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Email Marketing Case Study: Accelerating Tria Beauty’s Campaigns on a Global Scale Leveraging ExactTarget

August 13th, 2014
Tria Email Example

Tria Email Example

Managing an email marketing campaign on a global scale can be daunting. However, when you blend a team of email marketing experts with a robust platform such as ExactTarget, a wave of encouragement ensues. Learn how we helped our client Tria Beauty, a global retailer of FDA approved laser hair removal and skincare products, elevate their current email marketing campaign to a global scale. Together, we worked to solidify over 130 post purchase streamed emails that targeted customers on an international level.

 

In this webinar, you will learn how we implemented and maintained a full service email campaign with examples of the campaign process, which was comprised of audience selection, creative and HTML production, email quality assurance and campaign deployment.

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ExactTarget Distributed Sending: Managing Multiple Voices to Deliver a Constant Message

January 10th, 2014

Organizations that are built with dealers, branches, or franchises are uniquely challenged in delivering a relevant message to regional subscribers, while maintaining a consistent corporate brand. With ExactTarget Distributed Sending, organizations can now create and deploy targeted, local email marketing campaigns that still meet corporate’s brand standards.

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Here’s how it works: ExactTarget sets the client’s account allowing corporate to control the email templates, the images, the subscriber lists, etc. for the dealers, branches or franchisees to use. Individual rep or franchise access can be controlled by either default user roles* or custom roles built off the marketer’s requests.

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Applying these simple features can let corporate give their local reps the ability to deliver professional level marketing campaigns, while avoiding spending the time and resources training them.

Why This Feature Works

Distributed Sending allows those who are delivering messages to do so in the way they see fit for their audience. Account users have the ability to deliver their messages the way their region wants to receive them, which is not always possible when messages are delivered at the corporate level.

For example, if a franchisee has a carnival going on near a certain store and sees the chance to increase business with a coupon, they can create the message in ExactTarget and send it out when and to whom they want. They also have the opportunity to deliver monthly messages with updates on product prices.

Distributed Sending empowers marketers to take their email marketing to the level they see fit; allowing for weekly, monthly or even yearly emails to be distributed at a regional level. The best part about a controlled environment is that it’s completely customizable and can be configured to fit any business structure.

Want to know if Distributed Sending is right for you? Contact us for a demo, or more information please contact info@precisiondialogue.com or 887.332.9222.

What Would Jean Claude Van Damme Do?

January 6th, 2014

If you are an email marketer, you know that throughout the year you have to live different types of experiences (good ones and, not so good ones) and sometimes it’s hard to find a good way to cope with them.

For the new year, I’ve compiled a list of things that happen in the everyday life of an email marketer and answered them with a simple question: What Would Jean Claude Van Damme Do? Or, like I like to say, WWJCVDD?

 

When you hear that someone bought a list of subscribers, breaking all the rules of the CAN-SPAM Act, ask yourself WWJCVDD?

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Click here to learn more about the CAN-SPAM Act.

When your team deploys a very complex email marketing campaign successfully and you feel like celebrating, ask yourself… WWJCVDD?

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Watch this video to learn what we do and why we do it so well.

When you are concerned about being able to balance creative direction with email design best practices, simply ask yourself WWJCVDD?

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Read our three-part blog series on some of the most common and dangerous mistakes Email Marketers can make in their campaigns.

When your QA specialist stays up late to do the last round of tests for a deployment early in the morning and you can’t help but feel love for them, just ask yourself…. WWJCVDD?

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Watch our Email Quality Testing Best Practices webinar to learn more about thorough QA best practices.

When you have to click the SEND button because your deployment specialist is gone for the day and you just don’t want to look, ask yourself: WWJCVDD?

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When you clicked that SEND button and you feel so proud of yourself you just want to celebrate again, just say it… WWJCVDD?

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And lastly, when your client calls you to tell you that your team is doing such a great job and they feel they can count on you, just ask yourself the question: WWJCVDD?

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Learn more about how our Email Marketing team applies their expertise and JCVD philosophy to drive clients to success: http://www.precisiondialogue.com/services/digital/email-marketing

Happy New Year!

 

Part 2: Five Common and Dangerous Email Design Mistakes

November 13th, 2013

Note: This is the second part of a three-part series on some of the most common and most dangerous mistakes of Email Marketing Campaigns. In our last article Part 1: Five Common and Dangerous Email Conceptual/Campaign Mistakes, we took a look at the big picture with some of the most common conceptual and overall campaign mistakes email marketers make in conceiving their campaigns. In this article, we look a little closer at some common email design mistakes.   Dangerous Email Design Mistakes

By design, we’re not talking about how “pretty” or avant-garde your email is. That’s between you and your graphic designers though, surprisingly enough, if you test, test, test as we mentioned in the previous article, you may find that sometime, the prettiest and sexiest emails don’t always convert as well as plain-Jane emails. But there are structural design issues that always seem to hold true and failure to follow these rules can be damaging or fatal to the effectiveness of your emails.

  1. Poor Subject and Pre-Header The handful of words you choose for your subject line and pre-header text may be the most important words in your email. People decide whether or not to open the email by the subject line and in some readers, the pre-header text. If they don’t open the email, it doesn’t matter how snazzy your design and message is.By testing, again and again, you need to determine what words and which presentations get the most opens. Do you personalize it or not, do you say “free gift” or “super opportunity”—depends on your product and your audience. The only way to know is to test but it is of the utmost importance you get this right.

    And, you have to balance your enticement to open against the words and phrases most likely to get you blocked by spam filters or blocked by subscribers who think you are coming on too strong.

  2. Overcomplicating Your Call To Action So let’s assume you read our previous blog post and now you have a Call To Action. It does you no good if your user can’t find it. The design of your email should be such that the user can clearly see how to take the action you want. If it is a button or link, make sure it is prominent and that it looks like a button or a link. That may sound obvious but many cool and avant-garde designs hide the standard underline and ugly blue link color for esthetic reasons or make buttons that don’t look like buttons to a standard subscriber. Steve Krug entitled his classic book on Web Usability Don’t Make Me Think (Berkeley, 2006) and his advice is as good for emails as web pages. People don’t have a lot of time or bandwidth to spend searching your artful but confusing email to figure out how to do your action. If they don’t know where your CTA is, they can easily delete your email.Another common mistake is to have too many CTAs. Think of the email as your opening lines in the conversation with your user, not the entire discussion. You need them to take the next step, to click on the link to your landing page where you can then entice them to buy or act. Don’t expect them to click on the “buy now” button from an email (in most cases). Don’t expect them to hang around your email if there are lots of little CTAs and it is unclear which CTA is the important one. Your email, like your web pages should be more like a funnel than a whack-a-mole game.

  3. Too Much Text How many emails do you get a day: 50, 100, 200? Are you going to read an email that looks like a WSJ article? Maybe if you are already really, really, interested in the subject. Emails are the first step in your conversation with your customer. In most cases, the only real purpose of an email is to get the user to click a link for more information. They should be short, sweet, enticing and to the point. Give the user enough information to get them say “yes” by following your CTA. If they need more information, give it to them on your landing page.

  4. Putting Too Much Text in Graphics Designing emails that look the same in all email readers is a frustrating experience at best and a nightmare when you expect emails to act like web pages. Designers who get frustrated and decide to send everything as one big image or one big sliced up image run into another set of problems.

    • All-graphic emails are more likely to be marked as spam by the spam filters.
    • If your user views emails with all graphics off, you’ve sent him or her a blank email. Many users do this to avoid tracking or to keep their download sizes small.
    • This violates generally accepted accessibility standards, meaning that if your subscribers use a screen reader for need or convenience, you may have well just sent a blank email.
  5. Not Considering Email Size Web designers have settled upon 1024 pixels as the general minimum screen size for web pages so many go ahead and design emails the same way. For many reasons, this is a very bad idea. First, most people do not view web pages in full screen, most people, even on their desktops, view email within a much narrower column.Things get even tighter when you consider that almost half of all emails are now opened on a mobile device (according to Litmus.com). If you’ve designed your email at 900 pixels wide, they will either see the whole page with teeny-tiny fonts and pictures or they will see it 100% and have to scroll and scroll and scroll and scroll to try to read your message. They won’t do that, delete is much easier.

    We recommend an email be no wider than 600 pixels and no longer than it needs to be.

    If you really want the best experience for your subscriber, use responsive design. In responsive design, the graphics, layout and font sizes of your email will adapt to whatever size screen your subscribers is viewing it within. Your subscribers get the maximum experience and will be more likely to read and process your message properly.

Next: In the next article in this series, we will go into the real nuts and bolts of email development and show you production best practices and how to avoid some of the most common HTML and production mistakes.

Making Email Part of the Consumer’s Every Day Process

September 30th, 2013

checking_emailMany of us are used to a common routine – we wake up in the morning, plug-in the coffee pot, pour ourselves that eye-opening cup of brew, shower, get the kids ready and off to school and then we are off to begin a new day. In the midst of all the hustle and bustle, some of us try to squeeze in a moment to check our emails. Whether it’s work, personal, on our mobile devices, or our desktops, emails have quickly become part of our everyday process.

So what is it that we want to see when we check these emails? What catches our eye? Are we skimming & deleting or are we really spending time reading these messages? Within the short amount of time that we have to focus, we need to determine which emails are worth our while.

Below I’ve outlined a few things that I personally look at once I see that email hit my inbox on those busy mornings and what marketers can do to help improve email open rates:

    • Subject Line – The first thing you read. Is it an eye-catching message? Did it encourage me to click through to continue?
      → Tip: Email subject lines are the gatekeepers. The subject alone tells me if it’s worth my time to open. So, keep it simple and to the point.

 

    • Email Content – Ok, so you got past the subject line. Now, what are you looking at?
        • Personalization – Do they know me? Have I engaged with them before? Are they showing me products that I’ve purchased before or a service that I’ve used in the past? If yes, I’m probably more likely to continue reading the message. If not, my attention has already shifted back to my next sip of coffee.
          → Tip:Make your personalization efforts more conversational – for instance, “Hi there, Jen!” or “We miss you, Jen.”

       

        • Relevance (in both body content & audience) – Does the message apply to someone like me? Have I ever shown an interest in this company, service, or organization before? I’m an avid fitness buff, so I would expect to see messages based on nutrition tips or maybe showcasing a new set of workout DVD’s.
          → Tip: Evaluate and apply the data in your database to make your messages more relevant to your audience. Simple demographics such as age and gender can be an easy starting point for marketers to generate more relevant marketing messages.

       

        • Call to Action – What are they asking me to do? If I click here, will it take me to another page full of too much detailed information that I don’t have time to read in my morning? Will I be required to fill out a lot of information? Even if the marketer already knows my information? If yes, they’ve lost me.
          → Tip: Make the CTA simple, make it brief, make it easy for someone to engage in the little time they have in their daily process.

       

        • Images & Copy – Ok, so the subject line and overall content has me interested, but what does the email actually look like? In everyone’s busy morning, we don’t have time to read a bunch of text. We don’t have time to sift through paragraph upon paragraph of detail that really doesn’t directly apply to the CTA or intended message. What images do I see? Do I have to download images in order to make sense of the message? I don’t want to see an extensive amount of copy, or a ton of images that take over my page.
          → Tip: Email marketers should focus on balance. Emails should have an even balance of copy versus images. Want to get it just right? Try usability testing with eye tracking to actually see and hear what your users are saying when they interact with your emails.

       

    • What’s Next? – So, say they got me. The marketer has me engaged. My coffee is getting colder and my husband is screaming for me to get in the car. What can I expect from the marketer next? Will I get another email tomorrow morning? Will it be as relevant and will I want to engage again?
      → Tip: Email marketers need to understand that in order for people to continue wanting their product or service, the stream of messaging must be consistent and relevant. But don’t go overboard and send messages every day for the rest of the year. Make your email part of your consumers’ daily routine. Establish that trust factor, by encouraging them to visit your preference center and letting them determine when and how often they want to receive their emails. ExactTarget has great advice on what to include in your email preference center.

 

Like most people, I am definitely a person of routine. I enjoy process and I thrive on structure. But when it comes to opening and reading my emails, marketers must make it worth my time. They must capture my attention so that their emails remain part of my ‘process.’ Remember, process is hard to break but easy to maintain. Make sure you keep your users in mind to become part of their routine.

Are you ready for some Connections?

September 16th, 2013

Every fall we look forward to participating in the industry’s premier digital marketing conference – ExactTarget Connections! This year, we have not just one, but two of our employees; Patricio Sapir, Director Interactive Development and Marvin Cal, Implementation Consultant, speaking during the breakout sessions, at the conference taking place in ExactTarget’s headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana September 17-19.

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Patricio Sapir, Director Interactive Development

Patricio Sapir, Director Interactive Development will educate attendees on how to build Hub apps and take them to market in HubExchange, the Hub’s integrated app marketplace, on Wednesday September 18 at 2:30pm EDT. Patricio will explain how he created Precision Dialogue’s Code in Color app which allows users to edit HTML and AMPscript code for emails without having to use separate text editor software.

Patricio Sapir is the Director for the Interactive Development Practice for Precision Dialogue, in charge of developing robust, scalable front end and backend technology that enables products and platforms, bringing together the best of cutting edge software engineering. Patricio has over 10 years of expertise as a Mobile and Web applications developer, architect and Project Manager with a focus on Agile Methodologies.  He is a graduate of the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Marvin Cal, Implementation Consultant

Marvin Cal, Implementation Consultant

Marvin Cal, Implementation Consultant will discuss flexible framework designs on Wednesday September 18 at 4:45pm EDT. Learn how flexible frameworks can improve your brand with consistent visuals, production efficiencies and campaign performance.

In  a combined role of Senior Graphic Designer and Production Specialist, Marvin has produced many successful email campaigns for our top email marketing clients. He has been working in the interactive field for more than 10 years and his expertise extends beyond email best practices into web design and development, flash animation, banner ad development and interactive applications.

Are you going to Connections? Follow the conversation on twitter by using the hashtag #ET13.

Precision Dialogue Launches New App for ExactTarget HubExchange to Edit HTML, AMPscript for Email

August 5th, 2013

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Precision Dialogue, an analytics-driven, omni-channel, customer engagement firm, launched its new Code in Color app for ExactTarget HubExchange today, bringing marketers a new solution to edit HTML and AMPscript code for email within ExactTarget’s Interactive Marketing Hub.

Code in Color highlights words in the code such as AMPscript function names, variables, etc., as well as HTML code, allowing developers to easily identify the code they want to update. Updates are saved directly to the email; therefore the developer does not have to leave the application to make any changes.

Additional features of Code in Color give marketers the ability to:

  •  Open existing paste HTML emails, created in the ExactTarget Email application
  •  Highlight HTML and AMPscript based on what you want to edit
  •  Search within code for specific text
  •  Access to a library of AMPscript code snippets
  •  Update email properties such as name, subject line or encoding

“Code in Color was built to help marketers edit code directly through the ExactTarget email application, eliminating the possibility of overwriting code.” Patricio Sapir, Director of Interactive Development and developer of Code in Color. “Our app is intuitive, easy-to-use and ensures that users are writing emails correctly and efficiently.”

Code in Color is the latest innovation from Precision Dialogue. Precision Dialogue’s cross-channel solutions utilize customer intelligence and insights to deliver informed business strategies focused on maximizing and optimizing customer experiences. Precision Dialogue serves a diverse customer base from a broad range of markets including retail, financial services, insurance, telecommunications, pharmaceutical and entertainment. The company is focused on delivering the promise of customer engagement to drive mutually beneficial relationships between brands and the customers they serve. Precision Dialogue embraces emerging technologies and platforms, aggressively seeking strategic acquisitions and partnerships to position the company among the industry’s foremost customer-focused marketing firms.

“We are pleased to welcome Precision Dialogue’s Code in Color to ExactTarget HubExchange,” said Ian Murdock, ExactTarget’s vice president, platform and developer community. “Together with companies like Precision Dialogue, ExactTarget is transforming digital marketing, providing marketers around the world with a powerful platform and ecosystem of integrated applications to create customer experiences that build loyalty and drive results.”

HubExchange is ExactTarget’s app marketplace that enables technology providers to build and deliver integrated applications within ExactTarget’s Interactive Marketing Hub. Much like a consumer purchases and downloads apps on a smartphone, HubExchange enables marketers to access and install ExactTarget and third-party developed digital marketing apps, making it easy to integrate new features or marketing solutions to power marketing campaigns from within ExactTarget.

For a free 10-Day trial of Code in Color or to learn more visit HubExchange

Introducing Code in Color by Precision Dialogue!

July 16th, 2013

Yesterday Scott McCorkle, President of Technology and Strategy at ExactTarget, officially announced the commencement of HubExchange Week, which celebrates the launch of HubExchange, an app marketplace located in ExactTarget’s Interactive Marketing Hub that allows marketers to leverage the ExactTarget platform to create and offer their own applications to ExactTarget users.

Precision Dialogue was lucky enough to be invited to the party, being carefully selected by ExactTarget to help launch HubExchange with our new app, Code in Color!

Code in Color allows users to edit HTML and AMPscript (ExactTarget’s proprietary scripting language) for emails within the Interactive Marketing Hub. If you are already an ExactTarget user, you may be thinking: how is this different from ExactTarget’s Email application?

Basic Application Features

  • Text tab allows the formatting of a text-only version of your email
  • Properties tab allows users to update basic email properties such as Email Name, Subject Line and language encoding
  • Preview tab allows you to preview your changes

Where Code in Color differs greatly from the ExactTarget Email application’s content creation tools is on the HTML tab.

Nerd Alert! Why We’re Excited

Besides giggling over the opportunity to build applications on a new and robust platform, the initial launch of this application is a true app made for developers, by developers! This means that we’ve taken your coding challenges to heart when creating this app, because let’s face it – we’ve been there!

The HTML tab provides multiple color schemes for code display, which can toggle between highlighting AMPscript and HTML for easy editing. A code snippet dropdown includes basic AMPscript code snippets available for insert. A search field allows users to search for specific content or code within the HTML, and line numbering allows users to quickly find the area of the email they need to edit. Finally, there is a full screen option that allows users to make the HTML tab larger.

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Code in Color Roadmap

What sorts of goodies come with future enhancements to Code in Color? Right now, the functionality allows the easy editing of existing emails only. Here’s what we’re adding:

  • Email creation / copy functionality
  • WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) Editor
  • Template support
  • Content area support
  • AMPscript validation
  • AMPscript function library

For a 10-Day free trial of Code in Color, visit your account’s HubExchange today and look for our app!

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For more information on HubExchange Week’s festivities, check out ExactTarget’s 40+ Events!

Protecting your Email Reputation with Unsubscribe and Reengagement

May 20th, 2013

I have a very common name and, as an early Gmail adopter, I was lucky enough to get my name as my email address.

The downside? I get literally hundreds of emails every month that don’t belong to me. Not only do these messages clog my inbox, but with all the newsletters and offers I receive each day, it’s extremely difficult to remember if a commercial message was something I wanted, or if I’m getting it by mistake.

According to Microsoft, 75% of email messages reported as spam are actually legitimate, requested communications. The subscriber entered the wrong email address, didn’t uncheck an opt-in box when they registered for a website, or simply forgot that they signed up. So, these messages are a gray area when it comes to deliverability – they’re legitimate, permission-based sends that are important to some people, but may be considered by others as spam.

To help fight legitimate spam and the inbox clutter caused by unwanted graymail, email providers are increasingly relying on personalized, relevancy-based filtering to determine which messages are important to individual subscribers. If your messages are reported as spam or even ignored, they won’t get priority placement in the inbox, and your subscribers may never see your message.  As an email sender, this means you need to protect your reputation as well as your position in the inbox through a clear unsubscribe mechanism and a reengagement strategy.

Senders are often wary of the unsubscribe option. You’ve spent a good amount of time and effort growing your list, so you don’t want your valuable subscribers to leave. However, if you don’t provide those who don’t want your message with a way to clearly remove themselves from your list, they generally respond in one of two ways:

  • Report your message as spam or junk, harming your reputation with not only that subscriber, but that email provider as well. If enough subscribers report you as sending spam, you risk your reputation even further by potentially ending up on a block list, which impacts multiple email providers.
  • Ignoring your future messages, which tells the email provider that your messages are either not wanted or relevant, pushing you out of the inbox.

Therefore, providing subscribers with a clear and prominent way to unsubscribe is in your best interest as an email sender. You may lose a few subscribers, but your reputation will be protected.

While many senders only place their unsubscribe link somewhere in the footer of the email, consider also putting it at the top, in the “preheader” area. Include a brief reason for the message, such as, “You are receiving this message because you registered on our website. If you no longer want emails from us…” Also, consider giving subscribers preference options other than receiving all messages and unsubscribing. Perhaps someone wants to receive offers from you, but not your newsletter (or vice versa). By allowing them to choose what messages they receive from you, they may be more likely to remain on your list instead of completely opting out.

Example of "Preheader" Unsubscribe Link

Example of “Preheader” Unsubscribe Link

Also consider implementing a reengagement email to keep your subscriber list fresh and filter out the subscribers who are no longer interested in receiving messages from you. A typical reengagement email is sent to subscribers who haven’t opened an email in a particular period of time. The messaging asks if the subscriber would still like to receive email messages from you, and requires an action – usually a click – to stay on the list. Subscribers who do not respond are removed from the email program, and you know the ones who do are still interested in hearing from you. While these campaigns do decrease your list size, the subscribers who remain are more likely to respond to your messages, which will further increase your relevancy in the eyes of the email providers.

Unfortunately, not everyone on your email list will want to receive your messages, even if you are collecting valid opt-ins. They may have changed their minds, forgot they registered, or entered the wrong email address! Luckily, with a clear unsubscribe method and a reengagement campaign, you can maintain a great sender reputation and focus on your most interested subscribers.

Approaching the Mobile Inbox: Four Questions to Ask Yourself

March 19th, 2013

Mobile devices are becoming a great influence in the consumer’s life and behavior, and should also be a key component in marketers’ revenue-growing strategies. I encourage you to grab a small group of people at work and ask them: What are the first things you do in the morning after you wake up? I bet most people will say they look at their phones. Not only that, it’s likely that most of them will say that they check their emails!

Mobile Opens Increase 123% in 18 Months via Litmus.com The above data is based on more than 1 billion opens collected from Litmus customers worldwide using email analytics. Source: Litmus.com

With 700 million smartphones shipping last year and the tablet market growing at an accelerated pace, email marketers are focusing on strategies to enhance the mobile email experience and improve conversions. So now that I have your attention, let’s get you thinking about your own mobile email strategy.

1) Do I need to focus on mobile email?

This is the first question you should ask yourself before starting a mobile email redesign. Even though the numbers speak for themselves, each business is different. The first thing you should do before investing money and time in this endeavor is review your own analytics when it comes to email opens in mobile devices and conversions made from smartphones. Tools such as Litmus, IBM Email Optimization (formerly Unica), and Return Path provide great insight on how your consumers are looking at your emails. The other thing you should consider is how your email looks outside of desktop or web email clients. A bad user experience will break the path to the conversion, so you should be really paying attention to how that experience is presented in all of the relevant platforms. How do you know if your user experience is good? The tools listed above can be used to help you to assess the rendering of your email in different platforms, so you don’t have to keep a bag of different phones on hand for email testing! Read on for more information about how to review and improve your customers’ mobile email experience.

 2) What happens after the consumer gets to my website?

Even if your mobile email is as beautiful as Scarlet Johansson or Channing Tatum, if the mobile website experience is poor, you will lose conversions. It’s very important to assess how your website looks in different resolutions. Sites like http://www.browserstack.com offer a great service to test websites in multiple platforms, including mobile.

 3) What can I do with my email design?

There are different approaches for mobile email redesign, with the two most popular being:

  • Responsive Email Design
  • Mobile aware email design

Responsive Email Design

This approach consists of using a series of techniques that include CSS3 media queries, fluid grids, and swapping content to make your email layout adapt to different screen resolutions. A great example of this is the email series that Precision Dialogue has built for Midas. As you can see, the content grows and adapts when viewed in a mobile device, making calls to action “finger-ready” so they are easy to tap.

Example of Midas Email in Gmail

Midas Email in Gmail

Example of Midas Email on an iPhone

The same Email in an iPhone

Mobile responsive design can get a bit tricky when it comes to coding, adding some time to the build process.

Mobile Aware Email Design

These types of emails don’t require ninja developer coding skills; they are more focused on having one email design that will look good on different resolutions. To make this happen, you need to focus on a single column layout and big call to action buttons (aligned left – you will find out why later), so that all of your content displays nicely in any device. Following is a good example from a Kelly Services email newsletter: Example of Kelly Services Email

Note the single column layout format of the Kelly Services career tips newsletter email

 4) Which areas of my email should I be focusing on?

Here are some key elements to consider in your email design:

  • Content is King: Plan your content strategy before you start planning design.
  • Honor legibility over length: When it comes to mobile, scrolling through an email is not annoying if you’re providing useful content and clarifying details. Don’t cut content because your email will be too long.
  • Single column layout design: This type of design will allow you to include the necessary content without worrying about elements getting cut off.
  • Avoid using the word “click”: Remember that mobile users don’t have a mouse to click on links!
  • iPhone Considerations: According to a recent study from Litmus, 24% of total email opens happen in iPhones. This device scales messages down so consider the following:
    • Keep text large for legibility.
    • Use large buttons so it’s easy to tap on them.
    • Use pre-header text to drive the consumer’s interest before opening your email.
  • Android Considerations: According to the same study, Android accounts for 7% of total email opens. The caveat with Android phones is that they will cut your message in half so you have to scroll right to see the rest, and in some models, the images are blocked by default. Consider the following:
    • Keep important content on the left, especially calls to action.
    • Style alt tags behind your images so even if they are blocked, your content still looks good and readable.

Conclusion

Rethinking your mobile strategy shouldn’t be guided only by what the industry is doing. It’s critical to consider how your unique customers are behaving. Before you consider redesigning your emails, you’ll want to review your analytics and conversion data. In the majority of cases, you can improve your mobile design and user experience – and ultimately, your conversions – with some fairly simple changes. The process should begin with asking yourself the right questions.