Gmail Promotion setup
The Gmail mobile Promotions tab allows marketers to send more information via annotations in a “card” rather than just the subject line or pre-header information. Braze has a built-in tool to help you build the card from your email campaign.
First, forward your domains and subdomains to Google’s Promotions Tab outreach team at [email protected] to be added to Gmail’s allowlist in order to use any feature that shows rich imagery, such as the product carousel for the Gmail Promotions tab.
Building the card with Braze
Follow these steps to build a Gmail promotion card for an email campaign. Note that navigating away from the Content Library section in the editor will reset the fields and information in the Gmail Promotion Setup tab. Complete the setup of your promotion card, and copy the HTML generated in order to not lose your HTML code.
- Create your email campaign as you usually would.
- Go to the Content Library section and select the Gmail Promotion Setup tab.
- Fill out the fields under Basic Information. This will help generate the script for your Gmail Promo Tab card under the Copy and Paste HTML code into
- Choose whether to include only a discount offer, promotion cards, or both for your Gmail Promotion card.
- Copy and paste the script into the
<head>element of your email’s HTML.
The Promotions script will only appear if your email lands in the Gmail Promotions tab. Currently, Gmail uses algorithms to determine where your email will land. However, if a user ever marks your email as a promotion, Gmail’s algorithm would be ignored, and your email will automatically land in the Promotions tab moving forward.
Include a discount offer
Setting up a discount offer allows you to specify the valid dates for a discount. After determining your discount offer, select a start date and time. You’ll have the option of ending your discount offer at a specific time, or selecting to never end it.
Customize your product carousel
Promotion cards in your product carousel are helpful to provide images to your offer. You can also customize variables in your product carousel and include up to 10 image previews, where each image is unique.
|Image URL||The URL to your image. Each image in your product carousel must have a unique URL and use the same aspect ratio (4:5, 1:1, 1.91:1).|
|Target URL||The link for your promotion.|
|Headline||(optional) One or two sentence description for the promotion. Displays under the preview image.|
|Currency||(optional) The currency of the price.|
|Price||The price of the promotion.|
|Discount Value||The amount discounted from the original price.|
We recommend uploading your product images to the Braze Media Library, then copy and pasting the URLs into the appropriate fields. Only static image formats (PNG and JPEG), are accepted. Some image formats (GIF) will upload but not display as expected.
In general, adhere to these best practices recommended by Gmail.
While you can use Liquid within this script, we strongly suggest that you test your messaging as much as possible to avoid an error.
Gmail has seen better results with strong imagery related to the email message. Gmail does not recommend using a text-only design, as this space was designed to bring that visual language, vital to email marketing, to the preview. Don’t use images with cut-off text or repeat images in multiple campaigns.
Gmail does not suggest using sentences or phrases, such as “You Can Buy 1 Get 1 Free or Discounts on All Shorts and Shirts”, as it may clip, no longer draw the eye, and compete with the subject line. This space should only be used to engage your customers with your messaging, so avoid any language similar to “Open this email now” or “Click here for deals”. It’s best to avoid repeating your subject line.
Frequently asked questions
Why is my promotional message not displaying the promotion card or product carousel in the end user’s inbox?
There are many factors that determine whether product carousel will be shown in the Gmail Promotion Tab.
All images in the annotation still have to pass a quality filter. In order for product carousel to populate, it’s crucial that all images in the annotation are in the recommended image aspect ratio, high quality or high resolution close-up product images. The images should contain little to no text (preferable). The quality filter also filters inappropriate content, so the images must be family, user, and child-friendly.
Furthermore, Gmail has a density cap on how many product carousels appear in a user’s Gmail Promotion tab. For instance, if a user subscribes to a lot of brands that use product carousel in their promotion email, Gmail eventually puts a cap on how many product carousels are shown.