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Best practices for formatting text-heavy emails

Beefree team
Beefree team
Nov 10, 2015
Best practices for formatting text-heavy emails

Have you noticed how brandstend tosit at twoends of the email design spectrum, sending either very image-heavy or very text-heavy newsletters? We've been known toadvocate for a healthy content-to-image ratio in emails, but our inboxes are full of newsletters that either communicate nearly entirely through images, or almost totally in words.Most image-reliant emailsfeatureproducts, where it makes sense to focus on showcasing what you're trying to sell (like Etsy, for example).But publishers do it too, often by including a roundup of links with a key image andheadline and not much else. Here's an example from It's Nice That, a company publishingstories about creative worktoinspire and connect people and artists:

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From a design perspective, the approach is appealing because it keeps the email simple, straight-forward, visual, and clear of clutter. Readers can easily scan throughanddecide what's of interest, then tap to read more.

The text-heavy email approach

But we also see many brandstaking an alternate approach: instead of asking readers to click to read, content is placed directly in the email itself, in a "behind the headlines" kind of way.Buzzfeed, Vice, The Skimm, Mic, and others are doing it. Here's one recently sent by BuzzFeed News (it's a long email, so we trimmed it after the first story):

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Here, readersget a lot more (basically a beginning-to-end mini story)without having to navigateaway fromtheirinbox. BuzzFeed—and other publishers taking a similar approach—curates anddistills stories,leaving no onus on the reader to choose what to clickfrom a collection of headlines. It's sort of like a hassle-free delivery of information (notice there often aren't ads in these long content-driven emails).

Text-heavy or image-heavy emails? It's up to you, but keep an eye on the email message size

Like anything else, there are pros and cons to both theimage-heavy andtext-heavy approaches. Brands should try both—or find a happy medium—taking into consideration how their messages are best communicated, what best aligns withtheir brand identity, and what their readers most prefer (test and track those clicks!).It's worth mentioning that if your email message size exceeds a certain limit - regardless if it's text-heavy or image-heavy - it's possible that your email message may be clipped by some email clients.

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Prevent Gmail from clipping your email

In particular, Gmail clips HTML emails that are larger than 102 KB while the Gmail App for iOS clips emails that are larger than 20KB. This becomes a problem if the majority of your mailing list subscribers are on Gmail.An large email message size can happen when you create an email that is way too long with lots of content or when your email message contains a lot of HTML code - such as inline-CSS code that adds a number of lines of code.As of right now there isn't a universal or elegant solution to preventing a large email from being clipped by Gmail. The best solution from the email marketing community is to try to minimize the email message size by:

  • Optimizing and minimizing the HTML code. If your email is optimized for the Gmail client on mobile - which is achieved through inline-CSS code - you need to decide which is more important: a mobile-optimized email on Gmail that however is clipped or an email that is shown in full but that isn't responsive.
  • Reduce the amount of content in your email messages. If you send out a weekly newsletter digest with 15 in-depth sections and your message is getting clipped by Gmail, try lowering this number to 10 sections (or at the point where your newsletter is below 102 KB in size).

Best practices for text-heavy emails

Today, we'll look atcontent-formatting tips from brands who do it well, revealing how to makeany text-laden email look great and get read.

Start with hierarchy

Putting all that content directly into the email itself usually means your message will be prettylong. Channel the thinking of a good oldprint newspaper and start off strong with your best content or biggest story right at the top. That's what BuzzFeed does, letting their readers know by stating: "Here are the top stories." The story aboutthe leaders of Taiwan and China meeting is the only one that has two sections and two photos. Since it's the biggest news story of that day, it gets the most real estate. Think of your subscribers and prioritize your content to reflect what's most valuable to them.

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Once your hierarchy is established, it's all about structure. Use consistent colors, styles, and spacing throughout the rest of your email to clarify where one story ends and the next begins. Read on for tips on formatting section headers.

Set a max width

When lines of text stretch on and on across ascreen, it's easy for your eyes to lose track of where you are in a paragraph.Especially if your email is viewed on multiple devices and if your email message is mobile-optimized, it's a good idea to set a max width of your email message at around 500 pixels. This ensures that on wider devices such as on desktop and tablets your email will render at a readable size. And on mobile devices, the width and text will render as specified in your mobile-responsive code.Let's take this BuzzFeed email as an example: it's just shy of500 pixels wide. On a big desktop screen, there'splenty of white space on either side. This white space won't bother your desktop readers, and it will make your email easy-to-read on mobile devices.

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One or two fonts will do the trick

Keep it simple and stick to one ortwo fonts in your email. Arial, Georgia, and Helvetica are popular email-safe fonts that are reliably classic, elegant, and easy to read. BuzzFeed uses ArialwithHelvetica for section headers.Once you've established your font, createstructure and improve readability with styling, making use ofbold, caps, size, color, and spacing (Read on for how to format!).

Distinguish section headers and headlines

Headers are incredibly important to break up the flow of text and establish structure in your email. Buzzfeeduses the same treatment for all section headers (Helvetica, caps, red) and headlines (Arial, about 2x body size, bold).As a reader, this makes it super clear to know when you're reading a new section, and the big, bold headlines are easy to skim.Mic, a news publisherfor a younger audience, takes a similar approach in their daily newsletter. The section header—"Today's Talking Points"—is in a different font (Avenir) and is gray and all-caps, while the majortakeaways in the content below arebolded (but no line break or size difference).

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Note that the use of all caps for the header in the example above is on-trend, butit can still be a bit contentious. Most designers agree thatlowercase letters are easier to read (it's true they're more distinguishable, with ascenders and descenders and modulated widths that capital letters lack) and that all-caps makes readers feel like they're being yelled at.But we most often see the all-caps style used very sparingly, in headers, where the style is serving a purpose of setting the textapart from the rest of the content. In moderation, it serves a purpose.Whether you use all-caps or not, the font size of headers should be at least twice as large as body copy,with a generous line break between sections (at least the height of a full line of text).

Don't over-format

Notice neither BuzzFeednor Micstylizes their body text much. After the header, the text isall the same size, font, and color, except for links.The newsletter-only publisher The Skimm takessimilar simple approach. The body copy is all the same size, color, and font, while headers are in all-caps and bold (same font and color as body text). Here's a story from a recent newsletter:

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It can be tempting to bold, italicize, underline, play with color, etc., but resist. A minimalistic approach to body copy is the best for readability, and the simple approach alsomakescalls-to-actions stand out all the more.

Capitalize on color

But don't go crazy. Your body copyshould be black on a white background. So where is color most effective? In links and headers. Capitalize onbranding your email by using an on-brand color (yes, just one color is enough!) The Skimm and Mic both make links appear in their brand color, while BuzzFeed leaves links the usual blue but uses red in section headers.Here's another example of great color use in text-heavy email from artist and designer James Victore, who sends out a weekly inspirational email.Using pink for calls-to-action really makes them stand out—the pink is a brightjuxtaposition tothe black-and-white email:

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Remember line height and spacing

A good rule of thumb is to set your line height to be at least 1.3x the height of your letters. So if your body copy is12pt, your line height should be16. This maintains acomfortable distance between lines, optimizing readability. Copy should never feel too tight or too loose.Likewise, a break between sections is usually the height of a full line of text. Check out how TheSkimm optimizes line breaks to structure their emails. Notice the main header section and the sub-headers look similar; instead of changing the typefaceformat, they've varied the line breaks to distinguish hierarchy—i.e., the space after"Russian Plane" is greater than the space left after "The Story."

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Left-align your text

This almost goes without saying, but it's important. We read from left-to-right, and newsletters are best formattedthat way. Don't be tempted to center-align your headers or copy; keep it easy to read with left alignment. All the examples we've covered in this post have left-adjusted content.

Moderate white space with padding

Padding is the space between content and the container it sits within. When you're sending out a newsletter that's essentiallyone content structure (a long message of text), you'll moderate white space primarily with line breaks and line height. But when you add images and other design elements between text structures, you'll want to adjust thepadding to make sure the space above and below it is proportionate to line breaks in your text. In other words, the spacing should be relativelyequal between elements. Do this by adjusting the padding above and below a structure. In email, you generally won't need to adjust the padding on the left and right, as images and design elementstypically look best when they're the full width of the email, like the text.Below,we can see how BuzzFeed moderates the space between the end of a paragraph and an image, and then between the image caption and the start of a new section. The image is the full width of the email.

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When in doubt, keep it simple. Your quality content is what subscribers signed up for, so avoid getting in between the message and its readers with distracting formatting.We'll be back later this week with a workshop on how to optimize text-heavy emails. In the mean time, try out these design tips in the BEE editor.

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Elevate your 2024 email marketing initiatives by harnessing the influence of the Color of the Year. Beyond mere aesthetics, incorporating this dynamic hue strategically into your campaigns allows you to infuse contemporary flair into your brand communication.
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This year, Pantone celebrates its 25th year of its unique and inspiring Color of the Year program. While many people find the Color of the Year to be simply an entertaining announcement, for marketers, this color can be a gateway toward better connecting with your customers and audiences.

Let's discuss how email marketing pros can stay ahead of the trends and effortlessly infuse the Color of the Year 2024 in your email campaigns.

What Is the Color of the Year 2024?

Each year, Pantone selects a "Color of The Year" that depicts and illustrates the state of the current culture and recent trends. This year's color is Peach Fuzz, Pantone 13-1023.

Source: https://www.pantone.com/articles/color-of-the-year/what-is-peach-fuzz

According to Pantone's reasoning for selecting the color Peach Fuzz, they state that it serves as an expression of the kindness, tenderness, warmth and togetherness that our culture is seeking and driving for in 2024. As Pantone explains, “Pantone 13-1023 Peach Fuzz captures our desire to nurture ourselves and others. It’s a velvety gentle peach tone whose all-embracing spirit enriches mind, body, and soul.” For many, this color embodies a vintage feel, creating a sense of honoring the past while welcoming the opportunities of the future.

How is the Color of the Year chosen?

For Pantone, choosing the Color of the Year is a long and comprehensive effort. Its team of color experts is continuously at work observing the global culture and the expressions of color across fashion, art and design, lifestyles, travel destinations, imagery on media platforms, and so on.

The Color of the Year is both an expression of our present culture at the dawn of a new year and a result of trend forecasting for colors, attitudes, and social movements that will be pervasive in the year ahead. It’s decided by the emerging popularity of the color itself as well as the emotions and concepts associated with the color.

Why does the Color of the Year matter in email marketing?

The Color of the Year can be an excellent asset to your email marketing (and your other 2024 marketing channels) in multiple ways. First, this color is representative of the present culture, which means it’s likely relatable to your present-day audience. It embodies a mindset that your consumers are likely to share - one of warmth, wellness, and interpersonal kindness - which fosters the connection between your brand and the consumers.

Second, the Color of the Year is in keeping with current color and fashion trends. By incorporating this color into your email marketing, your brand looks to be trendy and up-to-date. Even if consumers don’t know what the Color of the Year is, they notice that your emails have a modern, on-trend look.

Ways to use the Color of the Year 2024 in your email marketing

As we step into the vibrant realm of 2024, the Color of the Year takes center stage as a powerful tool for marketers seeking to infuse their strategies with contemporary flair.It serves as a language of its own, capable of communicating emotions, evoking reactions, and establishing a unique visual identity for brands. By incorporating the Color of the Year into marketing initiatives, businesses can align themselves consumer sensibilities, fostering a connection and positioning themselves as forward-thinking.

Use imagery with the Color of the Year 2024

Peach Fuzz doesn’t have to be the core color of your email design for you to benefit from it. When selecting images to include in your

email campaigns, consider looking for images that have Peach Fuzz or a similar color. For example, this royalty-free images from Unsplash each contain peachy hues that have the same mood and essence as the Color of the Year 2024. You’ll notice that the color isn't too prominent, but still stands out and plays well with the other colors in the image. This is a great depiction how you can incorporate Peach Fuzz to pair well with your brand identity.

Source: https://unsplash.com/photos/low-angle-photo-of-white-and-orange-concrete-building--T0La6F_WrE

Align your messaging with the Color of the Year 2024

As we’ve noted, the Color of the Year isn’t just a color; it’s a concept and an embodiment of our culture. You can use this to inform the messaging in your email marketing. In the case of Peach Fuzz, infuse your messaging with a sense of kindness, compassion, and warmth to speak to our current culture and appeal to your audience’s mindset in the present time.

Add the Color of The Year to your seasonal and trendy campaigns

By infusing the Color of the Year into seasonal and trendy campaigns, you not only stay relevant and timely but also capitalize on the cultural and emotional resonances associated with the chosen color, creating a dynamic and engaging experience for your audience. Here are some ideas:

Align the color with changing seasons

Embrace the changing seasons and incorporate the Color of the Year into your email campaigns that align with specific times of the year.

Source: https://beefree.io/template/feel-the-holiday-cheer

Capitalize on fashion and design trends

Stay attuned to fashion and design trends that feature the Color of the Year. Incorporate the color into email campaigns that showcase how your products or services align with current style preferences. Additionally, highlight new arrivals or product collections that prominently feature the trending color, catering to the fashion-forward interests of your audience, such as the template below:

Source: https://beefree.io/template/color-of-the-year-collection-email

Create a sense of urgency and exclusivity

Create a sense of urgency and exclusivity by tying the Color of the Year to limited-time promotions or exclusive offers. Use the color to highlight special discounts, early access to products, or exclusive content, encouraging your audience to engage promptly with your email campaigns.

Sourcehttps://beefree.io/template/color-of-the-year-collection-announcement

Develop themed content and storytelling

Develop themed content around the Color of the Year, telling a story that resonates with your brand and the significance of the color. The email template below serves as a perfect starting point to share share narratives, testimonials, or behind-the-scenes content that emphasizes the emotional and cultural aspects associated with the color of the year.

Source: https://beefree.io/template/how-to-design-with-pantone-peach-fuzz

Does the 2024 Color of the Year suit your brand?

Evaluating whether the 2024 Color of the Year suits your brand involves a nuanced exploration of the color's characteristics and your brand identity. Begin by examining the psychological and emotional associations of the chosen color. Peach Fuzz has a warm, welcoming, and peaceful air that can align well with many brands’ voices and messaging. Consider the values, personality, and messaging of your brand; does the color align with these elements, or does it pose a potential contrast that could enhance visual appeal and captivate your audience?

If the color resonates with your target demographic and aligns with your brand's narrative, it may offer an opportunity to play around your visual identity. However, remember that a balance between staying on-trend and maintaining a unique brand identity is crucial.

Strengthening your 2024 email marketing with the Color of the Year

Embracing the Color of the Year in your email campaigns is more than just a visual choice; it's an opportunity to remain competitive and provide users with something new. By strategically incorporating the Color of the Year, you can create visually appealing and emotionally resonant emails that stand out in crowded inboxes.

The easiest way to experiment with the color of the year in email campaigns is to start with a pre-designed template. Beefree’s "Color of The Year" template collection is a perfect place to start. Our user-friendly email editor makes it easy to customize all templates with your brand identity and effortlessly make a few simple changes to bring Peach Fuzz into your design.

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How To Utilize Gamification For Your Next Email Marketing Campaign

Transform your email marketing strategy with the innovative use of gamification. Delve into actionable insights and strategies to captivate your audience, enhance engagement, foster brand loyalty, and elevate the success of your next email campaign.
Beefree team
Feb 20, 2024

Today, digital interactions dominate, and gamification has emerged as a powerful tool to capture and maintain audience attention. More than 70% of businesses included in the Global 2000 have adopted gamification as a key strategy.

In this article, we'll explore the significance of gamification in email marketing, understand its core concepts, delve into the psychology behind it, and provide insights on implementing and overcoming challenges in your gamified campaigns.

The psychology behind gamification in email

At its core, gamification in email marketing revolves around incorporating game-like elements to enhance user engagement.

This strategy involves understanding human behavior and motivation and leverages the psychological aspects that make games inherently appealing, such as competition, achievement, and rewards. Together, these insights help email marketers determine the best use of gamification to help drive engagement and shape consumer responses.

Here are the 3 key psychological drivers in gamification:

Intrinsic motivation

Gamification triggers users' desire to participate by incorporating challenges, rewards, and competitions. As a result, this creates a sense of achievement in users brought on by the idea of "winning" and reinforces positive engagement.

Operant conditioning

By strategically designing gamified elements that reward specific actions, marketers create a positive association between user engagement and valuable incentives. This conditioning strengthens the likelihood of users repeating desired behaviors, establishing a cycle of ongoing engagement.

Cognitive biases

Leveraging cognitive biases like scarcity bias allows marketers to prompt quicker responses by offering exclusive rewards or limited-time promotions.

In short, by appealing to individuals' inherent need for achievement and recognition, gamification becomes a powerful tool for capturing and maintaining their attention.

How to use gamification in email marketing

The concept of rewards and incentives helps amplifies the gamification strategy. Offering tangible benefits like exclusive discounts or access entices users to not only engage with emails but also to seek out additional interactions. Let's delve deeper into how you can use gamification to create a competitive edge and engage users in your next email campaign:

  • Points, Badges, and Leaderboards: Creating a competitive edge by rewarding users with points, badges, or leaderboard positions based on their interactions with your emails. This not only helps promote a feeling of accomplishment in users, but also helps foster a sense of community and competitiveness that leads them to climb leaderboards and stand out.

  • Rewards and Incentives: Offering tangible benefits such as discounts, exclusive access, or special promotions to incentivize user participation. This exclusivity makes users feel valued and special, fostering a stronger connection with your brand.

  • Interactive Elements: Enhancing user experience by introducing interactive features like quizzes, polls, or challenges within email content. These elements not only enhances engagement but also provides valuable insights into customer preferences, helping you tailor future content and offerings.

By tapping into users' motivations, whether it be competition, a desire for recognition, or the pursuit of exclusive benefits, you can create dynamic emails that help build a loyal and active audience for your brand.

Benefits of gamification in email marketing

Gamification transforms the user experience from a passive act of scrolling through emails into an interactive and dynamic journey where each click or purchase brings them closer to a tangible reward.

Increased customer engagement:

By turning the email experience into a game-like, subscribers are encouraged to engage with the content, spending more time exploring and interacting with the messages. This heightened engagement not only improves the chances of users absorbing the information presented but also creates a memorable and enjoyable experience, setting the brand apart in the minds of the recipients.

Enhanced brand loyalty:

One of the significant benefits of gamification is its ability to create deeper connections between a brand and its audience. When users consistently engage with gamified email content, they become active participants in a brand experience, leading to stronger brand-customer relationships and increased loyalty.

Higher conversion rates:

Gamification can be a powerful motivator for users to take desired actions. Whether purchasing, sharing content, or subscribing to newsletters, the gamified elements provide incentives and rewards for these actions. This motivational aspect drives increased participation, as users are more inclined to interact with emails, complete tasks, and actively engage with the brand, contributing to a more dynamic and participatory audience.

Improved data collection and analytics:

Gamification allows valuable user data collection through interactions and participation. Users willingly provide information while engaging with challenges, quizzes, or other gamified elements. This enriches your customer database and provides insights into user preferences and behavior. Improved analytics enable marketers to tailor future campaigns based on a better understanding of their audience.

5 Best practices for using gamification in email marketing

Embarking on a successful gamified email marketing campaign requires meticulous planning and strategic considerations. The following strategies and tactics can transform your email campaigns into immersive and rewarding journeys, making a lasting impression on your audience and optimizing your marketing efforts.

  1. Define campaign objectives: Clearly outline the goals of your gamified campaign to align with your overall marketing strategy. Use data-driven insights to identify the objectives and strategy for your emails. This means regularly tracking key metrics such as open rates and click-through rates. Once your campaigns launch, assess the effectiveness of your gamification elements to refine future campaigns.
  2. Identify target audience: Personalization is key to creating a more engaging experience. Understand your audience's preferences and tailor gamification elements to their interests. By leveraging data and what you know about your unique audiences, you can create better segmented gamified content that tailors to individual preferences. This includes personalizing challenges, rewards, and interactions, making the entire experience more relevant and appealing to different audiences.
  3. Choose appropriate gamification elements: Select elements that resonate with your brand and align with customer preferences. Ensure rewards align with audience interests. Go beyond generic incentives by offering enticing and meaningful rewards such as exclusive discounts, early access, or special promotions. It is crucial to adhere to data protection laws, like GDPR and CCPA, in your gamification practices. Communicate clearly how user data will be used and ensure compliance to build trust with your audience.
  4. Integrate gamification into email design: Ensure a smooth transition to gamified content for an intuitive and enjoyable experience. This means visually appealing emails with a user-friendly interface that offers a seamless transition from the email to the gamified elements.
  5. Develop clear calls-to-action (CTAs): Encourage user participation by crafting compelling CTAs that drive desired actions. Clearly communicate what action you want the user to take and highlight the benefits of doing so. Whether it's clicking a link, participating in a challenge, or making a purchase, the CTA should be persuasive and aligned with the gamification goals.

Overcoming challenges in gamified email marketing

When using gamification in email, it is important to find the right balance between gamification elements and the core message of the email. It's essential to integrate gamified features seamlessly without overwhelming or distracting recipients from the primary content. This lack of harmony brings forth two main challenges:

User fatigue

With the increasing use of gamification in various digital platforms, users risk experiencing fatigue or disinterest in engaging with gamified content. If not managed carefully, this fatigue can decrease overall participation and effectiveness.

Mitigation Strategy: To counter this, marketers should introduce variety and novelty in gamified content, keeping users engaged with fresh challenges and incentives. A/B testing is a great way to experiment with different gamification elements to identify what resonates best with your specific audience.

Lack of brand recognition

Maintaining consistency and alignment with your brand image while implementing gamification can be challenging. If gamified elements feel disconnected or misaligned with your brand identity, it may create confusion or a lack of authenticity among your audience.

Mitigation Strategy: Regularly analyze performance metrics and gather user insight to continuously improve your gamification strategy. Actively seeking insights from your audience about their preferences and perceptions allows you to adapt and iterate on your gamified content.

Unleashing the power of email gamification with Beefree

In an era where consumer attention is a prized commodity, the integration of gamification has emerged as a dynamic strategy to captivate and engage audiences within the realm of email marketing. It's important to remember that the essence of success in this area is rooted in persistent experimentation and creative thinking. Embrace the opportunity to try fresh gamification techniques in your email campaigns to maintain a competitive edge.

No-code solutions like Beefree simplify this process by providing an intuitive and user-friendly solution that empower marketers to seamlessly incorporate interactive and gamified elements into their email designs.

So, create a free account and start infusing some fun and interactivity into your email marketing efforts. Here's to the exciting gamification journey – may it bring you great results and enjoyment!

How to Start Using Landing Pages for Email Marketing in 2024

From enhancing user experiences to boosting conversion rates, this blog unveils the indispensable role of landing pages in email marketing and offers practical insights on harnessing their potential. Stay ahead of the curve and explore the key strategies to elevate your email marketing game this year and beyond.
Emily Santos
Feb 16, 2024

In today's fast-paced digital landscape, where algorithms and technological advancements evolve rapidly, we're excited to highlight the ongoing promise of email marketing for those aiming to broaden their reach. Despite the increasing challenge of standing out in crowded inboxes, one consumer need remains unwavering: the desire for a seamless experience.

This is precisely why the combination of email campaigns and landing pages forms an ideal synergy. Together, they empower organizations to seamlessly guide readers from an email to a purposefully crafted landing page, designed to captivate, nurture relationships, and spur action. Let's face it: emails offer limited space for genuine audience engagement. Landing pages step in to meet consumers where they are, providing valuable and relevant content to assist them in making decisions that lead to conversion.

Let's delve into the essential steps for leveraging the potential of landing pages to supercharge your email campaigns.

What is the impact of using landing pages for email marketing?

Unlike a page on your website, a landing page is not part of your site’s navigation. Rather, it is a single page designed with a specific focus and objective, often to help amplify a specific campaign or help increase email subscribers via a sign-up form. 

In email marketing specifically, landing pages are designed to help increase conversion by moving readers toward a desired action in a tailored and cohesive environment. According to a study by Omnisend, landing pages built to drive sign-ups have a conversion rate of 23%, the highest of all forms of “sign-up forms.” 

While emails are often kept short, sweet, and to the point - landing pages offer more real estate to share your why, behind the scenes, and social proof. As a result, this allows your readers to learn more about your brand and products, fostering a deeper connection and engagement.

4 ways to use landing pages in your email marketing

Depending on your desired goal, landing pages vary in structure, design, and layout. Here are the most popular ways landing pages are used in email marketing and how to easily implement them in your email efforts. 

1. Create a sign-up page to capture and nurture leads

Capturing and nurturing new leads is essential for growth. Every email you send is an opportunity to build strong, lifelong relationships with your audiences, but it all begins with a sign-up page. This often simple page can be the bridge between someone being an anonymous reader and an engaged lead.

By designing tailored sign-up pages for multiple campaigns, you can build segmented email lists with automated sequences and consistent messages that appeal to your readers' unique interests.  

It is best practice to keep sign-up forms short and to the point, only asking for essential information, such as name and email address.

In addition, to help nurture your audience, you can ask: 

  • Birthday: Personalized birthday emails are a great way to showcase gratitude towards your audience continuously. We recommend not asking for their birth year, though, as some don’t like to share this information. 
  • If applicable, professional information like their job title or industry. This will help you send personalized content related to their interests or resources they can use for their work life. 

The Omnisend study referenced above recommends only asking three questions in your sign-up form for optimal performance, so keep this in mind when building your page and form. 

2. Share more information about a specific deal or product

Email marketing campaigns focusing on a particular product or promotion can be amplified with landing pages. 

By pairing both, you can streamline and reduce the necessary steps for users to take desired actions. For example, if you are promoting a limited-time discount on a specific product, your landing page could enable customers to directly purchase the item directly at the discounted rate, eliminating the need to navigate through your website to locate the product and input the discount code.

Free Available Templates: Pair our "Color of the Year Collection" email template with the "Color of The Year Collection" page template, to create an immersive experience when sharing your latest curated selection of products and commitment to staying ahead of the trends.

3. Event registration

If you’re hosting an event like a webinar or conference, a landing page is an excellent way to capture event RSVPs smoothly. 

While your promotional emails are usually short announcements, landing pages offer more information and excite your audience, all while offering a convenient way for them to register.

Once they’ve registered on the landing page, you can use this audience to create a segmented list of registrants, send reminder emails, and post webinar materials to further build brand recognition. This is a really great way for new subscribers to get to know who you are. 

For this type of landing page, you’ll want to include elements such as:

  • A straightforward registration form with essential fields like name and email address 
  • Date, location, and time (with time zone) of the event
  • A brief itinerary or agenda of topics you’ll cover
  • A brief introduction to the speakers and their areas of expertise
  • A payment form if this is a paid event
  • If applicable, a list of perks for attendees, like a special offer on your products, a goodie bag, complimentary refreshments, and so on
  • Social media icons to make it easy for registrants to share their attendance or more information about the event to a friend

Free Available Templates: To captivate your audience and maxime registrations, pair our "Agency Webinar Registration Page" with our "Agency Webinar Announcement Email." Whether you're sharing industry insights, showcasing new services, or hosting thought-provoking discussions, this template sequence is your ticket to an unforgettable webinar experience.

4. Asking and receiving valuable feedback

Asking for feedback from customers is abundantly valuable for your business. Not only do you get genuine insight about how you can improve, but you also help build trust with your customers because they see that you’re trying to serve them better.

It’s helpful to set up an email marketing campaign at routine intervals to ask for feedback. A landing page is the perfect way to make it easier (and therefore more likely) for customers to give you their thoughts. On your feedback landing page, include elements such as:

  • A simple and user-friendly feedback form, whether you prefer a survey or a blank comment box
  • Optional customer contact information so you can follow up on particularly interesting feedback
  • An incentive to leave feedback like a special offer the person receives after they submit their answers

Landing page best practices

Landing pages have great potential to boost your business, especially if you design and execute them well. If you’re unsure where to start or how to make your landing pages more effective, use these best practices.

Analyze and understand your target audience

Knowing your audience is one of the most fundamental essentials in marketing, and it holds true in landing pages, too. Understanding your audience allows you to design landing pages that appeal to them and their needs and goals. You want to design your landing pages in a way that is relatable to your audience and aligns with what motivates them to make purchases, sign up for events, or whatever other action you want them to take.

For example, if you have a majority Gen Z audience, interactive elements and videos might help retain their interest, whereas, for older generations, text-only designs may be better suited. If your audience is parents, you might focus more on how your product benefits their families. 

Craft your design with care

With 94% of first impressions being influenced by design, it is crucial that your landing pages are crafted to be user-friendly and help guide and engage the reader without being overly complex. Here are some best practices to keep in mind: 

  • Employing a layout that follows readers’ natural eye movement patterns (left to right)
  • Break up heavy text with white space and visual imagery 
  • Use colors that adhere to your brand’s guidelines to ensure recognition 
  • Ensure call to actions clearly define next steps 
  • Use type hierarchy, using larger and bolder fonts for headlines and subheadings, and smaller, easy-to-read fonts for body text to ensure readability

A carefully crafted combination of layout, white space, and design influences a page’s ease of navigation and the effectiveness of calls-to-action, therefore encouraging readers to take desired actions.

Ensure your pages are cohesive with email campaigns

Email campaigns help set the tone and user expectations, while landing pages help reinforce your brand's value proposition and encourage users to take action. If you use landing pages to support your email campaigns, staying on brand is essential. 

Brand consistency helps ensure recognition and provides your audience with a seamless and cohesive experience. This results in less friction when going from one form of communication to the next. Whereas having one experience via email and another on the landing page may confuse users on the next steps, impacting your conversion rate.

Utilize social proof

Using a landing page to strengthen your email campaigns means offering customers more ways to learn about you, your product, and what it can do for them. Social proof can be used on a landing page to strengthen your value and what it can bring to your customers.Here are some examples of what you can add:

  • Star rating for your product(s)
  • Customer testimonials and reviews
  • Offering data from your past surveys (e.g., “80% of subscribers say they would recommend this service to a friend”)
  • Adding any certifications, badges, and prizes you might have won

Design for mobile first always

When using landing pages to strengthen your campaigns, it’s important to note that 81% of people routinely check their emails on their phones, so chances are that most of your landing page’s visitors will be on mobile devices, too. 

Design your landing page around the mobile experience. This includes avoiding non-mobile-friendly elements such as:

  • Pop-ups
  • Large images and media files
  • Small CTAs
  • Small fonts

And embracing the unique needs that come with mobile-friendly design: 

  • Creating a design hierarchy and layout that flows naturally when scrolling on a phone
  • Ensuring responsive elements that adjust well to each user’s screen size
  • Making CTA prominent to reduce the scroll

The future of landing pages for email marketing

Trends in email marketing are always being shaped by advanced technological capabilities, growing user expectations, and an undeniable need for organizations to stand out in the crowded inbox. Here are our top predictions for the future of email marketing and landing pages: 

Increased need for personalization

Personalization has become a need, not a want in email marketing. In fact, according to SmarterHQ “72% of consumers exclusively engaged with personalized messaging.”

The simple act of segmenting your email list shows readers you care and value their time enough to create highly relevant content that meets their needs and expectations. We predict, that we will soon start seeing personalization move into other channels, including landing pages through the use of dynamic content blocks. 

Gamification & interactive elements

In the previous years we’ve noticed a rise in the gamification of email marketing. Think of a digital spin-the-wheel to get a discount. Interactive elements not only offer a great way to differentiate yourself in the inbox but also lead to an increase in engagement. In the near future, we’ll see organizations incorporate “gaming” elements, challenges, and reward systems into their landing pages to help increase conversion.

AI in scale

While AI has already made its name in the SaaS space, there is still room for growth in email marketing. AI goes beyond helping organizations create content faster. Rather, it serves as a tool for consumers to make more informed buying decisions.

By integrating chatbots and conversational interfaces, landing pages will become an essential part of increasing conversion as they offer support to consumers on product recommendations in real time without leaving your brand's ecosystem.  

Go from an email to a landing page in seconds with Beefree

Navigating the dynamic terrain of email marketing can feel overwhelming, especially when considering the daunting task of incorporating additional design elements. However, Beefree steps in to alleviate this challenge, making the seamless transition from emails to landing pages a breeze.

Acknowledging the complexity of your to-do list, Beefree offers a solution that not only simplifies the process but also enhances the overall effectiveness of your marketing strategy. In one click, transform your email design into landing page and vice versa.

Learn more: https://support.beefree.io/hc/en-us/articles/8890450664978-Using-the-Page-Details-Section

In addition, our catalog of 1,600+ professionally designed email and landing templates, ensures a seamless experience for your readers. This not only empowers you to enhance revenue and engagement but also positions your campaigns at the forefront of today's dynamic digital expectations.

It's time to embrace the boundless potential of your email marketing approach with Beefree by your side - where connecting with your audience is effortless, stress-free, and ... free.

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Color of the Year 2024: What It Is and How to Harness It in Email Marketing

Elevate your 2024 email marketing initiatives by harnessing the influence of the Color of the Year. Beyond mere aesthetics, incorporating this dynamic hue strategically into your campaigns allows you to infuse contemporary flair into your brand communication.
Beefree team
Beefree team
21 Feb
2024

This year, Pantone celebrates its 25th year of its unique and inspiring Color of the Year program. While many people find the Color of the Year to be simply an entertaining announcement, for marketers, this color can be a gateway toward better connecting with your customers and audiences.

Let's discuss how email marketing pros can stay ahead of the trends and effortlessly infuse the Color of the Year 2024 in your email campaigns.

What Is the Color of the Year 2024?

Each year, Pantone selects a "Color of The Year" that depicts and illustrates the state of the current culture and recent trends. This year's color is Peach Fuzz, Pantone 13-1023.

Source: https://www.pantone.com/articles/color-of-the-year/what-is-peach-fuzz

According to Pantone's reasoning for selecting the color Peach Fuzz, they state that it serves as an expression of the kindness, tenderness, warmth and togetherness that our culture is seeking and driving for in 2024. As Pantone explains, “Pantone 13-1023 Peach Fuzz captures our desire to nurture ourselves and others. It’s a velvety gentle peach tone whose all-embracing spirit enriches mind, body, and soul.” For many, this color embodies a vintage feel, creating a sense of honoring the past while welcoming the opportunities of the future.

How is the Color of the Year chosen?

For Pantone, choosing the Color of the Year is a long and comprehensive effort. Its team of color experts is continuously at work observing the global culture and the expressions of color across fashion, art and design, lifestyles, travel destinations, imagery on media platforms, and so on.

The Color of the Year is both an expression of our present culture at the dawn of a new year and a result of trend forecasting for colors, attitudes, and social movements that will be pervasive in the year ahead. It’s decided by the emerging popularity of the color itself as well as the emotions and concepts associated with the color.

Why does the Color of the Year matter in email marketing?

The Color of the Year can be an excellent asset to your email marketing (and your other 2024 marketing channels) in multiple ways. First, this color is representative of the present culture, which means it’s likely relatable to your present-day audience. It embodies a mindset that your consumers are likely to share - one of warmth, wellness, and interpersonal kindness - which fosters the connection between your brand and the consumers.

Second, the Color of the Year is in keeping with current color and fashion trends. By incorporating this color into your email marketing, your brand looks to be trendy and up-to-date. Even if consumers don’t know what the Color of the Year is, they notice that your emails have a modern, on-trend look.

Ways to use the Color of the Year 2024 in your email marketing

As we step into the vibrant realm of 2024, the Color of the Year takes center stage as a powerful tool for marketers seeking to infuse their strategies with contemporary flair.It serves as a language of its own, capable of communicating emotions, evoking reactions, and establishing a unique visual identity for brands. By incorporating the Color of the Year into marketing initiatives, businesses can align themselves consumer sensibilities, fostering a connection and positioning themselves as forward-thinking.

Use imagery with the Color of the Year 2024

Peach Fuzz doesn’t have to be the core color of your email design for you to benefit from it. When selecting images to include in your

email campaigns, consider looking for images that have Peach Fuzz or a similar color. For example, this royalty-free images from Unsplash each contain peachy hues that have the same mood and essence as the Color of the Year 2024. You’ll notice that the color isn't too prominent, but still stands out and plays well with the other colors in the image. This is a great depiction how you can incorporate Peach Fuzz to pair well with your brand identity.

Source: https://unsplash.com/photos/low-angle-photo-of-white-and-orange-concrete-building--T0La6F_WrE

Align your messaging with the Color of the Year 2024

As we’ve noted, the Color of the Year isn’t just a color; it’s a concept and an embodiment of our culture. You can use this to inform the messaging in your email marketing. In the case of Peach Fuzz, infuse your messaging with a sense of kindness, compassion, and warmth to speak to our current culture and appeal to your audience’s mindset in the present time.

Add the Color of The Year to your seasonal and trendy campaigns

By infusing the Color of the Year into seasonal and trendy campaigns, you not only stay relevant and timely but also capitalize on the cultural and emotional resonances associated with the chosen color, creating a dynamic and engaging experience for your audience. Here are some ideas:

Align the color with changing seasons

Embrace the changing seasons and incorporate the Color of the Year into your email campaigns that align with specific times of the year.

Source: https://beefree.io/template/feel-the-holiday-cheer

Capitalize on fashion and design trends

Stay attuned to fashion and design trends that feature the Color of the Year. Incorporate the color into email campaigns that showcase how your products or services align with current style preferences. Additionally, highlight new arrivals or product collections that prominently feature the trending color, catering to the fashion-forward interests of your audience, such as the template below:

Source: https://beefree.io/template/color-of-the-year-collection-email

Create a sense of urgency and exclusivity

Create a sense of urgency and exclusivity by tying the Color of the Year to limited-time promotions or exclusive offers. Use the color to highlight special discounts, early access to products, or exclusive content, encouraging your audience to engage promptly with your email campaigns.

Sourcehttps://beefree.io/template/color-of-the-year-collection-announcement

Develop themed content and storytelling

Develop themed content around the Color of the Year, telling a story that resonates with your brand and the significance of the color. The email template below serves as a perfect starting point to share share narratives, testimonials, or behind-the-scenes content that emphasizes the emotional and cultural aspects associated with the color of the year.

Source: https://beefree.io/template/how-to-design-with-pantone-peach-fuzz

Does the 2024 Color of the Year suit your brand?

Evaluating whether the 2024 Color of the Year suits your brand involves a nuanced exploration of the color's characteristics and your brand identity. Begin by examining the psychological and emotional associations of the chosen color. Peach Fuzz has a warm, welcoming, and peaceful air that can align well with many brands’ voices and messaging. Consider the values, personality, and messaging of your brand; does the color align with these elements, or does it pose a potential contrast that could enhance visual appeal and captivate your audience?

If the color resonates with your target demographic and aligns with your brand's narrative, it may offer an opportunity to play around your visual identity. However, remember that a balance between staying on-trend and maintaining a unique brand identity is crucial.

Strengthening your 2024 email marketing with the Color of the Year

Embracing the Color of the Year in your email campaigns is more than just a visual choice; it's an opportunity to remain competitive and provide users with something new. By strategically incorporating the Color of the Year, you can create visually appealing and emotionally resonant emails that stand out in crowded inboxes.

The easiest way to experiment with the color of the year in email campaigns is to start with a pre-designed template. Beefree’s "Color of The Year" template collection is a perfect place to start. Our user-friendly email editor makes it easy to customize all templates with your brand identity and effortlessly make a few simple changes to bring Peach Fuzz into your design.

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How To Utilize Gamification For Your Next Email Marketing Campaign

Transform your email marketing strategy with the innovative use of gamification. Delve into actionable insights and strategies to captivate your audience, enhance engagement, foster brand loyalty, and elevate the success of your next email campaign.
Beefree team
Beefree team
20 Feb
2024

Today, digital interactions dominate, and gamification has emerged as a powerful tool to capture and maintain audience attention. More than 70% of businesses included in the Global 2000 have adopted gamification as a key strategy.

In this article, we'll explore the significance of gamification in email marketing, understand its core concepts, delve into the psychology behind it, and provide insights on implementing and overcoming challenges in your gamified campaigns.

The psychology behind gamification in email

At its core, gamification in email marketing revolves around incorporating game-like elements to enhance user engagement.

This strategy involves understanding human behavior and motivation and leverages the psychological aspects that make games inherently appealing, such as competition, achievement, and rewards. Together, these insights help email marketers determine the best use of gamification to help drive engagement and shape consumer responses.

Here are the 3 key psychological drivers in gamification:

Intrinsic motivation

Gamification triggers users' desire to participate by incorporating challenges, rewards, and competitions. As a result, this creates a sense of achievement in users brought on by the idea of "winning" and reinforces positive engagement.

Operant conditioning

By strategically designing gamified elements that reward specific actions, marketers create a positive association between user engagement and valuable incentives. This conditioning strengthens the likelihood of users repeating desired behaviors, establishing a cycle of ongoing engagement.

Cognitive biases

Leveraging cognitive biases like scarcity bias allows marketers to prompt quicker responses by offering exclusive rewards or limited-time promotions.

In short, by appealing to individuals' inherent need for achievement and recognition, gamification becomes a powerful tool for capturing and maintaining their attention.

How to use gamification in email marketing

The concept of rewards and incentives helps amplifies the gamification strategy. Offering tangible benefits like exclusive discounts or access entices users to not only engage with emails but also to seek out additional interactions. Let's delve deeper into how you can use gamification to create a competitive edge and engage users in your next email campaign:

  • Points, Badges, and Leaderboards: Creating a competitive edge by rewarding users with points, badges, or leaderboard positions based on their interactions with your emails. This not only helps promote a feeling of accomplishment in users, but also helps foster a sense of community and competitiveness that leads them to climb leaderboards and stand out.

  • Rewards and Incentives: Offering tangible benefits such as discounts, exclusive access, or special promotions to incentivize user participation. This exclusivity makes users feel valued and special, fostering a stronger connection with your brand.

  • Interactive Elements: Enhancing user experience by introducing interactive features like quizzes, polls, or challenges within email content. These elements not only enhances engagement but also provides valuable insights into customer preferences, helping you tailor future content and offerings.

By tapping into users' motivations, whether it be competition, a desire for recognition, or the pursuit of exclusive benefits, you can create dynamic emails that help build a loyal and active audience for your brand.

Benefits of gamification in email marketing

Gamification transforms the user experience from a passive act of scrolling through emails into an interactive and dynamic journey where each click or purchase brings them closer to a tangible reward.

Increased customer engagement:

By turning the email experience into a game-like, subscribers are encouraged to engage with the content, spending more time exploring and interacting with the messages. This heightened engagement not only improves the chances of users absorbing the information presented but also creates a memorable and enjoyable experience, setting the brand apart in the minds of the recipients.

Enhanced brand loyalty:

One of the significant benefits of gamification is its ability to create deeper connections between a brand and its audience. When users consistently engage with gamified email content, they become active participants in a brand experience, leading to stronger brand-customer relationships and increased loyalty.

Higher conversion rates:

Gamification can be a powerful motivator for users to take desired actions. Whether purchasing, sharing content, or subscribing to newsletters, the gamified elements provide incentives and rewards for these actions. This motivational aspect drives increased participation, as users are more inclined to interact with emails, complete tasks, and actively engage with the brand, contributing to a more dynamic and participatory audience.

Improved data collection and analytics:

Gamification allows valuable user data collection through interactions and participation. Users willingly provide information while engaging with challenges, quizzes, or other gamified elements. This enriches your customer database and provides insights into user preferences and behavior. Improved analytics enable marketers to tailor future campaigns based on a better understanding of their audience.

5 Best practices for using gamification in email marketing

Embarking on a successful gamified email marketing campaign requires meticulous planning and strategic considerations. The following strategies and tactics can transform your email campaigns into immersive and rewarding journeys, making a lasting impression on your audience and optimizing your marketing efforts.

  1. Define campaign objectives: Clearly outline the goals of your gamified campaign to align with your overall marketing strategy. Use data-driven insights to identify the objectives and strategy for your emails. This means regularly tracking key metrics such as open rates and click-through rates. Once your campaigns launch, assess the effectiveness of your gamification elements to refine future campaigns.
  2. Identify target audience: Personalization is key to creating a more engaging experience. Understand your audience's preferences and tailor gamification elements to their interests. By leveraging data and what you know about your unique audiences, you can create better segmented gamified content that tailors to individual preferences. This includes personalizing challenges, rewards, and interactions, making the entire experience more relevant and appealing to different audiences.
  3. Choose appropriate gamification elements: Select elements that resonate with your brand and align with customer preferences. Ensure rewards align with audience interests. Go beyond generic incentives by offering enticing and meaningful rewards such as exclusive discounts, early access, or special promotions. It is crucial to adhere to data protection laws, like GDPR and CCPA, in your gamification practices. Communicate clearly how user data will be used and ensure compliance to build trust with your audience.
  4. Integrate gamification into email design: Ensure a smooth transition to gamified content for an intuitive and enjoyable experience. This means visually appealing emails with a user-friendly interface that offers a seamless transition from the email to the gamified elements.
  5. Develop clear calls-to-action (CTAs): Encourage user participation by crafting compelling CTAs that drive desired actions. Clearly communicate what action you want the user to take and highlight the benefits of doing so. Whether it's clicking a link, participating in a challenge, or making a purchase, the CTA should be persuasive and aligned with the gamification goals.

Overcoming challenges in gamified email marketing

When using gamification in email, it is important to find the right balance between gamification elements and the core message of the email. It's essential to integrate gamified features seamlessly without overwhelming or distracting recipients from the primary content. This lack of harmony brings forth two main challenges:

User fatigue

With the increasing use of gamification in various digital platforms, users risk experiencing fatigue or disinterest in engaging with gamified content. If not managed carefully, this fatigue can decrease overall participation and effectiveness.

Mitigation Strategy: To counter this, marketers should introduce variety and novelty in gamified content, keeping users engaged with fresh challenges and incentives. A/B testing is a great way to experiment with different gamification elements to identify what resonates best with your specific audience.

Lack of brand recognition

Maintaining consistency and alignment with your brand image while implementing gamification can be challenging. If gamified elements feel disconnected or misaligned with your brand identity, it may create confusion or a lack of authenticity among your audience.

Mitigation Strategy: Regularly analyze performance metrics and gather user insight to continuously improve your gamification strategy. Actively seeking insights from your audience about their preferences and perceptions allows you to adapt and iterate on your gamified content.

Unleashing the power of email gamification with Beefree

In an era where consumer attention is a prized commodity, the integration of gamification has emerged as a dynamic strategy to captivate and engage audiences within the realm of email marketing. It's important to remember that the essence of success in this area is rooted in persistent experimentation and creative thinking. Embrace the opportunity to try fresh gamification techniques in your email campaigns to maintain a competitive edge.

No-code solutions like Beefree simplify this process by providing an intuitive and user-friendly solution that empower marketers to seamlessly incorporate interactive and gamified elements into their email designs.

So, create a free account and start infusing some fun and interactivity into your email marketing efforts. Here's to the exciting gamification journey – may it bring you great results and enjoyment!

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