Updated: September 2017
With our new editor you have the option to turn your PDF to an email with just a few steps.
When you create an Email campaign from an imported PDF:
Once the template is created, you have full control to add more text content and further customize your branding. Keep in mind that sending an image-only email increases the likelihood you'll end up in the spam folder; make sure your Email campaign has a good image-to-text ratio by using headlines and adding text elements from the Build tab.
1. From the Home or Campaigns tab, click Create.
2. Click Email
3. In the top right corner Click "Import PDF to email".
Add a brief description for your PDF. (Optional) Change the name of your PDF.
If you do not have our new editor and are still using 2GE we have options for you as well.
While you cannot insert the PDF file directly into your email, the Library allows you to upload PDF documents that you can link to from within your emails.
To link to a PDF while editing an email in 2GE:
Another option would be to convert the pdf to an image file and insert it as the converted image. This option is viable with both editors.
When uploading a PDF into the Library you have an option to also create a PNG image of the first page of that PDF. The image can then be inserted into your email campaign.
4. Once you put the file in place your cursor over the PDF's thumbnail and click Create an Image.
5. Click Confirm to create the image. The image file is automatically added to the Library and won't be seen on the Upload To Library overlay.
6. Click Upload Files to finish uploading your PDF to the Library.
You can now use that PNG as an image in your email campaigns.
I'm able to upload my pdf just fine but when I open it, it looks a bit different from my original PDF. The effects are not showing. For instance, the background fades navy blue to a lighter blue in the middle and only showing one solid color when it's uploaded. Also, the color of the pdf and the text is way lighter than my original document. Any suggestions?
We're currently tracking a few reports of something similar, and trying to find out exactly what might be causing it. For now, you can still create an image of your document the old fashioned way, with a screenshot. To help us find the root cause though, if you could send us the original copy of the pdf you're using, we can pass that on to the engineering team for them to look at when they're tracking down the problem. Just send that as an attachment to socialsupport(at)constantcontact(dot)com with a reference to this post, and we'll get that attached to the ongoing investigation for you.
You can upload a PDF to Constant Contact and add link to it in your email. There are different steps depending on what editor you are using.
For 2GE users:
Click on the block you want to add the link to. Highlight the text you want to be the link to your document. Once that is done go to the left and you will see ‘Document Link”
If your document:
Then click Insert, click Save and then continue editing the rest of your email, here is the FAQ for this process.
For 3GE users:
Highlight the text you want to link your document to and click Link. Select Document from the Type of link drop-down menu.
Edit the text you want to display as the link. Select a document from your Library. If you haven't uploaded your document yet, just click Upload a New Document to add it to your Library.
Click Insert, click Done and continue editing your email, here is the FAQ for this process.
I hope that helps!
Thnk you for your answer to the question of being able to use a pdf as the actual message. I have a need to do just that, use the exact pdf as the actual message. Boy, it would be SO great if we could do that!!
I see you mentioned that the pdf would need to be converted, and by that I am guessing you mean created, as I am not aware of a pdf to HXTML converter. I am so rusty with HTML as to be virtually useless with it. I know CC offers their services to create a custom template for us, but I can't do that due to budget constraints.
Do you have any advice on how that could be done? Are there any super easy XHTML 'programs' out there?
Thanks in advance,
You can actually convert your PDF to a JPG using this free website, Neevia. Then you can save your JPG and then upload it into your email. Just make sure you do have some text in your email as well. Many spammers send out only images and we don't want your email to get blocked by filters because they think it's "spam".
Hope that helps!
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