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Preview and test your email campaign

After creating your email campaign, you might be curious to know how it will appear before sending it.  Brevo 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 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.

👁️ Preview your email campaign 

Brevo 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.

👥 Preview as a customer 📥 Preview on email clients

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

💡 Good to know
This option is useful only if you customized your emails using contact attributes. If you added personalizations with transactional parameters, check our dedicated article Test your emails customized with Brevo Template Language.

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 meatball-menu-black_EN-US.png > Preview from the Drag & Drop Editor. The Preview & Test window opens. 
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  2. Go to the Preview as customer tab.
  3. In the block at the right of your screen, 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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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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🧪 Send test emails

Send your email campaign to your test list before you send it to your customers to check that everything works as expected and that the design of your campaign looks great when clients receive it. 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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❗️ Important
If you are on a Free plan, the links used in your email design will expire approximatively 30 minutes after the reception of the test email.  
Campaign creation flow or Drag & Drop Editor Email campaigns list

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.
      campaigns_access-preview_EN-US.png
    • Click meatball-menu-black_EN-US.png > Preview from the Drag & Drop Editor. The Preview & Test window opens.
      campaigns_preview-access-dde_EN-US.png
  2. Go to the Send test email tab.
  3. In the Send test emails to your colleagues block at the right of your screen, select from the Recipient drop-down list the test recipients you want to send your test to. You can add as many test recipients as you want and need.
  4. Click the bin icon to definitely remove a recipient from the test list.
  5. If you need to add other recipients to your test list, click + Add new test recipient.
  6. Click Send test.
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Your test recipients will receive your email campaign in their inbox as if they were your customers.

 

🤔 Have a question?

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