Tips to Design your Own Master Template

Category : Email Marketing

Are you inspired to create your own Master Template?

Master templates are bare-bone email templates, in which different sections can be edited or removed to adapt according to the type of email to be sent. Designing a Master Email Template can be really helpful when you wish to ensure that your branding is consistent across different emails and don’t want to design a new email every time a new email campaign is planned.

master template main example

Main Template (above) sections can be edited to create 3 different email layout as shown below…

master-template-Welcome-email master-template-Newsletter master-template-Product & Video-email

Welcome Email Email Newsletter Product & Video Emails

Mastering the Master Email Marketing Templates

While designing a Master Template, the process involves inclusion of sections that depends on:

Follow brand guideline and plan out common sections: Header footer will mostly stay the same; so design it to keep it consistent for all campaigns. Social media can be designed prior with multiple options having all possible variation that are supposed to be used in different campaigns.

Types of Campaigns upcoming in 6 months or 3 months: Of all the emails sent along this duration to ensure consistent communication with your subscribers, categorize which kind of emails you wish to send to your subscribers:

  • Promotional Emails
  • Transactional emails and their frequency
  • Educational or Notification emails
  • How much of content would be pulled from the database for personalization
  • Are you going to use dynamic content? If so, plan of how they would appear.

Plan out sections that would help you build email design for all the above you might have planned during the course.

Sections or layouts are the most important part of building any master email marketing template. So thinking about those and giving more time on it would really help you save time on building individual campaigns.

Every section or layout needs to be thought about while building Master Template. Apart from their variations, as in mirror section, with image or without image, with or without CTA, text alignment, etc. This means you don’t have to build them individually when needed; just pick the right one and set up in your campaign.

Think of Seasonal Events: Seasonal emails usually have more design elements than live text. So having those included in Master Template might be difficult. However, some design elements like images for your holiday email template can already be included; and would serve the purpose by reusing any of the sections from the other.

Set it up for ESPs: Some ESPs provide a beautiful editor based HTML custom-made templates to be edited and reused or repurposed. Using the advanced feature of their template language can help you set up the entire template into the editor as your source template for one time.

Create different email campaigns selecting different layouts/sections from master template that would help you built beautiful email templates from same master template without much hassle of designing and coding HTML for each email template.

What Goes Behind the Scene?

Everything associated with email marketing is all about analysis. Planning an email marketing campaign begins more than a month earlier and a rule of thumb is to analyze the performance of the previous campaigns. Some may contain good email content and some dazzle subscribers with the rich interactivity, while some went dud. The most amount of time is spent in understanding the perfect balance of different elements like

  • List segmentation
  • Personalization
  • Which campaigns to plan
  • What kind of CTAs to be used
  • Image to Text Ratio

However, this leaves very little time for the development of email templates. This is when creating a Master Template while formulating your marketing the strategy proves helpful.

Advantages of Building a Master Template

  1. Design once, code once. It makes it quick and efficient.
  2. Branding shall remain consistent.
  3. Unified email layout helps in defining content.
  4. No frills of designing each email individually.
  5. Avoid surprises, delays or redesigns – especially last-minute ones.
  6. Companies don’t need much bandwidth to spend behind every email campaigns.

Worth Noting

One thing to note is that a Master Template needs to be planned correctly during the marketing strategy building. Otherwise you would spend whole day editing the Master Template to set up new campaign. So make sure you spend enough time and thought before generating master template.

Monks offer you Master templates for Mailchimp, ExactTarget and Campaign Monitor. Checkout the adaptations in an email in case you wish to have a functionality similar to a master email marketing template.

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Kevin is the Head of Marketing at EmailMonks, one of the fastest-growing email design and coding companies. He loves gadgets, bikes, jazz, and breathes ‘email marketing’. He is a brand magician who loves to engage, share insights with fellow marketers, and enjoys sharing his thoughts on the latest email marketing best practices at EmailMonks Blog.

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2 thoughts on “Tips to Design your Own Master Template”

  • Bahtiyar

    Hello. Thanks for such a helpful article. Since email marketing is one of the most effective types of marketing, it is always necessary to have very good-looking email templates. Unfortunately, most of them are premium. Your post teaches how to design the template. Thus, we can save some money. Thank you very much. I find the info very useful!

  • Harper

    Great tips! Good informations! Thank you!

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