A follow-up email is an integral part of any cold email campaign. But is one enough? When should we send it? Should we personalize it? I decided to look into data and answer some of those questions. Today I bring you the results of my research. Time for some numbers.
We talk a lot about cold emails, but not so much about follow-ups. We carefully craft our opening message, but we don’t seem to spend the same amount of time writing the follow-up sales emails.
Meanwhile, experience shows that the majority of prospects reply to the second or the third message from the sequence, and not directly to the first one. So we should focus on the follow-ups at least as much as we focus on the opening email. Here are 5 crucial rules to keep in mind when it comes to effective follow-up sales email.
“I have sent a test campaign from Woodpecker, but it looks like it sends the emails very slowly…,” said Till – one of our beta testers. He sounded disappointed. We were surprised that he saw it as a drawback. We didn’t realize that we see it as an advantage because we know exactly how Woodpecker works. Once we explained to Till how the emails are sent and why, he found it very interesting and he said that would be a great topic for a blog post.
So this one’s for you, Till! 😉 And for all those who are not really sure how it works right now, I’m going to explain how Woodpecker sends your emails and follow-ups, and why it works this way.
So you realized why following-up your prospects is crucial for the effectiveness of your campaign – good for you. But what the actual sales follow-up email should be like? How to tell your prospects ‘hey, I’m still here waiting for you to reply’ without being creepy, or annoying… or both?
Many cold email senders seem to think that a great opening message is what you need to master the outbound email outreach. Well, it is indeed – but it’s also not enough. Follow-up emails to those who didn’t respond to our initial message are a must, if we think of a truly effective cold email campaign. Here’s a kind of ‘Follow-up 101’: why follow-up is so important and what we should realize before we start sending it.