It’s Christmas week! Traditionally the time for mince pies, mulled wine and predictions for the next year. In 2016 there will be lots of things that will progress and develop for email marketers, but what about the things that are likely to stay the same? Buckle up children, we’re set for an ‘exciting’ year.
TL;DR: TD,TR aren’t good, but we’re stuck with them.
As you may or may not know, the HTML standard for email is a mess. There is no defined standard, it is more a way of coding that is a reliable as we can get in as many email platforms as we can. It is easy to dismiss it as coding for 1995 – and the table based approach has its roots from that era – but there is at least a dash of some more modern code in order to apply fixes and add enhancement.
A couple of weeks ago we held an evening meetup in association with Campaign Monitor, to discuss where email design and strategy is headed. Below are a couple of talks from our team, plus full videos are on the Future Of Email microsite, including Becs Rivett, Matt Hayes and Parry Malm.
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Well, actually not much. But that’s because we already know the results of this test are useless.
Last week Clickhole posted this excellent send up of subject line “best practice”, including such gems as ‘Start your subject line with “GOOD EMAIL”‘ and ‘For urgent emails, write “I HAVE YOUR DAUGHTER”‘. We’ve been questioning the value of perceived subject line best practice for a while – there’s obviously a lot of value in writing a subject line that grabs your audience, but we’re not convinced that following an arbitrary set of rules is the right way to get there.