Mark it on your calendar: Cyber Monday is coming on November 27. The good news? There’s still plenty of time to capitalize on the busiest shopping day of the year by creating an effective Cyber Monday email campaign.
This article will help by introducing 14 of our favorite Cyber Monday email examples and key takeaways from each one. We’ll also dive into best practices, Cyber Monday email timing schedules, and other tips you can use to make this your best year yet.
Cyber Monday is part of Cyber Week, the busiest shopping period of the year. Buyers are especially on the lookout for deals on Cyber Monday, making it the perfect time to create incredible offers and generate boatloads of extra income.
These stats about the 2022 shopping period from Adobe highlight how impactful the holiday season and Cyber Monday in particular can be.👇
Shoppers spent $11.3 billion on Cyber Monday
This was over $2 billion more than the $9.12 billion spent on Black Friday 🤯
Consumers spent $210 billion in total during the holiday season, 2.5% more than in 2021
44.88% of sales came from mobile, with the rest being desktop and other
The takeaway? People love shopping on Cyber Monday, and emails are an effective way to promote your business during this period.
Check out our article on Black Friday emails. It contains 16 more examples and best practices you can use to create emails so good people can't help but buy.
There’s no universal method for creating an effective Cyber Monday email campaign. But these Cyber Monday email examples highlight some of your best options. For each example, we’ve included a screenshot and an explanation of the key lesson.
Use your email design to make your offer super clear and direct people to your sales page. This Cyber Monday email example from Herschel Supply Co. does this perfectly.
The black-and-white design focuses on the Cyber Monday deal
The email highlights the three main offers and relevant discount codes
It includes a single call-to-action (CTA) button that leads to the sale
Key takeaway: When creating your Cyber Monday email, make sure your offer is instantly obvious. Include a link to the sale to make buying as easy as possible.
Interactive content draws the reader's attention. When you have their attention, you can send them to your sales page. This creative Cyber Monday email example by Loft does this well.
The email uses a cool loading bar GIF, which relates to the “Start loading up your closet” theme
The bright pink highlights stand out, making the CTA button super clickable
The offer is obvious thanks to the huge text
Key takeaway: Highlight elements in your email by turning them into an animated GIF. You’ll stand out among all the non-animated emails in the recipient’s inbox.
Countdown timers create a sense of urgency—recipients know they must act soon to take advantage of the deal. We used one in our Cyber Monday promotion email.
The email has two countdown timers for maximum effect
The CTA button is directly below the timer, so subscribers can take action immediately
The copy highlights the limited nature of the offer. It mentions that this is a “Last chance,” that the sale is “Practically over” and the offer is “Today only”
Key takeaway: Most Cyber Monday sales run for a limited period. Make this clear with your copy, headers and countdown timers.
MailerLite customers can easily add countdown timers to their emails with our pre-built block. Just set the day and time, and the timer will automatically start. Check out this article to learn how to use an email countdown timer in your campaign.
People’s inboxes are full of offers during the holiday shopping period. Stand out by adding personalization to your campaign, just like this Soccer.com email.
The subject line contains the subscriber’s name
The email makes the Cyber Monday deals super clear
Dynamic content allows the brand to send offers related to the buyer
Key takeaway: Personalizing emails is super easy if you have the right tools. Use the customer’s name in your copy or include content based on the products they have bought previously.
Extend the reach of your campaign by connecting your newsletter with your social media channels, just like Quiz did in its Cyber Monday email.
The email asks people to add the brand on Snapchat
The promise of behind-the-scenes photoshoot content is an appealing offer
The account name is super clear, which makes it easy for people to add the brand
Key takeaway: Think about how to connect your email and social campaigns. Ask for follows, tell people to share their product experience or embed social media posts.
The best way to stand out is to go against the grain. Clothing brand Everlane did this to great effect in a recent Cyber Monday email.
The brand stands out by opening with ‘This is not a sale”
The email points out that the brand’s prices are already 50% lower than most retailers, satisfying the Cyber Monday craving for a bargain
It includes a single link to the collection so buying is easy
Key takeaways: Send an email promoting your online store to generate sales, even if you don’t want to offer a Cyber Monday discount.
Customers often forget about their order or leave your shop to browse other deals. When this happens, abandoned cart emails get them back to your store.
Perigold’s abandoned cart email ticks all the boxes of an effective message.
The email has an image of the product
It has a single link back to the shopping page
It has a simple design that isn’t too pushy
Key takeaways: Abandoned cart emails are an effective way to get customers to complete their purchases. Connect MailerLite with your e-commerce platform to set them up, then read this article to learn how to create an abandoned cart email.
Remind subscribers about your Cyber Monday offer by sending a last-chance email before it ends, just like Zenni Optical does in this email.
The email mentions that this is the last chance to shop the sale
The text highlights exactly when the sale will end
The email includes product images with links readers can use to buy
Key takeaways: With so many sales going on, people may forget about yours. A last-chance email is a good reminder.
Teepublic sent out an email extending its sale. This is a last chance for people who missed out on the original sale to finally make a purchase.
The email has a countdown timer set to just 12 hours
It has a super simple design with 4 main elements: a headline, an image, the offer, and a CTA button
The product image shows people exactly what they are missing out on
Key takeaways: Consider extending your sale by a short period to let people make a final purchase. Don’t overuse this tactic though as it will lessen the impact of your original deadline.
There are so many Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales that it’s hard to make customers feel special at this time of year. Get around this by creating a sale just for VIPs.
Periodic Audio’s eye-catching VIP offer works for the following reasons:
The offer is only for existing customers
Combining a 50% discount with early access is very generous
The brand builds a connection by calling VIP customers' family and friends
Key takeaways: If you know who your most loyal customers are, create an offer just for them. If you don’t know your loyal customers, segment your email list to find out!
Many Cyber Monday sales start on Black Friday and continue until the following week. This gives customers more opportunities to buy but makes the sale less urgent.
Get around this by creating a sale that only lasts for a single day, just like RyanAir did in this email.
The email mentions the sale is for 24 hours only
It includes a countdown timer to highlight the fact
It advertises really low prices
Key takeaway: Create a 24-hour sale and make it clear that your offer only stands for a day, so recipients know they have to buy now.
Teachable teamed up with Pat Flynn to offer his course about building online courses to people who take up the Teachable Cyber Monday deal. This increases the value of the offer while helping new signups launch their course.
The course teaches skills that are valuable to new Teachable customers
It’s only available for the first 200 buyers, which gives the offer a sense of urgency
The course’s high ticket price makes the deal even more appealing
Key takeaways: Find other brands with audiences similar to yours and see if you can create a Cyber Monday offer that’s even more appealing to potential buyers.
Cyber Monday and Black Friday aren’t only for physical products. Software businesses and digital product sellers can also get involved.
Social media tool Later created a special Cyber Monday offer and promoted it via email.
The offer is clear—get two weeks of the service for free
The copy focuses on the tool’s value
It includes super clear CTA buttons
Key takeaways: Create a Cyber Monday offer to convert customers who stay with you beyond the holiday shopping period.
You don’t need a product to sell to get in on the Cyber Monday action. GQ recommends other brands’ products in its newsletter and earns a commission when someone buys after clicking through one of its links.
Product boxes show an image of each item, the price, a description, and a clear link to the relevant store
The copy in the description is fun and entices readers to buy
The products are carefully selected to appeal to GQ’s audience
Key takeaways: Promoting affiliate offers is a good way to earn if you have a newsletter but no product to sell. Choose the products carefully so they appeal to your audience.
Now you’ve seen some great Cyber Monday emails, it’s time to start crafting your own messages. Just be sure to keep these best practices in mind before you start.
As the stats in our opening section show, 44.8% of holiday sales come on mobile. If people can’t read your newsletter, it will kill your conversions. Make sure you send mobile-friendly newsletters so your email looks good on all devices.
All emails designed with MailerLite’s Drag & drop editor are responsive and display well on any screen size. What’s more, you can choose from one of our many email templates to get started in seconds. View some of our favorites in the library below.
Sending emails at the optimum times can help build sales. Here are some timing tips you can use to optimize your Cyber Monday email campaigns.
It’s common practice to let people know about your sale in the days leading up to it. This builds anticipation and lets people know that you will be having a sale so they don’t spend their money elsewhere!
Consider sending an email in the days before your sale opens mentioning your upcoming discounts and letting people sign up to be alerted when they start.
A good campaign involves multiple emails that build anticipation the week before Cyber Monday and continue until the sale ends. Many businesses combine Cyber Monday with Black Friday. In this case, your email sequence will include Black Friday promotions too.
Here’s a typical sequence you can use:
Email 1: Send in the days before your sale to build anticipation
Email 2: Send as soon as your sale opens so people can buy right away
Email 3: Send a reminder to give people who missed the first email a chance to buy. You may want to send multiple reminders and add sale reminders to your other email campaigns
Email 4: Send an update email if relevant. This could include information such as further discounts, new products being added to your sale, or new offers
Email 5: Send a message targeted at customers who showed interest in your product but didn’t buy. For example, send an extra discount to people who click on the link to your product
Email 6: Send a last-chance email letting people know they don’t have long left to take advantage of your offer
You don’t need to use all the above emails when creating your Cyber Monday email sequence. Just choose the ones that make the most sense for your business or product and adapt the ideas to your needs.
If you're worried you won’t have time to send emails during such a busy time of year, you can use automation to streamline your Cyber Monday email marketing campaign. Use MailerLite to create and schedule your campaign to go out at the time of your choosing.
You can also create workflows to automate the sending of specific emails. Here are some Cyber Monday-related email automation examples:
Add a button to your first email that people can use to get early access to your sale. Use automation to send an email to people who click the button
Send abandoned cart emails to people who start the checkout process but don’t complete the purchase. These are some of the highest converting types of emails as they go to people who have a proven interest in your product
Send follow-up emails to people who have clicked on links in your campaigns but not made a purchase
Resend your emails to people who didn’t open the first message to ensure as many people as possible see the offer
These are just some ideas—you can automate emails based on a ton of different triggers. Read this article to find out more about 10 automation triggers you can use
A good subject line can be the difference between people opening your sales email and ignoring it. Consider including the following elements to optimize your open rate.
The word Cyber Monday
A discount percentage
Words like free, biggest sale, save, discount, off, coupon, now and deal
Urgency (“Black Friday sale starts NOW”, “Cyber Monday ends in 4 hours” or “Last Chance to Save”)
You can also play around with emojis in your email subject lines, this is a great way to make your brand feel fun and friendly.
CYBER MONDAY FOMO? 😰
💻 CYBER MONDAY 30% OFF ⌨️
⏰ Tick. Tock. Cyber Monday Sale Ends Soon: Save Up To 65% Off
Last call: Cyber Monday is ending soon.
🏁 Get Ready, Get Set...Book! Our Cyber Monday Sale Starts Now >> Rooms Up To 65% Off
When writing your Cyber Monday email, make sure your email copy drives readers to buy.
You don’t have to be an expert copywriter to write effective emails. Just include the following points in your copy where relevant:
What the offer is
How the product benefits the reader
Why they should buy now (limited stock, limited time offer, first 100 people get the offer, etc)
How they can take advantage of the offer
Once you’ve made your offer clear, finish off with an email call-to-action that encourages clicks and sends people to the exact page on your website where they can buy your product. Also, check out our list of copywriting tips to find out more about writing effective emails. Or use our AI email writer to help create your campaign copy. Hit the link below to find out more.
Amazon generates 35% of its revenue from product recommendations. Take a page from the e-commerce giant’s playbook by promoting recommended products in your Cyber Monday emails.
MailerLite customers who run their e-commerce with Shopify can send product emails with recommendations based on previously bought products.
Personalization and segmentation can help you send messages that are targeted at each subscriber.
Personalization lets you add information from a custom field in a subscriber’s profile to your email text. Typically this will be the person’s name, but it can be any information you collect such as their company, interests, or industry. The text changes depending on the person who receives the email.
Segmentation lets you group customers automatically based on any number of factors such as campaign engagement, custom field data, purchases, their location, or how they joined your list. You can even create segments based on multiple conditions.
Once set up, you can then send different emails to each group that are designed to appeal to the people on the list.
Cyber Monday is an important online shopping day for retailers, and holiday email marketing is an excellent way to promote your brand. Use the examples and tips in this article to spice up your campaigns and give them the best chance of success.
For more holiday-themed shopping email examples, check out our article on the best Black Friday emails here. We also have a library of Cyber Monday and other holiday email templates you can use to create your campaigns.
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Editor's note: This article was originally published in October 2022, but has been updated with fresh ideas and examples.