Perhaps no other type of email gets less thought put into it that than the ever important follow-up to a cold email. Over the years, many sellers have become lazy in their follow-ups, resorting to nothing more than a call back to their original email.
So, if you don't want to be ignored and deleted, use this as a guide to write a more effective follow-up email.
Not all follow-up emails are created equal. Let's first start with 3 rules for sending an effective follow-up to a cold email.
There are a ton of varying opinions about when you should send a follow-up to a cold email. So let's settle the debate once and for all. Here are some guidelines you can't go wrong with in terms of when to send a follow-up email...
It's important to remember that you are sending follow-up emails to humans. Think about the humans you know. They're real people, right? That means they respond to things that engage them.
But the reality is that people’s inboxes are littered with follow-up emails that are anything but unexpected, ranging from creative masterpieces such as “I’m just following up” to “Did you read my last email?” to the ever popular "Just checking in". Those types of follow-up emails look exactly the same as every other follow-up and thus will get ignored.
Your approach to a follow-up email should instead be to break a pattern in terms of what the prospect expects. You’ll be much more likely to grab their attention.
It's easy to tell you to write an email that follows all three rules so that it grabs a prospect's attention. But, the proof is in seeing it for yourself. Here's an example of both an ineffective and an effective follow-up email.
Sample Email #1
Let’s assume you send a follow-up email that complies with Rule #1 and Rule #2 above. Here is an example of an ineffective follow-up email after no response:
Why is this email ineffective? Because it doesn’t comply with Rule #3.
It’s just like 99% of the other follow-up emails that people send. It adds no value. And it does nothing to break a pattern (it's not at all unexpected).
It won't capture attention. It won’t move the needle at all.
Sample Email #2
Now, let’s craft an effective email that complies with all 3 rules above, most importantly delivering something that is unexpected. See if you can spot the differences...
Why is this email more effective? Because it complies with all 3 rules. Most importantly, the email is unexpected in a couple of different key ways.
First, the email contains personalized insights that are relevant to a comment that the prospect has made in another forum (i.e. an article, podcast, social media, etc).
Second, the content is delivered in an engaging and unexpected fashion (using an animated slideshow from Popr.ai).
These factors, along with the fact that the follow-up email is short, personalized, relevant, and offers a non abrasive call for interest, help to make this a more effective follow-up email.