Email development

Email Developers Who Are Making Email Better

This post was updated on June 21, 2019. It was originally published in November, 2015. Email geeks make email better. How? By discovering and sharing tactics that elevate user experience that brands can employ. This is what makes them the heart of the tight knit community that shares a love of email. These cape-less superheroes … Continue reading “Email Developers Who Are Making Email Better”

Media Queries Demystified: CSS Min-Width and Max-Width

Media queries can be used to target certain resolutions or even specific email clients and can replace or work alongside fluid hybrid design. With the latest update to Outlook.com, all modern webmail clients now support media queries (with some caveats). We have seen a resurgence in queries and interest in how to use them, which we’ll … Continue reading “Media Queries Demystified: CSS Min-Width and Max-Width”

Take Your Email QA to a Whole New Level with Campaign Precheck

This post was updated on March 27, 2019. It was originally published in November 2018. When it comes down to it, email QA and testing can be a daunting, time-consuming task. So much goes into this process that it warrants a dedicated email checklist. The email landscape is constantly changing, and the combination of different … Continue reading “Take Your Email QA to a Whole New Level with Campaign Precheck”

How to Create Interactive Hotspots in Email

Do you want to add detail to an image, share some information, or have another crazy idea that involves using an interactive hotspot in email? This guide should help you get the basics into your HTML and CSS, so only your imagination will hold you back! Email Client Support To enable hotspots in your email … Continue reading “How to Create Interactive Hotspots in Email”

Using Media Queries in HTML Email

Now that Gmail is supporting media queries in some clients, we have seen a resurgence in interest about how to use them. 

Media queries can also be used to target certain resolutions or even specific email clients. Learn all about them in this blog!

How to Code Emails for Outlook 2016

Outlook can be a frustrating client to deal with. Here area a few coding tips and workarounds to help you create beautiful emails in Outlook 2016.

Everything You Need to Know About Email Fonts

Fonts are an essential part of any design, whether it’s print, web, or in our case, email. Whether you’re designing or developing emails, everyone needs to understand what is possible with fonts and what isn’t. Otherwise, you could be facing the worst-case scenario: Your email—which you spent hours crafting—is unreadable. Let’s look at the basics … Continue reading “Everything You Need to Know About Email Fonts”

Email Accessibility Best Practices

Accessibility is a topic that is often swept under the rug in the email world. 

In this post, we break down why accessibility is important, how to implement some quick accessibility wins, and break down the ARIA HTML spec.

5 Tips for Writing Alt Text in Email

One of the essential parts of an accessible email is well-executed image alt text (alternative text). That said, good alt text should be a feature of every email, regardless of whether you’re designing for accessibility. Image alt text serves a few different functions. For accessible emails, it can describe images that a visually impaired user … Continue reading “5 Tips for Writing Alt Text in Email”

5 New Ways to Use Interactive Email Elements

If you’ve been to any recent email conference or summit, then you’re probably aware that interactive elements are some of the hottest email design trends. Not only do they entertain recipients, but they can also increase click-to-open rates and drive more conversions. With the popularity of interactive email elements, it’s becoming more important to use … Continue reading “5 New Ways to Use Interactive Email Elements”

Email in 2019: Experts Share Predictions for the Next Year in Email

Another year in email has come and gone. We had some battles with GIFs and white lines in Outlook, learned more about how Siri and Alexa read email, spread the word about email accessibility, and picked up some neat techniques for adding animations and augmented reality to email campaigns. But what’s next? We’re excited to … Continue reading “Email in 2019: Experts Share Predictions for the Next Year in Email”

Alexa and Email: How to Develop Email for Amazon’s Virtual Assistant

Earlier this month Amazon released an update to Alexa that allows the service to access and read your emails. With that, we just got one step closer to email evolving and giving marketers the ability to provide auditory calls-to-action (ACTAs) in their email campaigns. With this initial update, you will only be able to access email … Continue reading “Alexa and Email: How to Develop Email for Amazon’s Virtual Assistant”

Tips for Coding Email Preheaders

Curious about coding preheaders?

Learn how to code hidden preheader text in this handy blog.

Do Your Email Links Have Too Many Redirects?

Have you ever clicked on a link in an email and glanced at the URL in your browser? More often than not, you probably see a long string of codes and numbers. The gobbledygook you see in the URL bar is a tracking code used by the email sender to track link clicks and other … Continue reading “Do Your Email Links Have Too Many Redirects?”

Why Should I Set My Table Role As ‘Presentation’?

There are many pieces to an accessible email, with each piece coming together to create a message that is easy to read and understand for every subscriber. Of all the accessible checks you should do on your email, though, there is one that will arguably make the biggest difference for subscribers with vision problems: adjusting … Continue reading “Why Should I Set My Table Role As ‘Presentation’?”

How to Display Images and Offer Information in the Gmail Promotions Tab [Free Tool]

Gmail announced last week that it’s adding a new, powerful tool for email marketers: annotations for the Gmail Promotions tab. The Gmail promotions annotation – which will be gradually rolling out across mobile inboxes – allows email marketers to include additional branding and offer information when an email lands in the Promotions tab. “You guys … Continue reading “How to Display Images and Offer Information in the Gmail Promotions Tab [Free Tool]”

How to Add an Animated Snow Effect to Your Holiday Email Campaigns

Inboxes are always jammed up with holiday emails – there’s a lot of competition. So, how can you make your email marketing campaigns stand out from the rest? Try adding a bit of holiday cheer to your regular emails by creating some animated snow using CSS. Here’s what the effect looks like on a recent … Continue reading “How to Add an Animated Snow Effect to Your Holiday Email Campaigns”

Important Email Image Checks – Will Your Design Explode in Outlook?

Email marketing teams large and small usually have a workflow that includes a robust pre-deployment checklist. It includes checks for content, design, functionality, subscriber lists, and much more. Image validation should be included in that list, as well. This means double-checking your HTML image parameters to make sure they’ll display properly on every client. For … Continue reading “Important Email Image Checks – Will Your Design Explode in Outlook?”

9 Steps You Must Take to Create an Accessible Email

Email accessibility: Is it something your email marketing team considers when crafting a new campaign or email template? In October 2018, the World Health Organization calculated that approximately 1.3 billion people worldwide live with a visual impairment. That’s a lot of potential email subscribers, if you think about it. There are also countless people facing … Continue reading “9 Steps You Must Take to Create an Accessible Email”

How to Use Augmented Reality Features in Email

Are you excited to incorporate augmented reality (AR) features into your email marketing campaigns? AR allows you to link an email image to a 3D object and, using the camera on your phone, place it in real life. This technology lets you move the object around, walk around it, and resize all in “real life.” … Continue reading “How to Use Augmented Reality Features in Email”