Friday, April 20, 2012

Templates for Sending Custom HTML-Formated Emails

In my last post, I shared a link to a tool that lets you design or send HTML-formatted emails.

When I was first experimenting with it, I used Vertical Response's templates as a starting point.

But, I found a few other great template sources that you can use. They are free and a great way to get started, especially if you aren't adept at manually crafting layouts in HTML. Or, if you're like me and you can never remember all of the attributes for a table.

I prefer to use a template to start, then switch to HTML-mode and make changes as necessary to spacing, alignment, etc.


email template


Without further ado:

Tips: 
  • When editing HTML, Ctrl + F becomes your friend. Use it to find specific code snippets or to locate the formatting properties for a particular text block.
  • Once you have the main template customized as you'd like, you can copy/paste it into a new Salesforce email template. Fancy!



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How to: Send HTML-formatted Emails with Gmail

I love Gmail. But sometimes, there's a feature that I *really* miss from desktop email applications.

Html-formatted emails is one of them. I'm not talking about bolded text or selecting my font. I want tables sometimes... and columns...

And so I was excited when I discovered a tool for designing and sending html-formatted emails with Gmail.

You can use the editor to design your email and then paste the html code to send or you can write the html manually. I used a template from Vertical Response to get started and customized it in their editor. Then, I pasted the code into the Google Docs sheet tool and sent.

It worked exactly as I expected! I used it to transform a bland text email to new users into a more professional welcome email.

It turned out like this:




Potential uses:

  • Company bulletins
  • Tip emails
  • Personal newsletters (no need to buy credits and use an email service!)
  • Pretty much anything...

Here's the link to the tutorial. Give it a try!



Jenna Baze is a rather geeky girl with average social skills and an affinity for: Google Apps, Salesforce.com, Pinterest, natural light photography and finding creative ways to avoid doing dishes (which includes updating a handful of blogs).
Email: rathergeeky@gmail.com | Twitter: @RatherGeeky | Facebook: Rather Geeky Tips
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