If you want to send beautiful emails, you can create your template in Google Docs, then copy it into Gmail. YAMM will keep all the formatting from your template and send it to your recipients. This article will show you how to do so.
What you'll build
You will design a beautiful newsletter in a Google Docs that you can reuse as a template in YAMM for your emailing campaigns:
Time to complete
Running a simple example
If you want to try with our newsletter example, just click on the button below and make a copy of this template:
1. Create your template in Google Docs
Open a new Google Doc, and start drafting your newsletter as you want.
1.1. Prepare the 'canvas' (optional)
For more comfort and flexibility, we recommend to reduce all the margins down to 0:
Note: This step is optional, you can choose to narrow the width of your newsletter by adding more margins.
1.2. Build the backbones of your template
Then, it is very simple! Just shape your newsletter into tables. Add the main one, then inside it, add other tables for sections, insert columns/rows to divide sections etc.:
Don't worry if it doesn't look perfect! This is the main advantage of Google Docs vs. HTML code: You can always modify your template as many times as necessary, until you are satisfied with it.
1.3. Design your template
Now that you have the backbones of your template, it's time to be creative! Add some colors, images, texts etc.
For example, here's an overview of our newsletter:
Note: You can import images from your PC, however for the moment YAMM doesn't support 'Drawing' from Google Docs.
Your template is now ready to be imported in Gmail!
2. Import your template in Gmail
To do so, select first all your newsletter content from Google Docs (or press ctrl + A / cmd + A), then copy it (ctrl + C / cmd + C).
In your Gmail inbox, compose a new message. On the body content, paste your template (ctrl + V / cmd + V).
3. Send your newsletter through YAMM
Select your template in YAMM, and hit the 'Send Emails' button as you would usually do.
Your recipients will get your nicely formatted newsletter in their inbox:
By combining Google Docs with YAMM, you will be able to create pretty newsletter in a few clicks. As long as you are not using complex elements (see 'WARNING' paragraph), YAMM will keep all the formatting in your email sent!