But for all that pent up energy around this much anticipated tool, there was very little fuss. And it’s not because the email builder isn’t slick (it is). I think it’s because Keap knows how badly this is needed. And I think it’s because Keap has wanted to release this for probably just as long as their users have wanted it.
So, without further ado, let me give you my 3 favorite things about the builder, and my least favorite things. (Or, scroll to the bottom for my video review)
- Mobile Responsive
Yeah, that’s kind of big in this day and age, right? Well, the new builder produces sexy mobile responsive emails that look good on any device. Oh, and the preview pane shows you how it’ll look on mobile and on desktop. EDIT: I shouldn’t have said “any device”, as pointed out in the comments there are several exceptions.
- Image Editor
Yup. You can upload images directly to the email builder, and then crop them, add filters, or even overlay text. Right from within your email editor. This is something I didn’t even know I wanted. But man, it’s going to save me tons of time and allow me to create beautiful and professional graphics easier than ever. (Don’t worry, there’s a “meme” option)
- Flexible Multiple Columns
So, with the old builder, you had a “body” of the email, and the body either had one column, or two. And if you turned the sidebar on, it was there for the whole email body. It was all or nothing. With the new builder you can now alternate between single column content, and up to three side-by-side snippets.
So, before I dig into the things that bug me about this new builder, it’s important to call out that this is still technically in “beta“, and I think Keap would happily acknowledge that there are plenty of other features they’d love to add to this. Edit: The email builder has experienced many updates since it’s initial release.
My Pet Peeves:
- No Campaign Builder (NOTE: Since this article was written, the email builder has now been made available for campaigns)
Yup, the new email builder was released to be used in broadcasts only. Obviously this really limits how we’ll be able to leverage it. They know this, and they’re working hard to bring this email design experience to the campaign builder – but it’s not there yet.
- Tags on Links
Don’t panic, you CAN still apply tags when someone clicks a link. But strangely you can’t create new tags from within the builder. To me this seems like it should have been built in to begin with, but I trust that there are some complexities associated with that which may be over my head. Oh, also, you have to scroll to find the tag you want – there doesn’t seem to be a way to easily search.
- Missing Snippets
Yeah, there are a few snippets that were available in the previous builder that didn’t make the migration to the new builder – mainly the HTML snippet, the File Snippet and the Signature Snippet. Again – no need to panic, you can still go to the Owner merge fields and merge in the HTML signature, but it’s not a prepackaged snippet. And you can host your file wherever you link, and link to it like a normal link. So these probably aren’t the end of the world for most people, but it seems like they’ll want to add these over time.
Okay, so that’s my take, and it’s probably just the tip of the iceberg. This new Keap Email Builder really is pretty impressive (Kudos to the dev and design team who worked on this). Really you should definitely play with it and figure out what you love or what you don’t love, and you should definitely comment below with your thoughts about it.
In the meantime, enjoy this video:
Thanks for this Greg! Was very helpful to watch. Just played around with it and Ive noticed that there is no undo either, which I do miss as I tend to make mistakes or just want to change something- like when you drop a block and it is not in the right position I would rather undo and try again . And especially on the photo editor it seems that once you’ve saved it, the text/stickers cannot be removed/amended do you think that is the case?
Also , how do you add a pdf? I asked support but they don’t seem to know ?
You’ll have to host it somewhere and then just use the direct link. But the good news is that you can host it directly in Infusionsoft and use that link. Here’s a tutorial on that:
This post is CHOICE! Thanks for taking the time to break this down.
Thanks E-bird – despite the criticisms I may have, I think this builder is really a big step in the right direction. Great talk earlier today, cheers.
Awesome video Greg!
Thanks Stein-wheez. I appreciate you reading, watching, and taking the time to comment.
Timing couldn’t be better! Thanks for sharing this. Any insight or predictions on when we can use the new builder in campaigns? For me, that will be the real power of this release. Thanks for keeping us in-the-know!
Hey Tom, yeah, I couldn’t agree more. About 75% of the emails sent from my app are from the campaign builder, so I’m right there with ya. I haven’t heard any predictions about the timeline for bringing this email builder to the campaign builder. I know it’s a priority for them (of course), but I also understand that it is significantly more complicated than it was to release it to broadcasts. My “hope” is that we’ll see it mid-year (June/July/August) – but honestly, that’s just wishful speculation, so take it for what it is.
You want to double check #1 Greg – it’s not mobile responsive on all devices. In fact, it misses a HUGE number of devices… it uses media queries with no backup and misses half or more of the devices out there…. https://litmus.com/help/email-clients/media-query-support/
This from Infusionsoft’s own FAQ:
Not all mobile email clients will display the email in a responsive manner, most notably the Gmail app.
Text size does not adjust based on the screen resolution of the device.
I think that we have been starved for so long that these measly scraps seem like a meal – but we should be upset (I sure am) that this was even rolled out in it’s current form, and that it has taken so long. Aweber, Mailchimp, ActiveCampaign, CampaignMonitor, the list goes on and on….. all have successful drag and drop builders with mobile responsive for a fraction of the cost of Infusionsoft.
C’min Infusionsoft – STEP IT UP!!
Yup, I was disappointed to hear that. I actually just reread that part of the FAQ in their documentation. I’ll update that part of my post. Thanks for pointing that out.
Thanks for reading and for holding me accountable!