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Cold Calling 🥶

How to warm ’em up.

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How to Write A Cold Email

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Here’s how to write cold emails that people open:

  1. Know your audience. Verify that your contact is a legitimate lead, and assess their online presence to find opportunities for personalization.
  2. Know what sets you apart. What are your value propositions, which offer specific solutions to bad alternatives? These will constitute the subtext of your message.
  3. Know what good cold-email writing is. It’s concise, personal, personable, focused, authentic, original, and clear.
  4. Choose your sender. Opt for a name in your sender field instead of a company, like “Rob from The Daily Carnage.”
  5. Land the subject line. In 60 characters or less, write a relevant, self-evident subject line. Your open rate will tell you if it’s working.
  6. Hook the reader. Ask a question, address a pain point, demonstrate value, throw in some personalized flattery, or mention a mutual connection to kick things off.
  7. Make a great first impression with a five-minute favor. Write a review of the contact’s book or podcast, donate to a cause they support, or share their work with your audience to break the ice.
  8. Warm up your outreach in your email body. In a few sentences, describe the benefits you’re offering. How will your product or service improve their life? You’re starting a conversation, not selling.
  9. Include one low-friction CTA. Just one, offered without risk or commitment. Make it natural and organic, not a high-contrast button. Keep proposed chats short (15 minutes), and include a calendar link for ease.

Read the full guide at Demand Curve.

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