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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.

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…

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

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.

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.

Not got a Mail Designer 365 plan yet? Sign up here for free and start creating amazing email templates for Mother’s Day and the rest of the year!

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Best tools for small businesses

Best Small Business Tools to Help Your Business Survive the Coronavirus Crisis

By | Mail Designer 365 Newsletter Academy

Government guidelines put in place to help slow the spread of the coronavirus have meant many drastic changes for businesses and customers alike.

If you are one of thousands trying to keep your small business afloat during this difficult time, you’re probably considering moving your business online.

This guide takes you through the first steps you’ll need to take to transition from a brick & mortar store to a successful online business.

Below, you’ll also find some great tools to help small businesses get set up online…

Jump to:

First Step: Let people know you’re open for business!

1. Use email to reach out to your regular customers

First step: Let existing customers know that your business is still up and running and how you’re adjusting to the new situation. Email is a great way to do this.

If you already have customer email addresses, send a quick update email explaining that your business is still operating and what customers need to do to place an order. You could include products right in the email, accept orders by a reply email… whatever it takes.

Small business email example for a bakery

This email was created using a ready-made template in Mail Designer 365.

Drag and drop email design tools like Mail Designer 365 allow you to quickly create a stylish email template to send to your customers. This simple step-by-step guide takes you through everything you need to build and send an email in just a few minutes.

2. Set up a Google my Business page

Creating a free Google My Business page is a great way of making your business visible online. Post all relevant information and updates (e.g. contact info, delivery information, etc.) so people can find you on Google or on Google Maps and can get in touch.

Google my Business as a small business solution for beginners

3. Broadcast your business locally

Many customers are unaware that they can still access your local businesses online. A number of local newspapers, radio stations and other media outlets in communities are trying to help local businesses by connecting them with customers.

Look up your local newspapers, Facebook pages, forums, community bulletin boards, etc. and see if there are similar initiatives in your area that will help you share your business with your community.

Next steps: Taking your business online

Once you’ve got the basics sorted, you can focus on the next steps to shift to a full scale online business.

1. Create a website

Creating a website allows both new and existing customers to find you and keep up to date with what you’re doing during the crisis.

What to include on your website:

  • Information about your business and services you offer
  • How to place an order
  • Contact / availability information
  • Basic email sign up form

View tools for website design

2. Sell your products online

For many businesses, going online means also getting started with e-commerce. If you want to start selling your products online, you will need to find a suitable e-commerce platform.

View tools for e-commerce

3. Start sending email newsletters

After sending out your initial communication emails to let your customers know you’re still around, you should consider utilising the email addresses you’ve collected over the previous steps and sending regular marketing emails to proactively promote your business.

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Best small business tools for getting online

Best small business tools for website design

GoDaddy

GoDaddy is a really good all-in-one solution for businesses looking to get online fast. The service covers everything from hosting, domain names to website design and are also offering some useful resources to help small business get through these difficult times.GoDaddy as a small business tool for building websites

Wix

Wix offers a range of easy to use, professional website templates which you can adapt to suit your business. Free plans are available, as well as a range of paid plans offering different features depending on your business’ needs.

Best small business tools for e-commerce

Shopify

Shopify is one of the biggest e-commerce tools on the market right now and offers small businesses everything they need to set up an online store for the first time.

Benefits include an e-commerce website, sales and inventory dashboard, online payment management and discounted shipping costs. Find out more about their plan options here.

Big Cartel

For those of you looking for something simpler, Big Cartel is another solid option suiting a wide range of businesses. With free plans available for up to 5 products, there is something for everyone. Create an online portfolio of your work for customers to browse through.

Etsy

Etsy is a great choice for smaller shops and independent sellers selling specialty or handmade items such as art, jewellery, made-to-order clothing, etc. Setting up an Etsy store is a great way to showcase your work to a wider audience and continue to sell online while your physical store is closed.

Check out all the resources and tools Etsy provides to support small businesses online here.

Etsy as a small business tool for independent sellers

Best small business tools for restaurants

As well as setting up a dedicated website for placing orders, restaurant owners can also benefit from signing up to a delivery platform.

In principle, all of the following tools offer the same service and help your restaurant reach more customers in the local area. Signing up allows you to advertise your takeaway menu on the respective platform and receive orders online.

Just Eat as a small business food delivery tool

Best small business tools for content creation

Patreon

Use Patreon to upload your exclusive content such as training videos, podcasts, online workshops, etc. to share with your audience. Subscribers pay a monthly fee which guarantees them access to all the content you upload.

Got a specialty skill? Your small business can also use Patreon as an extra source of income to allow your customers to take part in exclusive classes and events from the comfort of their own homes.

Instagram

Of course, you can also use tools like Instagram to also upload quality free content to share with your subscribers. With live streaming options also available, this is a great way to keep in touch with your audience and keep them engaged with your brand.

Instagram on a smartphone

Tip: Live stream workout or cooking classes to help create the community feel amongst your audience.

Tools for live webinars

Zoom

Businesses can use Zoom to live stream webinars, Q&As and similar content to your audience via YouTube or Facebook live. Although a slightly more expensive option, this is a great way for independent consultants or businesses offering professional training to continue supporting clients.

Best small business tools for email newsletters

Mail Designer 365

Thanks to the user friendly, drag & drop interface, even beginners can create a professional HTML email design from scratch in Mail Designer 365 – no coding skills required.

Looking for inspiration? With 100+ ready to send templates, built in web fonts, graphics and creative tools, plus easy export options, Mail Designer 365 is the best choice for building email newsletters on your Mac.Mail Designer 365 as a small business tool for email marketingSign up free today to try it out with no strings attached, or view our plan options here.

Tools to send email newsletters

Once you’ve built your newsletter, you need to find a way to share it with your customers. Here are some great email service providers (ESPs) which we can recommend:

Mailchimp

With free plans available for up to 2000 contacts, Mailchimp is a great solution for small businesses getting started with email marketing.

The best part? All templates created with Mail Designer 365 are 100% compatible with Mailchimp and you can export your designs directly from the app to send to your customers. (Learn more.)

SendinBlue

SendinBlue also offers free plans for unlimited contacts with a limit of 300 emails per day and is another solid solution for beginners. For more advanced marketing features, paid plans are also available.

Mail Designer 365 designs also work perfectly in SendinBlue. Here’s how to export them.

For a complete list of ESPs compatible with Mail Designer 365, check out our export guides.

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Beginner's guide to email design in Mail Designer 365

Beginner’s Guide to Email Design in Mail Designer 365

By | Mail Designer 365 Newsletter Academy

Crisis has struck; calling for a massive change to your day to day operations. Email is the best way to to communicate these changes to your customers, but first you need to grasp the basics. Luckily, our beginner’s guide to email makes this easier than ever.

In this guide, you’ll find everything you need to know about using Mail Designer 365 to design and send your first email to communicate with your customers and keep them in the loop.

Note: To follow along with this guide, you first need to download the Mail Designer 365 app on to your Mac. Sign up here to test Mail Designer 365 for free.

Beginner’s guide to email design

Choosing an email template

Mail Designer 365 has over 100 unique Design Ideas at your disposal. Select a ready-made template from the Design Chooser, or choose the blank template to create your own design from scratch.

Beginner's Guide: Mail Designer 365 Design Chooser

Choose a Design Idea from the Design Chooser to get started.

Adjusting the email layout

Now you’ve chosen a template, you can adjust the email layout to suit your business. Drag in extra layout blocks from the “Contents” menu and click the x to delete any blocks you don’t want in your template.

Email copy: What to include?

Once your layout is sorted, you can get to work on your email copy. This is your main opportunity to get your message across to customers in your email.

Enter your text in a text block and use the text styling options to apply your chosen font, color, size, etc.

Here are some important things you may want to include in your copy:

  • Information about updated opening hours
  • Details of how to order
  • Information about unavailable services
  • Advertise new or adapted services
  • Email address
Inserting copy into your email design.

Use your email copy to convey the most important information to your customers.

Graphic elements

The main thing which distinguishes a HTML email from a standard plain text email is that your business can put its own personal touch on the design.

This could be anything from changing up the color scheme to product photos, or simply adding your logo so customers know it’s from you.

Add your logo to the design to give it a more personal touch.

Finishing touches

In the initial stages, there is no need to overcomplicate your designs. The main thing is that you are getting your message out to customers while also incorporating some elements of your brand into the design.

To improve the functionality of your email, it is a good idea to add some links – i.e. so customers can place an order. A call-to-action button is a nice way to do this. This quick tutorial shows you how to create a button.

Tip: Instead of a web link, you can also create a mailto link. This instantly opens a new email so customers can send their orders directly to you if you don’t have an online ordering system set up.

Adding a call to action button in Mail Designer 365

Add a call-to-action button so customers can place orders via email or online.

Subject line

With the inbox preview tool, you can also enter an eye-catching subject line and preview text to make sure your customers don’t miss your email in their inbox:

Inbox preview tool in Mail Designer 365

Write a compelling subject line to capture customers’ attention.

Preview your email

Before you send it to your customers, it’s a good idea to use the Mail Designer 365 Testmail service to check everything is looking as it should. Click the airplane icon, select “Test” and enter your email address to receive a preview of the design.

Note: You will be asked to verify your email address during this process.

You can also use the device preview tool to see what your email looks like on mobile devices. If something looks out of place here, you can edit it directly in the smartphone view.

Mobile preview tools in Mail Designer 365

Preview your design on a mobile device before you send it.

Send your email

Once you’re happy with your email design, you can go ahead and send it to your customers!

You can either send to customers directly from Mail Designer 365 using your own email address (please note this involves separately entering all customer email addresses) or, send via an ESP (email service provider) such as Mailchimp.

Here you can find a list of all of the ESPs which are compatible with Mail Designer 365 designs.

Email design made easy with Mail Designer 365

That was our beginner’s guide to email design. Of course, there is a lot more to email marketing, but in terms of the basics, this guide has covered it all.

If you are interested in learning more about email marketing, be sure to check out the rest of our Newsletter Academy articles.

Here are a few more posts which you might also find relevant:

Best Small Business Tools to Help Your Business Survive the Coronavirus Crisis

How to Create an Email Campaign: Our 7 Step Workflow

Until next time,
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Adapt your email marketing strategy in a crisis

Email Marketing in a Crisis: How to Adapt Your Strategy

By | Mail Designer 365 Newsletter Academy

As an email marketer, your role is to create relevant and interesting email content for subscribers. This usually involves vast amounts of advance planning. However, when it comes to email marketing in a crisis, you’re forced to forget the content marketing calendar and instead, need to think on your feet.

The ongoing Coronavirus crisis has left many firms now drastically rethinking their content marketing strategy. Here is our best advice on how you can effectively adapt your email marketing strategy during the ongoing coronavirus crisis and avoid alienating your customers

In times of crisis, it’s often necessary to ditch the content calendar and start adapting your email marketing strategy.

Adapting email marketing campaigns in a crisis

When crisis strikes, your business needs to be ready to react in a calm and collected manner. Here’s how you can get started with adapting your email marketing strategy.

Identify campaigns which are no longer appropriate

As many businesses plan their promotional content and email campaigns weeks (if not months) in advance, it’s impossible to know what is coming in the future.

In the event of a crisis, it’s important for your marketing team to be flexible and be able to rethink their entire content marketing plan.

Look over the upcoming promotions you have scheduled and determine which are still appropriate. Here are some key things to look out for:

  • Messaging – Does the message fit the current mood amongst your target audience?
  • Context – Does the context of the campaign still apply during the crisis?
  • Availability – Is the product or service being promoted still available in the crisis?
  • Achievability – Is the main goal of the campaign still achievable?

The campaign is not appropriate at this time:

If you’ve decided not to go ahead with a campaign, you have two options:

  1. Postpone or
  2. Axe the campaign

Generally speaking, you should only need to axe a campaign if it is time-sensitive or based on a particular seasonal event; meaning it would not make sense at another point in time. Otherwise, you should be able to postpone it for a future date and run the campaign once the crisis is over.

The campaign can go ahead:

If you have decided a promotion can still go ahead, you may still need to adapt the email campaign to take the current crisis situation into account. In particular, you should think about adjusting your messaging to reflect what is happening.

Try and integrate themes like solidarity, sticking together and community in to your email copy, so that your readers know you care and that they are not alone. This Mother’s Day campaign by Virgin Experience Days is a good example of how to adapt a planned seasonal campaign to be more respectful of the current situation:

Example email during a crisis by Virgin Experience Days

Adapting the message of a pre-planned email campaign during a crisis is an effective way to show solidarity.

Flowchart: Should my campaign go ahead?

Flowchart for when to adapt email marketing strategy in a crisis

More tips for email marketing in a crisis

As well as adapting existing campaigns, it is also important to be reactive and come up with new content to suit the current circumstances. Here are some ideas of ways your business can produce effective email content during a crisis

Release a statement

In times of crisis, your words are important. Although you don’t want to add to the panic, it’s important to also acknowledge the current situation, so that your business doesn’t come across as insensitive or tone deaf.

In this instance, carrying on as normal is not the best strategy. In fact, it could lead to you alienating many of your customers as they cannot relate to your content.

Releasing a statement about the crisis is one way to show your customers you are aware of what is happening. It also gives you the opportunity to demonstrate what your business is doing to help. Here are a few examples of effective company statements which have been sent out during the current Coronavirus crisis.

ASOS:

Coronavirus crisis statement from ASOSReebok:

Coronavirus crisis statement from Reebok

Superdry:

Coronavirus crisis update from Superdry

Focus on supporting the community

Businesses such as yours are a big part of the community, whether locally in your town or city, or online amongst your customers. For this reason, you should try where possible to use your email campaigns to show support for your community.

Think of ways – big or small – that your business can help out during the crisis. Then, use email to spread the word to subscribers.

This thank you message by Morrisons is a thoughtful way to show support and reassure customers during difficult times:

Using email marketing to support the community in a crisis

This email was followed up by a second email, showing how the business is helping the community.

Crisis email by Morrisons giving back to the community

Create relevant and useful content

Circumstances change massively during periods of crisis. The current emphasis during the COVID 19 crisis is on minimising contact with others. This makes it difficult for many businesses to find ways to keep their content relevant.

In this email by restaurant chain Giraffe, the focus is changed to home delivery rather than visiting the restaurant. This is just one example of how your business can still continue creating promotional content which is relevant to your target audience.

Email campaign by Giraffe adapted for the COVID 19 crisis

Changing the focus of your email campaign to represent the current situation is an effective and more appropriate response to a crisis.

Similarly, in another example by Rent the Runway, the fashion brand concentrate on promoting clothing for home office – which is a highly relevant topic at present.

Although this may not seem like a super serious topic to cover during a crisis, it does help to provide customers with interesting content that serves a useful purpose.

Home office email by Rent the Runway

No matter what your business specialises in, there’s bound to be a way you can provide relevant email content during a crisis.

In this last example sent out recently in response to the Coronavirus crisis, department store Selfridges are using email to promote fun, nostalgic activities to do indoors.

This example shows how, during a crisis, a little bit of creativity goes a long way and helps cast some light on an otherwise dark and depressing situation.

Email campaign sent by Selfridges during the Coronavirus crisis

Be creative and find products to feature which will suit your customers’ circumstances during the crisis.

Using Mail Designer 365 to create emails to send in a crisis

Hopefully these tips will prove useful while you are adapting your email marketing strategy for the Coronavirus crisis.

Key takeaways from this article:

  • Reassess all planned content to determine whether it is still appropriate.
  • Adapt the messaging of your existing email campaigns to suit the current climate.
  • Send emails to update your customers and other stakeholders during a crisis.
  • Create new, useful email content which is relevant for your target audience.

If you need to adapt your email strategy for this crisis, why not check out Mail Designer 365? With a range of customisable HTML email templates, including crisis communication emails, you have everything you need to continue your email marketing in a crisis.

Email template to update customers about the coronavirus crisis

Email template to update customers about the coronavirus crisis

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Business communication tips during a crisis

Business Communication Tips During the Coronavirus Crisis

By | Mail Designer 365 Newsletter Academy

Sometimes events can occur that force your usual business schedule to grind to a halt. During these periods, it’s critical that you continue to communicate with and reassure your customers. Here’s how to use email to keep your customers informed of your business’s activity during the coronavirus crisis.

Coronavirus crisis email template for businesses

Now is the time to send an email to customers to keep them informed during the corona virus crisis.

Business Communication During the Coronavirus Crisis

While your business can’t be prepared for everything, it’s good to have a contingency plan in place for when crisis hits. Here are 5 effective measures your business can take to keep things going during the coronavirus crisis, plus two email templates you can use to keep your customers informed.

1. Update your opening hours

If, like many businesses around the world, you have had to make drastic changes to your opening hours due to the coronavirus, this should be the first thing you communicate.

Update your opening hours on your website and any other locations on the internet where they may be listed, such as:

  • Twitter,
  • Google my Business,
  • Facebook

This small act will prevent confusion and keep both new and existing customers up to date during the crisis.

2. Increase your support capacity

In times of crisis, your customers will no doubt have increased questions and concerns. Naturally, this will also see a rise in the number of support emails and calls you receive.

Be proactive and make sure you have enough support staff available to deal with the increased demand. Team members working from home can also get involved if you need extra help.

To take the pressure off, you could also consider creating an automated email template to reassure customers that you will be getting back to them as soon as possible.

3. Put together a list of FAQs

Think about which of your business activities (e.g. delivery times, services, opening hours, stock availability) will be affected by the coronavirus and briefly summarize the answers on a dedicated FAQ page on your website.

This will help your customers find the information they require faster, while also reducing the strain on your support team.

Tip: Provide a temporary link to this page on the support area of your website to help answer common support queries before your inbox and phone lines become overloaded.

4. Promote your online store

If you’ve had to close your physical store due to the coronavirus crisis, you may be worrying about your sales and how this will negatively impact your sales.

Use the crisis as a way to promote your online store to customers. In the same way that you are concerned about not making sales, customers will be frustrated they can’t visit your store.

Direct customers to your website and let them know they can carry out all of their purchases there.

Tip: If you are expecting a large influx of traffic to your online store or a lot of deliveries to organize, be sure that your systems are prepared for this.

5. Reach out to your customers via email

Once the necessary adjustments have been made and you have a plan of action, communicate this to your customers as soon as possible. The easiest and most direct way to keep customers updated is via email. 

Quick tips for your email communication for the coronavirus crisis:

  • Use the appropriate tone. This is a worrying time for many. Stay calm and make sure you aren’t adding to the panic, but at the same time, remember to keep the tone serious and sincere.
  • Get straight to the point. Too much text will confuse and overwhelm your customers and you want the information to be as clear as possible.
  • Keep images to a minimum. The aim of this email is to inform. Forget your usual email marketing techniques and only use images which are absolutely necessary (e.g. explanatory screenshots.)
  • Include key links and information. This email needs to be the source of all important information. Include links to your FAQs and store, as well as your new opening hours and contact details.

How to create a crisis communication email for your business

We’ve created two new crisis communication email templates suitable for keeping your customers up to date during the corona virus crisis:

Email template to update customers about the coronavirus crisis

Email template to update customers about the coronavirus crisis

These templates are ready and available to edit now in Mail Designer 365. Simply update the messaging to fit your business and send to your entire mailing list to keep them informed.

We hope you have found these tips helpful. Remember to keep calm and work proactively. The crisis won’t last forever and your customers will appreciate you keeping them informed. If you want to use one of the above templates, sign up to Mail Designer 365 free to get started today.

Until next time,

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Top tips for Easter email marketing

Easter Email Campaign: How to Egg-cel at Email Marketing this Easter

By | Mail Designer 365 Newsletter Academy

As one of the biggest holidays of the year, Easter creates the perfect opportunity for your business to do something special. Creating an Easter email campaign is one great way in which you can get involved in the seasonal fun this year.

Designing an email template to use for your Easter email campaign is super fun, but with so many businesses competing, you want to make sure your campaign stands out to your customers.

Here are some of our top tips how you can egg-cel (we think we’re funny) at email marketing this Easter season, plus some awesome examples of previous Easter campaigns…

Tips for Your Easter Email Campaign

Try out a new color scheme

With Easter falling in the middle of spring, it’s fun to change things up in your email design and opt for a bright, fresh new color scheme.

Typically, pastel colors are popular at this time of the year and really give your design a springtime feeling. Experiment with different background colors, or just a subtle pop of color in your headline or CTA (call-to-action) buttons.

Bright orange and yellow tones are also typical in many Easter-themed designs. Again, if you want to keep things simple, you can use these colors as an eye-catcher to help highlight important aspects in your design.

Yellow and orange Easter email campaign by J Crew

J Crew go all out with colors in this bold Easter-themed design.

Easter email design by B + C

This design by B + C shop keeps it more simple and uses yellow to highlight headlines and important text.

Include typical Easter themes

Lambs, the Easter Bunny, small chicks, Easter eggs, etc; these are all traditionally associated with the start of spring and the Easter celebration. Incorporating some of these symbols into your email design will help make the Easter theme clear from the get go.

Easter email by Sunuva

Sunuva use a sweet bunny/Easter egg combination as their feature image in this Easter email campaign.

Tip: Check out Unsplash to find a huge range of license-free stock images to use in seasonal email designs. Mail Designer 365 offers direct Unsplash integration in the app, so you can browse our curated collection, or use the search feature to find exactly what you need:

Searching for Easter stock images in Unsplash

Use Unsplash integration in Mail Designer 365 to search for relevant images to use in your Easter email campaign

Hold a sale

Spring is a very transitional time, which makes Easter a great occasion to hold a new season sale or special promotion. Send out an email campaign promoting your latest products, so customers are prepared for the new season.

Of course, a regular X% off sale is also always effective – especially during a special occasion.

Sales such as this work particularly well for fashion brands, furniture retailers, and consumer goods businesses, where stock is frequently being updated.

Easter email campaign by Oasis

Oasis use Easter as the perfect excuse to hold a new season promotion.

Promote family activities

As well as many school holidays taking place around this time, bank holidays also often fall around Easter. This makes it a great occasion for service- or activity-based businesses to profit from.

Use your Easter email campaign to promote fun activities that the whole family can do together and get customers inspired.

Try putting together a holiday activity guide or suggesting some top travel locations for the time of year. Helping customers come up with creative ways to keep their kids entertained over the holidays is always a big win.

Trainline's travel-themed Easter email campaign

Trainline sent out this email campaign to give customers ideas of things to do over Easter.

More Examples of Easter Email Campaigns

Here are some more awesome Easter email campaigns that demonstrate these best practice tips…

New Look

In this colorful email design, New Look include some fun pastel tones to compliment their Easter promotion:

Easter promotion by New Look

Packlane

Packlane also use a seasonal shade of pastel blue in the background. The calendar date at the bottom of the design is also a smart way to remind customers of the upcoming holiday and create a subtle sense of urgency.

Packlane's Easter email campaign

NOW TV

This bold design by NOW TV contains a classic Easter egg graphic to make things seasonal. In addition, it also stays relevant by providing a suggestion of something to do over the holiday weekend.

NOW TV Easter email campaign

Hobbycraft

This sweet Easter email campaign by Hobbycraft simply focuses on wishing all subscribers a Happy Easter. The pop of yellow in the center graphic is also bang on trend for the occasion.

Happy Easter message by Hobbycraft

Fortnum & Mason

What would Easter be without some delicious chocolate? This Easter egg buying guide by Fortnum & Mason incorporates all the right colors and seasonal imagery, while also showcasing their top products.

Easter egg buying guide by Fortnum & Mason

Build Your Easter Email Campaign in Mail Designer 365

We hope these egg-cellent Easter emails have helped you get inspired. Here’s how to get started with an Easter email campaign of your own:

  1. Use the creative tools in Mail Designer 365 App for Mac to create an awesome Easter email template.
  2. Upload your design to Mail Designer 365 Approval to share with colleagues and fellow designers.
  3. Export your template to use with your ESP of choice. (Here’s a list of all of our ESP export guides.)

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Email campaigns for International Women's Day

Best International Women’s Day Email Campaigns

By | Mail Designer 365 Newsletter Academy

Creating an International Women’s Day email campaign is a great way for your business to show customers that you care about women’s rights. As it’s such an important occasion, it’s crucial that you get the messaging and design of your campaign right.

Here are some useful tips and examples to help you get started with your International Women’s Day email campaign.

What is International Women’s Day?

Before you start coming up with a concept, it’s always good practice to read around the topic. Not only does this help you to better understand the event, it also gives you further inspiration for your campaign.

International Women’s Day takes place each year on 8th March and dates back to the early 1900s. It celebrates the achievements of women and emphasises the importance of gender equality.

The day has massive global significance and is celebrated all around the world. In some countries (including China and Vietnam), the day is a national holiday, whereas in others, it is seen as a day of formal observance.

Traditions vary from gift giving, or charity events, etc. and in recent years, the day has become a huge trend on social media.

Tips for your Women’s Day Email Campaign

Make the theme clear from the get go

Celebrate the day confidently and introduce the topic in your email straight away. Include the term “International Women’s Day” in your subject line so interested readers know they should open your email.

Use a large, central headline to deliver your campaign message. This shows readers that you’re not shy about celebrating women and makes the day the main focus of your email.

Use bold imagery

A picture speaks a thousand words, so use powerful imagery to celebrate strong women. A unique feature image is an effective way to get your message across to your customers and can also be super motivational.

Your feature image could be a colorful illustration, a poignant photo, or a text-based design. Whatever you opt for, position it centrally to ensure it steals the show in your email design.

Here are some uplifting examples:

Marketing campaign by Gucci for International Women's Day

Gucci uses simple, text-based graphics in this marketing campaign for International Women’s Day

Barcelona City Council Women's Day artwork

Unique campaign artwork by Violeta Noy for Barcelona City Council

International Women's Day campaign by Tinder

Tinder showcased women in a variety of professions in this Women’s Day campaign

International Women's Day campaign by Facebook

This abstract artwork by Facebook celebrates women supporting each other.

Celebrate with a promotion

A promotion or special offer is a great way to show that your brand is fully behind the cause. Aside from the regular sale or X% off, you could also think about doing something outside of the box.

Launching a special edition product or holding an event and donating your profits to charity are both good ways to support the cause.

Have fun

As the old saying goes, “girls just wanna have fun!” If appropriate for your brand, try to include some fun elements to your campaign. This could be bright colors, a fun font, or witty email copy.

This is a positive celebration. Use bold, bright colors like pink, yellow, orange, etc. to bring a celebratory feel to your design.

Remember the cause

This is your company’s chance to show that equal rights are important to you. Remember that the day is about celebrating the achievements of women, and try to include this in your campaign.

Think about how you and your business can celebrate female success and ensure this is reflected in your email’s message. Try showcasing some successful women connected to your industry as a way of recognizing their achievements.

8 Examples of International Women’s Day Emails

These email campaign examples perfectly illustrate how to celebrate International Women’s Day the right way…

Nike

International Women's Day campaign by Nike

Nike used their email campaign to showcase inspirational women in sport.

Aerie

Aerie's International Women's Day campaign in 2019

This powerful design by Aerie is a motivational message for International Women’s Day.

SkinnyDip

Women's Day email campaign by Skinny Dip

Skinny Dip use a fun GIF in their email design to share their important message.

Cost Plus World Market

International Women's Day email by Cost Plus World Market

Cost Plus share stories of successful women in the food industry.

Anthropologie

Women's Day campaign by Anthropologie

This campaign by Anthropologie focuses on a specially launched collection.

Nasty Gal

Nasty Gal's International Women's Day email

This bold, pink design by Nasty Gal offers a generous discount for International Women’s Day.

American Eagle

International Women's Day email template by American Eagle

This template also features a vibrant GIF to spread positivity.

Mango

Mango Women's Day email campaign

The large headline in this refined design by Mango makes it clear what is being celebrated.

How to get started

  1. Design your International Women’s Day email using the creative tools in the Mail Designer 365 App for Mac
  2. Upload your email to Mail Designer 365 Approval to get feedback from your coworkers
  3. Export your email design and send to your subscribers via your preferred email service provider

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How to create automated birthday emails

How to Create an Automated Birthday Email

By | Mail Designer 365 Newsletter Academy

Who doesn’t love a birthday? When it comes to thinking of ideas of how to improve your email strategy, an automated birthday email can be a great addition. Not only is the birthday theme super versatile, it’s also a great way to help you engage with your subscribers.

Here are some of our very best tips and ideas for automated birthday emails, plus 5 awesome examples of happy birthday email designs…

Best practice tips for automated birthday emails

Get the party started in the subject line: If it’s your customer’s birthday, they’ll be in the mood to celebrate. Mention their birthday in the subject line to capture the reader’s attention and see better open rates.

Happy Birthday email subject by Rent the Runway

This subject line by Rent the Runway gets attention straight away by creating an element of mystery.

Use personalisation: You want to make your customer feel special on their big day and addressing them by name is one great way to do this. It also makes your email feel less generic and more like exclusive content just for them.

Offer a birthday gift: Who doesn’t love receiving something nice on their birthday? Include a treat in your email; whether it’s money off, a free gift, or a special offer, it’s bound to make your customer smile.

Birthday email by Subway

In this birthday email, Subway offer a free sweet treat to the lucky customer.

Make the design fun: Birthdays are all about having a good time. Let your email design set the tone by using fun, birthday-style imagery like balloons, cakes and presents. You could also try to integrate color and a fun font to make things even more exciting.

Here are some examples from big name brands to help get you inspired…

Awesome automated birthday email design examples

Birchbox

Birchbox happy birthday email designBirchbox turn heads with this fun, pastel green design. The gold gift box and confetti add excitement, and the choice of a big, bold, centred font for the special offer helps hook in the reader straight away.

Giraffe

Happy birthday email promotion by GiraffeThis email by Giraffe sets the party theme straight away. The promotion couldn’t be made any clearer in the design, and overall, it’s a smart way to get customers into the restaurant to celebrate their birthday.

Journelle

Customer birthday email by JournelleJournelle uses a simple, yet stylish design to wish their customers a happy birthday. The email layout itself looks like a birthday card, while the use of personalisation also helps give it that extra special touch.

Dorothy Perkins

Birthday email by Dorothy PerkinsNot only does the cupcake in this design by Dorothy Perkins look super tasty, it’s also a great eye-catcher. Thanks to bold call-to-action buttons, a clear discount, and the use of a handwriting style font, this design is a gift that doesn’t disappoint.

American Apparel

This abstract, confetti-style design by American Apparel is a bold and unique take on the automated birthday email. Choosing to celebrate the customer’s half birthday is a clever technique which many companies wouldn’t think of.

How to get started with your automated birthday email

  1. Build your birthday-themed template using the tools in Mail Designer 365
  2. Export your design to use with your preferred email service provider
  3. Make sure there is a birthday field set up in your ESP and start your automated birthday email

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