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Email Marketing Tips for the Leisure and Entertainment Sector

By Mail Designer 365 Newsletter Academy

As one of the largest global industries, the leisure and entertainment sector encompasses a wide range of businesses. Email marketing within the leisure sector is often a good way to directly share news and promotions with your existing customers, as well as enticing new customers to check out your business for the first time.

With the recreational sector slowly picking back up in many places and the peak summer season already in full swing, now is a great time to start rejuvenating the email strategy for your leisure business.

In this post, we’re sharing our top email marketing tips for the leisure and entertainment sector, as well as some of our favorite email campaign examples.

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Which businesses belong to the leisure and entertainment sector?

The leisure and entertainment industry covers most activities which consumers and tourists like to participate in during their free time, such as:

  • Gyms, swimming pools and other indoor sports facilities
  • Museums and art galleries
  • Sports clubs
  • Zoos
  • Theaters, cinemas and music venues
  • Nightclubs and bars
  • Theme parks and water parks
  • Cycle hire and other outdoor activities
  • Bowling alleys and arcades
  • Casinos and bingo halls
  • Spas and wellness centers

Which types of emails are useful in the leisure and entertainment sector?

Due to the diverse nature of the leisure sector, there are many different types of emails you can send to help improve communication with customers and up footfall for your business.

Some examples include:

  • Booking confirmation emails
  • Announcements (i.e. for new exhibits, attractions, shows etc.)
  • Event invitations
  • Deals and promotions
  • Seasonal offers
  • News and essential information (e.g. health & safety or opening hours)
  • Feedback request emails

What to include in emails for the leisure and entertainment sector?

Exciting graphics

The main aim of your email is generally to excite your readers and motivate them to visit your business. One great way of achieving this is by including bold and exciting graphics in your design to show potential customers what you have in store for them.

Use an exciting hero image to set the scene in your email and pair this with other smaller images to show off key features and benefits of your attraction.

Tip: The vast layout block selection in Mail Designer 365 contains a wide range of options to help you dynamically display images within your design.

Exclusive offers

Another highly effective way of using email as a way to encourage customers to choose your business is by sharing offers and promotions. Particularly during peak holiday season, families and holidaymakers will be keen to find the best activities for the best price.

Including offers like 2 for 1 or discounted entry and free gifts or refreshments will help sway undecided customers towards your business.

Central call-to-actions

Every email has a core purpose. In order to help achieve the goal of your email, you should use clear and prominent call-to-actions (CTAs) to point readers in the right direction.

Whether it’s an “add to calendar” prompt for an upcoming booking, a shortcut to your online booking portal, or a link to your website for more information, it’s important to make the CTA a central aspect of your email.

As well as using a sensible and direct link, you should also consider using a clear, bold typeface and a vibrant color which stands out from the rest of the design:

Testimonials

Particularly for new customers and first time visitors to your business, testimonials can play a key role. Sharing positive comments and feedback from past customers helps you to boost your business’s reputation and put yourself on the map for potential new customers.

Include testimonials, customer quotes and star ratings in a clearly visible section of your email design. If you have TripAdvisor or Yelp reviews to share, this is also a great idea.

Tip: Consider setting up an automated feedback request email for customers who have visited your business. This way, you’ll increase your chances of obtaining more positive reviews.

Up-sell opportunities

If customers have booked in advance online, you could also consider creating an automated up-sell email. This type of email works well if you have added bonuses to offer, such as:

  • Package upgrades,
  • beverage add ons,
  • fast track entry,
  • comfort or premier seating,
  • etc.

Build up excitement in advance of the booking by listing attractive bonuses which they can easily add on.

Tip: Including a time-limited promotion to discount these add-ons in advance is a highly effective way to generate more revenue by creating a sense of urgency.

Contact information

Finally, in all of your emails, you should also include all of your essential contact information. This is particularly useful for customers who may have specific needs and questions about your business.

Tip: Use the direct Tel and Mailto links in Mail Designer 365 to make the contact process even easier.

Best practice email examples from the leisure sector

The Gym Group

This colorful email design by The Gym Group includes motivational imagery as well as an enticing promotion and central CTA button:

email promotion by the gym group

Legoland

Family fun is the focus of this email campaign by Legoland, which is made clear thanks to the powerful use of images. The lego brick CTAs are also a great added touch.

fun email design by Legoland

ATG Tickets

This email by ATG Tickets includes detailed reviews and testimonials about the play. This is bound to entice more customers and make them keen to secure tickets.

Showcasing photos taken from the performance also helps generate excitement and give prospective guests a sneak peek of what to expect.

email newsletter by ATG tickets

Cineworld

This newsletter by Cineworld is an exciting and informative overview of the movies they have coming up. Again, the prominent CTAs here make it really easy for customers to book tickets or find out more about a certain movie.

email newsletter by cineworld

Science Museum London

This informative email by the Science Museum takes visitors through all they need to know about the museum’s reopening, as well as exciting upcoming events.

A sense of urgency is also generated through including an up-sell snippet for their priority booking service.

email newsletter by London science museum

Hollywood Bowl

Hollywood Bowl take the excitement to the next level with this bold email promotion. The strong headline and CTA button make the message loud and clear and help encourage customers to take advantage of the deal while they can.

email promotion by Hollywood bowl bowling alley

Madame Tussauds

This Father’s Day campaign by Madame Tussauds is a good example of how to get your business involved with seasonal events and trends.

The distinct red information box for their covid guidelines is also a good move in order to help visitors get prepared and know what to expect on the day.

seasonal email campaign by Madame Tussauds

The National Gallery

The National Gallery uses a clean and fresh email design to stylishly present their upcoming events to readers:

email announcement by the national gallery

Creating email templates for the leisure sector in Mail Designer 365

We hope you’re inspired and ready to start revamping your email strategy.

In need of some more inspiration? Mail Designer 365 offers a diverse collection of HTML email templates – perfect for a bold promotion or a stylish email newsletter for your business.

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swimming pool schedule html email template
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Tips for summer email campaigns

Red Hot Ideas for Sizzling Summer Email Campaigns

By Mail Designer 365 Newsletter Academy

Summer is here and it’s time to shake things up a bit when it comes to your email campaigns. If you’re feeling the heat already, don’t worry! We’ve got your back. Here are some useful tips and examples of great summer email campaigns to help get you inspired…

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Turn up the heat with a summery subject line

The subject line is the first thing your readers will notice about your email campaign. This gives you the perfect opportunity to outline your summer theme early. Try using lots of summer-related language and maybe even throw in a few emojis to really capture the attention of your readers.

Here are a few clever examples we have found:

New Look are bringing the heat by including a fire emoji in their subject line.


Rent the Runway are getting their customers ready for summer with this clever subject line.


summer email subject line example by Boots

The positive message in this subject line from Boots is perfect for summer.

Be bold with your colour choice

Summer is all about bold, bright colours and you should definitely reflect this in your email designs. Try to experiment with combining bright tones like orange, pink, and red. This will bring life to your email campaign and get readers in the mood for summer.

summer email campaign by ASOS

The warm orange tones in this email design by ASOS are perfect for a summer campaign

Mail Designer 365’s image effects are the perfect way to add a pop of colour to your email design. Simply click on an image and choose a Duotone Filter (Business Premium) from the Style menu – we recommend Seville or Barcelona for the ultimate summer feel.

duotone filters for summer email campaigns in mail designer 365

Duotone Filters are a great way of creating colorful effects in your summer email designs

 

Brighten up your design with summery graphics

Don’t be afraid to go overboard with summer-related images in your design. Whether they’re planning a getaway, updating their wardrobe or organising a get together with friends, high quality images will help you to inspire your customers.

Try to include the best images of your products in your email design to show readers what you have to offer them this summer.

Customers will be dying to update their holiday wardrobe after seeing this email from New Look.


Clever product placement by Superdry means readers will be eager to get their hands on their summer range.

Struggling to find the right image? Mail Designer 365’s Unsplash collection has thousands of high quality images which you can use freely in your newsletters:

Check out Unsplash for vibrant, summery stock photos.

Provide readers with tips and ideas for the summer

With travel options still limited in some areas, many of your customers will be looking closer to home when it comes to finding things to do this summer. Help your customers out and find proactive ways in which your business can help to still make their summer one to remember.

summer days out email promotion by virgin experience days

Showcasing local activities, as Virgin Experience Days do in this promotion, helps inspire customers for the upcoming summer season

Hold a summer sale to entice customers

Last but not least, the summer season also provides you with the perfect opportunity to run a sale or promotion. During June, July and August, many of us are off work or school and have more free time to get things done.

Whether they’re remodelling the garden, going on a shopping spree for the new season, renovating their home, or going on holiday, a sale gives your customers the final push they need to get the job done.

Summer email promotion by Dunelm

This summer-themed campaign by Dunelm encourages shoppers to get back in the garden and enjoy the sunshine

Creating summer email templates in Mail Designer 365

We hope you’re inspired and ready to start trying out these summer email campaign ideas. Remember to be bold and capture that summer feeling in your email design in order to convince your readers.

In need of some more inspiration? Mail Designer 365 offers a diverse collection of summer email templates – perfect for a seasonal promotion or vibrant summer email campaign.

You can try out all of these tips and Design Ideas in Mail Designer 365. Download the app for free today and see what you can create.

Article first published: July 2019

Updated: June 2021

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Best Practice for Back to School Email Campaigns: Our Top Tips and Examples

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As the peak of summer edges closer, so does the start of the back to school season. In many sectors, the back to school season is one of the most significant sales periods on the marketing calendar and kick starts an array of exciting promotions to help gear up students and parents alike for a new academic year.

For many, the back to school period is synonymous with getting stocked up with supplies: Whether it’s a new wardrobe, textbooks, study equipment, tech, or other school essentials, your customers will be in the mood to buy. For this reason, a back to school promotion is a great way to put your business on their radar.

back to school supplies

The Back to School period is a major shopping event for parents and students alike

In this post, we’re sharing the basics of back to school email marketing, along with some best practice examples of some of our favorite back to school email campaigns and steps on how to recreate them for your business.

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When is the back to school period?

In the United States, Canada, the UK and Europe, back to school kicks off in late July / early August, as most schools start to resume from the end of August. However, depending on where you’re located, the official back to school period may have a different start date.

For example, in Australia in New Zealand, the back to school season starts in January, as schools there resume in February.

What should I include in my back to school emails?

Looking to create a back to school promotion for the first time or want to freshen up your previous campaign with some new ideas? Here are a few ideas of content you can include in a successful back to school marketing campaign.

New product launches

What better time to launch a new product than the start of a new school year? Use your email campaign to showcase new product lines that are bound to keep customers looking and feeling fresh for a new academic year.

Checklists

The start of the school year can be a stressful time for many. With so much to organize and buy, customers may be feeling the pressure.

Clearly present your back to school essentials in the form of a handy checklist or shopping guide which readers can refer back to to ensure they’ve covered everything they need to.

Tip: Include direct links to any products you mention to make the shopping process even easier.

Discounts and multibuy offers

With so much to buy, a promotion or offer can also be a saving grace for many customers – especially for families with multiple children who need new school supplies.

An attractive multibuy offer such as “3 for 2” or “buy one get one free” can serve as an effective incentive for your customers to buy more and truly stock up on all they need.

Free express shipping

Some of your customers may have left things to the last minute – we’re all guilty of it! To ensure they have everything they need on time, consider offering free or discounted express shipping as an added bonus.

Tips and tutorials

As well as standard sales emails, you can also go the extra mile and provide your readers with some more educational content.

In particular, students heading off to university or college for the first time or parents preparing for their child’s first day at school will certainly appreciate any tips or advice they can get.

Think about some practical tips or ideas related to your core business and products that you think could benefit your target audience. As well as helping your customers, showing your products in relatable, real life situations makes your campaign much more relevant and effective.

Examples of back to school email campaigns

To help you get inspired for creating your own back to school emails, we’ve collected some of our all time favorite back to school email promotions. Keep your eyes peeled for top tips on how to recreate some of these great styles in your own back to school campaigns!

Grammarly

Clearly aimed at older students, this back to school promotion by Grammarly is a great way to help get their target audience ready for the upcoming semester.

The email copy does a good job of concisely outlining the benefits of their product and the attractive promotion is instantly highlighted with help from the creative pennant-style banner:

back to school promotion by grammarly

The pennant eye-catcher in this design helps boost the promotion even more

Tip: Use basic shape tools in Mail Designer 365 to easily recreate this pennant graphic in your own back to school campaigns.

back to school pennant graphic - made in Mail Designer 365

Staples

Staples keep things simple yet effective in this back to school promotion. We love the use of strong primary colors and bold black text which really highlight the back to school vibes.

back to school email from Staples

Kate Spade

This clever and creative pop quiz themed design by the team at Kate Spade is a fun and stylish way to showcase essential products for the start of a new school year.

fun email campaign for back to school by Kate Spade

This promotion by Kate Spade stylishly highlights back to school essentials with a clever pop quiz theme

Tip: Effortlessly recreate this pop quiz layout by Kate Spade using combi layout blocks in Mail Designer 365:

building a back to school promotion in mail designer 365

Use combi layout blocks in Mail Designer 365 to create a similar pop quiz style layout

Vitruvi

This back to school promotion by Vitruvi is a good example of how to integrate “non-typical” products into a seasonal promotion. As well as a useful tip about essential oils, the advertised product also takes center stage with a prominent product image and CTA (call-to-action).

back to school email promotion by vitruvi

This campaign by Vitruvi showcases their products by giving them a convenient back to school use case

Britannica

This insightful campaign by Britannica shows how you can use the back to school period as an opportunity to launch a new product or service.

By listing the core benefits of their new online service for kids returning to school, Britannica make their campaign much more relatable to their target audience and, thanks to good timing, will likely generate more revenue from motivated parents  at the start of the school year.

back to school product launch campaign by britannica

Bose

Bose use big headlines and product photos to make their back to school campaign loud and exciting.

Emphasising the potential savings makes the offers even more tempting to prospective buyers and by only running the sale through a limited period, a sense of urgency is automatically generated.

back to school promo by Bose

Childsplay Clothing

As well as an eye-catching feature image, this back to school email by Childsplay Clothing also uses a bold, comic book style header to make the back to school theme clear from the get go.

back to school email campaign by childsplay clothing

This bold comic book style headline ties in great with the back to school theme

Tip: Use the font Bangers (found under Web Fonts) and experiment with shadow effects in Mail Designer 365 to reproduce a similar comic book headline in your own design:

back to school comic book style headline in mail designer 365

Use the font Bangers to achieve this style in your own designs

Creating email templates for Back to School in Mail Designer 365

We hope you’re now feeling inspired for the upcoming back to school period!

Mail Designer 365 is your one-stop solution for creating brilliant back to school emails. Whether you’re building a template from scratch using the tools in the WYSIWYG editor or using one of our dedicated back to school HTML email templates, you will find all the tools and resources you need.

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html email template for back to school promotions

back to school sale html email template

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Creating Email Templates for Father’s Day – Our Top Tips and Campaign Examples

By Mail Designer 365 Newsletter Academy

When planning your summer email strategy, it’s always important to consider any upcoming seasonal events, as these can serve as a great way to get creative content ideas and campaign inspiration.

With Father’s Day around the corner, your business has the perfect opportunity to get started putting together an exciting campaign. In this guide, we’re showcasing some of our favourite Father’s Day email campaigns and sharing our top tips on what to include in your own Father’s Day emails.

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What is Father’s Day and when Does it Take Place?

Father’s Day is a widely celebrated international event, recognising the important role played by the fathers and father figures in our lives.

Father’s Day generally falls around May / June but has different dates depending on the country you live in. The most common date for Father’s Day is the third Sunday in June, which is when Father’s Day is celebrated in the UK, USA, Japan, France, and Canada (just to name a few!)

In some majority Catholic countries such as Spain, Italy and Portugal, Father’s Day is celebrated on St. Joseph’s Day (March 19th) who is known as the patron saint of fathers. In Germany, Father’s Day is celebrated on Ascension Thursday, which is also a national holiday.

Tips for Father’s Day Email Campaigns

Check out these tips on how to create the very best email campaigns for Father’s Day..

Get started early

Much like other major holidays, many of your customers will start looking for Father’s Day gifts early, giving them time to shop around and find the best deals. For this reason, you want to be ahead of the game and start sending out your first emails a few weeks before the big day.

Whether it’s a featured product, a full blown gift guide, or a special promotion. Timing is everything so don’t miss the boat on this one!

Mention Father’s Day in the subject line

As so many other firms will also be preparing to send their Father’s Day email campaigns at the same time as you, it’s important your email stands out in your subscribers’ inboxes.

Take the time to put together an engaging subject line that will be sure to turn heads and get customers to open your email. As well as including keywords related to Father’s Day, emojis are another great way to add a splash of color.

Put together a gift guide

It’s a well known fact that Dads are notoriously hard to buy for. Make your customers’ lives easier by compiling all your best gift suggestions into one practical gift guide.

An email gift guide enables shoppers to browse through your most relevant picks for the big day right in their inbox, and also entices them onto your website with a clear purpose.

Remember to link directly to all the products featured in your gift guide so customers can shop them quicker. Checking stock levels and pricing information is also a must to prevent any errors from appearing in the final email campaign.

Send out reminders

Because the date changes each year, it can be easy for customers to let Father’s Day slip their minds so that before they know it, the big day is here and they’re left empty-handed!

Help your customers avoid these mishaps by sending out a friendly reminder email in plenty of time. This could be a general reminder of the date, or a store announcement (i.e. for last orders before Father’s Day.)

Reminder emails are not only a useful service for customers, they also allow you to introduce time pressure into your campaigns, helping generate a sense of urgency. Oftentimes, your customer will purchase there and then in order to avoid missing out or being too late.

For this reason, it’s critical you make the CTA (call-to-action) loud and clear, so customers can get straight to your online store.

Father’s Day Email Campaign Examples

Whistlefish

This fun design by Whistlefish reminds customers that Father’s Day is approaching, whilst simultaneously showcasing a few exciting gift ideas.

Father's Day email by Whistlefish

Father’s Day reminder email by Whistlefish

Etsy

This campaign by Etsy is another example of putting together an effective gift guide for your customers with a good variety of products. Most importantly, they have included clear CTAs and links to all the listed product categories.

Father's Day small business gift guide by Etsy

Father’s Day gift guide by Etsy, featuring unique handmade gifts

Harry’s Grooming

This campaign by Harry’s Grooming is relatively simple but is effective in informing customers that it’s their last chance to receive free shipping by Father’s Day.

Father's Day email campaign by Harry's

A simple, yet effective Father’s Day email campaign by Harry’s Grooming

Bella Italia

Bella Italia do a great job of giving back to dads with this bold and colorful email promotion:

Father's Day promotion by Bella Italia

An exclusive promotion for Father’s Day is a great way to give back to customers, as shown here by Bella Italia

New Balance

Sometimes all it takes to show you care is a simple greeting. As demonstrated in this email campaign by New Balance, sending a straightforward Happy Father’s Day email is another great alternative to a promotion or gift guide.

New Balance email campaign for Father's Day

New Balance share a straightforward yet powerful message for Father’s Day in this campaign

Creating a Father’s Day Email Template in Mail Designer 365

Mail Designer 365 has all the essential tools you need to create awesome email templates for Father’s Day. Alongside a vast collection of ready-made HTML email templates, Mail Designer 365 also offers a great range of design tools so you can create custom email templates for your business.

happy fathers day email template in mail designer 365

Happy Father’s Day email template – exclusively available in Mail Designer 365

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Our favorite Memorial Day email campaigns

Our Favorite Memorial Day Email Campaign Examples

By Mail Designer 365 Newsletter Academy

With Memorial Day Weekend coming up, many of you will be planning a promotion or special event to celebrate with your customers. In this article, we’re sharing some of our favorite Memorial Day email campaigns, plus a few exclusive tips on how to recreate some of these awesome styles in Mail Designer 365.

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When is Memorial Day?

Traditionally, Memorial Day always falls on the last Monday in May. The holiday honors and remembers fallen US military personell and will be celebrated this year on May 31st.

Memorial Day takes place on the last Monday in May and honors fallen military personell.

The long weekend gives businesses a chance to hold special events, and also means customers have more time to shop; encouraging many businesses to hold a sale or promotion.

Our Favorite Memorial Day Email Campaign Examples

Bed Bath & Beyond

This stars & stripes themed design is super on point for a Memorial Day email campaign and the 3D text effect in the promotional box gets readers all geared up for a great deal.

Memorial Day email campaign by Bed Bath & Beyond

Make it in Mail Designer 365:

You’ll find a star shape among the options in our “Contents” library. You can adjust the size, fill and outline to suit your design.

Then, recreate the sketched headline effect by overlaying “solid” and “outline” styles from the Londrina web font family and mimicking the 3D effect by applying a thick, contrasting shadow to the bottom layer.

 

Vans

Vans also focus their design efforts on a traditional red, white and blue theme. The strong headlines and prominent CTA (call-to-action) buttons really help set the scene for the patriotic occasion.

Memorial Day email campaign by VANS

Anthropologie 

This cute nautical design has us dreaming of a summer vacation. Since Memorial Day weekend kicks off the summer, it’s a great theme to use in your campaign to promote a seasonal sale or new product range.

Memorial Day email campaign by Anthropologie

Michael Kors

Michael Kors are turning up the heat for Memorial Day with this pool-themed email campaign. The water effect headline adds something new to the design and helps draw readers’ attention straight to the sale.

Memorial Day email campaign by Michael Kors

Make it in Mail Designer 365

You can recreate this dazzling water effect headline using the Blend Modes feature in Mail Designer 365. Choose a thick, heavy-weighted typeface such as Helvetica or Arial Black, overlay this with an image of your choice (tip: we found this water image in the Unsplash library) and apply the Blend Mask “Source Atop” to fill your text with the image.

Building a Memorial Day email campaign in Mail Designer 365

Use Mail Designer 365 Blend Modes to recreate this wonderful water effect headline.

Billabong

Surf’s up! In this email campaign, Billabong use Memorial Day as the perfect opportunity to show off a new summer range. The red, white and blue color scheme creates a clear connection to the holiday and a huge feature image helps set the scene.

Kate Spade

This minimalist design by Kate Spade keeps things basic and incorporates a chic, boxy layout to stylishly showcase their very best Memorial Day offers. A splash of color also helps divert readers’ attention to the exciting sales headline.

Memorial Day email campaign by Kate Spade

Make it in Mail Designer 365

Copy Kate’s on-trend boxy layout in your email designs with one of our combi layout blocks. Drag in the layout block from the “Contents” menu, resize and fill with your star products, then add text, buttons and eye-catchers to excite your readers.

Building a Memorial Day email design in Mail Designer 365

Your Memorial Day email campaign made easy

Start off the summer the right way with an exciting Memorial Day email campaign. Get inspired and recreate our favorite styles in Mail Designer 365, or explore our range of creative tools to come up with a brand new idea.

For more tips on creating an email marketing campaign for Memorial Day, check out this post.

Until next time,
Your Mail Designer 365 Team

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How to Build Emails with a WYSIWYG Editor: What to Consider

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In a time where email designers are continuously pushing the boundaries to build awesome email campaigns, creating emails that make a lasting impression can be a challenge.

For many designers, a WYSIWYG email editor is a great solution for easily creating great email content. Not only can you build and test email designs in real time, you’ll also save a vast amount of time doing so!

In this guide, we’re taking you through the ins and outs of drag and drop email design and sharing firsthand our best practice tips on using WYSIWYG editors effectively.

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What is WYSIWYG?

WYSIWYG (aka what you see is what you get) is a design tool used to build content, such as websites, and in our case, HTML email templates.

When using a WYSIWYG editor, your design will be updated in realtime as you edit, meaning you can check and preview your content as you go along.

Generally, WYSIWYG editors provide you with ready-made blocks and graphics to make the design process easier (e.g. the Mail Designer 365 content library) and making changes to your layout is done by dragging and dropping elements in to your design.

Mail Designer 365's WYSIWYG editor

WYSIWYG email editors allow you to create entire HTML email designs by dragging and dropping in elements.

Benefits of Using a WYSIWYG Editor

When it comes to designing emails, a WYSIWYG editor has many great advantages – particularly if you are short on time or don’t have a lot of experience with coding.

Edit and correct as you go

Even the most experienced designers know the frustration of having to continuously revisit email drafts in order to make minor changes. When working in a WYSIWYG editor, you have full control over what you are creating, down to every last pixel.

Change and edit email content with a few clicks, without having to worry about breaking the email code.

Save time for other important tasks

With drag and drop editing, what was previously a largely time consuming job can now be carried out quickly and with ease. This frees up your time to concentrate on other elements of your email marketing strategy.

You’ve got the design right – now you’re free to spend more time crafting an effective subject line, optimizing your email copy, and segmenting your email list.

Accessible to your whole team

Due to its intuitive nature, using a WYSIWYG editor allows everyone on your team to carry out complex design techniques without coding knowledge. This way, everyone can become an email pro!

Built in resources on hand

Most WYSIWYG editors provide you with a basic selection of ready-made graphics such as buttons and social media icons that you can conveniently place into your email templates. Especially if you don’t have your own graphics available, this can be a real time saver.

Tips for Creating Emails with a WYSIWYG Editor

Although a WYSIWYG editor makes it much easier to create email templates, there are still some important things to be aware of if you opt to design emails this way.

Email size

Because it’s so easy to create emails using a drag and drop interface, it’s also easy to quickly get carried away when it comes to the amount of content you are adding.

Adding too many elements to your email design will cause the overall file to become too large when you come to send. This can result in slow loading speeds, cut off emails, or your email not being delivered at all.

As well as monitoring the amount of layout blocks in your email design, it’s also best practice to optimize the images in your email in order to reduce the overall file size.

image optimisation tools in mail designer 365's WYSIWYG editor

Optimize your email’s images to ensure the overall size of the exported HTML file is not too big

For more information on this, check out our blog post.

Email compatibility

Compatibility is an important factor of any email design. There are many email clients out there and each one behaves differently. While there is no one size fits all fix, there are steps you can take to ensure your design looks good in all email clients.

One common issue that often arises when creating emails in a WYSIWYG editor is the wrong font being displayed in certain email clients. This usually happens when a font is not available on the recipient’s device. Utilising text styles and email safe fallback fonts is an effective way of preventing this.

adding fallback fonts in Mail Designer 365

Defining text styles and adding fallback fonts helps to avoid compatibility issues in other email clients.

Email accessibility

Accessibility is important however you choose to create your email content. A design that looks good to you may be troublesome for your recipients to process. For this reason, it’s important to put the right measures in place before sending.

One of the most important accessibility measures is the use of alt text. Not only is this important for when images can’t be loaded properly, it also enables screen readers to describe images and other graphics to visually impaired recipients.

 

setting up alt texts for an email design in mail designer 365

Alt text makes your design more accessible for visually impaired readers

Learn more about accessible emails in this post.

Email deliverability

Finally, one last thing to be aware of is spam testing and email deliverability. As well as not reaching your audience, having your emails marked as spam could result in you being blacklisted from certain email clients.

With HTML emails, we recommend taking these three key steps to prevent your email message being falsely identified as spam:

  1. Include a mixture of real text and images. Image only emails are more likely to be marked as spam
  2. Include a visible unsubscribe link in your email (this is a legal requirement)
  3. Avoid using spam-like terms in your email subject line (e.g. “win”, “free”, “money”, “$$$”, etc.)

 

adding an unsubscribe link to an email design

Unsubscribe links are a legal requirement for all promotional emails

This post goes into more detail about how to avoid being marked as spam.

Using the WYSIWYG Editor in Mail Designer 365

Looking for a drag and drop email tool for the Mac? Mail Designer 365 is the best WYSIWYG email editor for macOS.

Alongside a vast collection of ready-made email templates to help you get started, Mail Designer 365 also offers the following great features:

  • Over 1000 possible layout combinations, including table layouts
  • Integrated smartphone view for creating mobile responsive designs
  • Modern preview tools for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and more
  • Dedicated Testmail service
  • Built in web-based Approval tools for easier teamwork (learn more)
  • Direct export to Mailchimp, Campaign Monitor, and Direct Mail plus compatibility with all leading ESPs
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Best Mother's Day email campaigns

Amazing Mother’s Day Email Campaign Ideas to Get You Inspired

By Mail Designer 365 Newsletter Academy

Even if the current circumstances may prevent many of your customers from physically celebrating with their moms, creating a Mother’s Day email campaign is a great way for you to show them how your business can help them thank their moms for all they do.

Email Campaign Ideas for Mother’s Day

Come rain or shine, Mother’s Day is an important occasion for us all, and an opportunity that your business shouldn’t pass up on. Here are some different types of Mother’s Day email campaign, plus examples for you to try out this year…

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Creating Mother’s Day Gift Guide Emails

Choosing a gift to signify just how special your mom is can be difficult. Provide your customers with a guide of your best products for gifting to help give them a little bit of inspiration.

Compiling these gifts on a separate landing page will make it even easier for your customers to shop and find the right items faster.

Here are some great examples of Mother’s Day gift guide email campaigns…

Whistlefish

Nordstrom

GAP

Kate Spade

Mother's Day email campaign by Kate Spade

Sending Mother’s Day Promotional Emails

A holiday like Mother’s Day also provides your business with a great excuse to hold a promotion. At this busy time of the year, this encourages customers to choose your store over other competitors and should help drive sales.

Try offering a promotion which will be practical for your customers, such as free delivery, an extra gift with every purchase, or complimentary gift wrapping.

A percentage discount or sale is another great way to help you get the competitive edge when it comes to prices.

Here are some great examples of promotional email campaigns for Mother’s Day…

Starbucks

West Elm

Avon

Mother’s Day Reminder Emails

Last but not least, a friendly reminder email can make all the difference in securing a sale this Mother’s Day.

It’s easy for holidays and dates to slip your customers’ minds. Sending out an email reminder not only helps them keep track of the date, it also applies a gentle sense of urgency and could help increase the likelihood of them purchasing from your store.

Here are some examples of reminder emails sent out as part of a Mother’s Day email campaign…

Paperless Post

Mother's Day email campaign by Paperless PostJ Crew

J Crew email campaign for Mother's Day

More tips for your Mother’s Day email campaign

Now you’ve got some ideas of what kind of Mother’s Day email campaign to send, try out these quick tips when building your design in Mail Designer 365…

  • Use a floral theme: Flowers are a common Mother’s Day gift and often associated with the special day. Browse the Unsplash library to find a fitting floral motif or background to use in your email design and set the tone.
  • Pick a vibrant color scheme: Using bright colors is a great way to create a feeling of celebration in your design – perfect for the occasion. Try using fun colors like pinks, purples and oranges to lift the mood.
  • Optimize the call to action: This is the most important part of your email design, as it will take your customer straight to your site, where they will make their purchase. Make sure the links are practical and direct and use a bold design to help them stand out from the rest of the email. Here are some great techniques you could try…
  • Mention Mother’s Day in the subject line: Finally, you need to round off your email campaign with a powerful subject line. This will help your email stand out in a crowded inbox. Be sure to mention Mother’s Day in the subject line so that customers on the lookout for a great gift will be tempted to open your email.

Creating Mother’s Day Email Templates in Mail Designer 365

Mail Designer 365 offers a wide range of stunning seasonal email Design Ideas, including these ready-to send HTML email templates for Mother’s Day:

Mother's Day promotion email template in mail designer 365

html email template for mother's day

Mother's Day gifting html email template in Mail Designer 365

We hope these examples of Mother’s Day email campaigns have helped inspire you and that you will give these tips a go when building your own template in Mail Designer 365.

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Until next time,

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First published: April 2020

Updated: April 2021

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Creating Email Campaigns for Earth Day – Best Practice Tips

By Mail Designer 365 Newsletter Academy

Planet Earth is our home and we owe her a lot! What better way to celebrate the world we live in than by creating powerful email content for Earth Day?

Whether you’re planning an exciting promotion, sharing sustainability tips with subscribers or raising awareness about key environmental issues, you can use email to make this Earth Day really count.

In this post, we’re sharing some of our favorite examples of Earth Day email campaigns, including some best practice tips on how to create your own email template for Earth Day.

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What is Earth Day?

Earth Day is a large global movement, founded in 1970, to promote clean and sustainable living on our planet. It is celebrated worldwide each year on April 22nd.

The focus of Earth Day is on protecting the earth for future generations. This includes raising awareness about important topics such as: climate change, saving energy, wildlife conservation, cutting down on greenhouse gas emissions and reducing waste.

Today, more and more people are actively aiming to become more environmentally friendly. Earth Day provides businesses with a chance to not only raise awareness of topical issues, but also to demonstrate their role in working towards a better, more sustainable world.

planet earth poster by Greenpeace

Earth Day takes place every year on April 22nd and focuses on environmental conservation and sustainability

Best Practice Tips and Ideas for Earth Day Emails

If you’re creating an Earth Day email campaign for the first time, you might be wondering where to begin. Follow these key tips to get started…

Craft an engaging subject line

The subject line is the first thing your readers will see and often determines whether or not they will open your email – especially in email providers like Gmail and Outlook, where promotional emails are kept separate.

For this reason, it’s important you give it your all when it comes to crafting the subject line. Use keywords relating to Earth Day and try including topical emojis to add a pop of color (🌎💚🌲🌱).

Making your email subject as intriguing and interesting as possible helps guarantee your readers will click through to the rest of your campaign.

Write positive email copy

Earth Day is all about encouraging each other to take care of the planet and become more sustainable for future generations. For this reason, it’s best practice to adopt a positive, motivational tone in your emails.

As well as general messages of encouragement, this could also include sharing tips and useful advice on how to become more sustainable, plus highlighting positive progress your business and customers have already achieved.

Include earthy tones in your design

Green, teal, blue and neutral tones are all great for an Earth Day email design. Typically, green is most associated with environmental issues, but including a combination of earthy tones is a great way to mix things up and make your design more visually effective.

Share powerful images

A picture speaks a thousand words. Whether it’s images of your business actively contributing to conservation efforts, product photos of a new sustainable product line or powerful stock photos, the right image can make the world of difference to your email.

Check out websites such as Unsplash, Pexels, and Pixabay for access to high quality, license-free stock images to include in your designs. You can also use the image editing tools in Mail Designer 365 to give your images even more emphasis.

Use social media to your advantage

While email is one effective communication channel, you can also use your other social media platforms to continue the conversation online. Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, etc. are all great platforms for connecting with your customers which can be easily cross promoted in your email campaigns.

Make sure all of your emails contain links to your other social media pages and don’t forget to use the #EarthDay hashtag for even more exposure.

Our Favorite Earth Day Email Campaigns

Discover email design inspiration for your Earth Day email campaigns from big name brands. Want more great examples? Check out our “Spring” Pinterest board for even more inspiring seasonal designs.

J Crew

earth day email campaign by j crew

Charitable Earth Day email campaign by J Crew

This powerful campaign by J Crew not only gives back to the Earth by supporting local national parks, it also shares practical tips with readers on how to shop sustainably.

Jurlique

Earth Day email campaign by Jurlique

“Earth Day every day” is the message in this campaign by Jurlique

In their Earth Day campaign, skincare brand Jurlique inform their customers about their efforts to operate sustainably. An eco-friendly free gift promotion also adds an extra element of flair to this email.

P.S. Love the headline effect created in this email? Use Blend Modes in Mail Designer 365 to recreate this cool, natural lettering in your Earth Day campaigns!

Lou & Grey

Earth Day email by Lou & Grey

This pink design by Lou & Grey perfectly incorporates key brand elements into a seasonal promotion

This Earth Day email design by Lou & Grey is another good example of a themed giveaway promotion. Although it’s not a typical design for the theme, we love how Lou & Grey have stayed true to their branding and were still able to spread awareness about this important event.

Adobe

Earth Day email campaign by Adobe

Adobe used this email campaign to celebrate the beauty of planet earth with subscribers.

In this campaign by Adobe Stock, Adobe use powerful imagery to show the beauty of planet earth and promote their dedicated collection of natural images.

Pet Smart

email campaign for Earth Day by Pet Smart

Pet Smart created an email campaign highlighting their most eco-friendly products in honor of Earth Day.

This Earth Day email by Pet Smart showcases some of their top eco-friendly products for customers looking to buy sustainably. The cute dog graphic fits well with the theme and keeps the whole email lighthearted – making the subject matter easier to process and enjoy.

Leesa

Earth Day email promotion by Leesa

Leesa proves their commitment to sustainability with this informative Earth Day campaign

We love the earthy colors and messaging in this Earth Day email by Leesa. In this campaign, they go the extra mile to show their customers how they are actively working to become more sustainable.

Sharing tips and advice with customers is also a great way for them to use their platform for good.

Create Awesome Earth Day Email Templates in Mail Designer 365

Mail Designer 365 has all the tools and resources you need to create powerful email campaigns this Earth Day. From ready-made HTML email templates to eye-catching sustainability graphics, you can build your next email template in minutes – with a little help from the intuitive drag & drop editor.

mail designer 365 email template for sustainability tips

Share sustainability tips with this eye-catching email template: exclusively available in Mail Designer 365

Not got a Mail Designer 365 plan yet? Start your free trial today and start creating amazing email designs for Earth Day and all year round.

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