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14 Free Follow-up Email Templates For Any Purpose

14 Free Follow-up Email Templates For Any Purpose

It’s a simple fact: communication via email offers many advantages in both private and business areas. So, it’s not surprising that sooner or later, every company deals with email marketing and follow-up emails, in particular. If well written, they can significantly contribute to attracting a client’s attention, getting a job, or confirming decisions made with prospects.

A follow-up in the context of email marketing means sending one or more messages to your prospects after the first contact. These are often automated emails that are triggered based on fixed time intervals and a predefined action, event, or behavior related to or done by your client.

In B2B or B2C communication, a follow-up is also an action that follows the previous unanswered messages. Corresponding reminders can be set in your email client or another mailing software if there’s no reply from your prospects.

This article covers tips on how to write an effective follow-up email and also provides useful templates for any purpose.

Outline:

How to write a follow-up email

Tip 1. Never send a business follow-up email too fast

Sending a letter before the weekend and following up on Monday, expecting some result, is a bit absurd. Even if recipients are interested, they can’t process the message that fast. Put yourself in a prospect’s shoes and imagine if it’s OK to get the follow-up a day or two later.

It doesn’t mean you should wait an entire month to send your follow-up. Every market has its rules. Still, it’s important to know the duration of pauses used in your niche. For example, 33.3% of marketers prefer sending emails on a weekly basis, while 26.67% recommend a frequency of multiple times per month.

Try to set up your mailout frequency with at least 4-5 days between the letters. Give readers time to process the first email and determine if it’s worth taking action before sending them another letter. This requires time and patience, but be certain, there is no business where following up every day or two will get you the desired reaction.

Tip 2. Choose the right time

When you send your email matters. Because of bad timing, your clients might simply miss your letter and leave it unread. Consider their time zone and avoid messaging them on the weekend – fewer people now dedicate their free time to emails.

The best day to send your emails is Tuesday, showing the highest click-through and open rates. As for the specific time, we recommend you send your letters around 10-11 AM recipient time when people are most productive. Also, you can conduct an A/B test to find out what time works for you.

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Tip 3. Begin with a short reminding note about your last conversation

Don’t start directly with marketing. Your contacts are sure to get piles of similar follow-up emails every day, so they may not instantly recognize you from the crowd and might fail to read your letter.

Remind them of the last connection in the first line, right after your greeting. But don’t make it a summary. The average human attention span is eight seconds, so use the most of this time to make readers recollect your last letter. To get a reminder, they will open their mailbox and read your last message.

Just write a sentence or two to remind clients about the last conversation you had and then bring some arguments to show why the new email is important for them.

Tip 4. Don’t beat around the bush

No matter the reason you are writing, try to avoid starting your follow-up email with phrases like “Just checking back.” On the one hand, they show you’re not selling or pushing readers into anything. But the disadvantage is that you’re decreasing the value of both your email and the reason you are reaching out.

There are four primary goals of writing a follow-up email:

  • You want to get some information
  • You need to arrange a call or a meeting
  • You have to catch-up
  • You wish to thank clients for something

Whatever your target, get to the point directly after your short intro. Don’t get lost in nice little talking. Keep in mind that contacts may be pressed for time — so emphasize why you deserve a bit of their attention.

Tip 5. Keep it short and simple

Shorter letters consisting of 50-125 words result in quicker response time and show a higher response rate, leading to higher overall productivity. Our advice is to keep your emails below 200 words. 

Besides, be considerate of your customers and use bulleted lists, numbers, and proper spacing to visually break up your email body. This way, it’ll be easier for them to digest your message and take action.

Tip 6. Segment the audience and use lead magnets

Although your email is a marketing follow-up, it unquestionably must bring some value. You can’t simply ask for something throughout the whole letter. Be certain you’re helping the contact in some way, too, especially in the B2B sphere.

Moreover, if you plan to send your follow-up letter to a long contact list, be sure to segment the audience. Know your buyer personas and come up with relevant content that will prove contacts that you’re focused on them — not just on the demands of your business.

segmentation meaning sales and marketing

Valuable lead magnets can work excellent for this goal. You can offer your prospects to download or watch:

  • eBooks
  • e-Courses
  • Case Studies
  • Reports
  • Webinars

Tip 7. Use social proof

When it comes to making decisions, people want to see or read about others using and enjoying a product or service before committing to it themselves. This is why you should use social proof to its full potential. 

For example, prove the authority you’ve earned with numbers, be it the number of clients you have, your sales numbers, the percentage of repeat customers, and so on. Impressive social proof increases your credibility and appeals to people’s sense of wanting to belong.

You can also include:

  • Names and logos of well-known brands that have used your product
  • Awards you’ve won
  • Celebrity endorsements
  • Ratings, reviews, and shares
  • Testimonials, case studies, and more

Tip 8. Be specific and close your follow-up letter with a distinct CTA

To boost your email conversion, write a distinct call-to-action (CTA) at the end of your letter. Common phrases like “Hope to hear from you soon” are considered weak, especially in the business sphere.

Alternatively, experiment with some precisely targeted CTAs like these: “Let us know how you liked the webinar/meeting/video,” “Start your free trial,” or “Yes! I want a free upgrade.” Such CTAs give your prospects something definite to do. 

email drip campaigns

Use action words in your copy that create a sense of urgency. Phrases that express something that your contacts desire will excite them and raise the CTA’s chance of success.

Using these simple rules, you won’t have to send too many follow-up letters because the emails you write will have much higher chances of getting the conversion you want.

Follow-up email templates

Follow-up email to a client/an inbound lead

Even after generating an inbound lead, you have to nurture it. When someone entrusts you with their personal information and email address, whether it’s in return for a cheat sheet PDF, a product demo, or another lead magnet, it’s a symbol of trust. Do not abuse this trust but, on the contrary, use it to convert your leads into customers.

Possible subject lines 

  • Your demo request of [Company service]
  • [Subject/service] – What can we do for you?
  • Following up regarding the [Subject of request]
  • [Subject of request] – Important note before you get started

Example of follow-up email template #1

 

Hi [First Name],

I noticed that you checked out some of our content, namely the piece [Title of content]. I hope you found it useful!

Most likely, you’re looking for a way to [Pain point], right? If so, I would love to share a set of best practices we’ve developed based on our clients’ experiences that can [Explain how your solution can benefit or help the lead]. 

[First Name], could you spare me [Amount of time] so that we could discuss it?

Sincerely,

[Your name], [Your position] at [Company name]

Example of follow-up email template #2

 

Hi [First Name],

I noticed you signed up for the free trial. That is why I decided to send you some resources that can help you get started with [Company name]:

  • [Resource 1]
  • [Resource 2]
  • [Resource 3]

Please don’t hesitate to contact me in case you have any questions. I’d be happy to give the necessary assistance.

Sincerely,

[Your name], [Your position] at [Company name]

Follow-up email after meeting with a client

If you had a meeting or a call with a client, it’s always useful to follow-up on the next actions you’re taking together. As a result, both participants keep in mind what page they’re on, which helps avoid sending a bunch of useless emails later on. 

Possible subject lines

  • Quick re-cap for you
  • Outline of [Meeting name]
  • Meeting outline
  • Re-cap of [Date] [Call/meeting/discussion]

Example of follow-up email template #1

 

Hey [First Name], 

It was a wonderful meeting today. Just a quick summary of what’s happening next:

  • [Date 1]: [Action 1].
  • [Date 2]: [Action 2].
  • [Date 3]: [Action 3].

Please inform me if you need additional info. In all cases, I’ll see you and the whole team at the final meeting on [Date]!

Sincerely,

[Your name], [Your position] at [Company name]

You might also share documents or any materials that were involved during the meeting or remind clients about the things that you need from them.

Example of follow-up email template #2

 

Hey [First Name], 

It was a wonderful meeting today. Here are the materials and notes that I promised to share:

  • [Asset 1].
  • [Asset 2].
  • [Asset 3].

There are still a few things that I will need from you before we start:

  • [Asset 1].
  • [Asset 2].
  • [Asset 3].

Thank you in advance,

[Your name], [Your position] at [Company name]

Follow-up email after a voicemail

After you leave a voicemail for your contact, you often ask yourself, “How long should I wait before I send them a follow-up email?” It’s better not to overwhelm your prospects. If they see your voicemail, and after a couple of minutes, they get an email, it might look miserable.

Give them some time to respond. Some clients don’t reply to emails or voicemails immediately. Try to give them a call in the morning and email them later on in the afternoon if they don’t reply. Save your lead’s time. 

Possible subject lines 

  • Just tried your line/next steps
  • Trying to connect with you 
  • Sorry I missed you
  • Are you available to chat today?

Example of follow-up email template #1 

 

Hey [First Name],

I left you a voicemail for you earlier today but decided to contact you by email if this is more convenient for you.

I’m reaching out because [Explain your purpose].

[Make a pitch with high value to the recipient and include stats].

[First Name], I’d love to discuss your specific needs and give suggestions about how you can [Achieve the desired result].

Please feel free to reply to this email, or, if convenient, give me a call back at [Phone number]. 

Thanks!

Sincerely,

[Your name], [Your position] at [Company name]

Example of follow-up email template #2 

 

Hey [First Name],

I left you a voicemail for you earlier today but decided to drop a line by email. I was calling because [Explain your purpose].

In my voice message, I said I would call you again on [Date and time], but you can always reach me before at [Phone number] or reply to this email.

Cheers,

[Your name], [Your position] at [Company name]

Follow-up email after no response

If your letter gets no answer, try to win your recipients’ awareness back and motivate them to respond, but don’t be too pushy. Get directly to the point and ask for advice about your next action. 

Besides, don’t just settle with one follow-up email. Keep track of your follow-ups, but don’t forget that being persistent without adding value is useless.

Possible subject lines

  • Let me know our next steps
  • Next action to take?
  • A quick follow-up on [Subject]
  • Hey [First Name], what’s my next step?

Example of follow-up email template #1

 

Hey [First Name], 

I’m not sure what our next action is. Please let me know about the direction of our next steps.

Thanks for your answer.

[Your name], [Your position] at [Company name]

You might start feeling frustrated if they don’t reply again. But don’t give up – here’s another email sample that can wake them up.

Example of follow-up email template #2

 

Hi [First Name], 

This is [Your name]. I am sorry we haven’t been able to get in touch. When we talked last time, you were very concerned about [Objective discussed before]. I understand how busy things can get with work and family these days.

I just want to say that I don’t mind planning a new call before or after business hours if that would make it more convenient to connect. Let me know what works for you. 

Sincerely,

[Your name], [Your position] at [Company name]

If this doesn’t help, try to find them on social media, call by phone, or write another email in 1-2 weeks. Sometimes people don’t answer via email because your letter mistakenly goes to spam box, so they might be more likely to respond on LinkedIn.

Overdue follow-up email

If your client’s invoice is past due payment for several days, send them an email that’s a bit stricter but still sounds helpful and professional. Make this inconvenient situation easier with the following tested email template. Keep your tone polite but forceful.

Possible subject lines 

  • [Company Name]: Invoice #XXX for [Product/service]
  • Are you there, [First Name]? Dropping a line
  • [Company Name]: Invoice #XXX payment reminder
  • [Company Name]: Invoice #XXX is PAST DUE

Example of follow-up email template

 

Hi [First Name],

I hope this message finds you well. I am following up on an invoice I sent you by email on [Date]. I didn’t receive the payment from you, so I decided to ensure the email wasn’t lost in your spam box. Please make sure the accounting department received it. I will resend it with pleasure if required. In all cases, I look forward to obtaining the payment during the next week.

I am immensely thankful for your help!
Sincerely,

[Your name], [Your position] at [Company name]

Follow-up email after a conference/trade show

After attending a conference, networking event, or trade show, your prospects will probably be showered with follow-up letters and will also be swamped with the follow-up work of their own. That is why it’s better to wait 2 or 3 days before sending your first follow-up letter. 

Possible subject lines

  • Hi [First Name], it was nice meeting you
  • It was nice to meet you at [Trade show name]!
  • Let’s catch up on [Pain point]!
  • Resources to help with [Pain point]

Example of follow-up email template

 

Hi [Name],

It was nice talking to you at [Conference/trade show/networking event]. I hope you learned more about the solutions to [Pain points].

I’m sure [Recipient’s objective] is one of your company’s top priorities. That is why I decided to contact you and send you [Resources] that might be helpful to you, so please find them attached below. If you need any additional details, let me know, and I’d be happy to schedule a quick phone call so we can chat more about your needs.

I’m available [Date/time options] – which would work better for you?

Sincerely,

[Your name], [Your position] at [Company name]

Appointment confirmation email

An appointment confirmation email will help remind your clients about the appointment and inform one more time when and where it’s supposed to take place. Besides, it also shows your prospects that they can expect professionalism and great customer service from you.

Possible subject lines

  • Your appointment on [Date]
  • Confirmation of appointment
  • Your appointment has been scheduled!
  • Your appointment at [Company name] is confirmed

Example of follow-up email template

 

Hi [Name],

I am writing to confirm our meeting at [Location and time], where I’ll be sharing information about [product/service] that can help you with your [Goals, pain points, or needs].

Please feel free to contact me via email or call if you have any questions. I would be ready to help you.

Looking forward to meeting with you.

Best regards,

[Your name], [Your position] at [Company name]

Follow-up email to investors

Pitching investors can be tricky, and you should expect to follow-up multiple times since they are busy people, and there are a lot of other companies vying for their time. After meeting investors, you’ll need to convince them to spend more time researching your business, and your pitch needs to stand out.

Possible subject lines 

  • [Mention achievement]: Looking for a VC
  • [Mention achievement], looking for seed VC. Interested?
  • [Mention achievement], raising seed for a US launch in Q3
  • [Mention achievement]:  Prototype video inside!

Example of follow-up email template

 

Hi [First Name],

My startup [Startup name] is still looking for a VC.

I’m attaching our pitch deck [Attach a pitch deck] in case you want to go through the numbers before replying. Would appreciate any feedback you have.

How about a call next week? Would Tuesday work for you?

Best regards,

[Your name], [Your position] at [Company name]

Business partnership follow-up email

Knowing how to write an effective business partnership email is one of the most important skills for any marketer. Such emails can help create partnerships with new but influential people and grow your business or brand faster.

Possible subject lines

  • Waiting on your decision re: collaboration
  • Following up re: our potential partnership
  • Partnership offer
  • How have we not partnered up yet?

Example of follow-up email template

 

Hi [First Name],

A quick follow-up regarding our potential partnership. It would be an honor to have you on board.

We’d love to schedule a call with you to discuss all the details, numbers, and concerns. Are you free on Tuesday?

Thanks,

[Your name], [Your position] at [Company name]

Link building outreach email

With the help of email outreach and link-building methods, you can build relationships with other people in your industry, which can then lead to interviews, partnerships, guest blogging, and more opportunities. 

Possible subject lines

  • We want to feature [Site name] on our monthly newsletter
  • Writing for [Site name]
  • Question about [Site name]
  • Found a broken link on [Site name]

Example of follow-up email template

 

Hi [First Name],

We’d love to be featured in [Article/post name with a link to it]. Our [Product/service] might be useful for your audience.

We can discuss the conditions of this collaboration via email or phone – whichever works best for you.

Let me know what you think.

[Your name], [Your position] at [Company name]

Wrapping it up

To make the most of your leads database, it’s vital to have an effective email strategy to nurture them to conversion. As you can see, short and precise letters that spotlight benefits give the best result. Apply the described follow-up email writing rules, adapt and use the given examples, and stay happy with your conversions.

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