In the last 14 years or so I've received zillions of e-mail proposals. On an average day I get 200 e-mails (not counting spam and social media notifications). So how does one break the clutter and get my (or the next person's) undivided attention? By writing an EFFECTIVE E-MAIL!
It need not always be creative or out-of-the-box. Simple, direct and effective usually work the best. Add a little intrigue and it becomes memorable.
Here some of my tips to write an effective e-mail.
There is a homework slide in the end. So PLEASE PLEASE e-mail us your examples so we can update this PPT with the best e-mails (yes, we'll give you credit!). Also comment with your own special tips!
[Ps - If you are browsing via a mobile device, click on the IN logo (linkedin) and directly view this deck on slideshare. The UX is much better :-) ]
There is a wonderful example of how someone wrote a "terrible e-mail" and how I told him off and then how he took the feedback so positively that I created a post about it! - The Egoless, Hungry, Humble Entrepreneur ALWAYS WINS . [I'm sure I've told off many many people but only a few took it in the right spirit :-) ]
Another unconventional example is a PPT i received recently! It got my attention for sure!
Share some examples of effective e-mails you've received in the past...
UPDATE BY ASHA - dec 31, 2013
We've been getting shiploads of emails. Sharing one of the best (as selected by Alok)
1:22 AM (10 hours ago)
the first #MockMail has hit my inbox!!!!
Hello Dear Alok Sir,
Tweeted you about two months ago to ask that how can I meet to you, and you asked me to mail but I was very confused that how to write you and what to write.
Now when you are suggesting me the format I'll surely be able to send you a perfect mail.
Thanks to share this awesome presentation. Will drop my experimental mail to you :P Hahahaha
Seems like its Recipe of Spam emails !!
I do receive such formated email and most of them are spams.
Even someone unknown adress me by greeting me with some good words and all, my trigger hits oh man not again,
And I just read few more line to confirm if its spam or not, and trash it as soon as possible.
some of time it may not be spam but it triggers my 7th Sense (I ve one Extra).
sorry this did not work for you. How about helping in writing guidelines for people that doesn't sound like a 'recipe for spam mails'?
I think main thing here we lack is effective subjectline, most of emails
dont have good subject line which is indicative of content, if Subjectline is Enough to create interest to recipient it will never go to spam, less words and which speaks more.
First mail shall never have complete details about recipient's interest and recipient shall be obliged to reply back you for asking for detailed information.
People never respond to something they don't want to know more about. so create interest with basic information which doesn't sound like some scam or phishing.
P.S. If you are writing Newsletter contents Follow W3C Compliance and Can Spam Act Compliance, Make sure your list is clean and double opted.
Ok i think when i saw this post first, that slide didnt appeared at first(may be slow internet), and i just seen that image with 5 steps, I take my words back. read whole ppt, and found it contains what i look for.
Just a minor correction that I would like to point out.
The use of the word, "revert" is very popular in emails. However, "revert" does not mean respond, or will respond; it actually is more pertinent to science - 'to take something back to its original state'.
The usage of the word in your PPT will mislead most of us to continue using this word in our emails to mean - respond. Albeit your usage of the word is not incorrect, but in forethought it is better to omit this word completely while talking about emails to remove its incorrect usage.
Thank you for this PPT, it does take one back to basics; which we tend to forget over time and as a result end up making poorly written emails passé
just updated the post with one of the best emails sent to us by Dinesh Juneja!
Thanks would be an understatement Sir and Asha ma'am. This is the best gift I could have got for myself and my team. I started up because of Sir, watching him at IIT-Bombay Entrepreneurship Summit in 2009 in discussion with Mr. Vishal Gondal and Mr. Mahesh Murthy and this coming from him means the most to me.
Once again, I truly value your time and effort in going through each mail. One of them being mine. Best wishes for the New Year to everyone at Rodinhood.