Did you know that 59% of sales email recipients moan over the lack of relevance when they receive a cold email?
What’s worse is that an equal number of email users delete cold emails without even giving them a read.
Sometimes, it’s about what you offer. But most of the time, it’s about how you package what you offer. It’s about how grand your cold email makes your product or service sound or how promising it looks for investing in.
Now, consider that this is the one email that can make or break a potential conversation and, eventually, sale. With that in mind, it’s safe to say that getting your cold emailing strategy right is important.
So, in this post, we’re going to give you some of the best tips to make your cold emails a resounding success!
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Define The Purpose Of Your Cold Email
You don’t like it when your time gets wasted.
So, why do it to your cold email recipients? While an occasional ‘check-in’ email is good, try to send cold emails that have a purpose.
This will ensure that the readers of the cold email understand its importance and open it upon receiving. If you do not create purposeful cold emails, the intended recipients will fall into the habit of ignoring your outreach emails.
And you don’t want that.
Here are a few tricks that can help you define the purpose of your cold email:
- Sharing a blog post
- Following up on a previous email or action
- Offering results of surveys and studies that could boost their business
- Offering free tickets to events
- Giving a live demonstration of your product or service
Ensure that you establish the purpose of your cold email early on. There is no point beating around the bush and confusing the reader.
Cut straight to the chase with your cold email.
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Amp Up The Subject Line
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Give…And Then Take
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Personalise To Specialise
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Keep The Content Short
Let’s face it, no one has the time to read lengthy emails. Time is short and everyone is trying to make the most of what they have in hand.
Thus, as you create your cold email, you have to ensure you create crisp content rich with facts and figures. It needs to be important and interesting enough to hold the reader’s attention.
Remember to put in some ‘natural’ pauses and don’t overwhelm them with an overflow of information. Understand your customer enough to know what they would like to read and comprehend.
PS. Don’t forget to format your email well!
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The Paradox Of Choice
Email marketing is a very tricky space to be in. If you offer 10 products, avoid putting them all in one cold email campaign.
Email marketing gives you the option to create multiple cold emails spread over a period of time. However, if you cram all the options into one email and send it to a potential lead, this will neither hold their interest nor create any potential sales!
The reason? The paradox of choice.
It is a simple concept that states the more choices we have, the harder it is to make a decision. That’s the reason why most of the time we step out of a store without making a purchase, despite having liked a lot of products. The sales process is all about psychology and getting people to think that they really need what you offer.
Focus on highlighting one of your offerings. You can always upsell and cross-sell when the conversation starts.
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- They created their buyer personas ahead of time.
- Their buyer personas were highly-researched for optimum accuracy.
- They personalised each cold email instead of creating clusters.
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This is another crucial and, yet, often ignored factor!
You may have all the components of a successful cold email, but you have to place them in the best way possible to get the best out of it. Calls-to-action are an essential part of cold emails and one of the best ways to end them.
But they can work well at other stages of your cold email too.
Your email subject lines tap into the reader’s interest, and the body further convinces them to be invested in your text and business. But it is the call to action that persuades them to take action.
Therefore, this should be placed in a manner that catches the eye of the reader. Think about putting it in the centre or early on. Placing it at the end might even be a good sign-off. Although, you also don’t want customers to miss it!
If you’re not using a templated cold email and are opting for a more textual and personal approach, add a link you want them to click upfront and in its expanded form, like https://abc.com/article.
Owing to the endless number of spam and theft online, most people are sceptical about clicking on hyperlinks or links that look suspicious.
Coming clean is the best way to go about it!
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Test Across Devices
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Create Multiple Touchpoints
A good cold email should be short and relevant. At the same time, though, you have to include all the information.
So the question is, is it necessary to cram everything into one cold email? No, it’s not. It usually takes around 8-10 cold emails to generate a response from a potential customer.
Try dividing your information into bite-sized, entertaining, and enticing pieces that can be sent across using multiple follow up emails. And don’t be repetitive.
The best way to do it is by mapping out a whole cold email campaign. Here is a sample map that can help you out:
- Cold email 1: Talk about the offer.
- Cold email 2: Tap on the urgency of the offer.
- Cold email 3: Talk about something different, but related to the offer.
- Cold email 4: Ask them if they have any questions regarding the offer.
- Cold email 5: Give prospects access to free tutorials.
This way, you pack all your information into five emails. This doesn’t overwhelm your prospects and warms them up to the idea of your offer. This, in turn, increases the chances of them opening your cold emails and acting on them!