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How do I add different link types to my email?

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Add different link types to my email

When contacts click on a hyperlink in your email, the web page will open in a new window. Before you can add a link to your email with the steps below, begin by opening the email draft in the Email Wizard if you haven't already.

You can add the following types of links to your email:

If you are not satisfied with the link you added, you can remove the Link.

Note: If the URL is not able to save in the block, try shortening the URL at tinyurl.com or bit.ly.


Note: If the pop-up window for inserting a link does not appear, you may need to modify your pop-up blocker settings.

Webpage or Blog

To link to a webpage, blog, etc:

  1. Hover your cursor over the block you want to link to a web page, block, etc.
  2. Click on the Edit icon Edit.
  3. Place your cursor where you want to insert a new link or highlight the text that you want to turn into a link.
  4. On the left-hand side, click the Insert button.
  5. Hover your cursor over the Link icon link and click the Plus button plus.
  6. For the Type of link field, choose Web address (http://website.com) from the drop-down menu.
  7. In the Text to display as link field, type the word or phrase you want to appear in the email.

    Note: Make sure the text is not too long or it will increase the width of the email.
  8. In the Link URL field, type or paste the web page URL. Example: http://www.constantcontact.com.
  9. Click the arrow test URL to the right of the URL to test the link.
    • The "Track" box is automatically checked for link tracking. If you want to disable link tracking, uncheck the box.
    • By disabling link tracking, no reporting data will be listed for the click-through statistics.
  10. Click Insert.
  11. Click the Save icon Save .

    Click the Preview button and test all links before you schedule and send the email.

Notes:

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PDF Documents

To upload PDF documents to MyLibrary and create links to them from within your email:

  1. Hover your cursor over the block where you would like to add the PDF link.
  2. Click on Edit icon Edit.
  3. On the left-hand side, click the Insert button.
  4. Hover your cursor over the Document Link icon doc  and click the Plus button plus.
  5. In the Link Text field, enter the text that will appear as the link to the document.
  6. If you already have a document in your library, select the document and click Insert. If not, upload a document to MyLibrary and then select it and click Insert.
  7. Click the Save icon Save on the block.

    Click the Preview button and test all links before you schedule and send the email

    Note: If you have a PDF document hosted on a website, you can copy the website url and add it as a clickable link.

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Anchor Tags

Anchor tags allow you to link to different parts of your email. For example, you might create a "Back to top" link that, when clicked, brings the reader to the top of your email.

To create an anchor and its associated link:

Anchor tags allow you to link to different parts of your email. For example, you might create a "Back to top" link that, when clicked, brings the reader to the top of your email.

To create an anchor and its associated link:

  1. Hover your cursor over the block where you want to insert an anchor.
  2. Click on the Edit icon Edit on the block.
  3. If you are creating a "Back to top" link, for example, you will insert the anchor in a block at the top of your email.
  4. On the left-hand side, click the Insert button.
  5. Hover your cursor over the Anchor icon anchorand click the Plus button plus.
  6. In the Insert Anchor overlay that displays, enter the name for the anchor and click Insert. This name will not be visible to your customers. For example, you might name it "top". An anchor icon will display within the block where you inserted the anchor.

    Note: The anchor icon will only show in edit mode of the email. It will not show in preview mode or when the email is sent to your contacts.
  7. Click Save on the block.
  8. Click the Edit icon Edit on the block where you would like to insert the link. For example, if you are creating a "Back to top" link, you might want to insert the link at the bottom of your email.
  9. Place your cursor where you would like to add the link.
  10. In the left pane, hover your cursor over the Link icon link and click the Plus button plus.
  11. In Insert Link overlay, for the Type of link field, click the drop-down menu and choose Anchor (link to other sections within the document).
  12. For the Text to display as link field, type the text of the link. For example, "Back to top".
  13. In the drop-down menu that displays, select the anchor you want to link to. For example, "Top".
  14. Click Insert.
  15. Click Save on the block.

    Click the Preview button and test all links before you schedule and send the email

Note: Anchor tags work only if you enter data into a block. If you add an anchor to an empty block, it will not work properly.

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Email links

To add an email link in your email:

  1. Hover your cursor over the block you want to add an email link.
  2. Click on the Edit icon edit of the block.
  3. Place your cursor where you want to insert a new link or highlight the text that you want to turn into a link.
  4. On the left-hand side, click the Insert button.
  5. Hover your cursor over the Link icon link and click the Plus button plus.
  6. In the Insert Link overlay, your cursor is automatically placed in the field that you need to edit. For example, if you highlighted your text to link to, the cursor would automatically appear in the Link URL field. If you did not highlight text, your cursor would appear in the Text to display as link field.
  7. In the Type of link field, click the drop-down menu and choose Email (mail to an email address).
  8. In the Email Address field, type the email address you want to link to.
    Note: All your verified email address are remembered but only the 10 most recent ones will appear if you click on the drop-down menu.

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  9. (Optional) Click the "More Options" located below the Email Address field to add a subject and body to your email link.
  10. Click Insert.
  11. Click Save.
  12. Click Preview. When you click the email link, your default email client will open with the address in the "To:" field.


Note: Email links do not track and will not appear in reports. If you are using Classic Wizard, click here for instructions on inserting an email link.

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Flash/Movie Files

To link to a flash/movie file on the web from your email:

  1. Make sure the file is already hosted online. Consult your webmaster for more information.
  2. Hover your cursr over the block you want to add a video image.
  3. Click on the Edit icon edit in your email draft.
  4. Place your cursor where you want to insert a new link or highlight the text that you want to turn into a link.
  5. On the left-hand side, click the Insert button.
  6. Hover your cursor over the Link icon link and click the Plus button plus.
  7. In the Text to display as link field, type the word or phrase that should appear in the email.

    Note: Make sure the text is not too long or it will increase the width of the email.
  8. For Type of link, select Web address (http://website.com) from the drop-down men..
  9. In the Link URL field, type http://www.yourdomain.com/flashfile.swf or http://www.yourwebsite.com/movie_location/moviename.wmv
  10. Click the arrow to the right of the URL to test the link.
  11. If you want to disable link trakcing, put a checkmark in the box.

    Note: By disabling link tracking, no reporting data will be listed under the click-through statistics.
  12. Click Insert.
  13. Click the Save.

    Click the Preview button and test all links before you schedule and send the email.

Notes:

  • This allows you to link to the file, not embed it in your email.
  • An alternative idea is to use an image to link to your video or movie.

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Videos

To add a video image in your email:

  1. Hover your cursor over the block you want to add a video image.
  2. Click on the Edit icon edit of the block.
  3. Place your cursor where you want to insert the video image.
  4. On the left-hand side, click the Insert button.
  5. Hover your cursor over the Video Link icon Video and click the Plus button Plus.
  6. In the Insert Video Link overlay, in the Video URL field, add the URL for the YouTube, Vimeo, BlipTV, or PointAcross video you want to display.
  7. Click Create Image.
    Note: The video image does not count as an image within your Image Library.
  8. To adjust the size of the thumbnail drag the slider above the image.
  9. You can change the title that displays beneath the thumbnail, by editing the Title field.
  10. Click Insert.
  11. Click Save.
Don't forget to click the Preview button and test all links before you send the email!

Notes:

  • This feature allows you to include a link to a video file. Constant Contact does not allow you to embed video clips directly into your email.
  • Only the video URLs provided directly by YouTube, Vimeo, Blip.TV, or PointAcross will be recognized. You cannot use redirecting URLs such as bit.ly and tinyURL. You cannot use YouTube's own URL shortener - youtu.be - either.
  • This feature does not work with YouTube videos that are set as Private.
  • When adding a YouTube video, you cannot use the link from a company profile page. The company profile page URL starts like this: http://www.youtube.com/user/... To get the correct YouTube link, click the underlined title for the video as it appears in the company profile page. The page will relaunch - this URL is the one that you will use.
  • Be sure you are aware of and agree to the terms of service for YouTube, Vimeo, Blip.TV, or PointAcross.

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Audio Files

To link to an audio file on the web:

  1. Make sure the file is already hosted online. Consult your webmaster for more information.
  2. Hover your cursor over the block you want to link an audio file.
  3. Click on the Edit icon edit.
  4. Place your cursor where you want to insert a new link or highlight the text that you want to turn into a link.
  5. In the left pane, click the Insert button.
  6. Hover your cursor over the Link icon link and click the Plus button plus.
  7. In the Text to display as link field, type the word or phrase that should appear in the email.

    Note: Make sure the text is not too long or it will increase the width of the email.
  8. For Type of link, select Web address (http://website.com) from the drop-down men..
  9. In the Link URL field, type http://www.youraudiofile.com.com/folder/filename.wav.
  10. Click the arrow to the right of the URL to test the link.
  11. If you want to disable link tracking, put a checkmark in the box.

    Note: By disabling link tracking, no reporting data will be listed under the statistics.
  12. Click Insert.
  13. Click Save.

    Click the Preview button and test all links before you schedule and send the email.

Note: This allows you to link to the file, not embed it in your email.

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Save Local Deal

To add a link to a deal you've created using SaveLocal into an Email Marketing email:

  1. Copy your deal page's URL.
  2. Insert the copied URL into your email with the steps to insert webpage links.

Notes:

  • There isn't a way to insert the deal's coupon and text into an Email Marketing email automatically.
  • To make sure your deal will be running when your email sends to your contacts, review the deal's 'Run Dates' on the Send page in Save Local.
  • You can send one deal email per deal from within Save Local; it sends to any contact lists of your choice on the first day the deal starts running.

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Survey or Poll

You can add a survey or poll link to your email. Your actual survey or poll will not appear on the email unless you take a screenshot.

  • You will not be able to fill out the survey or poll screenshot.
  • You can make the screenshot a clickable image link to your survey or poll.

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Event

You can add a list of upcoming events to your email. This will display the event title, date and time, and location. You can also add an event invitation URL to your email.

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Remove a Link

To remove a link from your email:

  1. Hover your cursor over the block you want to remove a link from your email .
  2. Click on the Edit icon edit.
  3. Right-click on the link you want to remove.
  4. From the drop-down that appears, select Unlink.

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