…because your list (your list) I can’t resist!
Lists can be a great way to call out your most popular products. There are many ways you can tackle designing such a list. Here are 5 drastically different approaches and a few pointers to keep in mind.
NOT JUST NUMBERS
From: Pottery Barn
Subject Line: Celebrate the Season of Giving with Our Top 10 Holiday Gifts
The last thing you want is for your numbers to get lost or to feel like an afterthought. Think of them as a graphic rather than text. I love how Pottery Barn made their numbers large so that they feel like a conscious part of the design. They toned-down the color to keep them from becoming overwhelming. Another great addition is the horizontal lines. They help to unify the sections and also add dimension & interest by intersecting the numbers.
From: Sephora Beauty Insider
Subject Line: Take your pick: free fragrance mini
Don’t let your design fall flat. Sephora’s email has layers upon layers of dimension by 1) overlapping product cut-outs over square cut images, 2) including drop shadows, and 3) sprinkling in confetti ground cover. In this design, the numbers all run along the right side. The flow is made possible with the help of ornaments, gold fans, and carefully placed confetti stars.
USE A VARIETY OF IMAGES
From: Pottery Barn Kids
Subject Line: Top 10 gifts we L♥VE
By using both product cut-outs and square-cut images, you are getting the best of both worlds. The square-cuts will help to set the scene and show off your products in the best way possible. But when you get too many environment shots, your design will become hard to scan and overwhelming to look at. This email has the perfect mix. I also like how the environment images are all full-width with the number and text written on top of them.
MAKE IT A COUNTDOWN
From: OshKosh B’gosh
Subject Line: Extra 30% OFF COUPON ends tonight!
A countdown is a great way to get your subscribers to scroll in order to reveal the big #1 item. In OshKosh’s design, even though the numbers are aligned down the center, they are able to create flow by staggering the corresponding text and products. I also like the mix of fonts, clever wording, and scannable titles.
KEEP IT CLEAN
Subject Line: Last Chance to Save on Thanksgiving Essentials + FREE SHIPPING ON ALL ORDERS
Don’t let your design get too cluttered. Sometimes simplicity and predictability is the best solution to a scannable email. Here is a classic example of a staggered design. Everything is cut into a perfect grid with the images zigzaging down the page. The copy appears on the opposite side of each image. The copy is kept concise for easy scanning.