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Best of March 2008 – Email Design Round-up

A single collection of all things email design-related for the month of March.

Inspiration:

Australia-based ESP with an emphasis on great email design:
http://www.campaignmonitor.com/gallery/

Montreal-based site that aggregates many newsletter designs under one roof:
http://www.newsletterarchive.org/

MarketingSherpa 2008 Email Creative Awards:
http://www.marketingsherpa.com/article.php?ident=29889

The top 10 trends in email design for 2008? Just ask Emma:
http://www.myemma.com/10trends/

Tips and Advice:

ExactTarget whitepaper focused on email design and rendering – for both marketers and designers (PDF, 680kb):
http://email.exacttarget.com/ETWeb/resources/pdf/2770.pdf

9 best practices for email design, by vdot media:
http://www.vdotmedia.com/blog/9-best-practices-for-email-design/

A great video case study from the Email Evolution conference by Bronto:
http://blog.bronto.com/2008/02/14/brontofire-email-design-live-from-the-eec/

Quick and dirty tips on ensuring your designs are actionable and effective:
http://sachinuppal.blogspot.com/2008/03/email-design-is-your-cta-actionable.html

Rethink the way your URLs are designed, not just your email:
http://www.email-marketing-reports.com/iland/2007/03/forget-email-design-what-about-url.html

Read an in-depth interview with one half of the emerging leaders of email design and best practices:
http://www.email-marketing-reports.com/interviews/david-greiner.htm

7 steps to creating a better email template for your email marketing goals:
http://www.clickz.com/showPage.html?page=3608081

Design and copywriting roundup from Mark Brownlow:
http://www.email-marketing-reports.com/iland/2008/03/copywriting-and-design-round-up.html

Ongoing discussions on topics such as…

Text vs. HTML, the ongoing debate:
http://www.aweber.com/blog/email-template-design/text-vs-html-is-moderation-the-key.htm

And another:
http://www.aweber.com/blog/email-deliverability/who-cares-about-plain-text.htm

Start your own conversation! Check out the email marketers club and meet a community of email marketers talking shop:
http://b2bemailmarketing.ning.com