What is a good content? One of our most frequently asked questions is if there is ONE design that’s better than others. The answer often depend on what we mean with better. Is your goal to get higher click through rate? Higher open rate? Is your goal to establish a relation with your customers? Or is to improve awareness of your brand?
We ♥️ communication! And we ♥️ talking about it, so if you want to improve your content, contact us! There are however some golden rules we want to share.
1. Mobile first
Nowadays you can count on that most digital communication is opened in the mobile first. Have that in mind when you’re designing your sendouts.
If you’re not that comfortable in mobile friendly design, contact us and we’ll help you out!
2. Be consistant using your graphic profile
Let the recipient recognize you and use the same graphic profile through your different platforms.
3. Use a distinct and effectful CTA
Place your most important CTA (call to action) in the top of your content and let it be visible in both color and size. Be clear about where the recipient will end up but don’t write an essay in it. And triple check so that by clicking the button the recipient will end up on the correct page, e.g. if you’re linking to “My pages” the URL should be directly to the login page and not the start page.
And no, there are no colors better than others. Just make them visible.
4. Use images
Include big and beautiful images that renders nicely in on retina screens (e.g. high resolution images).
Images with people, and more specific people smiling, intends to make us want to stay. Although, people intend to follow other peoples eyes, so if you want to get your recipents to pay attention to something specific in your content, use an image with people looking at it.
Traditionally the recommendations has been to place images on the left content side but now, with mobile clients, this is fading out.
5. Editable text and Web Safe Fonts
Specific email tips in this one. Yes, Baron or Moderne Sans looks great! But, most of your recipients won’t see them (unless they already installed the font on their device), instead you’ll end up with line and letter spacing that are not fitted to the fall back font (i.e. Arial). And then your email don’t look that awesome anymore. Have a look at W3Shools to learn which fonts are web safe.
When using editable text instead of images it helps you to keep a good image/text/link ratio which reduces the risk to get stuck in spam filters.
It also helps you deliver your message even if images may not have been showned for some reason.
All of us don’t have the same conditions to read emails or other digital communications. Be fair and awesome by including accessibility when you design. Many receiving clients and devices has become better to support this but you can still contribute:
- be clear with your subject, preheader and headings
- try to keep your text content short
- make sure your font color is contrasting your background color
- include alternativ text to your images
- have a logical structure of your content
- use distinct links and CTA:s
7. Tell a story
Nothing is as effective as engaging content – incorporate that in your communication. For example, tell about changes by showing them; before and after, or autumn leaves around your logo. Dare to refuse static!
Last, but definitely not least: test, test and test! It’s the most important thing of all, test your emails, test your landing pages! Test everything! By getting an overview on how your email renderes in different clients you can get ideas for your design. Or use A/B testing to improve subjects and content. What seemed like a good idea in the start may not fit your communication. There’s only one way to find out. And don’t forget to have fun along the way – it shows!