How To Write More Persuasive Emails That Get Opened

Here Are 5 Foolproof Ways to Writing More Persuasive Emails That Get Opened





Carly Stec, Content Marketing Manger, IMPACT, has put together a cut-and-dried list of 5 foolproof tips to walk marketers through how to write more persuasive marketing emails that get opened (and clicked.)



1. Scrap the passive voice

  • When it comes to persuasive writing, you want to avoid the passive voice at all costs.
  • Typically, sentences written in a passive voice are overly complicated, thus they are harder to understand.
  • Aware that writing is rewriting, be sure to read through your copy a few times to identify and alter sentences that take a passive approach.

2. Focus on framing

  • A great deal of our decision making process is susceptible to the way in which a case is presented to us.
  • Often times people’s fear of missing out weighs heavier than their interest in gaining something.
  • With this in mind, consider framing your copy to reflect the outcome of choosing not to take the desired action. Will it cost them money? Will it put them a step behind their competitors? Will if cause people to look at them differently?
  • While this is something that you’ll want to A/B test against the alternative to determine how your recipients respond to it, there is plenty of research to back its effectivity.

3. Pay attention to what comes first (and last)

  • According to the “serial position effect”, people are more likely to recall the first and last items on a list rather than the middle ones.
  • The reason being that items that appeared early on were distinguished from the others as a result of the primacy effect, and at the time of the recall the words that fell at the end remained in the short-term memory (recency effect.)
  • To apply this insight to your marketing emails, consider the way you position information that appears in a bulleted or numbered list.
  • While breaking down content into lists helps to ease readability, you’ll want to be sure that you make your most important point first, or save them for last.
  • This concept can also be applied to your copy as a whole.
  • Start strong, making sure to convey value right off the bat, and end with a call-to-action that’s hard to say no to.

4. Draw a comparison

  • Shape your argument in the form of a relatable comparison.
  • Whether it be a story, a metaphor, or an analogy, rooting your point in something familiar helps to eliminate the amount of explaining you have to do.
  • Aware that less is more, this approach leaves more room for what’s important.
  • Not to mention, often times drawing a connection between two things will evoke an emotional resonance which can be used to your advantage.
  • Considering our emotions are highly responsible for driving our decision making, you’ll want to focus on creating a story that speak to their pathos.

5. Avoid opinions

  • The trouble with opinions is that they’re easy to argue. Facts aren’t.
  • With that said, the performance of your marketing email relies heavily on your ability to back up your claims.
  • If they’re not rooted in something credible, you’re giving the recipients no reason to take you seriously.



To ensure that your next email is more than just a collection of weightless opinions, be sure carefully dissect your copy to identify weak points. The goal is to present the recipients with a case that is hard to poke holes in.



If you enjoyed this post and found TONS OF VALUE, please take a few minutes and share…Thank You!


Sharing Is Caring!


To Your Success,
Joan Harrington

Facebook Comments

0 Replies to “How To Write More Persuasive Emails That Get Opened”

  1. Great post Joan! You made a great point with writing in the passive voice. I used to write like that and now I’m writing with authority and not being afraid to tell people what to do. People love being told what to do.

    Dr. Lisa

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge