense from an [...] [more]
hteumeuleu.com    Design

tactics 10 Email Preview Tools For Different Inboxes

As a marketer, we need to preview our emails before we send them. Discover HubSpot's list of free email preview tools that can help. Tools: HubSpot Free Email, SubjectLine.com, Mail Ninja, Inbox Analyzer, Putsmail. [...] [more]
hubspot.com    Design, Tool

discussion Trending in Email Design: Photography

As photography can be expensive and time consuming to produce, designers are often encouraged to leverage stock imagery. The risk here is that using imagery available to everyone, at a small price, can lead to generic and unengaging designs that are unlikely to capture your audience’s imagination and drive results. “A reliance on stock imagery can run the risk of a competing company using the same images as you, which could negatively impact trust in your product or service—and harm the unique [...] [more]
litmus.com    Design, Trend

tactics The Ultimate Guide to Interactive Forms in Email

“Forms in email don’t work.” “Forms are powered by JavaScript—and that’s not supported in email.” Have you heard these words before? Us too. Many marketers think that using interactive forms in email simply isn’t possible, but we’re here to bust that myth. The truth is that interactive forms are supported in many popular email clients and can be a powerful tool to make your emails more engaging and increase conversions—if you know how to do it. [...] [more]
litmus.com    Design

tactics Email in Practice: Animation and Real-Time Content [PDF]

RTC, or Real-Time Content - a jewel in the crown of the modern email marketing campaign strategy, one that helps breathe new life into what was previously a relatively static medium by delivering up-to-the minute live data and moving imagery that adapts depending on anything, from user behaviour and data-sets through to something as simple as the weather outside. [...] [more] 
dma.org.uk    Design, Video

tactics Animated GIFs in Email Are Worse Than Static Emails

When we asked people to select three words from a list of positive and negative terms, respondents selected more positive reaction words and fewer negative reaction words for the emails with static images compared to those that had animated images. On average, an email with animation received 1.7 negative words and 1.3 positive words, whereas an email without animation received 1.2 negative words and 1.8 positive words. Both these differences were statistically significant at p < 0.005. [...] [more]
nngroup.com    Design

mobile Hiding Elements in Email

Have you ever wondered the best way to hide elements in email? Whether you’re trying to hide/show images on desktop or mobile versions, or want to hide certain parts from different email clients. We take a look at how you can target a range of email clients and the attributes you can use to hide elements within them. Along with an easy way to show different images on desktop and mobile. [...] [more]
emaildesignreview.com    Design, Mobile

mobile The Ultimate Guide to Dark Mode for Email Marketers

What email clients offer Dark Mode and how does it impact your email designs? Here's everything you must know about one of the hottest email design trends. [...] [more]
litmus.com    Design, Mobile

tactics Build HTML Lists for Email

Build Semantically Correct, Naturally Responsive HTML Lists for Email. Here's a tool that builds semantic(ordered/unordered) lists for HTML email. You enter and style your li line items, and it generates the html and mso code for your email, so that spacing renders consistently across the popular email and webmail clients. [...] [more]
lists.cm    Design, Tool

tactics Dark Mode for Email: How Should Marketers Adapt?

Dark mode is a major trend in user interface experiences across a wide range of apps, including email clients. As support for dark mode continues to grow, the question that our clients are asking us is: Should my company change its designs and code to be compatible for dark mode for email and, if so, exactly what changes should we make? [...] [more]
oracle.com    Design

tactics The Best Order Confirmation Emails Have Arrived [GFX]

Transactional emails are the revenue powerhouse of your email marketing program. Our 2019 State of Email research uncovered that a third of companies attribute 25% of their email revenue to transactional and triggered emails. One of the most important series of transactional emails you’ll send are around transactions themselves. Nobody wants to submit an order online only to be met with radio silence or the bare minimum communication at best. Order, shipping, and delivery confirmation emails allow [...] [more]
litmus.com    Automation, Gallery, Design

tactics Amazon Accidentally Sent Out Their Email Template - let's learn from it

Last week, a Reddit user posted an email template that had been mistakenly sent out by Amazon. Although it is easy to chuckle at Amazon’s gaffe, it is important to recognize the intrinsic value of the leaked template. In fact, every marketing team could benefit from following the template’s simple instructions. [...] [more]
medium.com    Design, Marketing

discussion A New Email Decade - 6 Predictions on How Things Will Change [Webinar] [VID]

Email marketing is notorious for changing frequently—and changing fast. With so many things to keep up with, how do you know what affects your program the most? In this webinar, we took a look at the changes on the email marketing horizon and share our predictions on where email is heading in 2020 and beyond. [...] [more]
litmus.com    Design

discussion Revisiting the Unforgettable Emails of 2019

Last week we teamed up with Really Good Emails‘ co-founder, Matt Helbig, to highlight the unforgettable emails of 2019. All in all, it truly has been a great year for email. We’re definitely seeing marketers unleash their creative talents creating all sorts of masterpieces on their email canvases. If we had to summarize this year in email, we’d characterize 2019 as a year that saw an aggressive raising of the bar—emails are not only visually stunning [...] [more]
iterable.com    Gallery, Design
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