Is this similar to ACT! emarketing? Can images be hyperlinked within the email body? How many contacts does this support?
Answer: Yes, you can link images to page website pages. The best is to use HTML code because the 'Styled Text' format lets you use it as is, the HTML code is rendered along with the rest of the message. Seems complex but it is not.
For example set your message to 'Styled Text' and paste the following code: <img src="PICTURE_URL_HERE">
Replace with the image URL, for example: <img src="https://www.maxprog.com/img/ostrich.jpg">
or in case you want also a link to a page: <a href="URL_HERE"><img src="PICTURE_URL_HERE" border="0"></a>
That is: <a href="https://www.maxprog.com"><img src="https://www.maxprog.com/img/ostrich.jpg" border="0"></a>
It is that simple!
About your second question, I personally recommend not to use lists bigger than 100k even if the software has no real limit except your computer memory.
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