20 Ideas for Quick and Creative Emails

Whether you're a small manufacturer or a massive multinational corporation, one thing is the same: email marketing should be a critical part of your digital marketing strategy. For every $1 you spend on email marketing, you can expect an average return of $38That's an almost unbelievable margin.

But creating a killer email isn't as simple as pressing "send." First, you have to write it. And that prospect is daunting, especially when you don't consider yourself a writer and have no idea what to talk about. If you're stuck, use these 20 email writing ideas from Constant Contact to find your perfect email topic.

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20 Email Ideas 

  1. Share a memory of your first sale
  2. Highlight your most popular items
  3. What inspires you?
  4. Look back on an early learning experience
  5. Provide a “how-to” tutorial
  6. Celebrate a milestone
  7. Introduce one of your staff members
  8. Send a thank-you note
  9. Ask for feedback/advice
  10. Preview something you look forward to all year
  11. Let customers know how you get involved in your community
  12. Share a video
  13. Respond to industry trends or news
  14. Share an interesting article
  15. Feature a happy customer
  16. Provide a gift guide
  17. Highlight your social media profiles
  18. Share local news/events
  19. Take advantage of an obscure or fun holiday
  20. Answer the question: Why do you do what you do? 

These ideas will help you get started with drafting your emails. But the topic is only one piece of the puzzle.

Get Strategic with Your Email Marketing

Now that you have some ideas of what to write about, focus on the how. Blasting a message into a massive void of contacts isn't likely to get you much return. (And please, Don't buy that list. )

For best results, you should use segmentation to organize your lists. Group contacts by some similar trait - common options include lifecycle stage (e.g., are they a client, a prospect, or a vendor), geographical location, service type, and/or industry. You can then send your emails only to the segments likely to be interested. This makes it more likely that your emails will get opened. It also prevents readers from unsubscribing and missing out on potentially relevant information because they're sick of getting messages that aren't useful to them.

Additionally, personalization can increase your open rates. Include relevant and personal details in emails - the simplest (and most common) example is starting an email with the recipient's name and/or company. Or it can be as complex as pulling in client information - such as last purchase date, specific need from your last chat, or a reminder to make an appointment. 

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If you truly want the best return from your email, you need to get strategic with the tools you use. 

Using AI with Your Email Marketing

You can tap into the power of AI to generate some of your email marketing content. Use AI tools like ChatGPT as a starting point for writing content, but be sure to update it and personalize it for your brand. Tools like HubSpot offer AI-assisted content support that will enhance your ideas.

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Dave Meyer
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Dave Meyer is President of BizzyWeb. Dave has more than 20 years of experience in marketing and communications and has presented digital marketing topics to thousands of people across the US and Canada.