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How to write a follow-up email template?

  • Add value with each follow-up. With each follow-up, you should provide additional value for your prospects. Try to collect more information about them, spark their interest with something relevant, provide proof of how your current clients are growing using your services by sharing their success studies, results, or feedback.
  • Write a catchy opening line. Start with an intriguing and/or relevant question, mention mutual connection, prospect’s problem, or use a recent trigger event. Try to avoid such opening lines: “Just checking in”, “Thought I would just check-in and find out”, “Just wanted to check-in to hear about”, “Touching base”, etc.
  • Make it short. In your follow-up emails, try to eliminate unnecessary greetings like “I hope you’re doing well.” Being polite is a must, but it could be easily achieved by using the right style for your email. Also, don’t use wordy sentences. Give your writing a confidence boost by eliminating words that weigh down your writing and make your sound uncertain.
  • Personalize on a high level. Besides basic personalization (first name, company name, etc), do in-depth research, and identify the prospect’s niche, mention possible pains, offer relevant solutions, etc.
  • Avoid sounding passive-aggressive. Direct aggression is relatively easy to spot, but more subtle passive-aggressive phrases can sneak into your follow-ups almost without thought. Try to omit such passive-aggressive phrases in your follow-ups: “I’m following up because you haven’t responded to me yet”, “I’ve tried to reach you a few times now”, “I know you’re busy, I’m busy too”, etc.

Read more: How to Write a Follow-Up Email After no Response (With Examples)


How to write a good subject line for your follow-up email?

The subject line is the first thing your prospects see, and they may decide whether or not to read your emails based on the subject line only.

So try not to be too obvious by having “Follow-up” or “Just checking in” as subject lines for your follow-ups. Be a bit more creative and write a catchy copy that makes users open your email.

These are the key rules to follow while writing subject lines for your follow-ups: make them personal, keep copy short, ask intriguing questions.

Read more: How to Craft Perfect Cold Email Subject Line


How many follow-ups to send?

At Hunter, our key rule is to focus on writing irresistible emails instead of adding too much follow-ups. So we recommend limiting to three follow-ups for your cold email campaigns. If you are sending too many follow-ups to someone who’s never heard about you, you may seem an annoying person and damage your company brand.

If you still feel three follow-ups is not enough or that you can provide more value/spark interest for your prospects—don’t hesitate to use other channels. Twitter or LinkedIn could easily help you to deliver your message on a personal level.

Read more: How to Write a Follow-Up Email After no Response (With Examples)


How often to send follow-ups?

Around 90% of emails are opened on the same day they are sent. The same for the responses—the chances are that your prospects get back to you the same day your campaign was sent are much higher.

So don’t wait for too long to send your follow-up email. Typically, 2–5 days is the best timing to remind prospects about your offer.

Read more: How to Write a Follow-Up Email After no Response (With Examples)

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