Subject Line: Rooms with a view
Date: Saturday, March 20, 2010
Leave it to Anthropologie to come up with this quirky, fresh and unexpected design. It’s like a breath of fresh spring air delivered directly to my inbox. I absolutely LOVE how the products pop off the cardboard backgrounds in the hero. That said, there are a few tweaky things that stick out to me. The shop links are perfectly placed albeit they’re not the strongest calls-to-action. IMHO, clear and direct would have been a better way to go. The soft language and style of the links make them appear as part of the editorial copy vs. shop now entry points.
I’m a fan of the “papered planes” secondary message because it’s really clean and a nice complement to the busy hero. (Notice the clear and direct CTA: Shop Wallpaper. That’s what I think would have worked better in the hero). But the layer-cake effect with the bottom messages feels disconnected from the hero, even though the headline is “Home in 4 Levels”.
The landing page goes for a “shop this room” approach that groups bedding, furniture, lighting and curtains together so you can literally select all the items in that room that you like. I guess it would have been cool to see that approach translated into email somehow vs. going with the looooong scrolling design.