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CellucomGroup
Brand Visionary

Is anyone else all of a sudden not seeing graphics in CC sent emails?  Last Thursday we had 3 (maybe more) employees all using different OS and outlooks just stop being able to see the graphics of our company emails from CC.  We've googled and looked at security settings and enabled features, etc.  Can't seem to figure out why suddenly some stopped being able to view graphics. 

Anyone else experiencing this?

Has CC changed some settings?

Any advice on what to look for?

 

help!  I have no idea if any of my 3000+ customers are also experiencing this from our emails.

 

:)Audrey

Top Answer
Caitlin_M
Administrator

Hello all. We understand this issue has been ongoing for a period of time and we apologize that we have not provided a timely update. As previously mentioned, there was a change made to our SSL certificate configuration back in June that we believe had solved the issue with missing images in Outlook and Mac Mail. After further research, it appears that the issue goes beyond our initial fix. We assure you we have been looking into the reasoning why this keeps happening to our customers and your contacts.

 

We'd like to gather some specific information to see if we can narrow it down to some specific programs or settings. This brings us to our next step in fully tackling the issue. In order for us to keep track of these items and escalate them to the appropriate team to further research, we need some help from you.

 

Please email us at communitysupport(at)constantcontact(dot)com with the subject line "Outlook/Mac Mail Image Issue Information" and include as much of the following information as you can (the more the better):

 

  • Your username
  • The names of some affected email campaigns, as listed on the Campaigns tab
  • Email client/program type and version. Here's how to find the version of your affected email client:
    • 2003, 2007: Help > About Microsoft Outlook
    • 2010: File > Help
    • 2013, 2016, 2019, 365: File > Office Account
    • If using Outlook webmail, please include the browser type and version. Most browsers list their version under Help > About.
    • Mac Mail: Mail > About Mail
  • What is the exact behavior of the images? Red X, "Linked image can't be displayed" message, "Right-click here to download pictures" message, etc?
  • Rough timeline of events, if known. Did it work previously? If so, when did the problem start? Does it seem to be all campaigns or just specific ones? If you have an email that used to successfully display images, does another test or resend still look good, or is it also affected now
  • Screen shot of the issue in the email client
  • If possible, save the email as a file and attach it to the email. 
    • In Outlook Desktop, open the email so that it's in a separate window. Next, click File > Save As. > Outlook Message Format - Unicode (*.msg). HTML is also fine.
    • In Mac Mail, open the email and select Choose File > Save As and select Raw Message Source as the format (.eml)

 

Once we receive the information attached, we will forward it to a team that will gather all of the information and further address the issue.

 

We understand that this is a lot to ask of you, especially with the issue persisting for a while. We again apologize for the lack of an update on our end.

 

We are locking this thread for the time being while we gather information. We don't want this action to be perceived as us ignoring the issue but instead allowing us to focus and put our resources towards a solution. We will check in and provide updates as we find out more.

 


148 REPLIES 148
HeatherO61
Brand Visionary

Looks like you probably have a Windows 7, Office 2013 issue. While I realize that Windows 7 is end of life, there are soooo many people still using it. This is now a 3 month pretty serious issue. If you haven't lost customers I would be surprised.

markw32
Campaign Collaborator

Absolutely true.

markw32
Campaign Collaborator

This is still an issue for me.  It's CONSTANT CONTACT, not Microsoft or Outlook or anything else.  Worked great for years, so CC changed something on their end.  What are other users doing?  Is the only solution to move to another provider?

JoshG616
Campaign Expert

We are experiencing the same thing, for months now.  We have the same versions of Outlook 2010, 14.0.7268.5000 (64 bit) on multiple computers using the same operating platform, Windows 8.1, the images are showing up on some of those computers but not others.  I will say this with the utmost respect, but it appears to us, YOUR customers, that you are making this a Microsoft issue.  You need to escalate this to a massive internal issue because if its happening in our own offices, we ALL lose faith that OUR customers are able to see the emails correctly as well.  We have over 100 offices using Constant Contact, this should be made a priority to figure out.  It seems to have been a known issue for over 6 months based on internet searches, how many receiving our Constant Contact emails are having the same issues, not knowing its an issue to report to us, and simply deleting the emails?  This is a horrible situation for our marketing department.  Please escalate, this could be effecting hundreds of thousands of recipients that will never report issues to a marketing email.  Thank you

 

GaryD675
Marketing Legend

Excellent post!  Very well said.  Unfortunately, you will not receive a helpful reply from Constant Contact but lets hope maybe this expedites things.  My advice to everyone is to ask for monthly credits from the billing department for every month this has been an issue.

InsMarketing2237
Campaign Expert

we are using Microsoft Professional Plus 2013. The email did not go to spam, it came directly to my inbox but images are blocked

 

TheCorsiGroup
Campaign Collaborator

Agree, issue not resolved.  Indication I received at the end of June was that the issue was between Constant Contact and Microsoft.

Please fix ASAP.  Have no idea how many of our customer contacts are experiencing issues.

 

 

EmilyA919
Brand Visionary

We just sent a test email (without the workaround) and we are seeing the images. Looks like it worked!

DebbieC227
Marketing Legend

NO PICTURES, AND NO IMPROVEMENT! 

Sent tests, and the same story - no visuals.

How does Constant Contact expect their users to send customers marketing emails to sell their products without pictures???????

THIS HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR MONTHS!

 

Zoe_H
Employee

Hello @DebbieC227,

 

I do apologize for the experience you have had with Outlook not downloading images. Can you please tell me what version you are using? 


Zoe H.
Community & Social Media Support

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DebbieC227
Marketing Legend

I use Outlook 2007 and Windows Live mail 2012.

Plus, all emails received from from other Constant Contact users have no graphics.

 

GaryD675
Marketing Legend

I use Outlook 2010 and can confirm.  ANY email I receive from ANY Constant Contact customer has no images!

DebbieC227
Marketing Legend

Seeing that over half of my customers have not received marketing emails that actually show my product for over 4 months, and multiple support sessions, I think I am due reimbursement for my monthly charges. 

DebbieC227
Marketing Legend

The problem goes unresolved -

Anyone sending out emails using Constant Contact looks like an idiot who doesn't know the basics of email marketing.

I want my monthly charges credited back to my credit card, since their failure to correct this situation is colossal.

GaryD675
Marketing Legend

Yep.  I've already requested quite a few credits since this issue began.  Colossal is great word for it....an absolute colossal failure.  They simply do not care about this issue.

Zoe_H
Employee

Hello @DebbieC227,

 

Thank you so much for that information. Again, I do apologize for the experience you have had with Outlook not downloading images. 


Zoe H.
Community & Social Media Support

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DebbieC227
Marketing Legend

See the message I received from Support below -

Is this for real?

Are you suggesting that all of the Constant Contact users tell their customers what their security settings should be??????

Instead of Constant Contact fixing the problem they created with their own servers?

This is ridiculous.

I don’t want a work around.

I do want the issue resolved.

 

RE: Your Constant Contact Support Inquiry [ ref:_00D708xak._5003n2T3INV:ref ]

From: Social [mailto:social_support@constantcontact.com]
Sent: Monday, June 28, 2021 4:48 PM
Subject: Your Constant Contact Support Inquiry [ ref:_00D708xak._5003n2T3INV:ref ]

Hello Debbie!

Thank you for following up with these details! One workaround we would suggest is disabling the Internet Explorer Security setting Do not save encrypted pages to disk: 

1. Exit Outlook 

2. Open the Windows Control Panel and go to Internet Options. 

3. In Internet Options, select the Advanced tab. 

4. Under the Security heading, disable the Do not save encrypted pages to disk option. 

5. Select OK. 

6. Start Outlook.  

Do you or your contacts still see missing images in your email campaign after trying this workaround?
 

We will try our best to take care of your replies in a timely manner; however, this address is not monitored overnight or on the weekends. If you need immediate help, please get in touch with support via phone or chat! Or have you tried talking with your peers in the Community?

 

Thank you for using Constant Contact, 

 

Francisca

Customer Engagement Specialist

 

Kara_D
Employee

Hi 

 

Here is another workaround you may find helpful, and it does not require your readers to take action:

 

Make a copy of the campaign and change the image URL from HTTPS to HTTP:

For each image that is not showing:

  • Click to open the image as if you were going to change it
  • Right click on the image
  • Copy image address
  • Go to the Image URL tab
  • Paste the URL
  • Remove the "s" from the https, leaving the image as http
  • Preview the image and insert it.
  • Repeat for all images
  • Test to outlook client
  • Video of this work around is here: https://www.screencast.com/t/8BBPwmQG

Kara.D
Community & Social Media Support

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MeritageVocalArts
Campaign Expert

I tried this workaround the first time y'all suggested it. Still doesn't work for me. I don't get a question mark, just nothing where the pictures should be. Again, I'm on a Mac using Mail, not Outlook. 

JamesK875
Campaign Collaborator

This is a good fix, after reviewing this process and making edits one more time, it seems to work.

Zoe_H
Employee

Hello @JamesK875,

 

I do apologize that your images are still not appearing in Outlook. This is something that we are still doing research on and I will submit your feedback as well. Thank you! 


Zoe H.
Community & Social Media Support

Did I answer your question? If so, please mark my post as an "Accepted Solution" by clicking the Accept as Solution button in the bottom right hand corner of this post.

You're not alone on your email marketing journey. Connect with a Marketing Advisor to see how they can help you develop the right strategy for your business and get the most out of your Constant Contact experience.
HeatherO61
Brand Visionary

I have tried doing this and the graphic becomes blurry and looks terrible. It is not a valid workaround for all graphics.

DebbieC227
Marketing Legend

Kara,

None of these "fixes" actually fix the problem.

It now has been going on for 4 months........

I have thousands of products on my ElveeBeads store, but you wouldn't know it from any Constant Contact emails, since my logo doesn't show up, or any of our items........

 

RFTMarketing
Marketing Legend

I've been using this "workaround" for CC's problem for the last couple of months. I am now realizing/wondering that the Alt text on the image is not displayed when using this workaround. Not having that information carry over is a usability and accessibility issue.

GaryD675
Marketing Legend

I am with you Debbie.  The replies from support are less than worthless.  I am shocked that a company of this size and reputation has allowed this issue to go on so long! 

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