Text-Only or HTML: Email’s Million-Dollar Question

It’s one of the most commonly debated issues in e-marketing: Should the emails you send out be text-only or should they be HTML? The argument for text-only goes like this… It feels less like advertising, it’s better at getting around spam filters, the most important emails people get are usually text-only. The argument for HTML is this… The message feels more “polished,” I can include graphics, animations and other high-impact items, and I’m able to carry my brand into the message.

So which should you use?

The answer, as you might expect, is both. Anytime you’re sending a person-to-person message, it should be text-only. This applies to sales and service staff following up with customers and other such one-to-one communications. But when that message is coming from the dealership (rather than an individual) HTML is the way to go. It will do a better job of carrying your brand and carries a more put-together, dynamic message.

D. Jones
Marketing Strategist/Creative Consultant
SmackDabble, LLC

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