Email Design

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 »

Visual Hierarchy In Your Marketing Emails

We recently briefly mentioned visual hierarchy in the design of emails and webpages. You might think that, as the creators of your free email marketing templates have taken the matter into consideration, you can safely ignore it and just drag and drop your copy and images. What could go wrong? There is a slight difficulty … READ MORE »

Make Your Marketing Emails Accessible

I, like 15% of adults, have impaired hearing. I didn’t do it the cool way, by clubbing all through my life, or playing the drums in a rock band. That wouldn’t be so bad. Before I was into email marketing, I used to fire guns, mainly in a range. Who’d have thought that might harm … READ MORE »

What To Check In An Email Before Sending

As with most mistakes, the most important response is to ensure you do not make it again. It’s not a simple case of ‘Oh, I’ll remember that’. You’ve already missed the error once. What’s to say you would not make an identical mistake again by just not seeing it?  For this article we’ll assume you … READ MORE »

The Next Step For Your Email Campaign

We’ve recently discussed the first three matters that need to be settled when you are planning an email marketing campaign: what the purpose is, who would be interested and the specifics of that group of subscribers. These are the basics. Everything you do now should be built on this foundation. While those on your segmented email … READ MORE »

Cutting Email Marketing Copy Down To Size

One of the cherished exercises of those who run creative writing courses is to get the students to justify what a particular adjective or adverb, sentence or paragraph, adds to the sense of whatever it is the copy is about. It’s a useful exercise. Its strength lies in the fact that there is a promise, … READ MORE »

Don’t Reject Plain Text Marketing Emails

We all love designing and planning our rather brilliant, in more ways than one, HTML email marketing campaigns, which is convenient as we have the statistics to prove our subscribers love receiving them just as much. With our free email marketing templates, it is easy to create a masterpiece. Not only that, both commentators and … READ MORE »

First Impressions Count In Email Marketing

If you are introduced to a stranger, you will probably have made some basic decisions about them before they talk with you. People give off messages even when they are silent. It’s called non-verbal communication and, given that a marketing email is not verbal, it is what we do every day, or at least every … READ MORE »

Can Body Language Help Email Marketing

It might seem a bit of a stretch to suggest body language can be useful in our craft, but read on. I used to teach communication methods to sceptical students. I would walk into the class, put up a flipchart onto the board and reveal the lesson’s title to expected moans and sounds of resignation. … READ MORE »

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