You can add an event link from Google and other calendars to SendPulse email templates so that users can add your events to their calendars. For example, when booking a table in a restaurant or announcements of various events — webinars, master classes, or starting a promotion in a store.
In this article, we'll look at generating a link in Google Calendar and adding it to an email template in three ways.
How to Create an Event Link in Google Calendar
To make your Google Calendar event data available to users, make it public. To do this, in the upper right corner, click on the gear icon and select "Settings."
On the left, select the calendar you want to make public.
In the "Access permissions for events" tab, select "Make available to public."
Exit calendar settings. Click the Create button, then click "Event."
Enter the name of the event, select the date, locations, and more.
To make the event data, including a description and attachments, available for viewing by any user, select "Public" in the privacy settings.
Click the Save button.
Double click on the created event.
From the "More actions" drop-down menu, select "Publish event."
Copy the event link.
You can create links to events in other services like Office 365, Yahoo Calendar, Microsoft Outlook, or use link generators like labnol.org.
How to Create an Ics File for a Google Calendar Event
If your users use offline calendars, you can create an ics file and attach a link to the template.
Ics file can be opened with the following programs and services:
- In Windows via Microsoft Outlook, Mozilla Sunbird, Microsoft Works, IBM Lotus Notes, eM Client, Novell GroupWise, Mozilla Thunderbird with Lightning plugin, SeaMonkey with Lightning plugin, ABC Amber iCalendar Converter.
- In macOS via Apple iCal, Mozilla Sunbird, IBM Lotus Notes, Novell GroupWise, Mozilla Thunderbird with Lightning plugin, SeaMonkey with Lightning plugin.
- In Linux via Mozilla Sunbird, Horde Kronolith, Claws Mail with vCalendar plugin, IBM Lotus Notes, Evolution, Novell GroupWise, Mozilla Thunderbird with Lightning plugin, SeaMonkey with Lightning plugin.
- Via Google Calendar, Yahoo! Calendar web-services.
Create your event as described in "How to Create an Event Link in Google Calendar."
Please note that the calendar does not have to be public, because you do not share access to the calendar online, but give the subscriber a copy of the data.
Go to settings and select the calendar in which you created the event.
Click the Export calendar button.
The required ics file is exported in a zip archive to the user’s computer or phone.
You can upload the ics file to any file hosting service and add a link to the email template.
How to Add a Link to an Email Template
Select the required template in the "Email Templates" section and click "Edit template," or start creating a campaign and edit the template in the drag and drop editor.
You can add a link to an event in text, a button, or an icon. Let's consider each of the ways.
Method 1. In text
Drag the "Text" element to the desired part of the template and enter an invitation text to add an event to your calendar. Select the text and click on the link icon in the text editing panel.
In the "Web Address (URL)" field, enter the copied event link.
Click the Insert/edit link button.
Method 2. In a button
Add a "Button" element to the desired part of the template. Enter the button text and customize it — size, shape, and color. In the "Link" field, paste the link to the event.
Method 3. In an icon
Drag the "Text" element to the desired part of the template and delete the standard text. In the text editing panel, click the <> button.
In the source code of the text block, add a link to the icon.
Insert a link to the event via the
<a> tag in the
To display the icon, insert a link to the icon in the
scr attribute of the
You can also add additional styles for displaying the icon and parameters of the link:
target="_blank"— loads the page in a new browser window;
rel="noopener"— eliminates a security vulnerability that malicious sites can exploit.
<a href="/Link to Google Calendar" target="_blank" rel="noopener"> <img style="width: 50px; height: 50px; margin: 0px 2px; padding: 0px;" src="https://s287333.sendpul.se/image/files/emailservice/userfiles/8b7773b53d909c8cab2b6c866f914096287333/calendar_icons/google-calendar.png" alt="Google" width="50" height="50" border="0" /> </a>
Click the Ok button. The icon will appear in the text block area.
How can a user add an event to their calendar?
When users receive the email, they will see links to add the event to their calendar.
After clicking on the link, the user can customize the event — specify a new name, add a location, description, and other data.
Then, the user will click the Save button and the event will be saved in their calendar.
Last Updated: 01.11.2021