Email Signature Glossary

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A/B Test

A/B Test is a term that is widely used to compare two different measurements. In Email signature campaigning terms it means that signature campaign A and another signature B are run at the same time under exact similar conditions, and the campaign which performs best will win. Hence the winning campaign will be displayed. Read more about A/B test in our blog.


API is an abbreviation for “Application Programming Interface”. It makes it possible to interface with Xink to retrieve signatures and other information through the API. This information can be used in other systems via the cloud or in on-premises solutions developed by the customer. An API user is needed to be able to access the API, and this API user is created through the Xink admin interface.

Assistant Signatures

The term Assistant signatures are used often in connection to signatures for assistants and users who needs to send on behalf of someone. With Xink’s Assistant Signatures it is possible to make any signature for any user available form the assistant to select from. We often call it “send-on-behalf-of signatures” and ‘signature sharing’ and can be manages by the users themselves if permitted by the administrator.



In email signature terms a banner is a marketing strip placed in the bottom of the email signature as an email signature campaign. With Xink banner clicks can be tracked and measured. See an example of a banner here:



Abbreviation for Bring Your Own Device and is a widely used IT Term. Refer to the situations where an employee can brigs her own devices and used them for work, and the IT department will make sure that the use is secured. This can be laptop, mobile phones and/or tablets.


The term ‘client’ is often used as referred to an ’email app’ or ’email client’. This is the program you use to send your emails with, i.e. the client. ‘Client’ is also sometimes referred to as the computer itself, which can be called a ‘client. Moreover we also call our Xink app for ‘Xink Client App’, which means the Xink App for the client, i.e. the computer. It would be clear from the context what ‘client’ is referred to.

Client App

See Xink Client App.


Dieses Akronym steht für „Call to action“, also „Aufforderung zum Handeln“. Gerade in dem Bereich einer E-Mail-Signatur, die dem Marketing vorbehalten ist, wird vorrangig eine Aufforderung zum Handeln platziert, die durch Hinzufügen von Bildern, Überarbeitung des Textes und Ähnlichem aufgewertet werden kann.


Das Xink-Dashboard bietet einen Überblick über E-Mail-Signaturen, Signatur-Kampagnen und Leistungsdaten wie Klicks und geöffnete E-Mails.


Eine „E-Mail-App“ ist ein kürzerer Ausdruck für „E-Mail-Anwendung“ oder „E-Mail-Programm“. Der Begriff wird für Desktop-Computer und Mobilgeräte gleichermaßen verwendet: Outlook 2016 ist also genauso eine E-Mail-App wie die integrierten E-Mail-Apps auf iPhones, iPads usw. Mit einer E-Mail-App empfangen und senden Sie E-Mails; in Bezug auf E-Mail-Signaturen handelt es sich um einen Überbegriff für jegliche derartige Software. Weitere Informationen zu „E-Mail-Apps“ finden Sie in unserem Blog.


Die E-Mail-Signatur ist der Teil einer E-Mail, in dem sich die abschließenden Informationen wie Unternehmenslogo, Name, Kontaktdaten, Links zu sozialen Netzwerken und Werbeinhalte befinden.

E-Mail-Signatur Beispiel

Email Signature Campaign

An email signature campaign is typically the lower space in your signature which contains a banner or other information than can be clicked.

Email Statistics

Email Statistics is our term for getting usable data about the recipients: Which email app is mostly used to view emails, which operating system and devices. An example of email statistics in the Xink dashboard:

Exchange Connector

Exchange Connector by Xink is referred to as a piece of software installed on-premises which connects a Xink account with a local setup at the customers’ site. This is typically used for Exchange on-premises so ensure email signatures are added when sending emails from mobiles via Exchange Server on-premises. The Exchange Connector is controlled from a local interface like this:

Exchange Connector


A field is often called a placeholder. It is a place in your email signature template where there is made space for information to be merged in from the employee database. E.g. a field ((FirstName)) would be replaced with “John” if your name is John.

HTML Signature

A signature designed in HTML can contain images, formatting and everything else you are used to see on a web page. However there is not free and unlimited design possitbilities because the signature lives within the borders of the email body. See blog post about design thoughts. Other email formats are plain text and rich text.


The term ‘Integration’ means that Xink can integrate with other systems, both cloud tools and on-premises tools. With Xink Integration it is possible to use the email signatures stored in Xink in e.g. and Zendesk so when a user sends an email in other systems, the same email signature is used as when sending an email from e.g. Outlook or another email app. Xink also offers integration with on-premises via Xink Exchange Connector, so Xink signatures can be used in own developed on-premises systems.

Klickrate (Click-through-rate)

Die Klickrate erhält man, wenn man die Gesamtzahl von Klicks durch die Anzahl überhaupt geöffneter E-Mails dividiert. Sie finden die Klickrate an folgender Stelle im Dashboard:



Die Konversionsrate ist im Wesentlichen eine Messgröße für den Erfolg einer Kampagne. Sie gibt beispielsweise an, ein wie hoch der Prozentanteil der Benutzer, die auf eine Kampagne geklickt haben, ist, die schlussendlich das Produkt auch erworben haben. Je nach Szenario sind viele verschiedene Interpretationen denkbar. In Xink wird mit der Konversionsrate der Erfolg von E-Mail-Signatur-Kampagnen gemessen. Diese Zahlen werden im Dashboard angezeigt.

Conversion Rate

MSI Package

An msi package is a piece of software that can be installed on a PC. The msi package can be installed manually or centrally from IT. The Xink client app can be installed manually and centrally from IT as it comes as an msi package.


Oauth2 is an authentication method. When an email invitation is received you receive a unique code which identifies you as a user. With this code you will be able to retrieve your signatures from Xink. The method used to authenticate the user is called OAUTH2.

Office 365

Office 365 is a cloud based email system by Microsoft.


On-Premises is referred to as a server installation on-site, i.e. in the customer’s own premises. This is not in the cloud, but locally installed on own servers. It is often referred to “Exchange Server on-premises” or “Active Directory on-premises” which just means that this is hosted in own environments.


Abbreviation for ‘Operating system’, e.g. Windows, Mac OS etc.


See ‘fields’. Example of a signature with placeholders:

Red X

Red X is a term often used when a picture is missing in emails. If the images cannot be displayed for various reasons you will see a “Red X” instead.

Example of an email with red x’s:

Rerouting for Office 365

The Rerouting feature for Office 365 ensures that an email signature is added to the email e.g. when sent from mobiles and tablets. In most cases the signatures in email apps on phones and tables can only be edited manually by the user. By rerouting the email through Xink servers we ensure that the signature is added appropriately, not stacked but it will sit at the right place. Supported only for Office 365.

Rich Text Signature

A Rich Text formatted signature exists in a rich text formatted email. This format is rarely used, however it is still used in Outlook’s Out-of-office messages (for some unknown reason).


In our terms a template is an email signature template. This is the your email signature design but with added placeholders (or fields) so each employee’s information can be merged in, hence producing finished email signatures for everyone.

Two-factor Validation

Two-factor Validation is an extra layer of security. Xink will launch optional two-factor validation when logging in to the Xink account (see product road map). When this is used, a text message with a code will be sent to either mobile or email.

Xink Client App

The Xink Client app is the software installed on a PC or Mac to ensure that a signature generated by Xink is visible in Outlook when you compose the email. It also generates the reply/forward signature as well as all optional signatures available at right-click on the signature in Outlook.


What We’ll Cover in Our Demo

  • Creating Company Signatures
  • How To Share Signatures
  • Running Signature Campaigns
  • Tracking Results And ROI
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- Tim Buchanan

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"With Xink, we’re able to execute signature updates and new campaigns with ease, knowing we’ll always have a consistent customer-facing experience."
- Tim Buchanan