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How to design bulletproof CTA buttons in email

Beefree team
Beefree team
Oct 17, 2015
How to design bulletproof CTA buttons in email
How to design bulletproof CTA buttons in email

Earlier this week, we gotinspired by the email design of a recent webinar invitation email from Skillcrush, a coding academy that focuses on teaching women how to code. Their webinar invitation email had all the relevant information—event time, cost, key details, and a way to register—but they didn't get boxed in by the standard, bland email template we so often see... and that we start to tune out. Instead, they created an engaging, personality-packed webinar invitation email. There's plenty to learn from! Check out our email design tips on How Skillcrush Built a Unique Webinar Invitation Email.In today's workshop, we're going to focus on a key design element of the Skillcrush email: the bulletproof call-to-action (CTA) button. But first, what does bulletproof mean? It's a term used by email professionals for a CTA button, written in HTML, that renders across all inboxes and, because it's HTML code and not an image, the CTA button will always be shown, no matter what.Now that we know what a bulletproof button is, the next step is to figure out: how do we design one? And this is where it can be a little bit tricky for some. You can either turn a standard CTA button bulletproof by adding a few lines of HTML code or check that the email editor that you're using generates bulletproof buttons (and that those buttons are not simply images). We'll look at how to design a bulletproof button with the use of the BEE email editor.

How a bulletproof CTA button should look

Let's start with a look at the bulletproof button from the Skillcrush email. For reference, here's the full email:

Skillcrush Webinar Invitation Email

And here's a close-up of their unique call-to-action button:

Webinar call-to-action button

It's a refreshing change of pace fromthe typical "webinar blue" button weoften see, like this one:

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Notice how Skillcrush uses smart design tactics for its CTA button, which in turn reflectits modern, feminine, and personable brand:

  • The button is on-brand pink with bright white text
  • It's the full width of the email and doesn't have a bulky outline (like the black one around the "Register Now" button), evoking a light, modern feel
  • "Claim your spot," with the use of a personal pronoun "your," has an approachable, friendly tone while still directing readers to act

But perhapsthe most important design feature ofthe CTA button is that it’sbulletproof, meaningthe button is written in HTML so that it fully renders on all inboxes. We can see how the button is shown even with images turned off on iPhone:

Webinar call-to-action button mobile

Let's now get much more hands-on and see how to design a bulletproof button ourselves and recreate the Skillcrush CTA button. We'll be using the BEE email editor, which generates bulletproof CTA buttons.

Be sure to follow along and open the BEE email editor in a new browser tab. The BEE email editor is free, online, and requires no registration. So, do give it a try!

Video Overview: How to design a bulletproof CTA button

As a quick overview, here's our video tutorial on how to design the bulletproof CTA button from the Skillcrush email in the BEE email editor:

A step-by-step guide in the BEE editor

Let's walk through how to easily create a stellar CTA button in the BEE editor, where we have full customization of width, border radius, border color, padding, and color and text styling.

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To get us started, we took a couple minutes to recreate the top portion of Skillcrush's email,populating abasic one-column templatewith the header image and intro content. (For a step-by-step guide on how to set up a modular single-column email, check out this workshop post).Now, let's create our button!Over in the Structure menu to the right, we'll grab a button content block and simply drag it into the body of our email.

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Notice that the default button is blue, rectangular, and centered on the page:

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But there's a lot we can do to customize it! To match Skillcrush's button, we'll need to:

  • Change the background color
  • Update and style the text
  • Increase the width and adjust the padding
  • Insert a link

In the body of our email, we'll click on the button structure to activate it, then start making our adjustments in the Content menu on the right.

Button color

First, we'll set the button color to pink(#F16059 in hexidecimal format) to match Skillcrush.

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Then, we'll update the text. As we type, the button automatically widens to accommodate our content:

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We can keep our default font color (white #ffffff), font family (Arial), and font size (16px), but we'll make our messagebold (and be sure to type in all caps).

Full button width

Makingthe button stretch to the full width of the email body is easy. Back in the Content Properties menu, we'll adjustthe width slider to the right, up to 100%. From a design perspective, the full width makes sense: it mirrors the Skillcrush header at the top of the email, providing an aesthetically pleasing balance, and it also givesmobile readersmore space to click.

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Finishing touches

Under Content Padding, we'll make sure we have a padding of 5 px top and bottom.Let's also remember to insert a link to the button: in the same Content Properties menu we've been working from, we'll scroll to the Action section and paste in our link.

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Now, we have a fully functional bulletproof CTA button, identical to the Skillcrush email! Wasn't that easy?

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If you would like to further customize the CTA button, here are a few additional button design settings in the BEE editor:

Border radius

You can adjust the Border Radius to change your button's shape. From a design perspective, rectangular elements generally connote a senseof traditionalism, practicality, and balance, while circular elements can be perceived as softer and calming.

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Here's a rounded version of our CTA button after adjusting theradius to25 px:

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Button padding

We can also make the button taller (or shorter): make sure the "More options" button is turned on in the Content Padding section, and bump up thetop and bottom padding.

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Here's our button with an upper and lower padding of 20 px.

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Borders

Another adjustment we can make is the color and width of the button's border, found under Content Properties in the BEE editor. Notice how we have granular control on borders (to learn more watch a quick video tutorial on borders).

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The traditional "Register Now" button we looked at earlier had a thin black line around it. In the Border settings in the BEE editor, we can play with different colors and thicknesses.A thin, light border adds a bit of depth:

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And slightly thicker, darker border is more prominent but has a similar effect:

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Switching to a totally different color generally detracts from the light, modern feel of the button:

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But a border can also be useful in maintaininga light, airy, and modern look if weomit a background color, like this:

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As you can see, we could spend probably all day customizing a CTA button in the BEE editor!

Our CTA button design takeaways

As you're designing your own emails and customizing your CTA button, hereare the key thingstokeep in mind:

  • Buttons should be on-brand, too. Skillcrush does a great job of demonstrating how a well-designed button can go a long way in reflecting your brand so you can connect with your audience. Play with colors and styles to achieve a look that matches both your brand identity and your email's aesthetic. The button should attract attention (it should be obvious that it's a button) but not stick out like a sore thumb.
  • Balance the size of your button. Bigger isn't always better. Don't make your readers feel like you're shoving a demand in their faces. Strike a balance by making your button wide if it's not too tall, or by making it a little taller if it's not too wide. Remember, readers on mobile devices or tablets should be able to easily click with a fingertip, so allow ample white space around your button.
  • Don't forget content! "Register," "Learn more," "Sign up," and similar CTAs are overused. Think about how you can customize your message in a way that reflects the tone of your brand. Be sure to use a clear, direct action verb—and be concise. Try using personal pronouns like "my" and "your" that make your message friendly and engaging. You could try: "Reserve my spot now" or "Get my free ticket."
  • Placement is key. Research has shown that placing a CTA button below the fold actually increases clicks by 304%! Let readers know what they're signing up for first—with great copy and visuals—then invite them to act. Skillcrush does exactly this by placing their CTA button last.
  • Be bulletproof. Above all else, it's critical that your button looks great and works as it should, no matter the device or email inbox. Always use HTML instead of an image. We've seen that in the BEE editor, all buttons are bulletproof, so you'll never need to worry about how they'll render!

We have to ask: are your CTA buttons bulletproof? What did you think of our button design tips? Share your ideas and thoughts in the comments below!We'll see you in our next email design workshop, every Friday!

5 Healthcare Email Examples Where Education Meets Promotion"

We’ve compiled 5 examples of healthcare emails done right. These top brands have excelled in the art of healthcare emails by blending informative with promotional content that presents itself as an empathetic helping hand.
Emily Santos
Jul 12, 2024

Effective email marketing in healthcare can have immense ROI. After all, it is a cost-effective and direct line of communication with your patients that, when done right, can drive engagement, encourage repeat visits, and help build ongoing trust and credibility. However, healthcare providers are faced with unique challenges when it comes to using email marketing. 

On the one hand, the goal is to engage patients and provide value to help build long-term relationships. On the other hand, the goal is to promote your services and, ideally, boost revenue via this marketing strategy. This balance can be tricky to achieve due to the sensitive nature of the healthcare industry; however, it is not impossible.


We’ve compiled 5 examples of healthcare emails done right. These top brands have excelled in the art of healthcare emails by blending valuable, informative content that addresses patient’s concerns with promotional content that presents itself as an empathetic helping hand.  

Healthcare newsletter examples

Sending monthly or weekly newsletters is an excellent way to strengthen relationships with patients or customers. These regular communications serve as a direct line to your audience, allowing you to engage and educate them on relevant health topics consistently. 

Each newsletter provides an opportunity to share reliable and practical health tips and update patients about clinic changes, new services, or special offerings. 

Everlywell 

Everlywell offers folks with at-home “health and wellness solutions.” In a recent newsletter they focus their message on addressing stress, a common concern among their audience. The email begins by empathizing with the reader, reassuring them that stress is a widespread issue, therefore establishing an immediate connection with their readers. 

By offering a free solution—specifically, a list of vitamins and supplements known to alleviate stress—Everlywell demonstrates its commitment to customer well-being. Simultaneously, by subtly promoting its own supplements within the email's content, it reinforces the message that Everlywell not only understands the reader's concerns but also provides practical solutions. 

everlywell healthcare newsletter email example
Free newsletter templates: https://beefree.io/templates/newsletter 

Seasonal health campaigns 

Another great way to connect with patients beyond the clinic is to send seasonal health campaigns. These campaigns are highly effective because they relate to current health concerns and conditions prevalent during specific times of the year.

Seasonal health campaigns allow healthcare providers to proactively address issues that are top-of-mind for patients during different seasons. 

Natalist

Natalist offers “fertility, pregnancy, and postpartum essentials.” To ring in the new year, their email “TTC in the new year?” leans into the possibility that with a new year, folks begin to consider trying to conceive, thoughtfully tapping taps into the natural inclination people have to reflect on life changes and set new goals as the calendar turns.

This thoughtful and well-timed campaign exemplifies how healthcare providers can connect with their audience by aligning their messaging with their customers' lives' natural rhythms and aspirations.

natalist seasonal healthcare email example
Browse our catalog of free seasonal templates: https://beefree.io/templates 

Promotional healthcare emails 

Promotional healthcare emails can significantly increase patient engagement. Offers tailored to patient needs can inform and encourage them to consider services they may not have known about. However, healthcare promotion emails come with their own set of challenges, HIPAA being the biggest hurdle.

ivee

Ivee offers “individualized medical care” services directly from home, including urgent care, diagnostic testing, IV therapy, and more. In a promotional email about their Membership and Programs, ivee takes the route of promotion through education.

Promoting medical treatments and procedures can be complex and often leaves patients with numerous questions and uncertainties.

ivee’s promotional email addresses this challenge by ensuring the content is clear, concise, and informative. Instead of overwhelming patients with technical jargon or complicated medical terms, Ivee breaks down the information into 3 digestible segments that guide the reader through their offerings:

  1. What the patient will receive
  2. How the program works
  3. What the next steps are 

ivee’s educational approach in its promotional email informs and empowers patients, building trust and confidence in their services. 

By addressing potential questions upfront, ivee reduces any concern that the patient may have regarding this service. This method of promotion through education is particularly effective in healthcare, where informed patients are more likely to engage with and benefit from the services offered.

ivee promotional healthcare email
Free product promotion templates: https://beefree.io/templates/product-promotion 

Free service promotion templates: https://beefree.io/templates/service-promotion 

Patient testimonials and success stories 

Using patient testimonials and stories in healthcare emails helps build trust and credibility. When potential patients read or hear about others who have successfully navigated similar health challenges, it reassures them of the effectiveness and reliability of the services offered. These narratives humanize the healthcare experience, which can sometimes feel cold and direct, by showcasing real people and their journeys. 

Much like any healthcare email, this one is particularly affected by the US HIPAA regulations. These emails require explicit consent and the careful handling of personal information. 

Additionally, it is crucial that these testimonials and stories remain authentic. Fabricated or exaggerated stories can damage credibility, and it's important to avoid over-promising outcomes. 

GoodRx

GoodRx provides telemedicine to track prescription drug pricing in the United States and offers drug coupons and medication discounts. In an email promoting their telehealth services, they use a patient testimonial to communicate the ease of their service.

GoodRx balances this strategy with maintaining client privacy by using anonymized testimonials and obtaining explicit consent from the patient. Anonymized testimonials protect the identity of the patients by removing any personal identifiers, ensuring that their privacy is not compromised while still providing authentic feedback about the service.

GoodRx patient email example
Free template to feature your client testimonials: https://beefree.io/template/customer-reviews-product-template 

Transactional healthcare email examples

Transactional emails play an important role in healthcare, allowing providers to share essential information that brings ease to the patient’s experience. More specifically, transactional emails improve operational efficiency. Some examples of transactional emails in healthcare include

  • Appointment confirmations and reminders
  • Prescription and medication updates
  • Follow-up care instructions
  • Billing and payment notification
  • Patient portal access 

Hims

Hims is an “online telehealth platform that provides virtual healthcare and support for men's health.” In the order confirmation email below, Hims offers the patient important order information such as order ID, date paid, total charge, and payment method. 

This transparency ensures patients have all the necessary details about their purchase, enhancing their trust in the platform. Additionally, Hims goes beyond just transactional information to offer patients peace of mind by reminding them of all the other free services they receive through their platform.

By highlighting these benefits, Hims reinforces the value of its service and strengthens its relationship with its patients. This approach confirms the purchase and reassures patients that they feel supported in various aspects of their health journey.

hims healthcare invoice email

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SaaS Email Marketing Strategies for Reducing Churn

Discover the power of SaaS emails. Learn about essential email types like onboarding, product updates, and feedback to keep your users engaged and reduce churn rates.
Beefree team
Jul 5, 2024

The SaaS industry is a fiercely competitive marketing currently valued at $317.55 billion. With projections indicating growth to $1.23 trillion by 2032, it is becoming increasingly important for SaaS companies to find ways to not only stay competitive but also lead the market for sustainable growth. 

So, how can SaaS businesses stay ahead when customer needs constantly evolve and switching from one application to another is just a matter of a few clicks? For many, email marketing is the answer. 

With an average ROI of $36 for every $1 spent, email marketing is a versatile and cost-effective solution that benefits every stage of your marketing funnel. From brand awareness to retention, email marketing in SaaS helps meet your customers where they are.

What is SaaS email marketing?

SaaS email marketing refers to strategically sending emails to leads, prospects, existing customers, and former customers to drive engagement and business growth. While, email marketing offers a range of benefits for SaaS, the number benefit is it’s role in reducing churn.

Customer churn is the rate at which a user stops using the application over a given period of time. According to Vitally, for SaaS to maintain sustainable growth, the annual churn rate should be under 5%; however, in both small and large SaaS companies, “monthly churn rates ranked around 3.5% for the first quarter of 2024.”

According to Precursive, the top 3 factors leading to customer churn are wrong product fit, lack of engagement, and onboarding. Email marketing emerges as a powerful solution to address each of these issues proactively.

Reducing churn due to wrong product fit & onboarding

Wyzowl’s Customer Onboarding 2020 Report states, “80% of users have uninstalled an app due to their lack of understanding of how to use it.” 

That’s where onboarding and product education emails come in. They educate users not only on how to use the application but also how to maximize its value. In the onboarding stages, SaaS should gather user data, such as industry or role, and create tailored campaigns highlighting features and use cases based on their unique needs.

Reducing churn due to lack of engagement

Consistent and targeted email campaigns help keep users engaged, as they are reminded of the ongoing value your SaaS application delivers. Through interactive content such as surveys, polls, quizzes, or regular usage tips and best practices, you can encourage users to stay engaged and informed about new and exciting ways to use the application.

Types of SaaS email communications

Each type of SaaS email communication is designed to address specific needs, goals, and challenges faced by both the SaaS company and its customers. Tailored email content to specific segments allows SaaS to deliver relevant, timely, and compelling content that enhances the overall customer experience.

1. Welcome emails

In SaaS, a welcome email is a high-level introduction to your application. It is sent immediately after a customer subscribes to the tool and tells them what to expect. 

In this example from Coda, the user is welcomed to the application and the different “solutions” they can create with Coda. Additionally, this email offers other resources to help the user familiarize themselves with the tool, like their help center and learning hub.

Source: https://reallygoodemails.com/emails/welcome-to-coda

As you can see, this is a high-level email that does not go too in-depth into a specific feature. This email helps ease users into a new application without overwhelming them.

Free welcome email template: https://beefree.io/template/first-welcome

2. Onboarding emails

Unlike a welcome email, an onboarding email focuses on a specific feature or activity that can be achieved with your application. For SaaS, an onboarding sequence is usually a better strategy than compiling everything in one email. It helps guide users through the product gradually, allowing them ample time in between emails to explore the solution.

These emails could include feature highlights, tutorials, or step-by-step guides. In the example below, users are introduced to Miro’s collaboration capabilities. 

SaaS onboarding email example
Source: https://reallygoodemails.com/emails/tips-tricks-to-get-everyone-engaged

In SaaS, the onboarding process should be treated as part of the users' “consideration” stage. In fact, 63% of customers consider the onboarding period when deciding to subscribe to a service or purchase a product.

Due to this, the onboarding process should be seamless, educational, and personalized to serve users with relevant content that meets their unique needs.

Free onboarding email template for SaaS: https://beefree.io/template/get-started

3. Product update emails

Product update emails aim to educate users on new or improved features. They are a valuable way to encourage product adoption, show users you listen to their feedback, and offer resources for further product education. 

The following example from Airtable highlights their new AI feature, briefly sharing what it does, the benefits, and links relevant resources to learn more, including promotion to their AI webinar.

SaaS product update email example
Source: https://reallygoodemails.com/emails/introducing-airtable-ai-unlock-your-unknown

Free SaaS product update email: https://beefree.io/template/features-discovery

4. Transactional emails

Transactional emails for SaaS help enhance the user experience. Through prompt and clear communications regarding account activities, SaaS businesses ensure customers are informed, providing peace of mind and increasing brand trust. 

Each transactional email should have a clear focus that addresses the user’s immediate need. These emails often include password resets, billing and invoices, security alerts, subscription renewals, and more. 

The following email example from Stampsy is a great example of a transactional email that is clear and to the point.

SaaS transactional email example
Source: https://reallygoodemails.com/emails/stampsy-email-verification

If you’re not sure of where to start with your SaaS transactional email, Beefree’s Transactional Template Kit offers a good starting point for on-brand emails.

5. Re-engagement emails

Re-engagement emails help to retain users who haven’t interacted with your brand or software in a while by reminding them of the value and benefits of your SaaS. Through targeted and timely email campaigns, highlighting the unique value proposition of your SaaS you can help to extend the duration of customer relationships and recapturing lost revenue before it’s lost. 

Some examples of re-engagement emails in SaaS include highlighting new features, offering a special discount, requesting feedback, or a simple “we miss you” email reminding them of your solution.

The following email from Mailchimp is an example of a re-engagement email sent in the onboarding process. 

Based on the content of the email, we can infer that this user still needs to complete their registration. 

Mailchimp uses this to remind the user how easy it is to get started “with just a few clicks.” Additionally, it addresses any potential roadblocks the user may have. It offers solutions such as a comprehensive article to help users “breeze through the registration process” and a 1-1 call with their Onboarding Specialist.

re-engagement SaaS email example
Source: https://reallygoodemails.com/emails/almost-there-complete-your-sms-registration-today

6. Feedback emails

Feedback or survey emails in SaaS are vital for gathering insight into user experience and satisfaction. For the user, these emails serve as a way to give direct feedback, making them feel valued and strengthening their engagement. 

Feedback or survey emails should be clear about the ask and concise to respect the reader’s time. Offering incentives or discounts is also a great way to promote engagement, further strengthening user relationships. 

The following email from Miro is a great example of requesting feedback.

SaaS feedback email examples
Source: https://reallygoodemails.com/emails/share-your-experience-with-us


To start building your next SaaS survey campaign, Beefree’s Survey Template Kit offers a wide range of designs to choose from. 

7. Renewal and upgrade emails

Renewal and upgrade emails in SaaS are essential for maintaining customer retention and driving revenue growth. While their purpose is typically a friendly reminder about upcoming renewals, it also serves as an opportunity to encourage users to upgrade to unlock more features.

These emails should specify when the subscription ends, how to renew or upgrade, and the benefits. The following example from YouTube highlights all of the benefits of renewing your premium plan and offers a clear CTA on the next steps to help avoid friction for the user.

SaaS renewal and upgrade email templates
Source: https://reallygoodemails.com/emails/only-a-few-days-before-your-youtube-premium-benefits-end-renew-now

Free SaaS upgrade email template: https://beefree.io/template/upgrade-to-a-higher-plan 

8. Event invitation emails

For SaaS specifically, events can help amplify the brand’s credibility and recognition, generate leads, and provide ongoing value to existing users. Event invitation emails are a valuable part of this strategy to encourage attendance and user engagement.

The following example from Customer.io invites users to a webinar hosted by industry leaders. The email concisely communicates the webinar's topic and the value it will bring to its users.

event invitation emails for saas
Source: https://reallygoodemails.com/emails/join-our-live-qa-with-marketing-legends

These event invitation emails are usually followed by reminder emails to encourage attendance and registration further.

Start designing your next event invitation emails with Beefree's Webinar Template Kit.

9. Milestone emails

Milestone emails in SaaS help celebrate a user’s significant achievement or a stage in their journey. They provide positive reinforcement and motivation for a user, increasing their likelihood of continued use of the product. For SaaS, these emails also serve as a way to highlight the value of the software by showing the users the progress they have achieved and where they can go with continued use. 

Grammarly is an excellent example of an effective milestone email.

milestone emails for saas
Source: https://reallygoodemails.com/emails/youve-reached-a-new-weekly-streak-milestone

Free milestone email and page templates for SaaS: https://beefree.io/templates/annual_review

Kick off your SaaS email marketing program with Beefree

Reducing churn with SaaS email marketing is not just about sending the occasional reminder or offer - it's about creating a well-rounded, strategic approach that addresses every stage of the customer journey. Your email campaigns should respond to user needs and challenges before they arrive -- positioning your SaaS as the ideal solution for them.

From personalized onboarding emails that ensure new users feel welcomed and informed, to regular engagement emails that keep users active and invested, each type of communication plays a vital role in minimizing churn. While designing campaigns for each touchpoint might be time consuming at first, know that you don't have to do it alone.

Beefree offers a myriad of email templates to support each stage of your customer lifecycle. The best part? It's free. Get started now!

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The Ultimate Guide to Creating and Embedding HTML Email Templates in Outlook

Discover key strategies for overcoming Outlook's HTML rendering limitations and create beautiful HTML email templates.
Emily Santos
Jun 28, 2024

According to Gitnux’s MarketData Report 2024, 16% of all US email users use Outlook as their primary email provider, ranking Outlook among the most widely used email platforms in the country. 

With over 400 million users worldwide, the chances that your emails will land in an Outlook inbox are high if you're an email marketer. With this in mind, it’s important to acknowledge Outlook’s capabilities and limitations to build emails that render well for every recipient. 

Understanding Outlook's HTML design limitations

Despite its popularity, Outlook is primarily used for day-to-day communications between colleagues rather than mass marketing campaigns. Because of this, Outlook has a few limitations when it comes to rendering HTML emails, for instance: 

Some of the most prominent rendering issues with Outlook Web or App include: 

  • Gifs rendering with a play icon over the GIF
  • Fonts not matching 
  • Additional spaces in the layout 
  • Icons stacking on top of one another or misaligned
  • Mismatching background images 
  • Misalignment across email elements 

These limitations mean that regardless of how much time is spent on creating the most engaging and on-brand email, Outlook may deliver a different outcome to recipients, affecting your email’s readability and impact.

While we recommend opting out of using Outlook as a sending platform and using a professional solution such as HubSpot and Mailchimp, we understand this is not always feasible.

Many email marketers who rely on Outlook have found creative approaches to address its rendering limitations, typically opting for either image-based emails or maximizing the impact of text-only emails. When it comes to HTML emails, while challenging, they remain a viable option for those willing to navigate Outlook’s quirks and optimize their designs accordingly.

Best practices for designing Outlook-friendly HTML email templates

You have two options for creating an HTML email template for Outlook. The first involves manually writing the HTML code with CSS and then saving the email as an Outlook template. While this approach doesn't require additional software tools, it can be time-consuming and requires CSS expertise.

Alternatively, you can use an external email design tool such as Beefree to create your HTML email template. This method is more user-friendly and efficient since it eliminates the need for CSS knowledge and manual coding.

Regardless of which option you opt for, here are some best practices to follow:

  • Simplicity is key: Design simple, single-column designs. Complex layouts, while engaging, may not render correctly. 

  • Use tables for the layout structure: Experiment with tables to ensure your design elements stay in their intended position, helping to tackle Outlook's misalignment issue. 
  • Use inline CSS: If possible, embed inline CSS directly within your HTML elements to control formatting and layout; this will help minimize Outlook’s limited support for external and embedded stylesheets.

  • Use web-safe fonts: Arial, Times New Roman, or Verdana are all safe bests when designing for Outlook.

  • Alt text: Because Outlook blocks images by default, be sure to always include alt text for images to ensure accessibility but also to ensure that the lack of images doesn’t leave out important context from your emails. 

Designing HTML email templates in Outlook with Beefree

When designing HTML email templates that perform well in Outlook, leveraging the right tools can significantly simplify the process and ensure adherence to best practices.

Beefree stands out as a versatile platform that not only facilitates creative email design but also supports the specific requirements of Outlook rendering, for instance:

  • Designing for simplicity: Beefree’s drag-and-drop functionality allows for the easy creation of single-column layouts. Within Beefree, users can easily customize the alignment, spacing, height, and more of emails for mobile and desktop, ensuring a cohesive experience across multiple devices.

  • Web-safe fonts: Within Beefree, you can set web-safe fonts as your default to ensure the consistent rendering of fonts across all email clients, especially Outlook.

  • Alt text: This can be powered manually or via our AI integration. 

  • Responsive design: While Outlook lacks robust support for responsive design, Beefree enables users to create mobile-friendly email templates through fluid layouts and scalable elements. This ensures that your emails adapt to different screen sizes and devices, enhancing user experience regardless of how recipients access their emails through Outlook.

Before finalizing your email designs, it's essential to conduct thorough testing to ensure they render correctly across different versions of Outlook. We recommend using Beefree’s preview feature to see how your emails appear in various screen sizes. We also recommend sending a test email to multiple Outlook recipients to help you identify any rendering discrepancies between Beefree and Outlook.

While we’d like to guarantee that Beefree will render emails 100% as intended,  it's important to remember that Outlook is an email client rather than a sending platform. As a result, it may ignore, remove, or alter HTML elements from our code. This can cause rendering issues that we can't resolve. Keep in mind that the more complex your design is, the more likely you are to experience rendering issues with Outlook.

Familiarize yourself with our Outlook rendering considerations

Embedding Outlook HTML email templates

Once your email is designed in Beefree following the best practices addressed above, you can easily export to Outlook Web or Outlook App.

Outlook Web
Connect Beefree to your Outlook Web account before designing or after completion.  Directly from the builder or via the Email Details page, click “Push to your sending system.” Within seconds, the email will be saved as a new template and appear in your Outlook account.

To learn more about how to complete the integration process, visit: https://support.beefree.io/hc/en-us/articles/11964534263442-Exporting-to-Outlook-com

For a step-by-step process:



Outlook Web and corporate email accounts
If you’re exporting emails designed in Beefree to your Outlook corporate business account, follow the same steps as above.

When integrating Beefree with an Outlook corporate account, you may encounter a message indicating that approval or authorization is required for the connection to succeed. To proceed, you will need to obtain the necessary approvals or modify your Outlook Web business account permissions settings to ensure a successful connection. Outlook App
The Outlook App integration with Beefree allows you to download your email designs as OFT and EMLTPL files that you can then upload into your Outlook App. To download the files, take the following steps:

  1. Navigate to the email design you’d like to export.
  2. Make and save any changes you’d like prior to exporting your design.
  3. Select Push to your sending system.
  4. Click the Outlook App connector.
  5. You will be prompted to Download the Outlook App.
  6. Select Download for Windows if you’d like an OFT file or Download for macOS if you’d like an EMLTPL file.


To learn more about how to complete the integration process and import HTML, watch the following video:

Or visit: https://support.beefree.io/hc/en-us/articles/11964534263442-Exporting-to-Outlook-com

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5 Healthcare Email Examples Where Education Meets Promotion"

We’ve compiled 5 examples of healthcare emails done right. These top brands have excelled in the art of healthcare emails by blending informative with promotional content that presents itself as an empathetic helping hand.
Emily Santos
Emily Santos
12 Jul
2024

Effective email marketing in healthcare can have immense ROI. After all, it is a cost-effective and direct line of communication with your patients that, when done right, can drive engagement, encourage repeat visits, and help build ongoing trust and credibility. However, healthcare providers are faced with unique challenges when it comes to using email marketing. 

On the one hand, the goal is to engage patients and provide value to help build long-term relationships. On the other hand, the goal is to promote your services and, ideally, boost revenue via this marketing strategy. This balance can be tricky to achieve due to the sensitive nature of the healthcare industry; however, it is not impossible.


We’ve compiled 5 examples of healthcare emails done right. These top brands have excelled in the art of healthcare emails by blending valuable, informative content that addresses patient’s concerns with promotional content that presents itself as an empathetic helping hand.  

Healthcare newsletter examples

Sending monthly or weekly newsletters is an excellent way to strengthen relationships with patients or customers. These regular communications serve as a direct line to your audience, allowing you to engage and educate them on relevant health topics consistently. 

Each newsletter provides an opportunity to share reliable and practical health tips and update patients about clinic changes, new services, or special offerings. 

Everlywell 

Everlywell offers folks with at-home “health and wellness solutions.” In a recent newsletter they focus their message on addressing stress, a common concern among their audience. The email begins by empathizing with the reader, reassuring them that stress is a widespread issue, therefore establishing an immediate connection with their readers. 

By offering a free solution—specifically, a list of vitamins and supplements known to alleviate stress—Everlywell demonstrates its commitment to customer well-being. Simultaneously, by subtly promoting its own supplements within the email's content, it reinforces the message that Everlywell not only understands the reader's concerns but also provides practical solutions. 

everlywell healthcare newsletter email example
Free newsletter templates: https://beefree.io/templates/newsletter 

Seasonal health campaigns 

Another great way to connect with patients beyond the clinic is to send seasonal health campaigns. These campaigns are highly effective because they relate to current health concerns and conditions prevalent during specific times of the year.

Seasonal health campaigns allow healthcare providers to proactively address issues that are top-of-mind for patients during different seasons. 

Natalist

Natalist offers “fertility, pregnancy, and postpartum essentials.” To ring in the new year, their email “TTC in the new year?” leans into the possibility that with a new year, folks begin to consider trying to conceive, thoughtfully tapping taps into the natural inclination people have to reflect on life changes and set new goals as the calendar turns.

This thoughtful and well-timed campaign exemplifies how healthcare providers can connect with their audience by aligning their messaging with their customers' lives' natural rhythms and aspirations.

natalist seasonal healthcare email example
Browse our catalog of free seasonal templates: https://beefree.io/templates 

Promotional healthcare emails 

Promotional healthcare emails can significantly increase patient engagement. Offers tailored to patient needs can inform and encourage them to consider services they may not have known about. However, healthcare promotion emails come with their own set of challenges, HIPAA being the biggest hurdle.

ivee

Ivee offers “individualized medical care” services directly from home, including urgent care, diagnostic testing, IV therapy, and more. In a promotional email about their Membership and Programs, ivee takes the route of promotion through education.

Promoting medical treatments and procedures can be complex and often leaves patients with numerous questions and uncertainties.

ivee’s promotional email addresses this challenge by ensuring the content is clear, concise, and informative. Instead of overwhelming patients with technical jargon or complicated medical terms, Ivee breaks down the information into 3 digestible segments that guide the reader through their offerings:

  1. What the patient will receive
  2. How the program works
  3. What the next steps are 

ivee’s educational approach in its promotional email informs and empowers patients, building trust and confidence in their services. 

By addressing potential questions upfront, ivee reduces any concern that the patient may have regarding this service. This method of promotion through education is particularly effective in healthcare, where informed patients are more likely to engage with and benefit from the services offered.

ivee promotional healthcare email
Free product promotion templates: https://beefree.io/templates/product-promotion 

Free service promotion templates: https://beefree.io/templates/service-promotion 

Patient testimonials and success stories 

Using patient testimonials and stories in healthcare emails helps build trust and credibility. When potential patients read or hear about others who have successfully navigated similar health challenges, it reassures them of the effectiveness and reliability of the services offered. These narratives humanize the healthcare experience, which can sometimes feel cold and direct, by showcasing real people and their journeys. 

Much like any healthcare email, this one is particularly affected by the US HIPAA regulations. These emails require explicit consent and the careful handling of personal information. 

Additionally, it is crucial that these testimonials and stories remain authentic. Fabricated or exaggerated stories can damage credibility, and it's important to avoid over-promising outcomes. 

GoodRx

GoodRx provides telemedicine to track prescription drug pricing in the United States and offers drug coupons and medication discounts. In an email promoting their telehealth services, they use a patient testimonial to communicate the ease of their service.

GoodRx balances this strategy with maintaining client privacy by using anonymized testimonials and obtaining explicit consent from the patient. Anonymized testimonials protect the identity of the patients by removing any personal identifiers, ensuring that their privacy is not compromised while still providing authentic feedback about the service.

GoodRx patient email example
Free template to feature your client testimonials: https://beefree.io/template/customer-reviews-product-template 

Transactional healthcare email examples

Transactional emails play an important role in healthcare, allowing providers to share essential information that brings ease to the patient’s experience. More specifically, transactional emails improve operational efficiency. Some examples of transactional emails in healthcare include

  • Appointment confirmations and reminders
  • Prescription and medication updates
  • Follow-up care instructions
  • Billing and payment notification
  • Patient portal access 

Hims

Hims is an “online telehealth platform that provides virtual healthcare and support for men's health.” In the order confirmation email below, Hims offers the patient important order information such as order ID, date paid, total charge, and payment method. 

This transparency ensures patients have all the necessary details about their purchase, enhancing their trust in the platform. Additionally, Hims goes beyond just transactional information to offer patients peace of mind by reminding them of all the other free services they receive through their platform.

By highlighting these benefits, Hims reinforces the value of its service and strengthens its relationship with its patients. This approach confirms the purchase and reassures patients that they feel supported in various aspects of their health journey.

hims healthcare invoice email

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SaaS Email Marketing Strategies for Reducing Churn

Discover the power of SaaS emails. Learn about essential email types like onboarding, product updates, and feedback to keep your users engaged and reduce churn rates.
Beefree team
Beefree team
5 Jul
2024

The SaaS industry is a fiercely competitive marketing currently valued at $317.55 billion. With projections indicating growth to $1.23 trillion by 2032, it is becoming increasingly important for SaaS companies to find ways to not only stay competitive but also lead the market for sustainable growth. 

So, how can SaaS businesses stay ahead when customer needs constantly evolve and switching from one application to another is just a matter of a few clicks? For many, email marketing is the answer. 

With an average ROI of $36 for every $1 spent, email marketing is a versatile and cost-effective solution that benefits every stage of your marketing funnel. From brand awareness to retention, email marketing in SaaS helps meet your customers where they are.

What is SaaS email marketing?

SaaS email marketing refers to strategically sending emails to leads, prospects, existing customers, and former customers to drive engagement and business growth. While, email marketing offers a range of benefits for SaaS, the number benefit is it’s role in reducing churn.

Customer churn is the rate at which a user stops using the application over a given period of time. According to Vitally, for SaaS to maintain sustainable growth, the annual churn rate should be under 5%; however, in both small and large SaaS companies, “monthly churn rates ranked around 3.5% for the first quarter of 2024.”

According to Precursive, the top 3 factors leading to customer churn are wrong product fit, lack of engagement, and onboarding. Email marketing emerges as a powerful solution to address each of these issues proactively.

Reducing churn due to wrong product fit & onboarding

Wyzowl’s Customer Onboarding 2020 Report states, “80% of users have uninstalled an app due to their lack of understanding of how to use it.” 

That’s where onboarding and product education emails come in. They educate users not only on how to use the application but also how to maximize its value. In the onboarding stages, SaaS should gather user data, such as industry or role, and create tailored campaigns highlighting features and use cases based on their unique needs.

Reducing churn due to lack of engagement

Consistent and targeted email campaigns help keep users engaged, as they are reminded of the ongoing value your SaaS application delivers. Through interactive content such as surveys, polls, quizzes, or regular usage tips and best practices, you can encourage users to stay engaged and informed about new and exciting ways to use the application.

Types of SaaS email communications

Each type of SaaS email communication is designed to address specific needs, goals, and challenges faced by both the SaaS company and its customers. Tailored email content to specific segments allows SaaS to deliver relevant, timely, and compelling content that enhances the overall customer experience.

1. Welcome emails

In SaaS, a welcome email is a high-level introduction to your application. It is sent immediately after a customer subscribes to the tool and tells them what to expect. 

In this example from Coda, the user is welcomed to the application and the different “solutions” they can create with Coda. Additionally, this email offers other resources to help the user familiarize themselves with the tool, like their help center and learning hub.

Source: https://reallygoodemails.com/emails/welcome-to-coda

As you can see, this is a high-level email that does not go too in-depth into a specific feature. This email helps ease users into a new application without overwhelming them.

Free welcome email template: https://beefree.io/template/first-welcome

2. Onboarding emails

Unlike a welcome email, an onboarding email focuses on a specific feature or activity that can be achieved with your application. For SaaS, an onboarding sequence is usually a better strategy than compiling everything in one email. It helps guide users through the product gradually, allowing them ample time in between emails to explore the solution.

These emails could include feature highlights, tutorials, or step-by-step guides. In the example below, users are introduced to Miro’s collaboration capabilities. 

SaaS onboarding email example
Source: https://reallygoodemails.com/emails/tips-tricks-to-get-everyone-engaged

In SaaS, the onboarding process should be treated as part of the users' “consideration” stage. In fact, 63% of customers consider the onboarding period when deciding to subscribe to a service or purchase a product.

Due to this, the onboarding process should be seamless, educational, and personalized to serve users with relevant content that meets their unique needs.

Free onboarding email template for SaaS: https://beefree.io/template/get-started

3. Product update emails

Product update emails aim to educate users on new or improved features. They are a valuable way to encourage product adoption, show users you listen to their feedback, and offer resources for further product education. 

The following example from Airtable highlights their new AI feature, briefly sharing what it does, the benefits, and links relevant resources to learn more, including promotion to their AI webinar.

SaaS product update email example
Source: https://reallygoodemails.com/emails/introducing-airtable-ai-unlock-your-unknown

Free SaaS product update email: https://beefree.io/template/features-discovery

4. Transactional emails

Transactional emails for SaaS help enhance the user experience. Through prompt and clear communications regarding account activities, SaaS businesses ensure customers are informed, providing peace of mind and increasing brand trust. 

Each transactional email should have a clear focus that addresses the user’s immediate need. These emails often include password resets, billing and invoices, security alerts, subscription renewals, and more. 

The following email example from Stampsy is a great example of a transactional email that is clear and to the point.

SaaS transactional email example
Source: https://reallygoodemails.com/emails/stampsy-email-verification

If you’re not sure of where to start with your SaaS transactional email, Beefree’s Transactional Template Kit offers a good starting point for on-brand emails.

5. Re-engagement emails

Re-engagement emails help to retain users who haven’t interacted with your brand or software in a while by reminding them of the value and benefits of your SaaS. Through targeted and timely email campaigns, highlighting the unique value proposition of your SaaS you can help to extend the duration of customer relationships and recapturing lost revenue before it’s lost. 

Some examples of re-engagement emails in SaaS include highlighting new features, offering a special discount, requesting feedback, or a simple “we miss you” email reminding them of your solution.

The following email from Mailchimp is an example of a re-engagement email sent in the onboarding process. 

Based on the content of the email, we can infer that this user still needs to complete their registration. 

Mailchimp uses this to remind the user how easy it is to get started “with just a few clicks.” Additionally, it addresses any potential roadblocks the user may have. It offers solutions such as a comprehensive article to help users “breeze through the registration process” and a 1-1 call with their Onboarding Specialist.

re-engagement SaaS email example
Source: https://reallygoodemails.com/emails/almost-there-complete-your-sms-registration-today

6. Feedback emails

Feedback or survey emails in SaaS are vital for gathering insight into user experience and satisfaction. For the user, these emails serve as a way to give direct feedback, making them feel valued and strengthening their engagement. 

Feedback or survey emails should be clear about the ask and concise to respect the reader’s time. Offering incentives or discounts is also a great way to promote engagement, further strengthening user relationships. 

The following email from Miro is a great example of requesting feedback.

SaaS feedback email examples
Source: https://reallygoodemails.com/emails/share-your-experience-with-us


To start building your next SaaS survey campaign, Beefree’s Survey Template Kit offers a wide range of designs to choose from. 

7. Renewal and upgrade emails

Renewal and upgrade emails in SaaS are essential for maintaining customer retention and driving revenue growth. While their purpose is typically a friendly reminder about upcoming renewals, it also serves as an opportunity to encourage users to upgrade to unlock more features.

These emails should specify when the subscription ends, how to renew or upgrade, and the benefits. The following example from YouTube highlights all of the benefits of renewing your premium plan and offers a clear CTA on the next steps to help avoid friction for the user.

SaaS renewal and upgrade email templates
Source: https://reallygoodemails.com/emails/only-a-few-days-before-your-youtube-premium-benefits-end-renew-now

Free SaaS upgrade email template: https://beefree.io/template/upgrade-to-a-higher-plan 

8. Event invitation emails

For SaaS specifically, events can help amplify the brand’s credibility and recognition, generate leads, and provide ongoing value to existing users. Event invitation emails are a valuable part of this strategy to encourage attendance and user engagement.

The following example from Customer.io invites users to a webinar hosted by industry leaders. The email concisely communicates the webinar's topic and the value it will bring to its users.

event invitation emails for saas
Source: https://reallygoodemails.com/emails/join-our-live-qa-with-marketing-legends

These event invitation emails are usually followed by reminder emails to encourage attendance and registration further.

Start designing your next event invitation emails with Beefree's Webinar Template Kit.

9. Milestone emails

Milestone emails in SaaS help celebrate a user’s significant achievement or a stage in their journey. They provide positive reinforcement and motivation for a user, increasing their likelihood of continued use of the product. For SaaS, these emails also serve as a way to highlight the value of the software by showing the users the progress they have achieved and where they can go with continued use. 

Grammarly is an excellent example of an effective milestone email.

milestone emails for saas
Source: https://reallygoodemails.com/emails/youve-reached-a-new-weekly-streak-milestone

Free milestone email and page templates for SaaS: https://beefree.io/templates/annual_review

Kick off your SaaS email marketing program with Beefree

Reducing churn with SaaS email marketing is not just about sending the occasional reminder or offer - it's about creating a well-rounded, strategic approach that addresses every stage of the customer journey. Your email campaigns should respond to user needs and challenges before they arrive -- positioning your SaaS as the ideal solution for them.

From personalized onboarding emails that ensure new users feel welcomed and informed, to regular engagement emails that keep users active and invested, each type of communication plays a vital role in minimizing churn. While designing campaigns for each touchpoint might be time consuming at first, know that you don't have to do it alone.

Beefree offers a myriad of email templates to support each stage of your customer lifecycle. The best part? It's free. Get started now!

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