Nov 2, 2009

More Email Templates To Love in MailChimp

zen-thm2The guys from MailChimp DesignLab just uploaded a bunch of new, high-quality email templates for your enjoyment.

They included some beautiful new holiday templates, plus some new themes like "Environment" (for all the green and earth-friendly businesses we’re seeing in MailChimp) and "Functional" for use in very specific applications, like, say, Autoresponders.

What’s cool is that since we’re using our new Template Design Language, some of the templates have some unique MailChimp features baked right in. I’ll show you what I mean…

To find them, create a campaign. When it’s time to pick your template, go to the "Gallery" tab:

gallery-tab

You’ll notice a pulldown menu where you can sort the template by category:

pre-designed-templates

Under "Holidays" you’ll notice some elegant options, like:

thanksgiving-email-template-2

Mmmm, turducken (what the heck is a "turducken?").

Under the "Functional" category, we have new templates that you can use for very specific cases, like an annual autoresponder when it’s time to come in for a checkup:

time-for-checkup

Under the "Environment" category, you’ll find this template:

live-green-template

Let’s take a closer look at this one.

In the right column, you’ll notice a series of tips. We’re using MailChimp’s nifty ability to create addable content blocks:

adding-tips

Just keep clicking the little "+" icon, to add more tips.

Yes, Style and Versatility

I know this template is called "Live Green," but this particular template is actually versatile enough to be used for other applications.

Like, saaaay, a plumber’s newsletter.

Let’s use the iStockphoto integration in our image gallery to search for "plumber" pictures:

search-istockphoto-plumber

and plop it into the left column of our template:

plumber-templates

After that, I can tweak the colors, fonts, and other styles to match my brand.

Exportable for Template Hackers

Here’s a power tip from Fabio (yes, that’s his real name). He’s one of the DesignLab scientists who contributed a bunch of these templates, and is working on many more.

"Most of these pre-built templates are kind of rigid, but if you’re handy with HTML/CSS, you can take any one of them and export the code in order to tweak it exactly the way you want:

export-code-template2

Tip: You’ll want to brush up on our Email Template Language (here’s a handy video tutorial).

Then, re-import your custom template back into MailChimp by clicking this button:

code-custom-templates

just copy-paste your code into our template editor and hit save:

custom-template-editor

We hope you find these useful. Stay tuned, because we’ve got a lot more email template announcements to make!