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.
Without further ado:
- 36 basic templates from MailChip
These are a perfect starting point for customizing to create your own template. Basic layouts with sidebars, mobile-friendly versions, etc. I'll be using these often!
- 100+ free templates from Campaign Monitor
Some of these look really nice! I wanted a more basic layout (white background, no extra graphics) but these were rather appealing. I might use them for personal email campaigns.
- 20 free templates from Benchmark Email
Some outdated colors/styling, but still could be customized.
- 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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