Optimizing Your Emails for Mobile DevicesPosted by Chris Donald
More emails are read on mobile devices and therefore, it has become imperative to optimize your emails for smaller screens. According to Adestra’s report of “Top 10 email clients”, 59% of email opens took place on mobile, 15% on desktop, and 28% in a webmail client. Moreover, 3 in 5 consumers check their emails on the go (mobile) and 75% of them say that they use their smartphones to check emails.
That’s quite a good number of statistics and you certainly cannot overlook them. If you want to optimize your emails for mobile devices, here are some ideas to help you out.
1. Have smaller file size of the images
Content with images work better than content without images. However, when it comes to designing emails for mobile, select high-resolution light-weight images way that they do not hamper the loading speed of the emails. Resize the images by the proportion of the screen by using the code below:
<img style=”max-width: 75%; max-height: auto;” class=”ia_Center shadow” src=”imagesource.jpg”/>
The width property should be modified according to the screen size. You can use tools like FastStone Photo Resizer and JPEGmini to reduce the file size by 80% without spoiling the image quality. The key is to design simple emails without any unnecessary elements that would take forever to load on slow Internet connections.
2. Avoid writing long paragraphs
Make sure your email copy is succinct and relevant and does not have too many links put together. Include the most important information in the beginning of the email. As your subscribers are accessing the emails on the mobile phone, do not beat around the bush to prevent any distractions.
3. Make the links and CTA buttons easily visible
Precision becomes a task for subscribers using devices with small screens. Therefore, you should add taller and wider text links and CTA buttons. Also, add enough spacing to your links so that your subscriber does not end up clicking on any other link accidentally.
4. Write short subject lines with related pre-header text
It is an email marketing best practice to craft short and sweet subject lines that are informative and interesting enough to get more open-rates even on mobile phones. Your pre-header text should provide value to the subject line so that the recipients get curious to open your email. Preheader text should be short and easy to consume because the pre-header text displayed for every device would be different.
5. Responsive layouts are a must
Many marketers use predesigned templates from their email service provider. They should use responsive templates that automatically fit the screen on which the subscribers view the emails. When using a responsive template, you do not have to bother about any rendering issue or broken email layout.
Besides mobile-friendly emails, it is of utmost importance to have a mobile-friendly landing page too. Nothing can turn off your mobile subscribers more than the fact that the information they are seeking is not correctly visible on their phone.
These tips would surely help you create emails that will appeal to all your subscribers regardless of the device they are using.