How to Create a Graphic Email Blast With Links
By Faizah Imani
When creating email blasts, be sure that your readers are getting all of the information you want to relay to them, while showing that you value their time. One way to do this is to create a graphic email blast. The graphic blast is not "pushing" your information on the reader. Instead, it will allow him to read important nuggets of information as soon as he clicks on your message. He will then have the option of clicking on the graphic image if he wants to know more about your subject.
Create a flyer to be used as a graphic for your email blast. You can create a flyer by using a program on your computer such as Microsoft Word or Adobe Illustrator. You can also create a flyer using online program, such as MyBrochureMaker.Com and DomesticSale.Com.
When creating the flyer, you don't have to put a lot of information on it, just a picture along with a short description and instructions to "Click Here" for more information.
Take a screenshot of the flyer that you have created. To take a screenshot, simply press the "Function" and the "Print Screen" key simultaneously on your keyboard. Afterwards, open your Microsoft Paint program. Click "Edit" inside of the paint program and select "Paste."
Click on "File" and "Save As" from the paint program menu to save the flyer as a .jpeg file. You can crop your image to make it smaller by clicking on "Image" and "Crop."
Note that if you are running Windows Vista, you can easily take a screenshot by clicking on your Windows "Start" button and performing a search for the"Snipping Tool."
Open the email program you would like to use to send your graphic blast. Click on the "Insert" option to insert the graphic image of your flyer into the email. Depending upon the email program you are using, you may also have an icon on your toolbar that can be clicked on to insert an image.
Click on the image once it has been inserted inside of the email message. Click on the option to "Insert" a "Link" for the picture of the flyer. You may also have an icon on your toolbar to insert a link. The icon will typically appear as a "chain," but will vary by program.
Enter the link (web address) to which you would like to direct your reader when he clicks on your graphic.
Send the graphic email blast as a test email message to yourself before sending it to your readers. This will allow you to test the link to make sure it is working properly. To send the message to yourself, just enter your own email address in the "Send To" field and click "Send."
If you are satisfied with the test message, you can enter the email addresses for all of the individuals to whom you would like to send the message. Click "Send" to blast out the message.
Faizah Imani, an educator, minister and published author, has worked with clients such as Harrison House Author, Thomas Weeks III, Candle Of Prayer Company and "Truth & Church Magazine." Her dossier includes JaZaMM WebDesigns, assistant high-school band director, district manager for the Clarion Ledger and event coordinator for the Vicksburg Convention Center.