This sale email from UK clothing company Howies is a perfect example of letting a single, impactful message lead both the creative and copywriting of an email campaign. The result is a no nonsense email that engages people and gets the point across quickly.
KoKo is a large concert venue in Camden, London. Their email newsletter packs a lot of content into an attractive design – with a good mix of upcoming concerts, videos and photos of previous events, plus modules that drive to the online shop and social media channels. In terms of the build and overall layout there’s a few best practice tweaks that could be made, but overall this stands out in the music event market – which is often filled with all image ’email blasts’ of the event flyer.
Hotmail have announced a new technology in their inbox called Active Views, which brings more ‘app-like’ technology to email by allowing it’s contents to be up-to-date and more interactive. In the demo video below, a mailing from a hotel site allows the user to search for rooms using a booking widget and browse results, all without leaving the email. The service is currently in a trial with Orbitz, Monster, Netflix and LinkedIn.
One thing that often gets overlooked when discussing mobile use of email marketing campaigns is where recipients end up after they’ve clicked. Whilst this email isn’t particularly optimized for viewing on a mobile (aside from a link to a text based ‘mobile version’ at the top), Sephora has done well to optimize their site and landing pages for use on smartphones.
It’ll be interesting to see how this mobile support may relate to their email campaigns from now on.
Email platform provider Mailchimp have announced that marketers will be able to use the latest version of their web-based tool to incorporate Facebook’s ‘like’ functionality directly into email campaigns. The ‘Like’ functionality allows recipients to ‘favourite’ content and share it using the social network – it’s essentially a user recommendation system, which Facebook is using to build their own web search engine. We’ve seen something similar in Share With Your Network, which allowed users to post a link to web/email content via their status update – ‘like’ is an evolution of this which allows content to be aggregated more effectively across the site.
Below is an introduction video from Mailchimp, as seen on Mashable.