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Best Event Calendar Plugins for WordPress (2019)
Best Event Calendar Plugins for WordPress (2019)

Looking for a solution that will allow you to showcase all the events in your local community on your WordPress site, and that is also easy to use by those who are adding and updating the event listings? Do your requirements also include the ability to manage multiple event venues, repeating events, and a front-facing... » read more

Add a Custom Google Map to a Website
Add a Custom Google Map to a Website

How to add a Custom Google Map with Geo-Location using JavaScript and the Google Maps API. Wouldn’t it be cool to have a Google Map on your website for your business? One that is customized exactly the way you like? With a little JavaScript and an API key, we can do exactly that. You will... » read more

CSS Animation in Email – Falling Image Effect
CSS Animation in Email – Falling Image Effect

One way to support engagement in emails is to add ambient animations as a design enhancement. These will not work in all email clients, but are supported on most mobile devices and clients. As of March 2019 and according to my testing using Email on Acid and assorted live accounts, the CSS snow animation is... » read more

Design Systems

Notes on setting up and documenting a prototype design system for email What is a Design System? A design system includes the design components and code assets along with the standards and documentation that accompanies the assets. The documentation includes guidelines on why and how to use the design components. “Understanding not only the what,... » read more

Email Marketing 2019 – 5 Key Trends and Opportunities
Email Marketing 2019 – 5 Key Trends and Opportunities

I created the original of this slide deck for a POV presentation I gave to the marketing team at American Greetings. This version is updated as of August 2019 to remove AG specific content and branding. 5 Key trends impacting email marketing Email and Omni-channel Marketing Smartphones and Engagement Personalization and Hyper-personalization Mobile Driven Design... » read more

Marketing and Email Development Blogs and Resources

A very partial list of blogs and online resources I like.  Only Influencers: https://onlyinfluencers.com/ Marketing Sherpa: https://www.marketingsherpa.com/ SendGrid https://sendgrid.com/blog/ Email on Acid: https://www.emailonacid.com/blog Hubspot https://blog.hubspot.com (great for all inbound strategies, too), ReturnPath: https://blog.returnpath.com Marketo’s blog: https://blog.marketo.com Really Good Emails: http://reallygoodemails.com/resources Jason Rodriguez has a nice collection of email resources: https://www.rodriguezcommaj.com/resources Email Monks (These guys are... » read more

Custom Web Fonts in email

Custom web fonts work on the following clients: Most iOS and OSX devices Apple Mail AOL and Yahoo on OSX and Safari Outlook and Outlook.com on OSX and iOS They do not work on these clients: Gmail, including the Gmail apps for iOS or Android. Outlook 2007, 2010, 2013. The following clients will substitute a... » read more

Share a video on social media from an email

The ask: include in an email the ability to share a video to social media (Facebook, Instagram, etc) by clicking on an icon. Something like: “Copy and paste the following link to share this video on social: [LINK HERE]” along with adding the video link to each social destination to share. The magic: You will... » read more

Gmail Android App Shows Vertical White Lines Between Images

When images are sliced vertically, thin white lines are visible between the image slices in the Gmail app on Android. This has two possible causes. If the white lines are also visible in other clients, review the code and image slices to verify that no image widths exceed the container size. If the issue is... » read more

Bombproof vs Bulletproof Buttons in Email

I’ve found two HTML solutions for adding buttons to email: the BulletProof Button and the Bombproof Button. The difference for the buttons:• The “bulletproof” is old (circa 2013-2015), and while it does a good job with making email buttons look nice with rounded corners on most versions of Outlook, it no longer has the greatest... » read more