How we use Emma’s templates to connect with fellow staffers

Ever wonder how we use Emma at Emma? If you’re a customer, you’ve likely seen our marketing messages, customer surveys and other public-facing emails, but one of the benefits of working here is that we can also use our Emma accounts to communicate with one another.

It’s particularly handy when we need to put together quick, great-looking reminders, thank you notes and announcements to the whole staff, or even targeted segments of the company. In the tech world, they call it eating your own dog food, and we do it every day (and it's delicious).

Take a look below for a peek at how staffers use the readymade templates in the template gallery and the power of the drag & drop editor to create our own beautiful, internal-only (’til now!) messages.


Event follow-up

Template: Cartwheel

Every year, our friends at Hands on Nashville and the Oasis Center Bike Workshop collect used children’s bicycles and teach volunteers how to fix them up so they’re ready for new homes.

As a proud sponsor of the program since its inception, we’ve cleaned and repaired some of the hundreds of bikes destined for the big giveaway event, where kids in need learn about bike safety and pick out their very first bicycle.

This is the email I sent to our trusty volunteers, thanking them for staying late one night to prep some bikes for children who’ve never had one. 

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Party invitations

Template: Cheers

Our annual holiday party is always an amazing time, thanks in no small part to coordinator Jamie Bradley of our Marketing & Events team.

The week leading up to last year’s party, she used a template from our seasonal Holiday Collection to send this final reminder, including all the details about the event and its prep session a few days prior. And to answer your questions: yes, we did make holiday ornaments, and yes, most of them looked ridiculous. 


Must-know updates

Template: Abelone Fold with a custom color swatch selected with the drag & drop editor

Emma donates $5 to DonorsChoose.org for each new account we sell, and at the end of every quarter, two lucky staffers get to select which classroom projects to help fund.

Christy Lampa of the Onboarding team runs point on the program — making the payments, sharing the sweet thank you notes with the staff and coordinating who gets to be on the selection team each quarter.

This is her last email calling for volunteers and explaining to Emma newbies how it all works.


Meeting recaps

Template: Crosscut Alley

Our weekly staff meeting — referred to internally as the “rocks” meeting — includes all kinds of big announcements, from status updates on major projects to staffers’ “Emmaversaries” and new hires. It’s all recapped in a mailing after the meeting, using a different template each week.

This is a recap from April of this year, using one of our newer flexible template designs. Since we don’t have an official logo for our staff meeting, I made a quick one that more or less mimics the placeholder graphic at the top. 


Pizza 

Template: Pizza Party

There are few things in this world that Emma staffers love more than pizza. I mean, really, the only possible contenders might be Star Wars, craft beer and puppies. Who could argue with that?

So, every now and then, we simply *have* to eat pizza, and do it together, usually with Motown jams playing in the Emma Bistro and occasionally followed by ping pong. It’s all graciously arranged by Office Coordinator Priya Pappu, who sends adorable emails like this one to announce the impending feast. 

Are you using Emma to communicate with staff? We'd love to hear about it in the comments!