Now that a significant number of people read their email on devices other than a computer (be they smartphones, tablets, smartwatches and the like), you’ve got to wonder if the email you’re sending to them is optimized for their particular viewing experience. And we’re not talking about the email content here but its actual layout and presentation. Will the gorgeous 800 pixel wide email you just made look just as gorgeous on an iPhone when it’s proportionately shrunken down to a width of 250 pixels so that it can fit on so teeny tiny a screen? Will the design scale (and rescale itself) effectively when viewed on an Android tablet when you switch it back and forth between landscape and portrait views? Will your One Size Fits All design successfully do its job and actually fit to accommodate all sizes? Probably not.
Enter: Responsive Design.
No doubt you’ve heard lots of buzz about responsive design lately – but have you gotten on board?
If not, now is the time.
Recently, we published a series of six posts on how to optimize your email campaigns for mobile devices. Below, we’ve posted links to each post in the series so you have a one-stop destination for planning your mobile marketing strategy.
It’s Time to Put Mobile First
There’s a lot of buzz going around about designing emails for mobile devices first. While this makes perfect sense for some of you out there, it might seem counter-intuitive for others…
Imagine for a moment that you’re working on your next email campaign. You want it to be mobile-friendly, so you’ve designed a great-looking email that’s easy to engage with, regardless of whether it’s viewed on a PC or a smartphone:
- Simple, straightforward, and captivating content? Check.
- A beautiful design that looks great on mobile devices of all types and sizes? Check.
- An irresistible and clear call-to-action? Check and check.
You deploy the campaign, and at first, everything goes great. Your subscribers receive your message and are compelled to click the call to action button (you did use a button, right?). But there could be a big problem for anyone viewing your message on a smartphone.
With email, it’s impossible to customize your content for every different mobile device on the market. Unless, of course, you have the time to code many, many different templates… And we all have that kind of time these days, right? Sure.
An alternative would be to send the same content, in the same template, to everyone on your list. The problem with this, though, is that it might look gorgeous on on a 27” widescreen Mac, but it’s going to look horrible–and function even worse–on a super-small BlackBerry screen.