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Unicode Symbols for Email Subject Lines, or Tips on How to Unicode like a God

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Using emoji in email subject lines boosts the open rate and grabs readers’ attention to such emails in their inbox. But did you know your subject lines can look so eye-catchy with the help of Unicode characters and special fonts? In this article, we’ll dig into the Unicode symbols for email subject lines and guide you on how to use them to code text for your campaigns.

What is Unicode?

Unicode is a standard for encoding characters of different languages as well as symbols, emoticons, and pictograms. For example, U+1F355 are not just random letters, numbers, and symbols pulled together, but a Unicode symbol for a slice of pizza.

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Technical info about the ‘Slice of Pizza’ Unicode symbol

You can typically see Unicode characters in email subject lines as emoji.

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Subject lines with emoji

Such bright accents stand out even if the users are simply skimming through their inbox. However, they are nothing new anymore and the recipients have already got used to them. But what if we tell you that you can go further and create subject lines with underlined, strikethrough, or sloppy text?

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Unicode symbols in email subject lines in Gmail on desktop

Want to know the secret? Keep reading to find out how to use Unicode symbols for email subject lines.

Tools to create fancy Unicode text

To dress up your subject line with fancy text or emoji, you don’t have to dig up the Unicode Character Table searching for the code of each separate symbol. Simply find the tool which will do all the work for you.

These tools are usually online and they convert plain text into a fancy one. You type in the necessary text and the tool generates its formatted options.

We’ve checked five tools which allow creating unusual texts for your emails. Let’s take a look at them.

YayText

There’s a wide range of font styles to choose from. Moreover, you can also tweet your formatted text or preview it in various browsers as well as on different devices and applications.

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Formatting text in YayText

Unicode Text Converter

Using this tool is no rocket science — jot down your text and take away the formatted one.

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Adding text font styles in Unicode Text Converter

Fancy Text Generator

The working algorithm of this tool is the same — you type in the text and choose from the list of cut-and-pastable stylings available.

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Converting a plain text to Unicode characters in Fancy Text Generator

Messletters

This tool allows you both to create fancy text and decorate it with additional visuals, which you can find next to the type-in bar. Click on any you like and instantly preview the result.

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Experimenting with font styles in Messletters

Cool Fancy Text Generator

Apart from many fancy Unicode text styles to choose from, this tool provides the user with a range of other symbols to insert. Type in your text, choose Unicode characters, and click the button to copy the text you have created.

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Text formatted in Cool Fancy Text Generator

Now let’s see how to use Unicode symbols for emails created in SendPulse and check whether they render in email elements other than subject lines.

How to add fancy Unicode text in SendPulse

In SendPulse editor, you can add Unicode symbols to the following email elements visible in users’ inbox:

Insert the generated text to the subject line or sender name:

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Adding fancy Unicode text to the subject line and sender name in SendPulse

To make your preheader a little fancier, click “Next,” and fill in the required field with the converted text.

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Adding Unicode symbols in email preheader in SendPulse

We sent a test campaign to different email clients. And here is how Unicode symbols render there:

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Unicode symbols in email sender name, subject line, and preheader in Yandex, AOL, Gmail, and Yahoo correspondingly

Have a look at how our fancy text looks in Gmail on Android and iOS:

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Unicode text displayed in Gmail app on Android and iOS correspondingly

Ready to try out fancy Unicode text?

We’ve prepared two final recommendations to take away:

  1. Start small. Send an A/B test to a small number of your subscribers to check whether they see your fancy text and how it is displayed in different email clients.
  2. Don’t overdo it. Remember to hush your Unicode endeavors and keep up to one style while dressing up your text.

Use our tips, test different Unicode text convertors, send your fancy styled emails with SendPulse, and share your results with us!

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