Email Design

Where to place the CTAs in an email

Those of us who search for email marketing advice online are often harangued by commentators who think they know eternal truths that can be encapsulated in a single phrase. Recently, I’ve seen articles on Calls to Action (CTA) where I’m told they should be ‘Unforgettable’ or, practically identically, ‘Easy to Remember’. This is not what … READ MORE »

Suspect The Agreed Truths Of Email Marketing

It’s one of the most repeated rules of testing in email marketing; only test one criterion at a time. If you test two, the results are no longer statistically clear and precise, which is the what makes testing such an essential tool. Do it properly and you know. Anything else is a guess and will … READ MORE »

Images Have No Need To Be Pretty

Some years ago there was a push for digital, i.e. numerical, displays for speedometers in motor vehicles and to show just how cool you were, when in a pub you would tell your friends that you were doing 67 mph, and then just drifted into 69. There was no way a driver with one of … READ MORE »

Limit The Errors In Your Email Campaign

You might think that by using the word ‘limit’ we are setting the bar much too low. Wouldn’t eradicate, eliminate, remove be better options? If my years of copywriting have taught me anything it is mistakes will happen. Errors can run the gamut, from wrong colour for the banner headline to a double entendre going … READ MORE »

Do-It-Yourself Copywriting

I have a close relative who runs a copy agency, employing a dozen or so creators, each concentrating on a particular subject. Others are called on as and when required. The latter includes me. If her dedicated creator struggles with high demand, I get a phone call.  She was worried that contracts might slow given … READ MORE »

Don’t Blindly Follow Best Practices Or Rules

Anyone new to email marketing would, no doubt, search online for best practices in order to ensure they make as few mistakes as possible in their introduction to our craft. However, it is all but impossible to be prescriptive. The number of ‘You must do this’ and ‘You must not do this’ are very few … READ MORE »

Good Causes And Email Marketing

I have recently subscribed to an e-newsletter which focuses on a hobby of mine. It is produced by a small company, consisting of just three permanent staff, none of whom have any graphics training, although the copy is gratifyingly grammatically accurate. They know email marketing though. The company supports a charity, one unknown to me … READ MORE »

Making Your Email Marketing More Accessible

I was told by a specialist eyesight doctor there’s a degree of concern with regards the sight ability of youngsters today. A number of universities have discovered that many of their students have increasing levels of accessibility needs. It has obvious implications for email marketing. The causes for this impairment is currently in dispute, but … READ MORE »

An Exciting Image Can Enliven Your Campaign

  It’s easy enough to identify those marketing emails where time and trouble has been taken to pick what they feel will be an image that could assist with completions. There appears to be two main criteria for picking images: pretty and representative. Most email marketing companies seem to stick to one or the other, … READ MORE »

Think Small

When Volkswagen’s advertising agency, the wonderful Doyle Dane Bernbach (DDB), produced the genre-confounding Think Small series of adverts for the VW Beetle, it was as much due to a change in the way their teams were organised as the actual graphic design. Their system has since been accepted as the norm across the industry, and … READ MORE »

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