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How to get the best from stock images

The problem with a graphics art degree is that you have a lot of encumbrances to overcome in order to give good advice. Take images. When used in email marketing the need is not for graphic excellence, but to capture the attention of a reader for just enough time to make them read on. With … READ MORE »

How to use stock images in email marketing 

The general advice is not to use stock images for email marketing and website design. The reasoning is quite persuasive. Unique works and your subscribers might think more of a company that has obviously put a bit of effort into the design of an email. One of the most difficult aspects of email marketing to … READ MORE »

Candid or posed; which is best for email marketing images?

I have been both an article writer, submitting unsolicited manuscripts, and a magazine editor, and I can assure you that the acceptance rate of articles are much higher when they are accompanied by images. Candid images, or at least those that appear unposed, increase the rate dramatically. There is a lesson to be learned here … READ MORE »

Using outsourced images in email marketing

We all believe that the perfect image will make an otherwise mediocre email marketing campaign but the truth is that most people will glance at one in the same way they will scan-read the text. It is unfortunate that this does not mean any old picture will do. Whilst it is unlikely your images will … READ MORE »

Constraints on images

With the majority of emails being opened first on mobile devices your first reaction might be not to bother with images in an email marketing campaign. If they are not going to be looked at, there’s no point in them being there. We all know, though, that images sell. Is it worth the effort to … READ MORE »

The Perfect Candid Shot For Your Campaign

There’s no oxymoron in planning a candid image. Pictures that are praised for being spontaneous are normally the creation of a patient photographer. If you want to generate a specific emotion in those on your email marketing list, an image that appears natural has an edge. When picking a stock image or organising one yourself, … READ MORE »

Targeted imagery in email marketing

When I was a young, aspiring writer I knew the first names of editors but was frightened of using them. My rejection rate gradually dropped as I fathomed what each one favoured. I was targeting my submissions before email marketing was invented. My next step was to predict the style of image each editor would … READ MORE »

Pressures on open rates

Anyone concerned about open rates would look first to the Subject Line. They might consider being a bit more familiar or think that a more ‘in-your-face’ explanation of the offer might work. However, every aspect of email marketing is interconnected and if your open rate suddenly drops, the most likely cause are your previous email … READ MORE »

Crafting The Perfect Email

An overview There cannot be a perfect marketing email in the sense that it could be the best possible for every customer or every business. Anyone with an email marketing list knows that those on it dictate an email’s make up. However, that does not preclude an email being the best for a particular sub-group … READ MORE »

Use your imagination

You will have agonised over your offer price and then considered the best way of wording your presentation. When it comes to picking what images to insert in your email marketing template you will probably opt for something out of your stock images pile. There is little to criticise in this. The professionally produced images, … READ MORE »

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