We marketers sometimes forget that our emails, along with everything else we produce, are competing for people’s attention. We write emails from beginning to end without considering how people actually read emails, which is often as little as possible. People scan right over the clever writing we tried so hard on to get right to the heart of the email. Let’s make it easier for people to find the information they want.
Emails should only be as long (text wise) as they need to be. They should NOT be made long through marketing fluff. People get lots of emails, most of which they don’t read because they don’t want to spend hours in their inboxes. Get to the point. Only write as much as needed for your audience to feel comfortable completing the call to action.
Long Emails = Emails with Lots of Text
Occasionally, you’ll need to write a longer emails. These emails are often transactional and contain detailed instructions or information relevant to customer interactions with your company.
Long emails can look intimidating, but people will read them so long as each sentence is succinct and highly relevant to their interests.
Tall Emails = Short Emails Made Taller by Design
In most cases, you’ll write emails that are short and sweet, probably 2-4 sentences. Just the most basic information (without marketing fluff) to compel your audience to take an action.
Short emails can be look taller because of added design elements, like making important text bigger or adding graphics that visually reenforce the message. People are accustomed to scrolling, so don’t be afraid to make your emails taller.
Emails (in most cases) aren’t blogs. You shouldn’t write more that what it takes to answer:
- What is this email about?
- Who created the content the email is promoting?
- Where can I access this content?
- When can I access this content?
- How can I access this content?
Email copy should be just as long as it needs to be in the context of what you’re trying to accomplish with the email. Depending on how you design your email it can look quite tall, which is ok. Understand that your audience’s time is limited, so the more efficiently you can state your business the better. Your audience will like you more for it.