ObesityWeek® 2022 Email Transmission Instructions

If you haven’t already, please complete your registration and purchase the list.  Dates will not be held until this is complete.

Step 1: Request a transmission date

Step 2: Submit Email Content for approval

All marketing materials are subject to approval prior to distribution. Messages should be in .html format but can be submitted via PDF at this stage. Each
copy
must display the required disclaimer. Please add the disclaimer to the message prior to submitting it for approval:
This is being sent on behalf of (YOUR COMPANY NAME HERE) and is not part of ObesityWeek® 2022 as planned by The Obesity Society.  This company is neither sponsored nor endorsed by ObesityWeek®.

Step 3: Prepare for your order:

Email Message: All messages must be in .HTML format. A text version is requested, but not required.

  • HTML Version: (.html file format). All images should be hosted. Image hosting is available for a small additional fee.
  • Plain text version: no dynamic links (ex. www.bethesda-list.com, not Bethesda List Center), no images or special characters. (.txt file format). This is not required but is suggested for recipients that may have high-security settings and only receive plain text messages.

From Line: The from line of each message will say: ObesityWeek on behalf of Your Company Name Here

Subject Line: Create a subject line for your message. You are encouraged to keep it under 44 characters to avoid truncating. The maximum for mobile devices would be 25-30 characters.

Snippet/Pre-Header Text: When viewing an inbox, an email snippet is the very first line of text that your email recipient will see, following the email subject line. Some good practices when determining your snippet:

  • Snippets should remain between 40-50 characters in length.
  • They should be a continuation of the subject line.
  • Include a specific, actionable CTA to encourage readers to open the message.

Seeds/Decoy Email Addresses: List of email addresses for yourself and colleagues (if requested).  These email addresses will be used to send a test of each message for approval as well as the final deployment of your message.  Addresses are added to track delivery and quality.

Step 4:  Place your order for transmission. All orders should be placed at least a week in advance of your approved transmission date.

Please Note:

  • Each transmission includes 2 test messages. Additional tests will incur an additional fee per test.
  • Creative services are available. Fees will apply to convert messages to HTML or remove coding from a 3rd party system. Inquire for details.

General HTML Guidelines

  • The width of your emails should be 600-800 pixels. This will display better on most clients.
  • Keep your design simple. Try to use grid-based layers and avoid coding that requires HTML floats or positioning (such as CSS).
  • Background images generally do not load on most email clients.
  • Make sure you include actual text.  You should not design an email that’s basically one large, sliced-up image. These types of messages tend to perform poorly.
  • Do not include your from line, subject line, or snippet (pre-header text) on the HTML file unless you want it displayed on the email message.
  • Most email clients only read specific fonts.  If you have your own font, you should limit that to your logo or any text you add to images.  Widely supported fonts include Helvetica, Arial, Arial Black, Comic Sans, Courier New, Georgia, Impact, Charcoal, Lucida Console, Lucida Sans Unicode, Lucida Grande, Palatino Linotype, Book Antiqua, Palatino, Tahoma, Geneva, Times, Times New Roman, Trebuchet MS, Verdana, Monaco.
  • Avoid elements that require Flash or JavaScript. If you would like animation or movement in an email, a .gif is your best bet.
  • Don’t forget about mobile devices.  People are opening emails on mobile devices more and more each day.  Your email should be readable on these devices and look close to the desktop version. Make sure links are clearly visible and can easily be clicked on as well.