I'm building app that will be deployed on HubExchange that produces custom images for each email recipient/viewer. The app will let the user insert an image link (specific to a user) into an email/page.
From a conceptual point of view, the image is included by something like what is below. This is not ideal however, I would like to encode or replace emailaddr with an ID and not have it as part of the URL.
I am confused about the best way to do this. Since the images are dynamic, they cannot be uploaded before they are opened and need to be stored on our server.
What I would like to do is make the process as easy for the user (email/page creator) as possible - ie, drag image place-holder onto the email, or select a property and insert, or click a button. Second best is for the user to copy and paste a string into the email which will generate a link to the image.
I'd greatly appreciate it if anyone can suggest a better way to let a user embed a dynamic image in their emails. I am new to ExactTarget but have read through a lot of the docs (but there are many docs to read).
The best option I've found so far is the copy-and-paste approach, using AMPscript and use HttpGet to send some parameters to our server to generate the link.
%%= HttpGet(Concat('dynamic.images.com?email=',v(email))) =%%
I looked at DynamicContent - but that appears to be a rule based system that is limited to serving existing static content based on user attributes. I didn't see how it would be possible to link to our dynamic images.
I could create a user profile property to do this, but it seems tedious to pre-populate the ET database with links to our server. If I did that, the use could use the dropdown insert functions on the top of the email editor or paste in the following string