Overview

When crafting emails to send in SchoolAdmin, there are some best practices that are helpful to keep in mind to ensure that you are getting the best open and click rates, and that your emails look the best they can for your prospective and current families.

This article will cover some general email best practices, but if you have any specific questions about crafting your emails in SchoolAdmin, our Support Team is always available to help!

Click here to learn how to use the Template Editor in SchoolAdmin.

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Colors, Images, Video, & Advanced HTML Formatting

Should you add these items to your emails?

Research by leading marketing companies, such as Hubspot, have found that highly formatted emails with lots of HTML, color, and images reduce engagement by 23% to 37% on average, and reduce click-through rates up to 51%. For more information on this research, check out this blog post by Hubspot.

The reason for this reduction in engagement is that we have come to associate a highly stylized email (with images, multiple fonts, and colors) as marketing emails that may not contain personalized information or require immediate action.

The best performing emails are:

  • Concise with clear information and a single call to action.
  • Text only with no images, videos, stylized formatting, or header images.


When to use HTML, images, and video in emails

Stylized emails may still have a place in your communication plans! Newsletters, event invites and formal communication from your school may all require some level of formatting and stylization.

We all want our emails to look great; however, there are some challenges when sending HTML emails, because email clients do not all support HTML in the same way and they never support the full range of HTML styles. This means that while you have full access to HTML formatting in SchoolAdmin, not all receiving email clients will render it the same.

Text / Font Sizing

Generally, we recommend using 13px font size in your emails. That translates to 10pt font size in most word editors and is the default on all templates.

If you want to add a header section, we recommend 16px.

Email web editors use pixels, not points for font sizes. Use the following conversion guide to figure out the best pixel size for the text/font in your emails.

Pixel to Point Conversion Chart

11 px = 8 pt

12 px = 9 pt

13 px = 10 pt

16 px = 12 pt

18 px = 14 pt

Single Spacing

The default line spacing in email templates is double, however, you can easily make a single space by holding down the shift key + enter/return on your keyboard.

Images in Emails

Always pre-size your images to 600px before uploading them to SchoolAdmin to ensure correct visibility. Some email clients do not respect the image size HTML tag (for example, Microsoft Office), so resizing the image first will help ensure consistency of its look across the different email clients receiving the email.

For more information on using images in your templates, click here.


Video in Emails

Most email clients do not support embedded video. However, using some of our best practices, you can still share a video with your prospective or current families through a SchoolAdmin email.

For more information on using videos in your templates, click here.


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Additional Information

Email Width

Emails are limited to 600px width. This is per industry best practices within email marketing and sending services. 600px width ensures readability on mobile devices and within many email clients.

Images and tables will automatically conform to the 600px width overall, however, all images should be pre-sized to 600px width when adding them to a template (see the section on Images in Emails above). If a table cell is defined as a percentage width, it will be based on the max-width of 600px.


Admissions and Enrollment Parent Emails

  • Always include a link to your Parent Portal within all emails that pertain to the checklist or items your parents need to complete. You can add this link to any template using the merge token from the 'School' category and then select 'Parent Portal URL.' If you don't want to display the full link, you can hyperlink the merge token. To do this, insert the token into the body of the email somewhere, 'cut' the merge token, and then highlight the text you'd like to hyperlink. Next, click on the hyperlink button (chain icon) and 'paste' the merge token as shown below.
  • Include a link to the Parent Portal Help center within your signature in email templates, and/or within the 'Contact Communication Area' template within Settings-->Portal-->Parent Portal Content. You can copy the following link, which is the same for all schools: https://schooladmin.com/parent-portal-help/
  • If you'd like to include the portal email (if one exists) in any of your emails so that parents/guardians can see what email address they used to create their portal account, you can include it via the 'recipient' category and then select 'portal email.' {{recipient.portal_email}}. You can include a note that if none exists, it will be blank and if it's mistyped, to please call the school so you can update it within Settings-->Portal-->Parent Portal Accounts.

Scheduling Emails

With SchoolAdmin, you can schedule emails to be sent at a specific date and time. When to schedule an email for delivery depends on what action you want the recipient to take:

  • If the action is a quick reply to the email: Sending it after 10AM local time is recommended.
  • If the action may require more in-depth action: It may be recommended to send it later in the afternoon. Email has a tendency to be read and then forgotten, so optimizing your send times to when the recipient has time to sit down and take the desired action is the best practice.

Research shows that email should be not be sent first thing in the morning, especially on Mondays, or late on Fridays. Transition times in the day are also not recommended. Transitions times include the end of the workday and especially Friday afternoon.

Learn more about scheduling emails:

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