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discussion Email: Past, present and future

Design for mobile as standard. We would like to see the term ‘mobile email’ used less frequently, all email designs should be fit for mobile as standard. An increase in personalised tactics within email. We expect to see a lot more brands creatively use data to retain customers, a great example is Spotify – ‘Your year in review’. This is a creative way to showcase the data that has been collected, using it to personalise email communication, making content more relevant and bringing email to the fore [...] [more]
emaildesignreview.com    Trend

discussion Marketers embrace stock image diversity in wake of ASA gender stereotyping rules

Shutterstock, a leading global technology company offering a creative platform for high-quality assets, tools and services, announced the results of a research study, conducted by Censuswide, of marketers and their use of diverse imagery in their marketing campaigns. Promisingly, the findings show that 74% of U.K. marketers have been impacted by the ASA Gender Stereotyping Ban (in terms of the images they choose for campaigns), compared to 57% in 2017 – showing a positive increase in tackling [...] [more]
marcommnews.com    Design, Marketing

discussion 3 Creative Ways to Improve Images in Your Emails [GFX]

2. Show it in real-time. If you’re providing live information to your list via email, it’s essential you update this information accordingly to reflect the accurate time. Dynamic, bold images can be used to do this effortlessly and effectively, keeping your audience in-the-know every single time they reopen your email—something they’re likely to be hugely grateful for as it saves them the task of having to find the information themselves! [...] [more]
campaignmonitor.com    Design, Customization

tactics 13 Email A/B Testing Mistakes that Limit Your Success

1. Test your automated and transactional emails, not just your broadcast and segmented emails. Nearly 39% of brands never or rarely A/B test their broadcast and segmented emails, according to Litmus’ 2017 State of Email Creative report. That’s a missed opportunity, but there’s even more money left on the table when you look at automated and transactional emails. More than 65% of brands never or rarely A/B test their automated emails and 74% never or rarely A/B test their transactional emails. [...] [more]
litmus.com    Test

tactics Essential guide to writing click-worthy subject lines [PDF]

You’ll find everything you need to know to write irresistible subject lines, including: When and how to use emojis to boost open rates. 15 mistakes to avoid at all costs. The ideal length of a top-performing subject line. Tactics to test and optimize messages. Easy ways to revitalize tired subject lines with just a few tweaks. Ways to avoid spam filters. Creative ideas for seasonal subject lines. Tricks of the trade from email professionals. [...] [more] 
verticalresponse.com    Subjectline

tactics Tech Talk: How to design creative, interactive emails

Let’s use an interactive tabs component we recently built as a reference here, although note that this approach can also be taken for other interactive components: “Input” elements Now, there’s going to be a fair bit of code coming up. Don’t panic; we’ll talk you through it… As designers, we can add interactivity by adding hidden “input” HTML tags to the code. In this case we have four inputs (that’s one for each tab) which are hidden by CSS, like this: [...] [more]
adestra.com    Design

stats 2017 State of Email Creative [PDF]

In our second annual State of Email Creative report, we examine every facet of email creative strategy, including: Finding email inspiration; Email brand guidelines; Email design approaches; The popularity of various design elements; The use of one-off email designs; A/B testing; Email redesign schedules; Landing page responsibilities. [...] [more] 
litmus.com    Design, Study

discussion Why You Need Email Brand Guidelines and What to Put in Them

Brand style guides tend to meticulously detail permissible fonts, header sizes, image styles, logo sizes and placements, and more in order to create consistency in brand look and feel. However, despite the clearly unique considerations of the channel, many companies don’t have any email-specific guidance in their brand guidelines. Nearly 38% of brands don’t have email brand guidelines, according to Litmus’ upcoming 2017 State of Email Creative report, which is based on a survey of more than 3,500 [...] [more]
litmus.com    Design, Marketing, Study

discussion Boo! How did your Halloween campaign do? [GFX]

At this time of year I love taking a peek at what our clients have been up to, as Halloween often provides a great opportunity to get creative. [...] [more]
adestra.com    Event, Gallery

tactics New Inbox Insight feature 'Browse Campaigns' from Return Path

The email search engine includes background information on every message. Marketers can see the full email creative, examine details on the email sender, and access campaign performance metrics like read rate and inbox placement rate. Return Path customers can also save and download favorite campaigns to access at a later time. Marketers can also choose to search emails by date range, which could prove very helpful to email marketers that are eager to investigate -- and mimic -- the top-performing [...] [more]
returnpath.com    Intelligence, Tool

discussion Halloween Email Campaigns: What's Hot (and What's Not) for 2017 [GFX]

Want to see what great things marketers are doing for their 2017 Halloween email promotions? Here are some of our favorites from the Email Creative Archive. [...] [more]
freshaddress.com    Event, Gallery

discussion Stunning Cart Abandonment Emails with Dynamic Content [GFX]

We collected the most creative cart abandonment emails right now on the web. With our latest feature release, your cart abandonment automations and your product recommendation emails have gotten an impressive upgrade. [...] [more]
moosend.com    Automation, Gallery, Conversionrate

stats Email Salaries Are Not The Highest [PDF]

Email specialists are not the best paid — or the most wanted—employees, judging by a study by the Creative Group, a Robert Half company. The salaries for email marketing specialists range from $44,000 in the 25th percentile — the area with the least complex jobs — to $84,750 in the 95th percentile, those with the most wide-ranging responsibilities. In contrast, a marketing analytics specialist starts at $49,000 and rises to $104,250 in the highest-earning group. Ecommerce marketing managers range [...] [more] 
roberthalf.com    Marketing, Study

discussion UX Design for Email Newsletters: 5 Things to Know

The topic of UX in relation to email newsletters perhaps doesn’t come up that often in conversation. Not that I talk about email newsletters that much with my friends over a pint of beer anyway. But still. It seems niche. It seems like this one thing that’s “out there somewhere” that should just probably take care of itself. After all, emails are a one-off thing, right? Once you send them out, and people read them, they vanish, never to be seen again. So whatever mistake we make in email newsletter [...] [more]
adobe.com    Marketing, Multichannel

tactics 10 Email Subject Lines That Drive Sales

The best way to ensure your email is opened and your content is seen is with a superb subject line?—?that’s what gets emails read. When crafting one, consider that they can be creative, simple, snappy, direct, informative or any combination thereof. Effective subject lines come in many forms and variations, but let’s take a look at 10 that have been proven to work for sales reps. 1. Email subject lines should use referrals to connect. Referrals are a powerful tool in the sales arsenal. They allow [...] [more]
medium.com    B2B, Subjectline
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