The Basics of Creating an Email
Ready to send some emails? Let's get started with the basics!
On this page
- Newsletters or Automations - Which one to use?
- Effective Subject Lines and Preview Text
- Customizing the Theme and style for your emails
- Adding and customizing Sections in your email
- Previewing your email, requesting feedback, and sending tests
Newsletters or Automations - Which one to use?
Seguno supports two main types of marketing messages.
Newsletters are broadcast messages where you build the message content, determine the group of recipients you want to send to, and when you want to send the email. These are appropriate for when you want to message a group of subscribers to tell them about a new product, sale, or general announcement.
Automations are messages that are triggered to individual contacts when they take specific actions. You still control the message content, but the recipient and timing are up to when the subscriber performs the actions. These messages generally have higher engagement but lower sending volume overall. Automations are especially important to shops that have a smaller subscriber list as they help to maximize the value of each subscriber.
So, which one to use? For almost every shop, using both Newsletters and Automations will create the best results. Your Newsletters will create spikes of engagement while your Automations capitalize on subscriber engagement and build loyal customers.
Effective Subject Lines and Preview Text
The Subject Line and Preview Text are similar to the title and back cover of a book - these summaries help a subscriber decide if they want to open your message or not.
Your subject line is the main tool to grab your subscribers' interest and should set their expectations for the message.
Effective subject lines are:
- Straightforward and to the point
- Avoid spammy or misleading phrases
- Relate to your unique subscribers
While emoticons and punctuation can stand out in your inbox, be careful to not overuse them! 😀 Excessive and repetitive punctuation can trigger spam filters and not all email clients support emoticons.
Preview text can expand on the subject line and provide more specific details of the message content by highlighting the email's value, included products or discounts.
Preview text can provide more details and continue to build interest by playing off the subject line. If your subject line mentions a new product, use the preview text to share some key features or highlights. Announcing a sale in the subject line? Create a sense of urgency by mentioning the discount end date in the preview text.
While preview text is a best practice and recommended to increase open rates, some legacy email clients do not support preview text or support shorter text lengths. Make sure any important information in your preview text is also clearly mentioned in the body of the email.
Customizing the theme and style for your emails
To make creating emails easier and faster, Seguno will carry over basic elements that we refer to as your Theme. Spending a little extra time on your theme the first time will pay off every time you create a Newsletter or Automation in the future.
These elements include your:
- Theme settings
Your theme can be updated while customizing any newsletter or automation. Start by creating a newsletter or selecting an available automation. Use the Customize button to open the editor.
From the editor, start by going to the Theme Settings panel. Work your way down the list to update from the defaults to your primary colors, web-safe font, button style, the spacing between each section, and links to your social media feeds.
To update your Header and Footer, navigate to the Section tab of the editor.
Select the Header to set up your preheader text, logo, layout, and create a navigation menu that links to the top collections of your site.
If you'd like to remove the unsubscribe link from the Header section, you'll need to Authenticate your Domain (but we do recommend including it as a best practice.)
If you'd like to remove the Seguno branding from the footer, you'll need to be on a paid plan for Seguno.
Adding and customizing Sections in your email
If you're using a template or customizing an automation, your email will already have some pre-selected sections in the body of the message. You can modify existing sections or choose from the available menu to add to them.
Select the type of section you're interested in from the menu. Depending on the section you add, you can customize the new section's contents by selecting from the available menu options and content.
The following section types are currently available.
- Blog - allows you to pull in the Blog posts from your Shopify Online Store
- Collection - lists multiple Product Collections or can feature Products from a specific Collection
- Discount - highlights the details of the Discount assigned to the email (if a discount is applied)
- Live - create an more unique email experience by creating interactive content
- Media - give you a variety of media-focused layouts to pull rich images or link to a video
- Product - easily pulls in selected attributes from your active Products
- Separator - allows you to continue customizing the styling of your emails
- Social - helps you to create a multi-channel experience to keep your customers involved through your social media accounts
- Text - provides a variety of layouts to offer more details or create strong call-to-actions in your emails
If you're interested in more custom email designs, try using Seguno's Canva integration for your image content. Learn more.
Have an idea for a section type? Submit it as a suggestion!
Don't let your emails get too big or they will be more likely to trigger your recipients' spam filters or be clipped by Gmail. Seguno will give you a warning when you're getting close to exceeding the recommended limit.
Previewing your email, requesting feedback, and sending tests
With more recipients engaging with emails in varied ways, you'll want to be sure to preview your message with different device layouts and email clients.
To preview your message with different layouts, select the layout type in the message editor.
After you're comfortable with the design and content of your message, you can request feedback from a single stakeholder or send test emails to multiple addresses you configured in your Settings. While editing the message, select the choice from the Actions menu under your sections layout.
Send your test emails to accounts that can be accessed on desktop and mobile clients. Encourage your test recipients to open and click through the links as well as proofread your message content. Check twice because once you send it to your subscribers, there's no taking it back!
Feedback requests can only be sent to one email address at a time.