I wear a lot of hats between my regular job, my business, social media, friends, PTO and volunteering - I must get hundreds of emails a day. Ironically the biggest offenses happen in business.
I'm in manufacturing. I log in and I see this!
Subject: Got it
And every time I do - I want to punch my inbox right in the face! Now, you might be saying "WTH is your problem- you can view the email in Outlook without opening it". Why yes I can. Although I’ll have to read the whole stupid thing to figure out what it’s about. Never mind that I won’t be able to find it when it gets buried because your subject line sucks!
So here are my suggestions on How to Write an Email Subject That Doesn’t Make Me Want to Kill You
Instead of “Purchase Order” write: PO Status Needed “ABC Company” PO# 100220141558
Instead of “Meeting” write: Meeting - Monday 10/06 8:00 a.m. “XYZ Project”
Instead of “FYI” write: H.R. Issue – Lizzy Borden - Anger Management Class
Instead of “Orders” write: Thanks for your order – PO#4102601
Write a good concise subject line and tell what the email is about.
Not only does this make it a LOT easier to find in a search but you are more likely to get a quick response. Oh! And your recipient won’t want to kill you.
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What email faux pas make YOUR head want to pop off? Tell me about it!