Apr 12, 2006

Showcase: Texas Hearing and Service Dogs

We posted our free HTML Email Templates back in February, and so far, they’ve been downloaded over 3,000 times. Not too shabby!

When we launched the templates, we asked for some email newsletter "makeover" volunteers. Sort of like MTV’s "Pimp My Ride" but with less chrome.

Our first "Chimp My Newsletter" showcase is from Texas Hearing and Service Dogs. Here’s a description of what they do: "Texas Hearing and Service Dogs (THSD) adopts dogs from animal shelters and trains them as working partners for Texans living with disabilities — free of charge. " Tell me that’s not a cool organization. Those dogs are awesome. If I ever saw one of those orange-vested dogs on the street, I’d definitely stop and salute.

Anyways, we redesigned their email newsletter by using one of our standard templates (the 2-column style template, to be specific). All it takes is some tweaking of the CSS,  some image files, and a few font changes, and presto: The New Service Dogs Email Template.

It’s pretty neat to compare the standard template to the final, customized design. You get a feel for how versatile our templates can be.

And since MailChimp gives you full control over the code in your sign-up form (see screenshot), we took the default sign-up form and "Chimped it up a notch." BAM! Here’s the new Service Dogs Newsletter sign-up form.

We’ve got a couple more "Makeovers" in the works, and will post them here soon. If you’ve downloaded and tweaked our HTML email templates and want to show them off here, let us know.