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5 Cold Prospecting Email Templates To Boost Response Rates

5 Cold Prospecting Email Templates To Boost Response Rates
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In a recent Forbes article, they asked 16 members of their Communications Council about the do’s and don’t of cold email outreach. The responses ranged from phrases like “Show ’em you know ’em,” to “Don’t be formulaic,” and “Don’t blast a generic message.” The other responses, for the most part, tended to stick to the same theme — personalization, personalization, personalization. Why might that be?

When you think about it, which emails in your inbox do you gravitate towards opening? The ones that you know were sent to a mass email list, or the emails that were specifically catered towards your needs and wants? The answer is simple — you open the email that looks like it was written by a real person.

When you’re creating an email list and writing those cold prospecting email templates, ask yourself one question, “Would I open or respond to this email?” If the answer is no, rethink who you are sending the email to, or rework the email itself. Personalization is one of the most important elements of a cold email to make sure it’s authentic.

The Numbers Don’t Lie

When it comes to personalizing cold emails, the statistics are overwhelming. According to Woodpecker, when they sent a personalized cold email campaign, it received a 50% response rate.

But it’s not just about the reader-oriented text in your cold prospecting email templates, it’s also about the people you’re emailing. Woodpecker found, after analyzing over 20 million emails, that by narrowing down your list and verifying email addresses, you can increase your open rate significantly. By using an email finder tool, it’s easier to find real email addresses so you can reach more people.

That same Woodpecker study also found that cold emails can be improved by including customized snippets like {{first_name}} and {{company_name}}. According to their numbers, this increased open rates from 7% to 17%. That might not seem like much, but 10% is a huge increase in the cold email game.

Anything you can do to boost the open and response rates of your email campaign is worth a try. The most experienced startup founders and heads of salespeople use cold prospecting email templates. If you want to try a new one in your next outreach campaign, keep reading.

#1. Reach Your Prospect Indirectly

Hi {first name},

I came across your name on {source} and was wondering if you could help me out.

I have a solution for {industry problem or pain point} that I think {company name} could really benefit from, but I’m having trouble connecting.

Who is the right person to discuss this opportunity with, and how may I reach them?

I appreciate your time.

{insert email signature here}

If you can’t reach the decision-maker of a company, try reaching someone that can. Use LinkedIn to find employees in the company, and make an educated guess as to who would be most likely to forward your email.

(Source: Zendesk)

#2. Reposition With a Follow-Up Email

Hi [prospect’s name],

I’m really excited to get started with you on this, so I thought of sharing a [blog / ebook / video] we’ve recently published that expresses similar challenges you’re facing at [prospect’s company name].

Check them out here: [link to material]

What’s the best way to get on your calendar for 15 tomorrow? I would love to hear your feedback on it.



(Source: Hippo Video)

Just because you didn’t get a response the first go-round, doesn’t mean a follow-up email will fail. Always send a follow-up email a couple of days after your initial email, especially if you know they opened the first one. They might have been too busy to respond last time.

#3. Use Word-Of-Mouth

Hello {First name},

I just had an exciting conversation with {initial contact}, who directed me to you.

I noticed that {prospect company name} is being plagued by issues like {pain point 1}, {paint point 2}, {pain point 3}....

{Product name} can help solve these issues rapidly, and even {initial contact} strongly believes in it.

However, he also pointed out that you are the person who can take a call on this and suggested we have a chat.

Can we have a quick 5-10 minute call next week to explore our solution to these challenges?

Shoot me an email, and I will fix a call at your convenience.

Warm regards,

{Your name}

(Source: Klenty)

That mutual contact can go a long way when it comes to getting responses. It’s all about getting a conversation started. Even in social settings, bringing up someone you both know can help carry a conversation.

#4. Use Their Success Stories

Hey [Prospect],

Congratulations on your recent round of funding.

What you are doing is going to impact the law profession in a major way.

I look forward to seeing how you'll deploy your new resources to do it even faster.


[Your name]

(Source: HubSpot)

There are so many sources out there to learn more about your recipients. Find something they’ve accomplished and congratulate them on their success. Everyone appreciates a little pat on the back.

#5. Use the Before-After-Bridge

Hi [name],

I noticed that your [blog/site] isn’t optimized for mobile. This might be causing you to lose many potential customers.

What if I told you there was a [tool/service/plugin] which could optimize the experience of your website on mobile devices?

That’s exactly what [your product] helps you do.

Would you be interested in learning more?


[Your name]

(Source: Pipedrive)

This formula is simple:

  1. Before: Here is the problem your business has (be nice!).
  2. After: Here’s how your business would look without that problem.
  3. Bridge: Here’s how this product/service will get you there.

Don’t Forget to Perfect Your Email List!

These cold prospecting emails are great, but they’re not going to be effective unless you narrow down your email list to the recipients that are most likely to open and respond. That also means finding verified email addresses so that you’re actually reaching your prospects. Otherwise, writing all those personalized emails is just a waste of time.

To find email addresses that are linked to a prospect, try the Skrapp.io cold email tool. Our Web extension smartly integrates with your Linkedin and Sales Navigator and provides verified email addresses of leads instantly.