3 step guide to email-friendly MEGA-GIFs

TL:DR – This article is about creating silky-smooth awesome GIFs with a tiny file size 🙌🏼

Even though we’re taking brave steps into things like CSS & SVG animation, you still can’t beat a solid GIF for cross-platform animation support.

It may have just celebrated it’s 30th (Yes, thirtieth) birthday, but you’d be surprised how much you can still squeeze out of a GIF with a bit of optimisation. It’s totally possible to make something outlandish like a 10 second GIF running at 25 frames per second (FPS) that weighs in at 1MB instead of 20MB.

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Want to provoke emotion in the inbox? Use Emoji’s

Receiving emoji’s in your subject lines – love it or hate it?

According to Litmus, the use of emoji’s have skyrocketed 777% year on year – increasing in popularity at such a rate, Oxford Dictionaries named an emoji ‘Word of the Year‘ in 2015.

Thanks to the emoji, subject lines are able to become a lot more expressive. The likes of 😍 and 👻 are creating a whole new language within the digital world…

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Lace shifts and dormant lists: a peek at ASOS’ re-engagement campaign

Re-engagement emails are a great way to clean and re-activate dormant parts of your list. It’s also a great opportunity to single out customers and make them feel appreciated and heard. That’s why this ASOS email stood out, they noticed I hadn’t been on their site/opened their emails for a while, which now a lot of companies do, yet their messaging and UX is a little different to most I’ve seen.
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Why personalisation and relevance in email (and everything else) will always be important

Principle 3 – Remember that a person’s name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language.

I’ve been reading (and re-reading) ‘How to Win Friends and Influence People’ for about half a year now – although a lot of it is common sense, it’s still one of those books you wish you would have read sooner. Although I don’t agree with parts of the book, there is one chapter (6) in particular I have visited quite a few times because it speaks to the email, and general, marketing geek in me. If you’re familiar with the text, which odds would say you will have at least heard of it (first published in 1936, selling over 30 million copies), you probably know this section as ‘Six ways to make people like you’. In brief, Carnegie tells us about then politicians and CEO’s that could attribute a lot of their success to people skills, as simple as remembering names and birthdays. Seriously, this stuff would supposedly win elections. The chapter links a lot of similar principles together. Marketers can get so wrapped up in tactics and goals that they forget how far being kind and taking a genuine interest in someone, actually goes. No matter what customer profile you’re targeting, human nature & psychology (more or less) stay the same.
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