Around this time of year it feels like everyone is caught up in the holiday craze. Hanukkah has begun, Christmas is almost here, New Year’s is just around the corner, and there are other December holidays to be enjoyed too.
With so much to celebrate, and so many people trying to finish their holiday shopping, it can be difficult to grab and hang on to anyone’s attention for very long. And yet, the world doesn’t stand still simply because it’s the holiday season. You still need to communicate with your friends, family, colleagues, clients, and coworkers, so why not embrace the season and add some holiday cheer to your emails?
A little festive fun could be just the thing you need to get a response from your emailing efforts. Celebrate the season and give these holiday tips a try:
1) Wish Your Reader a Happy Holiday
Whether it’s at the start or the end of your email, wishing your readers a happy holiday is an effective way of letting them know that you care and want them to enjoy the season.
Try to make your wish as personal as possible; if you know your reader celebrates Hanukkah or Christmas then wish him or her a Happy Hanukkah or Merry Christmas. If not, then “Happy Holidays” will cover all your bases while still spreading some seasonal cheer.
You can include this at the end of your email, or even in your subject line. If your reader sees a pleasant “Happy Holidays” wish in the subject, it might just be the positive motivation he or she needs to open it up and read what you have to say.
2) Make a Holiday eCard
The Christmas Card is a longstanding tradition wherein friends and family members have celebrated the season by wishing each other a Merry Christmas or Happy Holiday with postcards. These cards are sometimes generic images, and other times photos of one’s family dressed up in seasonal clothing. You can very easily continue this tradition by snapping a photo of your family or coworkers and sending it to whomever you’re emailing.
Try dressing up in Santa hats or other festive attire and sending the picture out with a “Happy Holidays” message to your contacts. It’s a fun way to celebrate the season and say “hello” to friends, coworkers, or clients.
3) Include a Festive GIF in Your Signature
Normally an email signature should be professional and to the point, but around this time of year a festive touch can show that you’re in the holiday spirit. Try searching a resource like Giphy for a festive animation that will catch your reader’s eye and put him or her in a good mood. A cute cat dressed like Santa Claus could put a smile on anyone’s face!
If you’re sending a particularly long email, you could even add a GIF to the middle to help keep your reader’s attention. Given the option, remember to opt for a smaller file size before downloading and attaching the GIF to your email; you don’t want it to take too long to load before your reader sees it.
Adding some holiday cheer to your emails can be a great way to spice up your messages, and it can also help you get the attention of your audience at a time when people have plenty of distractions.