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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Email Marketing Best Practices: Use of Colours in HTML Emails

In everything from images to fonts, colors play an important role in the email design process but can also create problems. For example, don’t choose a font color such as a muted gray on a gray background that makes your headlines and calls-to-action difficult to read. And don’t run the risk of hiding valuable information in your emails by blending the content into the background. Men and women react differently to colors, but several polls on color preferences by gender and age yield interesting results:  

Target AudienceFavorite ColorsLeast Favorite Colors
FemalesBlue, Purple, Green (all "cool" colors)Orange, Brown, Gray ("warm" and "neutral" colors)
MalesBlue, Green, Black (two "cool" and one "neutral" color)Brown, Orange, Purple ("neutral", "warm" and "mixed" colors)
All GendersPreferences for Green decrease with age; Preferences for purple increase with ageDislike of Orange increases with age
For more information on color preferences and perceptions, check out these resources:  

For Background Color, Use a white or very light-colored background with a dark to medium font color to make it easy for recipients to read your email message. Also, if you use background colors in sidebar boxes contain them within tables and avoid using a body background color, because Web-based clients remove the body tag and typically place its attributes within a table. Email clients such as Microsoft Outlook might retain the specified background color when replying to or forwarding the email, but other clients use their colors, making message text difficult to read in some instances.    

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