[Pro] html emails

Hi all

I am sure that someone here will be able to offer me some advice. I am interested in creating html emails like the ones apple send out as newsletters.

I have spent all afternoon at the Apple Store in Birmingham to find out what I need to do this.

Sadly no one at the Apple Store could offer any advice, even their Genius Staff.

I was therefore wondering of anyone here could offer me some advice?

I have been told that to create a html email I would most likely need website building software.

I therefore wondered if I could use Freeway to create the html email and then export it as a file that could be imported into a mass email?

Any help and advice would be most welcome.

Jamie


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Jamie, you sure can use FW but I have found to use an online tool like MailChimp is much more convenient, plus they have some built in tools to track the emails you have sent and it also helps with you not being blacklisted as a spammer.

Even if you do not end up using MailChimp it is worth checking out their handy guide to email marketing and best practices - http://www.mailchimp.com/articles/

I trust this will help, Marcel


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Thanks for that, I should also have mention that I only want to design the file that is mailed out, there is already a distribution service in place.


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Hey Snapper,
I use freeway for making all my e-blasts and it works really well. just make sure you use absolute images links and you can copy and paste the html into whatever service you are using.

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Thanks for that.

Can someone give me an idea about how I go about creating a html email.

The guy who will be sending the html letter out is using a pc system. But it would be good to know how to attach it to an email for testing purposes as well.

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There are various threads here on that subject and even an action to help - here is one thread http://freewaytalk.net/thread/view/35702#m_35715

Have a search for HTML email in the web forum.

The action is here http://www.actionsforge.com/actions/view/121-email-ready-htmlfwaction

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Thanks dave

That has been most helpful. I have created a test newsletter as described in the various links above. and all looks well.

Newsletter uploaded here: http://www.warwickshire7s.co.uk/NewsletterTestFolder/email-01.html

I do seem to have a few issues when mailing it out. Different browsers on the mac are laying the news letter out differently.

Safari looks fine, although the text in the second article down leaves a big space in the box

In Firefox a big gap appears between article 1 & 2

In Cameno again a gag appears between article 1 & 2, but not as big as in Firefox.

I have also sent the HTML email newsletter to a number of people on different PC email systems as described (cmd i to insert it into an email), How ever there are still some issues.

While laying the text out and previewing it, I ensured that I cmd +&-'ed it in Safari to allow for other browser.

I have been tolled that some of the people viewing it on pc email systems are having problems with the text falls out of the boxes. Plus some item appear differently to how their browser display the page

Any advice would be not grateful.

I have locked everything down in the layout .

Any advice?


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I should also mention that I have since re-read through these links and tried applying the Action>Page>Page Action>HTML Email Ready

When I uploaded the pages and view it in Safari all the content disappeared


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I also have to say that I don’t have a clue what Tables is all about that is mentioned in one thread


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We use the Remote Resource Action and put very simple e-mail pages together. You’re might just have too much to it. Ours don’t use CSS for positioning, either, Just regular html boxes.

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Thanks Robert

I have just done a search in ActionForge for “Remote Resource Action” and can’t see it.

Can you tell me what this action does and do you have a link to it?


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Here’s the link:

http://www.freewayactions.com/product.php?id=013

It basically changes your resource paths from relative to absolute so none of your images are missing when the e-mail is sent.

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Thanks Robert

At the moment I am not aware that any of the images are missing.


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Looking at the source code for the page at the moment I can see that
there are couple of things that you’ll want to look at before sending
the e-mail out.

The images are all referenced by relative paths (Resources/
warickshire7sban.jpeg for example) which is great for web pages but
not for e-mails. When e-mail client attempts to show the images it
won’t be able to locate them simply because there won’t be a folder
called Resources next to the HTML. Changing the image references to
absolute paths (http://www.warwickshire7s.co.uk/NewsletterTestFolder/Resources/warickshire7sban.jpeg
) means that the e-mail client will be able to load them perfectly.
Attach the Remote Resources action (FreewayActions.com | Remote Resources
) to the Freeway page and enter the following URL in the action palette;
http://www.warwickshire7s.co.uk/NewsletterTestFolder/

The other thing i would be inclined to change are the layers. A lot of
e-mail applications aren’t as clever as web browsers and won’t display
your layered items correctly. The London to Brighton text panel, for
example, is a layer. Uncheck the layer checkbox in the inspector
palette and Freeway will convert the layout to a more suitable table
based structure for you.
All the best,
Tim.

On 13 Nov 2009, at 17:09, Snapper wrote:

Thanks Robert

At the moment I am not aware that any of the images are missing.

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Hi Tim

Thanks for your reply

Before I even try and look at the Resources Folder for pictures. I have looked at your comments regarding the LtoB text panel and un ticked the layer option.

This has now changed the shape of the picture (Shrunk the height) completely and has created breaks in the display box that surrounded the picture and text. I have since unchecked the picture as a layer which has now corrected that. The box panel still has breaks in the panel that I can not understand. It doesn’t show this in the Freeway page.

http://www.warwickshire7s.co.uk/NewsletterTestFolder/email-01.html

I will look at the email anti spam as suggested as the next step before looking at the Resources Folder suggestion.

This still leaves the text layout question unanswered.

Thank Jamie


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Hi all. I need to design an html email “flyer” for a client which I then will have to send it to their administrative person who sets up and sends the actual email blast. Once I design it, what do I do to get it over to him? I’ve been designing then saving and sending previous designs as jpegs for them to insert into email blasts. I want to create them as HTMLs now. Thank you.


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You should be able to upload it to their server (they can supply you with FTP details if you don’t already have them). Create a folder called ‘mailshot’ or something of your choosing and then upload the email into there.

Then all you have to do is send them the URL. The mail service they use (maybe MailChimp or Campaign Monitor or similar) should import from that URL.

Nathan


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Thanks Nathan, I’ll get their info and do a test.


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If you use Campaign Monitor you should really checkout the api documentation: http://www.campaignmonitor.com/api/ for info on how to do this.

Regards,

Kerstboom kopen, kunstkerstboom


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If you use Campaign Monitor you should really checkout the api documentation: http://www.campaignmonitor.com/api/ for info on how to do this.

Regards,

Kerstboom kopen, kunstkerstboom


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