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[New design] How to test your email campaign

After creating your email campaign, you might be curious to know how it will appear before sending it.  Sendinblue makes it easy to preview how your email will look to your customers on different devices and email clients but also send test emails.

Before you start

  • Make sure that you have completed all the steps to have your email campaign ready. To learn more, check our dedicated articles [New design] Creating an email campaign and Creating A/B test email campaigns depending on the type of campaign you want to send.
  • If you want to preview your email campaign as a customer, make sure that your lists of contacts are up to date. To learn more, check our dedicated articles on Contacts.
  • If you want to send a test email, make sure that your Test list is ready to be used and that your test recipients' attributes are up to date. 
    ❗️ Important
    The email addresses in your Test list must first be part of your contacts to be added to this list. To learn more, check our dedicated article Create and use a test list.
  • Make sure you're on the new version of the campaign creation flow:

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    ✅ New Campaign creation flow
    (you're here)

    ❌ Classic Campaign creation flow
    (check this article)

Preview your email campaign 

Sendinblue makes it possible to preview your email campaign before sending it to your recipients. You will be able to preview your email campaign as a customer, to see if the personalizations you have added are working (contact attributes, block visibility...). You can also preview your campaign on different email clients to make sure it will always look the way you want, no matter which email client it is received on.

All previews are available in Desktop and Mobile view, use the 🖥  and📱 icons in the header of the email campaign to switch from one view to the other:

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Preview as a customer

💡 Good to know
This option is useful only if you add personalizations with contact attributes in your email. To learn more, check our dedicated articles on how to customize your emails using contact attributes and about block visibility. If you added personalizations with transactional parameters, check our dedicated article Test your emails customized with Sendinblue Template Language.

Using the Preview as a customer option will help you see exactly how a specific recipient will see your campaign when you added personalization to your email campaign. You will be able to test if your personalizations work. 

To preview your campaign as a customer: 

  1. Access the Preview & Test window. You can either:
    • Click Preview & Test from the campaign creation flow.
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    • Click Actions > Preview & Test from the Drag & Drop Editor. The Preview & Test window opens. 
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  2. Go to the Preview & Test tab.
  3. In the block at the right of your screen, search for the Preview as customer field and start typing the name or email address of one of your contacts to have a preview of what this contact will receive. 
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Preview on email clients 

Using the Preview on email clients option will help you see that your email campaign looks exactly like you want for each of your customers, no matter what email client they use. 

To preview your campaign on different email clients: 

  1. Access the Preview & Test window. You can either:
    • Click Preview & Test from the campaign creation flow.
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    • Click Actions > Preview & Test from the Drag & Drop Editor. The Preview & Test window opens. 
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  2. Go to the Preview on email clients tab.
  3. From the block at the right of your screen, click on the names of the email clients you want to preview your campaign with. You can test as many email clients as you want from 3 categories: Web-based email apps, Mobile Email Apps, and Desktop Email Apps. 

Send test emails

Sendinblue makes it possible to send your email campaign to your Test list before you send it to your customers to check that everything works exactly like you want it to work and that the design of your campaign looks great when clients receive them. You can send your test email directly from the campaign creation flow or the Drag & Drop Editor, or from the Email campaigns list.

Here is how the test email will appear in your inbox when you receive it: 

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Send a test email from the campaign creation flow or Drag & Drop Editor

If you want to test your email on real email clients and if you want to check that everything works fine in your campaign, you can send your campaign to your test list. For example, it can be useful to include the email address of your colleagues who will be able to give you feedback on your campaign. 

To send a test email to your test list: 

  1. Access the Preview & Test window. You can either:
    • Click Preview & Test from the campaign creation flow.
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    • Click Actions > Preview & Test from the Drag & Drop Editor. The Preview & Test window opens.
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  2. Go to the Preview & Test tab.
  3. In the block at the right of your screen, choose from the Send test drop-down list the test recipients you want to send your test to. To learn more, check our dedicated article Create and use a test list.

    You can add as many test recipients as you want and need.

    Click x to remove a recipient from this test and click the bin icon to definitely remove a recipient from the list.

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  4. Optional: if you need to add other recipients to this list, click + Add new test recipient.
  5. Click on Send test.

Your test recipients will receive your email campaign in their inbox as if they were your customers.

Send a test email from the Email campaigns list

You can quickly send a test email from your Email campaigns list to see what it looks like:

  1. Go to Campaigns > Email
  2. Search for the campaign you want to test in the list. You can search for your campaign name in the Campaign ID, Name search bar, or filter your campaigns using the different tabs. 
  3. Click ▼ More > Send a test.

All the recipients from your Test list will automatically receive your email campaign to review. A green box at the top of your Email campaigns list will confirm the sending: 

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🤔 Have a question?

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