Basic Layout Elements for E-Mail Marketing Messages
The layout of your marketing e-mail directs your audience’s eyes to specific content. Use visual anchors to draw readers’ attention to your content. The variety of visual anchors you can use is limited only by your creativity and the layout of your e-mail template. (Most EMPs allow you to create visual anchors from an e-mail template.)
Basic visual anchors, with explanations of how they draw attention to your content, include:
A headline draws attention to itself first then to the content immediately below it. Differentiate headlines from surrounding text by using a different font, color, or style of text. Types of headline include
Block appears in front of a background color different from the main background color
Bold appears darker or heavier than the surrounding text
Border appears inside a boxed outline
Graphics are images of text with special design elements
Images and graphics draw attention to themselves then to adjacent text either to the left, right, or below the image. Image types include
Portrait: Taller than wide
Landscape: Wider than tall
Top-bar: At the top of an e-mail, spanning the entire width of the page
Background: Behind the text
Bordered: Surrounded by a border line
Text links, when embedded in a larger body of text, draw attention to themselves followed by surrounding text. Standalone links draw attention only to themselves. You can also group links in a list:A horizontal list of links.
Horizontal lines and borders draw attention to the content above them; vertical lines and borders draw attention to content on the left or right depending on the strength of the visual anchors on either side.
Boxed borders draw attention to the content within the box beginning in the upper left of the box.