30+ best email marketing campaign examples & why they work

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Thousands of marketers around the globe share the same mission – they want to send the best and most effective email marketing campaigns.

While there are many ways to measure the success of your email marketing strategy, what your subscribers think of your messages and how they make them feel is crucial.

That’s why, in this article, we chose not to focus on raw numbers. We publish these in our email marketing benchmarks report, regularly. Instead, we decided to look at the visual aspects of marketing emails sent by brands and companies from various industries.

To find inspiration, we decided to dig into our own email inboxes and reach out to other fellow online marketers.

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What is an email marketing campaign?

An email marketing campaign is a targeted set of email messages designed for a specific purpose to be sent at a designated time.

They are primarily used to:

  • Increase website traffic
  • Nurture existing leads
  • Retain customers
  • Engage subscribers
  • Build brand awareness and drive sales

Categories of email marketing campaigns

Brands use different types of marketing emails to strike the chord of their audience. Each of them serves different purposes in marketing strategies. Still, sometimes they can overlap — for example, an onboarding email can also carry a brand value message and could easily fall under the brand awareness emails category.

Here they are:

Traffic generation email marketing campaigns

We’re living in times when generating web traffic has become a real challenge: 

  • The battle between ChatGPT and Google’s BARD will cause collateral damage for brands that rely on organic traffic from Google.
  • Paid campaigns, both paid social and paid search, require substantial budget allocations and don’t guarantee success.

From that perspective, leveraging the email channel to generate traffic to your website is fundamental. After all, it’s way easier to convince your subscribers to read your latest blog or visit your landing page than it’s the case with total strangers.

Onboarding email marketing campaigns

There is a massive potential to make a first impression on new subscribers. Many brands take advantage of welcome emails by injecting their brand’s tone of voice and value proposition.

Onboarding email campaigns can be used in three scenarios:

  • Send welcome emails after target customers purchase a product can be an excellent opportunity to cross-sell or up-sell other products available in an online store.
  • Saying “hi!” to fresh email subscribers creates a bond with people interested in a particular newsletter’s content.
  • Guiding new customers about using a digital product — SaaS companies use onboarding emails to educate users and make them stay longer.

Brand awareness email marketing campaigns

This category might be a tricky one. Because traffic generation, onboarding, or even promo emails can also carry a brand’s messaging.

But brand awareness emails can also be a stand-alone category. Imagine a message highlighting what a company stands for without pitching its product or offer.

Or an email campaign that puts their customer successes in the spotlight. And finally, sharing some first-party data that will position a brand as a top expert in a particular field.

Lead nurturing email marketing campaigns

Another popular type of effective marketing campaign is lead nurturing emails. The workflow is pretty simple — people opt-in to email lists and instantly become a vital asset for online businesses that own those lists.

Welcome emails here are just a warm-up. Each new email subscriber can expect to receive a sequence of relevant messages with valuable information. Everything that can get a target audience closer to becoming customers.

Sales email marketing campaigns

Black Friday promos, Christmas offers, Valentine’s Day specials, Back-to-School discount code blasts — you name them. All promo code and sales emails are something all brands do, but if they do it in a vanilla way, their potential customers will ignore them.

Luckily, there are still creative email marketing examples of promotional emails that stand out. We’re going to share some of them in this article!

Customer retention email marketing campaigns

Customer acquisition is not getting any easier. On the contrary, with thousands of companies advertising online, getting people to buy comes with a high cost.

That’s why brands concentrate their marketing efforts on retaining existing customers. Rewarding loyal customers with special deals and exclusive content can do the trick. We will share some of the best email marketing examples in that category.

Re-engagement email marketing campaigns

No matter how compelling the email content is, not everyone in the email subscriber list will engage with every message. In turn, a significant percentage of recipients will remain dormant.

That’s why one of the essential parts of an email marketing strategy is to re-engage with inactive subscribers. Some of the best email marketing strategies here include sending cart or browse abandonment follow-ups, throwing in a hearty discount, or simply check-in in with your prospect with valuable content.

You can find some fantastic inspirations for effective follow-up emails in the article’s next section.

The 30 best email marketing campaigns

Below, we’ve included 30+ email campaign examples along with additional information on:

  • who sent them,
  • what the email campaign is about,
  • and why they’re so good.

Feel free to save this article for later, as we’ll be expanding this list to include some newer examples of marketing emails that stole our hearts.

And since we’re already on the topic of making your email campaigns more engaging and interesting, this post on newsletter ideas will most likely also come in handy.

1. The New York Times

Best email marketing campaigns example - what to cook email Newsletter New York Times.

Email marketing category: customer retention

What is this email campaign about?

Weekly recipe recommendation from their NYT Cooking subscription.

Why it works:

I read this email without fail, every week. And I rarely make any of the recipes featured in the roundups. Why? The photographs are beautiful, and the long-form copy expertly written by Sam Sifton, the Food Editor at The New York Times, is informative, conversational, and personal. He shares anecdotes from his life, news as it may relate to one of the recipes featured, and cooking advice – every week.

I love the idea of how two supposed “dead and dying mediums” – newspapers and emails – are coming together to deliver something totally modern, shareable, and sustainable.

Abby Hehemann, Director of Product Marketing at GetResponse

2. Patagonia

welcome marketing email example patagonia.

Email marketing category: onboarding/brand awareness

What is this email marketing campaign about?

This is the first email you receive after signing up to their emailing list.

Why it works:

An email onboarding sequence should set expectations. This email does that really well. For starters, you have the information about free shipping at the top, which is more or less an indication of how much money Patagonia would like you to be spending in the shop. 

The email headline is inviting. They then tell readers what kind of content they send, although they don’t mention frequency. Just as importantly, you have the refund policy at the bottom. It’s setting expectations for customers, which is crucial for an ecommerce store.

The only thing I’d change in the copy is the ‘our mission’ section. Most people support the idea of saving the planet, so this statement without context means nothing to the reader. It’s a missed opportunity. The intro email is a perfect time to talk about what makes the company different. Just a sentence or two with a link to the site, maybe even a button underneath, would have done the trick.

Nico Prins, Founder at Launch Space

Editor’s note

If you’d like to learn more about the types of email campaigns that work best for online stores consider reading our guide to email marketing for ecommerce.


Email marketing example - MVMT anniversary message.

Email marketing category: customer retention/brand awareness

What is this email marketing campaign about?

This is an email campaign asking the MVMT customers to submit their video content and celebrate the brand’s anniversary together.

Why it works:

I’m a big fan of MVMT and this is just another wonderful email campaign example from many that they send.

The message starts off well, with an intriguing subject line: “That one time we went viral…”

They got my attention right away and made me click. I wanted to know why they went viral, and I really hoped it wasn’t just a clever way of showing that their prices dropped.

I wasn’t disappointed.

What I saw was a newsletter that contained an animated video that showed numerous exciting pictures and a short message explaining how they’ve asked their fans to celebrate their brand’s anniversary together.

The animated GIF along with the message led to an exciting movie showing how the brand’s followers live their lives on their own terms.

The film combining their customers’ footage, stunning pictures, and exciting music gave me goosebumps!

At the time of writing this, this video has over 22,000 views, 1,000 likes, and almost 500 comments on YouTube – talk about engagement, huh?

In fact, it’s that kind of user-generated content that made me buy one of their watches a couple of years back.

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4. Charm Offensive

welcome email campaign example charm offensive.

Email marketing category: onboarding

What is this email marketing campaign about?

It’s a welcome email received after signing up to win a free lifetime premium subscription to the copywriting course.

Why it works:

Just give it a read! When was the last time that you received an email with an evil laugh in the subject line? It’s original, it’s witty and you remember it because you’ve never had an email like this before. I’ve entered a competition where I need to compete against others, and the copy encourages me to do that, rather than shy away from it. It jokingly reminds me of what’s up for grabs if I win. Then, there’s a gentle reminder to join the Facebook group and get even more involved that I already am.

Phil Forbes, Marketer at Packhelp

5. Live The Off-Grid Dream

Example of a engaging email campaign – Live the off grid dream.

Email marketing category: lead nurturing

What is this email marketing campaign about?

This email is a part of a lead nurturing sequence that promotes starting a new life in the countryside — buying land and creating a source of passive income.

Subject line: From nothing to a whole mountain

Sender: Live The Off-Grid Dream

Why it works:

Replacing a city-oriented and noisy lifestyle with a new, slow life close to nature has become a strong trend among busy professionals in their 30s and 40s. More and more people retreat to the peaceful countryside, enticing others to do the same.

But often, they face a financial challenge (how can I afford to buy land?). And this is where Live The Off-Grid Dream steps in with its messaging.

Look at the subject line: “From nothing to a whole mountain.” It perfectly combines naming the elephant in the room (no money) and a dream (who wouldn’t like owning a mountain?).

Next, let’s look at the body copy of this email.

It doesn’t bother me that it’s plain text with no images because the wording is so powerful:

  • “owning a place,” “close to nature,” and “enjoy the good life” – what’s not to like?
  • The author paints a tranquil picture of having a dream life and running a sustainable business simultaneously.
  • But then – the author names the “villain” by its name: lack of money.
  • And even without that, they managed to own 160 acres and get $30k monthly as a passive income. How did they manage to do that? Well, they are eager to tell you … after you click the link.

6. Casper

extra hour email campaign casper.

Email marketing category: sales

What is this email marketing campaign about?

This is an email campaign example sent on the Daylight Saving Time.

Why it works:

One thing I value in email campaigns is their creativity.

Blowout sales or flash campaigns don’t impress anymore. They’re too common. And usually sent by the same brands, over and over again.

This campaign, however, was different. It was meant for Daylight Savings Time, a day nobody ever celebrates. In fact, all you usually do is sleep in.

And that’s exactly what the brand suggests, that you sleep in, but on a mattress you can buy from them, of course.

The overall email design, subject line (“That extra hour, though.”), animated GIF, short copy, and a clear CTA – everything fits perfectly.

The only thing I’d change is the discount value. If you follow Casper’s emails, you’ll see that their discounts are always 10%.

I get the strategy, but you become blind to these kinds of discounts, if you keep seeing them.

7. American Express

email campaign promoting chat amex.

Email marketing category: customer retention

What is this email marketing campaign about?

Email promoting live chat to get help with your Amex account.

Subject line: Got a question? Get an answer through Chat

Why it works:

The campaign is a win-win.

While many banks seem to try and deflect customers from contacting them, Amex is doing the exact opposite. Actively promoting and reminding their members about live chat. Inviting customers to ask them questions. It makes you feel good to be a member.

In one email they have been helpful and given a gentle reminder as to the benefit of Amex membership.

Brands that don’t have a continuous stream of new products and offers can find it hard to have something interesting to say. Amex found a good way to solve this.

The design gets down quickly to what it’s all about with the headline and a clear benefit of live chat – “Get a quick answer”.

The sample chat window gives context visually, so you get the message even with a skim read.

The final part of the win-win is that live chat is probably better for Amex too. The cost of support by live chat is likely lower than the cost of phone support.

A campaign beneficial for both the brand and the customer.

Tim Watson, Zettasphere

8. Mixmax

Animated gif marketing email example mixmax 2.

Email marketing category: onboarding

What is this email marketing campaign about?

User onboarding emails with tips in the form of GIFs.

Why it works:

I was a new user of Mixmax and didn’t know all their functionalities.

Every three days they sent me tips how to use their software better.

This way, I didn’t get overwhelmed by their software and I adopted the product very easily. The emails also expanded my knowledge on how to write great emails.  

Now, I use the same tactic at Userpilot.

Aazar Ali Shad, Former Head of Growth at Userpilot.com

9. Smart Blogger

email example smart blogger.

Email marketing category: lead nurturing

What is this email marketing campaign about?

This was a teaser email sent to lure subscribers into reading a case study, which served as top-of-the-funnel content to a paid course.

Why it works:

Here’s why this email is compelling.

Firstly, it leverages the power of social proof in the subject line and opening line.

Who wouldn’t want to check out a post that got over 1 million visitors?

Secondly, it uses the hard-to-resist emotional trigger of ‘free’.

Finally, it goes straight to the point, something people appreciate in a crazy-busy world.

Qhubekani Nyathi, Long-form Content Strategist at Wholesome Commerce

10. Mejuri

flash sale black friday good email example mejuri.

Email marketing category: sales

What is this email marketing campaign about?

This is a B2C flash sale email for Black Friday last year, giving newsletter subscribers exclusive, early access to their once-a-year sale.

Why it works:

First off, we all know how crowded our inbox gets around Black Friday.

Mejuri chose to keep their email simple and to the point, which I think we can all appreciate.

The email also stresses the exclusivity of this invite. The words “only sale all year” in the subject line, plus “private” and “secret” are powerful motivators – backed up by the fact that this invite is only going to newsletter subscribers.  

The limited time frame (only until midnight today) and the idea of scarcity (Mejuri is notorious for running out of popular pieces) drive home the need to act now. 

I’d been following their social media channels and newsletter for a few weeks. This was the trigger I needed to finally buy from them.

Bronwyn Kienapple, Content Marketer at Venngage

11. Product Hunt

newsletter campaign product hunt.

Email marketing category: re-engagement

What is this email marketing campaign about?

A daily digest of featured products from Product Hunt.

Subject line: This is stomach-turningly good. Yikes. 👀

Why it works:

The subject line totally hooked me. Anytime I see “Yikes” in my inbox, I open. And the content didn’t disappoint once I opened. The conversational tone and description of the featured product made for an enjoyable read.

Their description of the product and inclusion of (creeped out) comments from the post then convinced me to click out to the listing on their site, and then finally to the actual product itself. It was a perfect combination of a well-chosen featured product, enticing subject line, and easy-to-read copy.

Abby Hehemann, Director of Product Marketing at GetResponse

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12. Proof

post webinar follow up email proof.

Email marketing category: lead nurturing

What is this email marketing campaign about?

This is a follow-up email sent to registrants for a Webinar that didn’t show up for the live event. Our Webinar covered the 5 growth strategies that we learned during our time in Y Combinator in 2018.

Why it works:

This email works well for us because it’s being sent to an audience that has already opted in to a webinar. We know they are high-intent to watch this content — as they’ve already taken time out of their day to submit their information into a lead form.

At the same time, we know how busy day to day work can be for marketers and entrepreneurs. Rather than excluding them from getting the Webinar’s content because they didn’t show up live — we record our live presentation and follow up with an email offering them a second chance to view.

In the email body, we provide several links to our content and we reiterate the topic of the training multiple times. We also make it a point to leverage the names of bigger tech companies (Airbnb, Dropbox, Gusto) to add credibility to our presentation.

Finally, we generate the FOMO by saying “trust me, you don’t want to miss this” as our final signoff.

Ben Johnson, Content Strategist, Proof

13. Growth Hackers

newsjacking diversity email campaign growth hackers.

Email marketing category: brand awareness

What is this email marketing campaign about?

Email campaign referring to real time events – the Oscars.

Why it works:

This is an interesting example.

And it’s not only because it’s using an animated GIF. It’s about what that GIF and the copy surrounding it tell us.

This email campaign talks about the Oscars, which may not be so unusual during the week when the 91st Academy Awards is taking place.

The interesting thing is the angle Growth Hackers took in this email. They’re not talking about the movies or music that were recognized. Instead, they’re talking about the true “winner” of the Academy Awards night – diversity.

As you can read in their article, which also provides an explanation to their GIF, the 91st Academy Awards broke the record of Female and African-American Awardees.

With this in mind, they decided to dedicate that email to diversity, too – and prepared a selection of only the best content that celebrates this important topic.

For someone who cares about these values and has actually not followed the Oscar night, this email was very inspiring and educational.

Something you don’t often see in your inbox.

14. Rothy’s

animated email gif rothys newsletter.

Email marketing category: sales

What is this email marketing campaign about?

This is a promotional email sent to people who have opted into Rothy’s marketing but have yet to purchase.

Why it works:

There are at least three reasons this email stands out.

First, it’s not just animated with a video at the top, the body of the GIF taps into people’s default responses to SMS or direct messages: namely, we can’t resist the temptation to read them.

Second, it uses real names, authentic conversational elements, and even images (e.g., the cat) that look and feel as though you’re eavesdropping (or, eavesreading) someone else’s texts.

Third, it subtly leverages one of the most powerful persuasive tools: social proof.

I know all this is true because I didn’t get this email.

Instead, my lovely wife forwarded it to me and immediately texted me afterward: “I just fwd you an email from Rothy’s. I’ve never seen one like this before.”

She’s a just-turned-30, urban, socially conscious kind of lady who loves cats. Talk about nailing your target demographic. (And yes, later that day she and I ordered her first pair.)

Aaron Orendorff, Founder and Content Strategist, iconiContent

15. Capterra

newsletter email inactives capterra.

Email marketing category: re-engagement

What is this email marketing campaign about?

A regular newsletter but aimed at warming up “sleepy” followers.

Why it works:

First of all, its catchy subject line: personalized and intriguing. I couldn’t help opening it to find out WHY I’m the best. What have I done to become the best, given that I’m not an active user of Capterra?

Second, the structure: short, clear, following the “one mail – one CTA” rule and focusing on the value I’d get. It didn’t take me long to understand it wasn’t spam and what it was all about.

And third and the most interesting part is the motive they’ve used to send this offer: National Compliment Day. As a rule, marketers ignore such itsy-bitsy holidays, concentrating on big five (Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, St. Valentine’s, and Easter); but appealing to such tiny but cute calendar days could bring benefits. Content ideas for newsletters, as a minimum.

Lesley Vos, Professional copywriter

If you like this idea, be sure to check out our Global Marketing Calendar and see more tiny calendar days that can inspire great campaigns  :).

Related read: 15 Valentine’s Day email ideas for 2024 & Wickedly-effective Halloween email templates

16. Fathom Analytics

Welcome email from Fathom Analytics.

Email marketing category: onboarding

What is this email marketing campaign about?

A welcome message sent to a new user who just created an account on Fathom Analytics platform.

Subject line: Welcome to Fathom

Sender: Fathom Analytics

Why it works:

This is the first time I was so impressed with a welcome email that I decided to reply.

What’s so special about it? It’s a perfect combination of an onboarding email with brand awareness — showing how bold they are with their brand values. They are standing up to Big Tech, being upfront about what they fight for.

And finally, they make it clear that they are real people you can talk to, not soulless machines.

17. Zest

welcome email zest.

Email marketing category: onboarding

What is this email marketing campaign about?

Confirmation Email sent after you’ve submitted content to Zest.

Why it works:

1. Fun and engaging: The email is different and completely set the tone of the brand
2. Relevant: It mentions the recently published article
3. Quick: The email is straight to the point and spot-on. Yet, it confirms that my suggestion has been considered, and I love that.
4. One Simple CTA: Although I’m waiting for them to come back, it suggests me to add more and empower the community

Baptiste Debever, Co-Founder & Head of Growth at Feedier

18. Hello Bar

weekly email newsletter.

Email marketing category: re-engagement

What is this email marketing campaign about?

The email offers some free tips on how to collect more emails to grow your list of subscribers.

Why it works:

The email was very powerful, because it hits a nerve with the challenges we’re faced with when trying growing an email subscribers list. It offers actionable tips to implement right away. By giving a small insight and not giving away the farm, and by using a strong call to action, they made me curious to reserve a spot for the training to learn more tips.

Paul Granger, Content Marketer at Website Promoter

19. CXL

CXL re-engagement email campaign.

Email marketing category: re-engagement

What is this email marketing campaign about?

An invitation to a customer interview to share opinions about the product from the user’s point of view.

Subject line: You must really like us!

Sender: CXL

Why it works:

First of all, the subject line caught my attention. Wait, what? Who do I like that much, and why?

And even though I’m not an active CXL user anymore, I’m still subscribed. So, they decided to include me in a segment for a re-engagement campaign to ramp up customer loyalty. First, they want to know my experience and why I stopped being a paying customer. And second, they want to show that they care, so I can return and be an active user.

The email is short and sweet with compelling copywriting – here and in the follow-up email.

Jakub Zieliński, Co-founder at Cayenne Flow

20. Cards Against Humanity

cards against humanity black friday email.

Email marketing category: sales/brand awareness

What is this email marketing campaign about?

Cards Against Humanity Black Friday campaign

Why it works:

This is an “oldie but goodie” email campaign example.

Being a fan of Cards Against Humanity I expect nothing less than exceptionally sarcastic, cynical, or at least unusual communication.

What’s more unusual than an ecommerce brand saying that they’re shutting down their online store for Black Friday?

They even ask you to donate money for absolutely no good reason (through a CTA button that’s totally against the email design best practices).

The follow up to this campaign was fun, too. It turned out that they received a total of $71,145 for absolutely nothing. And they even listed what kind of fun things they decided to spend that money on.

Ever since, I eagerly wait for their Black Friday emails and I’m never disappointed.

21. Native

post purchase satisfaction email native.

Email marketing category: sales

What is this email marketing campaign about?

Post-purchase review email

Why it works:

I received this product satisfaction email a few days after ordering a pair of boots from Native Shoes.

Although this type of emails should be an industry standard, few ecommerce sites actually do it, and even fewer do it this in a good way.

This email checks all the most important details:
Highly visible company logo
– Customer’s name personalization
– The name and image of the product that was purchased
– Ability to write the review directly in the email itself. This is much easier than to navigate over to the site.
– Detailed review options: stars, text area and sizing fit. Note that the 5-star option is pre-selected.
Large call-to-action button at the end
– A touch of humor to make things more lighthearted

From my point of view, this is a great way to collect reviews for ecommerce stores. Maybe the only thing that’s missing in this email, is an incentive. Customers would be much more likely to write up reviews if they were offered a discount on their next purchase or something similar.

Radu Vrabie, Full-Stack Digital Marketer at Guaranteed.software

22. Revolut

black friday premium email campaign revolut.

Email marketing category: sales

What is this email marketing campaign about?

Black Friday email campaign promo offer

Why it works:

Every element of this email campaign says it’s something exclusive:

1. The dark theme of the email with very contrasting white fonts.
2. The rose gold card rotating in the GIF.
3. The eye-catching pink call to action button.

And finally, the copy, which says they normally don’t jump on the Black Friday bandwagon, but over 9,000 requests from their users isn’t something Revolut can ignore.

The email is super simple and very clear – the main benefits are emphasized in a bulleted list, and then the monetary value is restated just above the CTA button.

It’s completely different to their regular newsletters and automated emails.
As their customer, I knew straight away that this offer is special and worth checking out.

Marcin Struzik, Senior Video Editor at GetResponse

23. Booking

search triggered automated email booking.

Email marketing category: re-engagement

What is this email marketing campaign about?

Converting users who searched for accommodation in a specific city and didn’t book.

Why it works:

This email marketing campaign is a good example for any company operating online.

I’ve received this email because I’ve given consent for receiving marketing content and because, one day, I was casually checking out places to stay in Berlin on Booking.com.

I was browsing with no clear intent of buying, but after being reminded of traveling, the thought of it doesn’t go away.

Other than that, this email campaign is a good example of personalization: I could see my name on the banner, and they didn’t spoil it with Dear [Name], which sometimes looks bad when lots of other companies do it.

Besides, the dates I was interested in were already filled in, which also shortens the possible purchase process.

Although some people might find it creepy – Booking is explicitly mentioning they’re tracking users’ activities online.

Margo Burkivska, B2B Marketing Specialist at GetResponse

24. MeUndies

meundies sushi date animated gif email.

Email marketing category: sales

What is this email marketing campaign about?

Promotional email introducing a new line of products.

Why it works:

This email’s so playful.

Underwear is something that people usually hide and don’t want to talk about.

To promote it, you can either be shy about it – hey, I don’t want to disturb you, but in case you’re looking for panties… that’s what we do – or be loud and proud about the products you’re offering.

MeUndies does the latter. With this beautifully animated email, they’re showing how colorful and playful their products are.

This email says – whether you decide to go on a sushi date with a friend, or fly solo, you can have fun with their products.

I love it.

25. Care/of

product marketing email care of.

Email marketing category: sales

What is this email marketing campaign about?

Email campaign introducing a new product

Why it works:

This is a great example of a simple yet informative email promo.

I appreciate the combination of beautiful design and great copy.

After the short introduction, you learn a bit of basic information about the mushroom trio that helps boost the immune system.

Next segment tells you where it’s grown and why it matters.

Then there’s the last segment inviting subscribers to take the quiz to help them with choosing the right product for their needs.

And there’s just one clear call to action – I love these kind of emails.

Irek Klimczak, Customer Content Lead at GetResponse

Read more: How to launch a new product using email marketing

26. American Giant

retail store invitation email american giant.

Email marketing category: sales

What is this email marketing campaign about?

Email campaign inviting to the retail store

Why it works:

This email informs about the New York pop-up. It’s a great idea to use email marketing to invite subscribers to your brick-and-mortar location.  

Let potential customers know that you’re around and that they can come by and try on your products.

Make the most of both the online and offline experience.

That’s the way to do it.

Irek Klimczak, Customer Content Lead at GetResponse

Related: Guide to email marketing for retailers

27. Trello

trello product information email campaign example.

Email marketing category: onboarding

What is this email marketing campaign about?

Email explaining the ways you can use Trello

Subject line: A free personal habit tracker for you

Why it works:

I love Trello’s emails because they’re so useful, and provide real-life examples of using the solution.

After receiving this email I ended up creating two new Trello boards, so I guess the email reached its goal.

What’s so good about it?

1. A clear CTA to a detailed blog post with useful product screenshots and use cases.
2. Brand-consistent and fun graphics that match the look of the product.
3. Fun copywriting in line with the brand.
4. Addresses user persona – Trello is used mainly for project management, and procrastination is a common challenge faced when handling projects.

Marta Kusinska, Email Marketing Manager at GetResponse

28. Aaron Krall

saas user onboarding email campaign.

Email marketing category: sales

What is this email marketing campaign about?

Email announcing a special offer: convert email contacts into customers

Subject line: If you’re under $10 MRR…

Why it works:

This is a surprising email that landed in my inbox, and I think it’s worth noting.

With a great intro, including some personal details of the sender, this email gives you an impression of coming from a friend.

So the main aim is building trust, also by using some numbers and social proof in the body of an email.

After all, you’re to trust Aaron with your money and need to believe that he’s a suitable person to help your Saas business grow.

And get curious enough to ask about his special offer.

Marta Kusinska, Email Marketing Manager at GetResponse

29. Carnival Cruise Line

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Email marketing category: sales

What is this email marketing campaign about?

Promotional email campaign

Why it works:

The email by Carnival Cruise Line is a sheer delight for the subscribers, with its creative presentation. They have followed all the email marketing best practices and created a visually impressive design that is sure to kindle wanderlust in the subscriber’s mind. 

The subject line: Deposits are taking a dive. (See what they find down there!) along with the preheader text: Get reduced deposits starting from $50 per person for sailings through December 2020 are interesting enough to capture the attention of the subscribers and make them open the email.

The header image and text are crafted in such a way that the recipients are compelled to scroll through the entire email.

Finally, when they reach the bottom of the email, the sea floor with beautiful fishes usher them in. (Animation couldn’t have been used better.)  

The email ends with a clear CTA “Search All Cruises”.

All in all, it sets a great example of how travel industry emails should be. Inspired already?

Kevin George, Head of Marketing at Email Uplers

30. Phrasee

content update email phrasee.

Email marketing category: customer retention

What is this email marketing campaign about?

Email sharing the latest content from the Phrasee blog and other places on the Internet.

Subject line: Is it hot in this inbox, or is it just you? 😍

Why it works:

I always look forward to Phrasee’s content emails. I love their tone of voice and love how – as a B2B tech company with a really serious product used by huge brands – they stand out from other brands in the space just by the way the speak to their audience. Because, hey, marketers just wanna have fun, too! Couple that with gifs and a very specific type of humor – and it’s a perfect Thursday read.

They’re also great at what a lot of emails keep missing – which is creating meaningful preheaders that go together with the subject lines. I always feel like the subject line + preheader duo is so underrated (and too many companies don’t ever go beyond “Read this email online” in their preheader), while it can be a great open rate booster.

Plus, I find it awkwardly satisfying to find a pickup line in my inbox sent by a brand I actually like!

Karolina Kurcwald, Chief Wordsmith at GetResponse

31. Litmus

live twitter feed email litmus.

Email marketing category: sales

What is this email marketing campaign about?

Email invite to a conference.

Why it works:

This one is a no brainer.

What’s the best way to get people to get excited about your email design conference?

Show them an amazing email invite that’s using coding tricks you haven’t experienced before.

And that’s exactly what Litmus does with their email invitations.

One time, they added animated videos in the message background. The next year they’ve added a live Twitter feed showing peoples’ reactions to their campaign.

This email is among the best ones I’ve ever seen being deployed on a larger scale.

32. REI

Great marketing email from an ecommerce brand featuring a catchy subject line, header, and few effective CTA buttons inviting you to take action.

Email marketing category: sales

What is this email marketing campaign about?

Promotional email campaign from an ecommerce brand

Subject line: Go From Working Indoors to Playing Outdoors in Style

Why it works:

I love the intro headline “Embrace your inner outerwear”

Both the subject and headline are catchy, vivid, visual, and put you in a mood and place.

From there, the email gives a great CTA with “Shop the everyday collection” Then it follows with “Real clothes for real life”. Presenting solutions that are practical, cool, and inviting.

They expand with CTAs to different sections (Women’s, Men’s) Then they even present “Expert Advice” and show how they are thinking about the planet and quality.

It’s a longer email, but it doesn’t waste any space.

There’s rewards at the bottom that presents multiple benefits to the offer, and they close with more links to their pages.

The footer is really great too in presenting “100% satisfaction guaranteed” + the member incentive, both in big, bold fonts to present the numbers.

And there’s even an “REI Values” tab which is them showing what they’re all about.

Habeab Kurdi, Copywriting Coordinator @ GetResponse

33. Fellow

Creative product announcement email that makes you feel like you're part of some conspiracy club.

Email marketing category: sales

What is this email marketing campaign about?

Creative product announcement email

Subject line: In less than 24 hours, the future of coffee will change forever

Why it works:

This email started a promo series of a brand-new Fellow product and its upcoming Kickstarter campaign.

It goes above and beyond traditional marketing emailing.

First of all, it is just one in a series of various types of email carefully designed to:
– catch your interest
– show the product
– explain the idea behind it
– and get you to take action and back the product on Kickstarter.

I really liked the idea of using the contact list as a special club that grants you early access to the Fellow coffee news.

It’s a great example of an effective email for all those who want to use email when launching a Kickstarter campaign.

Irek Klimczak, Customer Content Lead at GetResponse

34. New Balance

New balance doing a great job with their marketing emailing. The newsletter features customer reviews, big bold photos, and one clear call to action button.

Email marketing category: sales

What is this email marketing campaign about?

Email marketing campaign from an ecommerce brand

Subject line: These Come Highly Recommended

Why it works:

In general, New Balance has really knocked it out of the park this year with email marketing and campaigns, expanding their brand and their “cool factor” by like 10000%.

For me, I love this email because it says exactly what it is in the subject line, then presents some of their best sellers but with great images, reviews, and lets the product (and their customers) speak for themselves.

It’s capped with the same as the REI one, big, bold font for the numbers/offers of “Shop more, save more”

It’s simple, yet refreshed.

Habeab Kurdi, Copywriting Coordinator @ GetResponse

35. Magic Spoon

Example of a colorful and vivid welcome email from an ecommerce brand Magic Spoon. Featuring a bowl of cereals, strong call to action buttons, and quotes from satisfied customers.

Email marketing category: onboarding

What is this email marketing campaign about?

Welcome email from an ecommerce brand called Magic Spoon

Subject line: Ready to make your morning better? 🥣

Why it works:

This is a great email marketing example any ecommerce brand can get inspired by.

The instantly get you curious by asking two questions in their subject line and email header – 1) Ready to make your morning better?, 2) Do you believe in magic?

There’s no way you will not scroll down after this. You want to know what it’s all about.

And once you scroll down, you read that they’ve recreated your favorite childhood cereals – but made them healthy! Now that really is the breakfast of my dreams.

Right after that, they throw an eye-catching try now button that inspires you to take action.

And if that’s not enough, they follow the button with powerful quotes from their satisfied customers and a picture of a person holding a bunch of boxes of cereals.

Everything in this email looks magical: A beautiful image showing an explosion of flavor. Vivid colors. Cereals floating in the air. Well-placed and highly visible CTA buttons. And last but not least, a 100% happiness guarantee in the footer.

Being a person who loves cereals (and preparing them for my children), I’m sold.

Feeling inspired?

If you’ve scrolled down this far, that means you saw over 30 great email marketing examples.

You’ve probably noticed some interesting:

Some of them had a great copy, others were all about the design, and then there were those that were just entertaining.

In other words, there’s no one way to make a great email marketing campaign.

It pays off to follow the best practices, but without talking to your audience and checking your analytics reports, you won’t know for sure if a campaign was successful.

So, what’s the next step you’ll take?

My recommendation is that you start designing your email campaigns, A/B test them, and keep optimizing them to achieve the best possible results. If you want more information first, we’ve got a great step-by-step guide to email marketing for beginners.

And if you didn’t know that yet, GetResponse provides email marketing software that can help you with all of that.

Michal Leszczynski
Michal Leszczynski
Meet Michal Leszczynski, Head of Content Marketing and Partnerships at GetResponse. With 10+ years of experience, Michal is a seasoned expert in all things online marketing. He’s a prolific writer, skilled webinar host, and engaging public speaker. Outside of business hours, Michal shares his wealth of knowledge as an Email Marketing lecturer at Kozminski University in Warsaw. You can reach out and connect with Michal on LinkedIn.