Create Web Page-Based Email

About this task

The Send Web Page message type allows you to enter the URL for a web page and use it as an email message. First you need to compose the web page and host it online. We recommend using the file management in your account (go to Settings > File Management), however, the web page does not have to be hosted there. After you have the web page hosted online, select Send Web Page when you create an email message and specify the URL pointing to the web page. The application will take a snapshot of the page and then give you options to deliver it via email.

Note: For security reasons, we will remove all JavaScript from the web page before it is used in an email message.
Note: The application will follow up to 2 redirects for a URL used in a web page email message.

For more information on hosting files in the application, see Uploading Files to Bronto.

To create an email message using a web page:

Procedure

  1. Go to Messages > All Messages.
  2. Click Create New Message.
  3. Click Create Email Message.
  4. In the Name Your Email Message section, add a name for the email message in the Message Name text box.

    The email message name is the unique identifier for the email message. Think of it as the name of a document. It is important to remember that this is not the subject line for the email message. You should name the email message something relevant to its purpose.

  5. Optional: In the Message Organization section, select a message folder to store the message in using the Message Folder pull-down menu.
    You can also add a new message folder by checking the Create a new folder in the selected folder box and adding a name for the folder in New Folder Name text box. If you do not select a message folder, the message will be kept in the Messages folder by default.

    For more information on message folders, see Use Folders To Organize Your Messages.

  6. Click the Send Web Page radio-button.
  7. Add the URL pointing to the web page you wish to use as the email message in the text box that appears.
  8. Optional: In the Message Organization section, select a message folder to store the message in using the Message Folder pull-down menu.
    You can also add a new message folder by checking the Create a new folder in the selected folder box and adding a name for the folder in New Folder Name text box. If you do not select a message folder, the message will be kept in the Messages folder by default.

    For more information on message folders, see Use Folders To Organize Your Messages.

  9. Add a subject line for your email message in the Subject Line text box.

    For information on writing subject lines, see Effective Email Subject Lines.

    You can use dynamic content in email subject lines. For more information on how to use dynamic content in email subject lines for HTML and Template email messages, see Add Dynamic Content To The Body, Header, And Footer Of HTML And Text Email.

  10. Optional: Check the Sync HTML and Text Subjects box to use the subject line from the HTML version of your email message in the text version.
    The Sync HTML and Text Subjects check box can also be used to add dynamic content to the subject line of the text version of your email message. For more information on adding dynamic content to the text version of email messages, see Add Dynamic Content To The Body, Header, And Footer Of HTML And Text Email.
  11. Optional: Select a header to use in the email message from the Header pull-down menu.
    By default, the Header pull-down menu allows you to select a header that links to the online version of your email message.

    Including a link to the online version of your email message allows your contacts to view the email message in their web browser, instead of their email client. If a contact is having trouble viewing the email message in their email client, they will at least be able to view the email message as you intended in their web browser.

    For more information on creating headers in your account, see Headers And Footers.

  12. Optional: Select a footer from the Footer pull-down menu.
    The following footers are included in the Footer pull-down menu by default:
    • CAN-SPAM Compliant Footer: Adds a CAN-SPAM Compliant footer to the bottom of your email message that includes the recipient, the sender, the sender's physical mailing address, a Forward to a Friend link, a Manage Preferences link, an Unsubscribe link, and a "delivered by" icon.
    • Default Footer: Includes all of the same information as the CAN-SPAM compliant footer, just in a different format.
    • No Footer: Removes all information from the footer except for the bare minimum required to remain CAN-SPAM compliant.

    For more information on creating footers in your account, see Headers And Footers. For more information on CAN-SPAM compliance, see CAN-SPAM Act.

  13. Optional: Check the Use web page title as the subject box to use the content contained in the title tag on the web page as the subject for the email message.

    Be mindful, however, that the content contained in the title tags adheres to proper subject line standards.

    For more information on what makes a good subject line, see Effective Email Subject Lines.

  14. Optional: Check the Refresh web page prior to send box to refresh the contents of the email message to the most recent version of the web page before the email message is sent.
    Content will be pulled from the web page 30 minutes in advance of the scheduled delivery time. Do not change the content of the web page being used 30 minutes prior to, or during the sending of the email message to ensure the expected content gets used in the email message.
  15. Optional: Click Refresh to update the version of the web page shown in the window to the latest version.
  16. Click
    • Save to save your work and continue editing.
    • Save and Close to save and close the email message.