Get inspired and send a winning Christmas email design for 2011!

With only a few days to go before Christmas, I suspect a few of you are scrambling to get your campaigns out before we all tune out for the holidays. So we’ve collected some of our favorite seasonal campaigns and ideas in a last-minute holiday email round-up, to get you fired up during this last sprint. After all, it’s not too late to create and send your email greetings, especially when using our template builder!

But that’s not all - we’ve also got an easy-to-use ‘Season’s Greetings’ email template, free to use and tweak. Plus, if you send a holiday-themed campaign in December, you will also go into the running to win our annual holiday email competition, so hop in your sleigh and go!

Nine inspiring Christmas email designs by our customers

From animated GIFs to pixel art, here are some of our old and new favorite Christmas email designs, including a template builder creation by Tangelo, tees by Threadless and image-free pixel art by Style Campaign. Click to view these campaigns:

Ambition CreativeClarityClever4Minter Ellison Rudd WattsStyle CampaignTangeloDesigner LegThreadlessCabedge

Thinking it may be too late to send your own design? Up next, we have an email template that you can load up in your account to share the love.

Send a sprinkle of snow with our holiday email template

Holiday email template

Last week, we added a charming ‘Seasons Greetings’ design to our collection of 100+ free email templates. Featuring pure CSS animation and rock solid email client support, it’s great for sharing a sprinkle of holiday cheer!

Even if you caught it back then, it’s worth getting the refreshed version for the recent updates, including smoother snow in Chrome and snow in Firefox. With hardly a day to lose before Christmas, it’s time to get started on your holiday campaign!

Finally, our holiday email competition for 2011

As is our tradition at this time of year, we’ve got a sack-load of goodies to give to our customers in our annual holiday email design competition. One lucky winner will receive a: Kindle Fire

* For non-US customers, we can arrange an alternative prize

In addition, 3 runners up will receive a prize of 10,000 email credits each. That’s a lot of free emails to kick off 2012!

How to enter win

To go into the running, simply send a holiday-themed campaign during December - if you have already, then you’re in it to win it! Our team will be sifting through and shortlisting Christmas campaigns as part of their regular review process, then selecting our winners in early 2012. If you’ve got an outstanding campaign that you think should make the cut, you’re welcome to send us a link, too!

Finally, we’re not looking for Hallmark card tackiness, just technically and visually awesome HTML emails. If your email campaign displays nicely across the major email clients, has a few mobile optimizations and is an actual email design, not an awkwardly resized website, then there’s a great chance that it will be shortlisted. Image-only emails may look nice at first glance, but aren’t likely be chosen by the guys and gals here.

Now we’ve got you inspired, templated up and motivated, it’s time for you to crank out those end-of-year campaigns - good luck and happy sending!

Posted by Ros Hodgekiss

4 Comments

  • Jason
    21st December

    We love the template builder and would use it more often if the header image could be made a link. PLEASE enable this feature! The header image is prime real estate, and making it a link would increase email CTRs. Not sure why this isn’t possible with your template builder.

  • Ros Hodgekiss
    21st December

    Hi Jason, that’s a great suggestion - I’ll pass it on to the team! We’ll certainly be looking at template builder improvements in the new year, so watch this space - we’ll be keeping everyone updated on this blog :D

  • Rhys
    22nd December

    We’ve got a corker going out tomorrow morning. Hopefully, you’re not judging as strictly on the image heavy deal as as you say you are.

    Fingers crossed.

  • Ros Hodgekiss
    22nd December

    Hi Rhys! We’ll keep our eyes open for it :) Hopefully it’s not too image heavy - I’d love to share the Christmas cheer with you, even when I have images turned off in my inbox. Good luck! :D

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