As you know, here at Flocknote we like to keep things simple. And not just because simple is easy, but because simple is powerful. And it lets your reader focus on your message (which is the point of the email in the first place).
When you send out a Note on Flocknote, you have a lot of options as to how your email can look. You can basically design it to look like just about anything you’d like! But one key component to most email newsletters is a great email header image.
This is a fantastic way to grab your reader’s attention a bit better, promote your own custom branding, look very professional as an organization and to just have all-around more awesome email communication.
Here are a few tips to creating a great email newsletter header image (with some examples below):
- Make it visual. Pictures communicate a lot in a small space and short time. The main message body of most emails is plain ol’ text (as it should be). But this first image they see communicates a lot before they even start reading.
- Keep it simple. Don’t put too many words or complex images. Simple and bold is good so it’s understood quickly (esp since many people will be viewing this on-the-go from their mobile phones).
- Be consistent. Make sure the header image used is consistent with the rest of your communication branding (i.e. it matches your website, logo, colors, etc.). You can change it up a bit to best fit the format, but keep the primary elements consistent. Bonus: Try to make sure all of your Lists in your Flocknote Network have similar consistency where appropriate.
- Make it look good. Don’t just throw this together hastily or use some random picture you have on your computer. Find somebody in your organization with professional design skills and tools (I guarantee you they are there waiting for you to ask them to contribute their gifts to your mission). Get them to come up with something amazing. Better yet, get multiple people to come up with multiple options and then all vote on the best one. Even if you have to pay a professional designer a couple hundred bucks to do this, it’s probably worth it. But there are also free tools out there (like Canva) that make it ridiculously easy for just about anyone to create their own superb email header images. So you’re out of excuses!
- Don’t make the image essential. In other words, don’t put all your important info only in the header (or any) image. It’s important to remember that some of your readers will choose not to load images for some email they get. If you put all the essential info in the image, those people will never see it.
In Flocknote, your newsletter header image should be at least 600px wide, but it can be any height you like (short, tall, whatever). Here are some examples and thoughts to give you some ideas (below). And let us know if we can help with anything!
I like this one because of the great, simple design and the cool fade to the white below:
Adding some animation (using animated gifs) adds a whole new dimension to how and what you are communicating…and lets you have some fun, too!
Don’t forget that even though computer screens are square, your design doesn’t always have to be! Note the subtly curved bottom of this one:
This one is nice in how the dog extends over the border of the box in the background, breaking some of the closed boxiness of a typical email template:
A nice simple, thin design that brands well but still lets the reader get right to the message:
Another thin, simple one, but with a transparent background (which lets you put it nicely over any background color):
Great uses of a photo and simple, bold text:
Good example of promoting an event with your header image:
These are nice because the headline or logo background flows into the background of the entire newsletter. Which is another effective way to break the norm of the typical boxy email newsletter while emphasizing different parts:
Here’s a bunch of other cool ones for ideas:
Once you’ve got your newsletter header image (and made sure it’s an ideal width), simply add it to any new Note you’re creating in Flocknote! You can even save it so other admins in other groups can use your header image(s) in their Notes.