Interactive Email Tutorials

How to Restart CSS Animations in Email Using The :active Pseudo-Class

One of the questions often asked about CSS animations is "Why use CSS animations when an animated gif works in many more clients?"

Until now, the answer seems to be that CSS animations are more fluid, has smaller filesize and a much higher

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Interactive Puzzle in an Email

I built an interactive puzzle for an Email on Acid promo. It features rotating four letter combinations that when unlocked displayed a link for a coupon. There were quite a lot of techniques put into the example and it was really fun

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Interactive Hotspots in Email

Interactive hotspots, or user initiated information overlays are an effective way to deliver additional contextual information on an image.

This article goes over how to implement hotspots in email as well as showcase some examples of effective hotspot implementations...

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Gmail No Longer Supports Interactive Email :(

As of today Gmail strips all attribute selectors and the :hover and :checked pseudo-class and that means no more interactivity in the Gmail inbox.

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Sometime over the past two weeks, OWA - Office 365 Webmail or the new started introducing side effects to their processing of checkboxes in email. Styles of elements following checkboxes are either removed or styles applied to checkboxes are being appended

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Tracking User Interactions in Email With Google Analytics

This is a follow up to Tracking User Interactions in Email (Part 1) which covered the mechanics of tracking user interactions in email using the selective loading of background images. This post will cover how to use Google Analytics to serve

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Tracking Actions in Interactive Email

One of the questions I get a lot is, these interactive email techniques are great but how do I know if users are actually interacting with them? This article will cover some techniques on how you can track user interaction within an

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Ambient Animations in Email: Snow and Stars

Its the holidays and emails take on a certain holiday spirit. Logos take on some holiday cheer, reds and greens are added to the color palette and snow!

This is also the time where falling snow animations are added to emails. In the

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Snowball Surprise: Shaking the Email

Animated gifs in email are popular, so how do you let the recipient know that the cool CSS effect you're using is not just another gif? Simple... animate the entire email!

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CSS Animation Entrance Effects in Email

Entrance effects using CSS animation can add some flair to your email. Unlike more ambitious kinetic email designs that may involve a lot of development time , entrance animation effects leveraging CSS 2D transforms can deliver some pizzaz without a

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