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Email banner without getting caught in Spam

Posted on 2009-03-31
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WHAT is the best way to include a graphic banner in an email without a Spam filter removing it?

(A client of mine used to include a banner in their outgoing emails but had to take it out as it was causing a lot of mail to be classed as Spam.)
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Question by:moflint
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by:cracksalsa
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You can post the image on your website as a gif or jpg. Then set up the email signature as html. At the end of the signature include your image source. When the email gets to the client thier mail software will refer to the image on the web and render it in the message.
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by:moflint
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I've not got much experience with HTML emails ... when you say "set up the email signature as html" does that mean you can have part of the message in plain text and just the signature in html?

Sorry for the dumb question.
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cracksalsa earned 500 total points
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If you send messages in plain text the signature image wont' appear. The email has to be html. When you create a signature in outlook you can paste the html and save that.

Assuming your using Outlook:
Open, tools/options/mail format/signatures
Create a new signature, title it and start with a blank signature.
Then at the next screen, choose advanced edit.
This will most likely open word. Change your view to html source and delete everything on the page.
Paste this text and save the file, then close word. You will see the signature with the image.
You can then save that as a template and on the next person, instead of starting with a blank signature, you can start from a template and browse to this file. That will save time on multiple signatures.
Here is the html code for my signature. I left the image so you could see how it points. You will need to change that. Hopefully I wont' get banned for leaving the image in there.

<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN">
<%@ Page Language="C#" ContentType="text/html" ResponseEncoding="iso-8859-1" %><HTML><HEAD><TITLE>Untitled Document</TITLE>
<META http-equiv=Content-Type content="text/html; charset=windows-1252">
<META content="MSHTML 6.00.6000.16809" name=GENERATOR></HEAD>
<BODY>
<P align=left><FONT size=2><FONT face=Arial>Your Name<BR>Company Name</FONT><BR><FONT face=Arial>Street<BR>City, State, Zip
48154<BR>Office: xxx-xxx-xxx<BR>Mobile: xxx-xxx-xxx<BR></FONT></FONT><A
href="http://www.amdataservice.com"><FONT
color=#00cc00>www.yourdomain.com</FONT><FONT
color=#f55e18><BR><BR></FONT></A><A href="http://www.amdataservice.com"><IMG
src="http://www.amdataservice.com/images/amdsemail.gif" border=0></A>
</P></BODY></HTML>
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by:moflint
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Hey, that worked a treat. Thanks :-)
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by:cracksalsa
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your welcome.
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