Quick Email Coding Tips for Outlook

Tall images will be cropped in Outlook.
Outlook truncates the upper portion of all images higher than 1728px from the top-down. So, if your image is 250px longer than the 1728px limit, 250px will get cropped off the top. We’ve also seen Outlook re-scale an image so that its max height is 1728px. We suggest that you crop your images and stack them on top of each other.

Images with dimensions defined in HTML may render incorrectly.
Stretched images (e.g., bars, borders, gradients, etc.) may not render correctly. All graphics should have their correct dimensions in the file properties. Do not rely on HTML-defined dimensions for images that are critical to the email’s layout.

Animated GIFs aren’t supported by Outlook.
Outlook does not support animated GIFs, instead it only shows the first slide of your animation so make sure the most important call to action is on that slide.


Use Mobile Email Content to Make Money

Whether you’re an e-commerce business directly generating sales from email sends or a B2B company sending a dedicated marketing offer to increase lead flow, mobile-friendly emails can benefit your bottom line.

Now I’m not going to lie, optimizing for email can take some time. But investing just a little more time when preparing your mobile campaigns can go a long way in benefiting your business.

  1. 56% of shoppers are likely to make a purchase via a mobile app in the next year. (Source: Adobe)
  2. 69% of shoppers are influenced to make a purchase on mobile by company emails. (Source: Adobe)
  3. 90% of consumers who have joined mobile loyalty programs feel they have gained value from them. (Source: Zoomerang)
  4. Special offers (27%), vouchers (21%), and real-time tracking (21%) are most preferred email types to receive on mobile. (Source: Edialog)
  5. Nearly two-thirds of consumers subscribed to mobile marketing indicate that they have made a purchase as a result of receiving a highly relevant mobile message. (Source: Responsys)

Businesses Need to Prepare for Mobile Emails

Beat the competition with mobile optimized emails.
Despite rising consumption of email on mobile devices, many businesses refuse to address this shift. The technical and expertise changes needed to become an early adopter prevents marketers from investing in a mobile email strategy. Don’t let that be you! Mobile phone owners aren’t starring emails on their phone to be read later. Once they read it once on their phone, they’re done.

You can either be another unoptimized sender, or you can get on the mobile trend before the competition does and start winning deals faster through mobile.

  1. Only 11.84% of newsletters use responsive design techniques to optimize their layouts for mobile devices. (Source: Equinux)
  2. 24% of companies aren’t optimizing their email creative for mobile viewers in any way. (Source: Experian)
  3. 39% of marketers have no strategy for mobile email. (Source: eConsultancy)
  4. Over 95% of emails are only opened on one device. Very few users open emails on mobile first and save for desktop later. (Source: knotice)
  5. 70% of consumers delete emails immediately that don’t render well on a mobile device. (Source: bluehornet)

Mobile Email Usage Is Increasing

Prepare mobile-friendly emails.
More and more mobile users are accessing emails through their mobile devices. In order to effectively see results from your email marketing campaigns, you’ll need to ensure each of those emails is ready for reading by the 74% of smartphone owners who use their mobile phones to check email.

Interesting Stats:

  1. 74% of smartphone owners use their devices to check their email. (Source: Gartner)
  2. Mobile now makes up the majority of email opens at 51%. (Source: Litmus)
  3. 68% of Gmail and Yahoo opens are coming from mobile devices. (Source: Litmus)
  4. By the end of 2018, worldwide mobile email users are expected to total over 2.2 billion. By this time, 80% of email users are expected to access their email accounts via a mobile device. (Source: Radicati)