Why you should not say I haven't heard from you in an email
Waiting for replies to your sales emails? Learn why you should not say “I haven't heard from you” in an email.
- So although you certainly want to personalize the content to make it feel as though it’s coming from you, I recommend you don’t stray too far from the original messaging
- This first follow-up message should be sent 5 days after your initial email, and it serves a single purpose: To bring your name back to the top of their inbox
- It’s also a good idea to include your original message at the bottom of this follow-up email so your recipient doesn’t have to dig through their inbox to find it
- Cheers, Anne In most cases, I think you’ll find a single follow-up message like the one above will be all it takes to get the reply you’re looking for
- Hi John, I wanted to send a quick message to follow-up on my email about connecting for a short interview
- If I haven’t heard back from you, I’ll assume it’s not the best time right now and stop following up on this matter
- Cheers, Anne As you can see, this email has two primary components: The fact of the matter is — even with the right initial message and the follow-up email game plan above — you still aren’t going to get a response to every email you send (especially when we’re talking cold emails).
- Business picks up and all of a sudden you realize you haven’t emailed your list in a month or two
- First, let’s clarify one thing: It’s important not to let your list go (too) stale
- Now that we’ve talked about how to stop the Oops-I-haven’t-written-cycle, let’s talk about how to come back from a Newsletter Hiatus: Your “list” isn’t this thing made up of endless names and emails that are just there to sell to, right? Consider telling a story in your email campaign that weaves this experience into your entrepreneurship tale: When you speak honestly, your people will take note
- This gives you an opportunity to create a jazzy headline — and shows them that you’re serious about reengaging with them
- Here’s an example from own biz: When I first found out I was expecting my son, I went 2 months before emailing my list
- In general, when you’ve not written in a while, you’re probably going to see a lot of unsubscribes your first email back
- In the example above from my own biz, I saw 5 unsubscribes after that email
- It’s about connecting with a group of like-minded people who need what you have.
- You fail to get busy people to answer your emails and set up meetings
- First things first: You must know the person you’re reaching out to
- If you find a blog post titled: “This is why we don’t do business partnerships”, you know that your suggestion is not what they’re looking for
- Probably emails from people you know and emails that help you in some way
- Instead of thinking: “What can I gain from this?”, think: “How can I add value?” For example, in the example above, the email said: I know your company [Company name] is a major player in the video production industry
- Would you like your inbox to be peppered with emails from the same person? You need to set up, hold, and follow up on the meeting
- If you know/have met the person you’re emailing: “Hi NAME, It was great seeing you [where did you meet?]
- Thanks, James” If you don’t know the person you’re emailing: “Hi NAME, I’m a big fan of your work
- I work just down the block from you, happy to meet in person or set up a quick call.
- “I loved your recent article on [other web series] and if you were a fan of them, you’ll definitely enjoy [my web series], [description of web series that makes it sound similar but unique from the other web series].” OR, “Our show [show name] covers a lot of the themes your [site/blog/articles] covers, like [short list of themes].” I like to end my email bodies with a quick “the cast and crew are available for interview, and we also welcome reviews” to give the writers I’m reaching out to the opportunity to mix up what kind of coverage they’d like to give us
- “I’m also a New Yorker and would love to buy you a coffee and pick your brain about the differences between loader and gantry cranes as they relate to construction.” (is the horse dead yet?) If you’re asking for a lot and would be happy with less, you can also add a section acknowledging this- “if you’re too busy, I would also be honored if I could send you a few questions via email for you to answer as your schedule allows!” It’s best if you can just ask your question or questions right in the email, though.
- But do you ever get sick of endlessly typing “I hope you ’re doing well” and “have a great day?” Some argue that email clichés, although they’re mostly meaningless, do have a purpose
- But if you’re tired of typing the same stock lines—a sort of email autopilot—there are some simple ways to change things up and take your email from utilitarian to unique
- .” means “I’m not sorry and I’m going to make an excuse.” Alternative: RELATED: How to Write an Apology Letter You’ve taken the time to craft a unique email, so don’t get clichéd on the sign-off
- RELATED: How to End an Email: 9 Best and Worst Email Sign-Offs Nobody likes this one, because it seems to imply “You’d better write back.” Alternative: Although a study by the email app Boomerang rated “Thanks in advance” as the sign-off with the highest response rate, it’s not the best sign-off for creating goodwill
- Like “Looking forward to hearing from you”, it has a tone of “I expect you to do this.” Alternative: More from Grammarly: 12 Things to Write About When You’re Fresh Out of Ideas Here’s How to Finish Anything You Start A Writer’s Guide to Creating Social Media Copy from Idea to Publish
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