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Mike Lieberman, CEO and Chief Revenue ScientistMon, Mar 6, 2017 5 min read

Are Your Salespeople Sending out Boring Sales Emails?

{}Email is still the most dominant method of communication for salespeople. Not only are emails easy to send off, but more than 70% of buyers say they prefer to be contacted via email, making it a powerful tool.

However, the sales email becomes less powerful and less effective when it’s boring. Buyers get over 100 emails every single day. They don’t even open them all, let alone respond to them all. If your salespeople’s emails sound like every other email that a prospect is getting, it’s not surprising that no one is responding.

In order to improve their open and response rates, your salespeople must spice up their emails and stand out from the crowd. These actionable tips can help them win the attention of their prospects.

The Personalized Postscript

If the body of the sales email has to be all business, there’s no reason why a personalized P.S. can’t be added at the end to engage the prospect. And there’s a wealth of personal information on social media that your salespeople can use to their advantage.

Some personalized postscripts to consider are 1) paying genuine compliments (on a recent promotion, a recent deal, a newly released book, etc.), 2) wishing them luck on an upcoming event that they’re speaking at, and 3) mentioning a shared interest or hobby (the rarer, the better).

Add Some Humour

Humour can help lighten the mood, put the prospect in the right frame of mind, and improve relationship building right from the get-go.

It’s important to note that not every prospect will respond positively to a sales email filled with jokes, though. Some prospects may be all business. Again, your reps can use social media to their advantage here by checking out what type of content prospects are posting and engaging with and what tone they’re using for their posts.

Focus on the Prospect

It’s important to understand that your prospects don’t care about you. Sold 10,000 products last month? They don’t care. Won the latest award in your industry? They don’t care. Does your product have X, X, and X features? They don’t care. Prospects consider this type of information boring because it’s not about them.

If your salespeople want to grab attention, they have to stop talking about this kind of stuff. Instead, they need to focus on the prospect and their wants, needs, pain points, and desires. This is what they’ll actually care about and will pay attention to.

Tell a Story

There’s a reason why people would rather read a novel than a business book—because it’s far more interesting. Have your salespeople use this idea in their emails. Stories pack more punch. They can be inspiring. They can be funny. They can be interesting. They can evoke emotion. Facts and figures usually don’t do any of those things.

Keep It Short

A sales email should be kept short, concise, and to the point. Though this won’t make it hilarious or exciting, it will avoid boring prospects. Long, drawn-out sentences that lead nowhere and huge blocks of text without white space will bore prospects immediately.

Sales reps should consider prospects’ attention span. They’re busy people. They won’t read two full pages of text without breaks. Shorter emails grab attention faster and more effectively.

Spice up the Subject Line

Of course, all of the tips above aren’t going to be useful if prospects aren’t opening the emails to begin with. Spicing up the subject line can entice prospects to open up the message and read the contents. If simple no-nonsense subject lines aren’t working, your reps should try to use some other style, such as the funny, shocking, mysterious, single-word, numerical, personal, or question subject line instead.

A/B testing should be used on the emails to see which types of headlines are more effective with prospects in your industry.


Mike Lieberman, CEO and Chief Revenue Scientist

Mike is the CEO and Chief Revenue Scientist at Square 2. He is passionate about helping people turn their ordinary businesses into businesses people talk about. For more than 25 years, Mike has been working hand-in-hand with CEOs and marketing and sales executives to help them create strategic revenue growth plans, compelling marketing strategies and remarkable sales processes that shorten the sales cycle and increase close rates.