Email Design Best Practice

4 Key Design Principles for Emails in 2016 & Beyond

4 Key Design Principles for Emails in 2016 & Beyond

1. Hierarchy

Email is a communication channel, the number one aim is to get a message across clearly, correctly, and cleverly.

Clearly – Can I read it? Do I understand it?
Correctly – Does it make sense? Is it appropriate? Is it the right image/product/offer?
Cleverly – Does it make me think? Does it engage me? Is it interesting?

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What we’ve learnt from randomly testing #EmailWeekly

What we’ve learnt from randomly testing #EmailWeekly

If you receive the #emailweekly regularly, you have been subject to innovative/ridiculous designs, delayed sends, obscure subject lines and the odd error here and there. Some of these were on purpose, others weren’t. I guess you could say we’ve kind of learnt something from each one.

We like to think of the weekly as a playground for email code so we thought we would bare all for the eyes of our subscribers. Here is what we’ve found from AA/AB testing/sending the email weekly so far:

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6 times email marketing has made me want things…

6 times email marketing has made me want things…

…that I don’t need, in the past week. Since Monday.

Ok, so I have a bit of an online shopping problem. Especially when I get an email notification, saying ‘yo, buy all this stuff’. This happens a lot, it could be the most mundane of things or really ‘crazy-out-there’ products I didn’t even know existed. No judgement please, let’s see how far you get down this list without wanting to buy something… It’s not just me. (Whispers to self: It’s not just me. It’s not just me.)

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The future of the Apple Watch

The future of the Apple Watch

I’m two months deep into living with an Apple Watch, and while it’s not quite ready for the mainstream, I’d say that wearables will be the future for a lot of us. Sure, it’s a slightly clunky first-gen product, but it definitely has its exciting little moments that feel like the future.

Obviously the thing we’re most interested in is the Apple Watch’s email abilities. These may at first appear limited in their current state but, again, offer up an interesting glimpse of things to come.

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Ecommerce Newsletter Inspiration

Ecommerce Newsletter Inspiration

If you send a couple of email campaigns a week with the same messages, predictable clearances and spotlight products, it’s easy to become repetitive to your subscribers. It can get frustrating for the email marketer involved, too. It’s great seeing brands get creative and trying new things to present the same messages (like this Bonobos campaign). It might take a little more time and effort but aren’t your subscribers worth it? Indeed they are.

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