Ingredients of exceptional support emails

5 Ingredients of an Exceptional Support Email

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It’s enough if you follow basic email etiquette to write a good email. But what if good” isn’t enough. What if you want to write an email that is exceptional and impactful? An exceptional support email helps you reach out and build a bond with a customer. In this post, we will go over the 5 most important ingredients of an exceptional email.

1. Convenience: making it easy for the customer to read and understand

Value your customer’s time and make the email as easy as possible for them to read the email. You can do this by:

    • Highlighting the most important point they need to know. 
    • Using bullet points. 
    • Adding screenshots. 
    • And if the email is too long, converting part of it into a document and linking it from the email. But always make sure to concisely explain what’s in the document. 

Example: When I wanted to cancel my subscription with Elevate, not only was I given immediate assistance, they also went above on beyond to give me clear instructions on how I can go about it.

Exceptional email - convenience - elevate

2. Anticipation: predicting and answering follow up questions

Understand the end goal of a customer based on their questions and help them achieve that. For example, if a customer wants to know more about your return policy, they are probably worried about buying something that may not be right for them. You can use this opportunity to help them pick the right product that will not require a return.

Go above and beyond your job description in the strictest sense and take the initiative to give useful tips and suggestions. Anticipation decreases the time taken to resolve issues and increases customer’s satisfaction.

Example: When a friend faced trouble with his Twilio account because he hit the maximum number of projects a user can create, Twilio gave an immediate short-term solution by increasing the project limit. But they also anticipated that he could hit the new limit soon and gave him an alternate method to add more projects.

exceptional emails - anticipation - Twilio

3. Simplicity: Losing the jargons in your email

Do not assume that customers will have the same knowledge about your product or service as you do. Remove all the jargon from your email and explain everything in simple words. Use the same terms they use to refer to your features.

Example: A simple way to understand why it is important to communicate in the customer’s language can be seen in this image. An okay email burdens the customer with information they don’t care about. But an exceptional email addresses the customer’s main concern in simple words.Exceptional email - simplicity - remove jargon

4. Personality: Showing who you are

Usually, companies set the voice and tone for support communications. But there is no harm in showing your personality in the email even as you are following the guidelines. For example, instead of closing with your default email signature, you could sign off with your picture or a fun GIF. Customers are more likely to remember the interaction and you when you show who you are.

Example: It’s easy to stick to a conversational tone when a support conversation is positive. But even in a tricky situation when the customer was unhappy, a support champion from Zapier was able to maintain the tone and his personality.

Exceptional emails - personality - Zapier

 

5. Sincerity: Being truthful, no matter what

Express only your true emotions and personality. Never say things in your email that you do not mean. This is the reason why over-apologizing and throwing company-fed responses at people put customers off. So as much as possible, be true in your emails.

Example: Being sincere when you have a negative news is harder and necessary compared to when you have a positive news to share with the customer. That’s why this email from the Typeform support team is exceptional.

Exceptional email - Sincerity - Typeform

In addition to all the ingredients I just mentioned, you can find ways to go the extra mile in your email. If you are too swamped to take great care while writing every email, how about making every tenth email special? As any customer who has ever had a support email brighten their day would tell you, it is worth every effort you put in. 

What are some of the exceptional support email interactions you’ve had? Let us know in the comments section.


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