Forget email design, what about URL design?
Turns out there's a whole science dedicated to this. A good URL can:
> Reinforce a brand message
> Help orientate the reader
> Provide text clues to the destination page's content and value
> Indicate important content relationships
> Remain relevant and recognisable over a long period of time
Compare, for example...
With the prevalence of third-party tracking links in email, URL design gets a little tricky and limited. But at least it's worth remembering in the context of landing pages.
What if we could personalize that landing page URL in a more meaningful way? Could the landing page be:
How does that compare to:
Much of the discussion around this topic centers on website navigation, but a lot is applicable to email. Try these resources for some tips and ideas...
Design patterns for URLs
Making URLs accessible
A BBC presentation on what makes a good URL
URLs as UI
User-centered URL design
If anyone has their experience to pass on, I'd welcome it. Looks like a niche topic worth exploring...every little bit helps.
Update: Mike Schinkel takes the above post and makes some insightful comments here. His whole blog covers URL design, so if the topic tweaks your interest, be sure to bookmark that.
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