E-letter service MailerLite has provided some simple ideas on designing effective e-letter headers. As well, as you read down, you’ll see some handy links for free design tools and stock photos,
The importance of this first impression cannot be overstated.
Email headers can be your two-second secret weapon for making a great first impression with your email newsletter.
The header is the first thing that most people see when they preview or open your email. A compelling design can be the difference maker if they stay or go.
Here are five suggestions, which are elaborated at this link:
1. Use imagery
2. Make it your own
Once you’ve found the perfect photo, make it your own!
Of course, you’ll want to add your unique brand design cues (logo, color, icons, fonts) to ensure your readers instantly recognize that the newsletter is from you.
3. Avoid clutter
When you add too many images or too many words, the reader might get turned off. Keep it simple and clean.
4. Experiment and test
If you are unsure why different headers are working or want to experiment with a few designs, set up an A/B test.
5. Be consistent
Once you settle on a design direction, the trick is to keep it consistent while also keeping it fresh. Try to use the same structure and branding elements (such as the same colour and fonts) in your design, but change the images to relate to the topics within the newsletter.
The email header, indeed, should get the attention it deserves. Now I’ve got to practice what I preach (at least as I resolve some major revisions to our weekly eletter set-up planned for the next few weeks.)