Personal Email In an Age Of Clutter


As the amount of email and digital traffic ever increases, I think the human race is developing a 6th sense: mass marketing detection and filtration. Somehow we can sense if a real person took the time to send a single, personalized email to us and only us.

Quite In addition to the extra sensory antenna I am developing as a part of this collective human evolution, these clues can be quite helpful in weeding out personal from bulk emails:

  1. You mentioned or eluded to something that is unique to me / my company (not just the company name)
  2. It is a short email. I know you email a lot of people. If it’s long you’re copying and pasting. Busted.
  3. (If done tactfully) The subject line has something personal.

I have no qualms about ignoring or deleting an email that was sent to thousands people.  However, if I am reasonably sure that a real person took their time to think about me and personally email me, I will place a lot more value on the email and it will leave a positive impact. I also won’t mind continued followup emails if I know each are personal – and a reasonable amount of time has passed between emails.

The only catch? You have to email one person at a time. Inefficient, I know. But fare more valuable for the recipient.

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Published by Reilly Sweetland

Founder of FollowUpThen (YC S17). Likes productivity, efficiency, React, Node, and all things followed-up upon.

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