HTML E-mail

I want to create a monthly newsletter to customers who have signed up to receive it.  Is there any way to send an interactive (HTML) e-mail without having to put it on a website too?  I just want to create the newsletter and send it...I don't want to put it on our webpage.  I am sending this out in Outlook Express.  Thank you in advance for your help.
cozmo_trollAsked:
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b0lsc0ttConnect With a Mentor IT ManagerCommented:
>> I have tried some different things and nothing has worked so far. <<

Please be specific.  What is the problem you have seen or had?  Was it just with certain email accounts or email programs?

If the problem or one of them is people getting the message then using BCC might be the cause.  It is very common for spam filters, etc to suspect messages that have the recipient in the BCC field, especially if there is nothing in the To field.  You could include one of your own email addresses (different from sender) in the To field to try to prevent this.

Does your email provider allow you to send a message with that many recipients?  Is there a daily limit?  These factors may be another reason the message isn't working.

Finally what does the html code look like?  If the mail is getting received but the content isn't right then the html code could be the issue.  Of course webmail accounts and some email program can still have a problem with basic, valid html but it is important to keep it minimal and make sure you have good html.  If you would like to provide an example of a page then feel free to post it in a comment or upload it using www.ee-stuff.com.  Let me know if you have a question about ee-stuff.

For that many messages I would find something better than OE.  You should also check with you ISP or email provider to see if they have suggestions or if there will be a problem.  Specifically the questions I asked above if you already haven't checked with them (i.e. daily limit, recipient limit).

>> Our webpage will not support something like this on its "backpages".  <<

What did you mean by that?  I don't want to seem like I am trying to pursue something that you are not interested in or can't do.  I am just really concerned that no matter how good your email is and the program you use to send it there will be some that can't view it as designed.  Even blocking images is very common and would ruin the effect you described above (the slices to click on).  Do you mean that you can't just upload a single html page?  If not what do you mean?

Let me know if you have a question about any of this.  I really hope that the general info above will cover the problem you are having but otherwise I will need specifics.  As you can see there is a lot that can cause a problem. :)

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b0lsc0ttIT ManagerCommented:
You don't have to put it on your website but you run the real risk that the email content will not work completely in the recipient's email program.  If you concern is providing a link to the page from your main site then don't worry about doing that.  The web version of the email can be a standalone page that is only accessed from the link in the email.

What is the content of the email?  If it is mainly formatted text then that should be well supported.  However if you mean script, images, etc when you say "interactive" then there is a very good chance that will be blocked by at least some email providers.

If this message will be going in house and everyone will use Outlook Express then you have much less to worry about.

I hope this helps.  Let me know what additional info or details you need.

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b0lsc0ttIT ManagerCommented:
How many people will this go out to?  The reason I ask is Outlook Express isn't going to make a great "bulk" email program.  If this will go to people with various email providers then you might want a custom script or a better program to do this.  Especially if you don't want all of the email addresses to appear on each message.  This is a little bit off topic but I just wanted to make sure the messages got through and you weren't sending everyone's email address with each message.

Let me know if you need more info about this.

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cozmo_trollAuthor Commented:
We were going to be sending about 1200, but each month, there will probably be more and more recipients as we have more people signing up.  The content of the e-mail is mostly pictures with some text.   I wanted to slice it in Photoshop so that when you clicked on specific places on the image, it would take you to different places in our website.  

The reason for my concern about having the newsletter online is because we don't really have anyway of getting it online for the customer to link to from their e-mail.  Our webpage will not support something like this on its "backpages".  

To answer your "bulk mail" question, we were going to put everyone in the bcc and send it to "undisclosed recipient" so that you couldn't see everyone's e-mail when it is sent.

So, what do i need to do to get the content to work "interactively" in the e-mail message.  I have tried some different things and nothing has worked so far.

Thanks again for your help.
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cozmo_trollAuthor Commented:
I am not concerned about the sending part of the e-mail.  We have not tried sending it out to all of our subscribers yet.  And, if a few of the people we are sending it to, can't open it or don't get it...it isn't a huge deal.  It is just a promotional thing we are doing for our customers each month.  

My main question is that I need to know how to get the newsletter from Photoshop to the e-mail and make it "clickable" when the customer opens it.  I am not sure how to do the HTML code...assistance with that would be appreciated.

I haven't even gotten to the point of sending the e-mail out yet.  I am still trying to get the image to work.  Please help me with the steps I need to take to get the image to even work before I think about trying to send it.

But your thoughts above are appreciated and I will think about what you said before mailing it out.
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cozmo_trollAuthor Commented:
bol,

Thank you for your help.  Just wanted to let you know that I was able to get the HTML e-mail to work now.  But I appreciate your input and assistance.  I will let you know if I run into any other problems.
Thanks again.
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b0lsc0ttIT ManagerCommented:
Your welcome!  I'm glad I could help.  Thanks for the grade, the points and the fun question.

bol
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