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I was a little sceptical of what email format (html or text)
most people use to read their email. Most recent surveys
suggest html email, however I thought it would still be text.

My own survey results showed subscribers still preferred html email
over text based email by a few votes.

My conclusion is that it is still best to use both methods so you can
still please everyone.. If you only use html email you will surely lose
many subscribers.

Today's newsletter issue gives you the step by step process on

"How to Create and Send an Interactive HTML Email Form"

I hope you find it useful for your marketing efforts.

Best Wishes,
Herman Drost

How to Create and Send an HTML Email Form Using PHP
by Herman Drost

An HTML email form is often used in email marketing to generate
a greater response from potential customers. However their is
not much information on how to actually create an interactive
html email form or template to achieve this.

Part 1 of this article discussed how to create and send simple
html email. In this article we will create an interactive html email form.

Benefits of creating an html email form

*generate immediate interactivity with your customers.
*use of visually appealing graphics, icons and forms.
*all the most popular email software now support html email.
*ability to track responses
*create interactive questionaires, surveys and newsletters.

Here is the step by step process how to create an html email

1. Create your interactive html email form page in your favorite
html editor including any graphics, icons to make it look

Make sure you always use absolute urls for graphics
(ie http://www.ihost-websites.com/htmlmail/header.gif ) and an
absolute link for your formmail script
("http://ihost-websites.com/htmlmail/formmail.php"), otherwise
they won't appear correctly.

Here's an example of an interactive html email form viewed as a
web page.


If you want to see the html code used for the form, click on
Internet Explorer and go to: view - source.

2. Name your html formmail page (ie newsletter.htm) and save it.

Keep your html email simple by eliminating the meta tags (ie
title, description, keywords). Don't use large graphics as
these will slow down the loading time of your email plus quickly
fill your customer's inbox capacity.

3. Obtain a copy of the php formmail script and save it to the
same directory as your newsletter.htm page.
(You can get a copy of this script by sending an email
to htmlemailform@ihost-websites.com).

4. Name this script.. formmail.php - this script will process
the html form (newsletter.htm) you created above. You can also
use this script in combination with an html form on your web site.

5. Edit your newsletter.htm page - make sure you have the correct
form action otherwise your form won't work ie

<form action="http://www.ihost-websites.com/
formmail.php" method="post" target="_blank">

Insert different titles and images for your newsletter or contact form.

6. Edit the php formmail script.
Replace the title, email and confirmation comments with your own.

7. Create a new directory on your current web site called
htmlmail (ie www.ihost-websites.com/htmlmail/).

8. Place your html formmail page, graphics and script into the
html directory.
This will help keep all your files organized.

If you don't currently have a web site, then register a domain
name first, design your html email form and upload all files
(form, graphics, script) to your new web host (make sure your
web host carries the php feature).

9. Upload the html directory to your web server.

10. Test the new html email form on your server first. Check that
your html email form page works corrrectly when submitting your
form - you should receive a confirmation immediately upon

You are now ready to send your html email.

11. Open your Email Software - in outlook express (since it's the
most popular) go to:

Create mail
Fill out the to and subject fields
Place your cursor in the body of your email message
Check insert - text from file
In "files of type" box scroll to "HTML Files"
In the "look in" box scroll to the saved html page on your computer.

12. Email a test to yourself and friends who have different
email programs before you send it to your subscriber list. This
will ensure your html email will appear correctly to all your

Now you have a template you can use to send out your html
emails. You then won't have to repeat this process again.

You can also alter the look of your html email template by
changing the graphics and/or fields, then uploading the changes
to your server.

Try using an html email form for your future questionaire,
survey, ad or newsletter.

You will be pleasantly surprised!


PHP formmail script
Send an email to: htmlemailform@ihost-websites.com
to receive a copy of the script.

http://www.infacta.com - free version allows a list
of up to 100)


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Potential clients or buyers might think, "If it's that cheap,
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ezine is chock full of useful information - totally worth your

6. Make your Web pages easier to read by using bullets.

On my home page I put these statements in bullets:

"Book Coach Offers These Book Writing and Marketing Outcomes"

· Crystallize your book concept for absolute clarity.
· Know your book's best publishing options.
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7. Test your Web site paragraph length. In general, keep them
short, around 1-4 sentences. Imagine looking at a long line of print
before getting to the meat? Discouraged, you would probably
leave the page, and possibly the site! Check for passive sentence
construction too. Your spell and grammar check gives you those
percentages at the end. If your sentences are more than 3-4%
passive, you need a professional coach to check your copy.

8. Test your Web site layout. Know where visitors are entering
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9. Test your order process. Ask certain people to run through
different parts of your site (show your appreciation by paying
them for it with free product or service). Tell them you have a
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One would-be customer couldn't finish the order for one of my
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some free product. I know a famous eBook author from which I
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he didn't take email orders and sent me back to where the problem
was. It's much better to have all links work, so your customers
will have an easy ordering experience. Then they will return to your
Web site over and over again.

Know that your job of testing never ends. It's what we call
maintenance. 80% of life is maintenance! Just experimenting
with these tests will bring more sales. Keep testing to know
what your potential buyers really want.

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