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Guide to all the email template options in MailChimp
January 22, 2016 – 01:16 pm
Email newsletter templates

template-thumbnailsWhen we first built MailChimp, it was a single-screen interface. You’d simply copy-paste your HTML code, then hit send. It was so stupid-simple, you might’ve called us the "Basecamp for email marketing" except that Basecamp wasn’t invented yet. Back then, it was just assumed that you had to know how to code HTML in order to send HTML emails. Coding HTML emails by hand was actually the easy part. The hard part was list management and tracking. My point is, there were no templates, no inbox inspectors, no boingy pie charts, and definitely no social integration.

My how things have changed. Nowadays, people want template options. And MailChimp’s got more email template options than anybody. There are email template features in MailChimp that even we forget we built. So I thought I’d put together this guide…

Build-From-Scratch Layouts

Let’s start with the basics. MailChimp comes with 5 starter layouts. If you’re new to email marketing, I recommend starting here, because these are pretty much the standard layouts that you’d use for any kind of email you’d send. They’re infinitely customizable to match your brand. And they’ve been bullet-proof coded to work in all the major email programs.

starter-layoutsIf you’re not convinced these layouts can be customized enough, check out these tutorial videos that we created to help you master our template designer:

Email Header Designer

The starter layouts come with our built-in header design tool. This is a collection of high-quality photography and illustrations from iStockphoto (see also: MailChimp’s iStockphoto integration) that you can use to build a great header image at the top of your templates:

You pick a graphic, then enter your company name and subheading to the side of it.

They’re even loaded with high quality fonts (please use them, because they were really, really expensive):

Automagic email designer

One hidden feature of our starter layouts is that when you begin the email design process, you can choose: "I’ll design it myself:"

and MailChimp will visit your company website, scan for your logo file, background colors, font colors, some sample "about us" text, and anything else that we might find in your website’s code to "jump start" your template. It works best if your website uses fairly standard coding and naming conventions.

For example, if your logo has the keyword "logo" or "header" we can reasonably guess that’s what you’d want in your email’s header. If you’re using a WYSIWYG or web hosting service that renamed the logo to "img232498.jpg" we’re not going to detect that.

If you’re not a MailChimp user, you can get a taste for how this works by clicking on "Automagic Email Designer" over in MailChimp Labs. Or, you can watch this video:

Pre-designed Templates

mailchimp-header-designerIf you’re one of those people who don’t like to start completely from scratch, we’ve also got a growing library of pre-designed templates that our in-house DesignLab created. They’re preloaded with images, colors, and fonts so that all you have to do is add content.

Options include:

  • Coupons
  • Event invites
  • E-commerce (product matrix)

Our template library is actually going to be expanded very soon, so stay tuned.

100+ TemplateZone Email Templates (for PC)

So maybe you don’t like any of our email layouts or pre-built templates. You want something different altogether. We’ve partnered with the folks at Template Zone to offer a free version of their High Impact Email to MailChimp customers. It comes with 101 free HTML email marketing templates:

Simply download the software from this page, link it to your MailChimp account (it’ll walk you through all the steps) and design your template. It has some cool image editing and font effects that you otherwise wouldn’t be able to do unless you’re handy with Photoshop. There are some very useful holiday and promotions categories, plus you can unlock more templates if you pay. I hear they’ve generously added about 30 more holiday templates for MailChimp customers, too!

660+ Email Templates from Equinux (for Mac)

Looking for something a little more "premium" and don’t mind paying for it? Equinux Stationery Pack works great for Apple Mail, and integrates with iPhoto so that you can really customize those event invitations with your own pictures, and do cool effects.

Build your email templates with Equinux (they’re offering a $10 discount to MailChimp customers), then use our email beamer feature to send your design to MailChimp.

Apple Mail Stationery

There are also a couple dozen beautiful email templates built in to Apple Mail, and they’re totally free. You could design an email there, then send it to MailChimp with our email beamer (See: Using Apple Mail’s Stationery with MailChimp).

Email Beamer

I just mentioned MailChimp’s Email Beamer above, but it can be used for a lot more than importing pretty stationery from Apple Mail. Basically, anything that you can email to MailChimp can be turned into an HTML email. We’ll actually grab the images and host them on our servers for you. Free. We’ll automatically inline the CSS, so it doesn’t break in the major email apps.

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Source: blog.mailchimp.com
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