Follow these best practices when putting together your email signature:
- Don't: include every possible way to contact you. Too many choices means your recipient is less likely to choose any of them.
Do: include the basics: Name, Title, Company, Phone Number, Email Address, Website.
There is no need to add a physical address, as Hatchbuck will populate that information in the footer.
- There is no need to add a physical address, as Hatchbuck will populate that information in the footer.
Don't make your entire signature an image.
- Some email clients block images by default, and some experts say to avoid images altogether.
- If you use an image, don't scale it. Use a small image at 100%, not a 500px image at 4%.
It's best not to cut/paste an image from your website.
Do: Make sure links to your website and social networks have been hyperlinked (do not include the direct URL) are current, not outdated.
Do: Make sure your company has consistent standards and that your font matches your brand standards.
Use at most 2 colors and 1 font in 2 sizes.
- Use at most 2 colors and 1 font in 2 sizes.
- Don't copy/paste from Microsoft Word. You will retain formatting that will affect your signature appearance. Create your signature within Hatchbuck, or, use the special paste from Word option.
Ideas to add some flare:
- Pick a snazzy sign-off instead of the old stale ones like "Best" or "Sincerely."
- Personal brand expert Melissa Cassera uses "To your sizzle, spark, and stardom" – that may be a bit much for you, but you get the idea.
- Use the opportunity to highlight an award your company has received.