Angela Speed
Art Direction, Brand Strategy, UX Journey

The Email Journey

Discover | Define | Develop | Deliver

Email UX is about keeping the email as simple as possible

Based on studies, you have 50 milliseconds to capture a user’s attention in an email. You then have 11 seconds, at most, to communicate your message. Writing in a concise and coherent manner is difficult and especially in an email. I’m going to touch on a few areas to improve the UX of your content, while sharing some of My Email experience.

Double Diamond, See what I did here?

Double Diamond, See what I did here?

Email Lifecycle Thoughts

There are many stakeholders involved andconsiderations that occur before an email is launched. Below are just a few considerations

Guiding Questions:

  • What is on the promotional calender?

  • Is there merchandise that needs to be moved/promoted?

  • Is there credit promotion/awareness needed?

  • Will the email to be an A/B test?

  • Is there personalization we can leverage?

  • What is the Launch Date?

  • What is going to be on the Website home page? How can we align to what is going to be live on the launch date?

  • What did well in the past that we can build upon?

  • Consider the previous and next emails to be sent, so we can vary the content presented to the customer.

My sketch for the email based on the email definition

My sketch for the email based on the email definition

Sketch it out

I usually start the design process with information from the Merchants on collections and products they want to feature, promotions running at the time, and verified in stock SKUs.

Guiding Questions:

  • Define Campaign type (segmentation, personalization and trigger-based campaigns)

  • Choose Template to vary content format

  • Plan for dynamic content personalization sections

  • Call to Action needs to be above the fold

  • Stagger the content for visual interest and drawing the eye down the design

  • Mix of photography and online imagery, providing image links in breif

  • Some promotions on solid or lifestyle background

  • Define asterisks for matching in terms

  • provide links for definition

  • Provide seo content

  • plan for AB testing

Final email  from sketch above

Final email from sketch above

Principles of email Design

Like any email marketing campaign, there is no foolproof way of creating campaigns that always convert. As a marketer, you should experiment with different designs to see what subscribers enjoy, and what they don’t spend time at all. There are some essential principles of email design, though, that will help you create the foundation of your email, and push for more conversions.

Email Considerations
Salesforce email templating.

Salesforce email templating.

Creating a great email design is no easy task, and there is no one-size-fits-all approach to designing emails that work. You have to keep experimenting and finding ways to optimize the design as per the engagement rate of your subscribers, and over time you can even improve your open rate.

Focus your message: Some of the most effective emails have one clear message. If you have multiple messages to send, try breaking them up into a series of emails.

Be concise: Reduce the length of your email until you can simplify no more.

Create a hierarchy: Put the most important information first for people who are short on time.

Break it up: Use headings and bulleted lists to divide content into sections that are easy to understand. This helps scanners and skimmers.

Link out: If you have a lot of information to convey, link to a page on your website (or someone else's website) where subscribers can learn more.