Updated December 2023
If you own an agency, and you are looking for a cold email template, then you are in the right place.
In this article, I will share the only cold email template that you need to acquire clients.
This template works for almost all types of agencies, including: SMMA, digital marketing, social media marketing, PR, consulting & SEO.
My template follows a proven 7-step framework:
Pro Tip: Your email should be less than 100 words. Longer emails have a lower response rate.
You need to immediately stand out from the crowd in your intro.
There are two ways to do this:
Mention your prospect’s first name. They will know that you are intentionally reaching out to them.
Be concise and direct. If you tell your prospect that you value their time and that you’ll keep your email short, then they are more likely to take you seriously.
Below is the intro that you should use:
I know your time is valuable, so I’ll keep this short:"
The entire point of cold email is that you are reaching out to people that you haven’t spoken to before.
You need to give them some basic context about who you are and what you do.
Below is an example of this in action:
“- I’m the founder of AgencyX, which helps construction companies rank higher in Google.”
The most common reason why prospects don’t respond is because they don’t believe that you can do what you claim.
The best way to convince someone to take you seriously is to briefly explain how you are going to achieve results for them.
For example, if you tell a prospect that you help construction companies rank higher in Google, then you need to say how you do this. Otherwise, they won’t believe you.
Below is an example of this:
“- We do this by restructuring your website to ensure that you have a page for each keyword topic that you want to rank for.”
Mentioning a specific reason why you are contacting a prospect is a good way to personalize your email.
If you can say something that is unique to that particular person, then he/she is more likely to respond to you because he/she will know that you aren’t sending the same message to thousands of people.
It’s important that your reason for reaching out is relevant to your offer.
Below is a good example of this:
“- I saw that your website doesn’t currently rank for “construction companies phoenix”.”
By default, your prospects won’t trust you.
In order to counter this, you must provide an impressive case study that is relevant to your offer.
Below is an example:
“- We have already worked with more than 120 construction companies across the US.”
If you don’t make it extremely obvious what you want your prospect to do, then you won’t receive responses.
Most prospects don’t want to spend time thinking about how to respond to your email. If you can give them a simple choice between “yes” or “no”, then your response rate will skyrocket.
In this example, I ask the prospect if I can send over some additional information. They can either say yes or no. They do not need to think.
On a related note, most salespeople make the mistake of trying to get the prospect on a call in their first email. Prospects are busy, and don’t want to spend 30-minutes on the phone with you. Your call to action needs to be something that doesn’t cost your prospect time.
You should use the following call to action in your cold emails:
“Can I send over some additional information?
The final part of this framework involves using a P.s. line.
This does two things:
It makes your email seem more personal, which will increase your response rate.
It implements an effective strategy where you ask a top executive (Founder or CEO) to forward your email to the right person. When they forward your email, they are essentially transferring their authority to you, resulting in an almost guaranteed response from whoever receives your email.
Below is an example of this:
"P.s. If you aren’t the right person to talk to, then please forward this email to the correct person :)"
Yes, cold email is a great way for agencies to acquire new clients. However, it only works if you send a personalized email with a great offer.
Cold email works for almost all agency types, such as: SMMA, digital marketing, social media marketing, consulting & SEO.
If you are an agency owner, and you want to send cold emails to acquire clients, then I recommend that you use my template below:
You should not use AI personalized first lines, as your prospects will know that your cold emails were AI generated. You can learn more about this in my article Should You Use AI Personalized First Lines When Sending Cold Emails?
I also recommend that you use Emailchaser to send your cold emails, as Emailchaser will help your emails land in the primary inbox (not spam).
Finally, I recommend that you spend time thinking about your outbound sales strategy. Many people in the cold email community promote the concept of high volume. This usually doesn’t work. Instead, a more targeted approach often works better.
The below tweet is from Brex’s ex-Chief Revenue Officer. In this tweet, he describes their most successful outbound sales campaign. They only contacted 300 companies, and they were able to close 169 as paying customers. You can potentially do something similar for your agency:
1/ The best outbound campaign we ever ran at Brex (75% demo rate, 75% demo to close):— Sam Blond (@samdblond) January 9, 2023
Brex launched in 2018 as the first corporate card for startups. After launch, when we were still ~30 employees and near 0 rev, we ran the most successful outbound campaign I've ever seen.
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