The top Black Friday/Cyber Monday email examples and strategies

We don’t have to tell you that Black Friday is one of the busiest online shopping days of the year. Everyone knows it. You can’t get on social media, turn on the radio, or drive down the street without being swamped with Black Friday and Cyber Monday announcements. Those days are often referred to today as “Cyber Weekend”.

And opening your inbox? Fuggedaboutit. More emails are sent on Black Friday than any other day of the year.

Despite all the competition, this is not something you should sit out. Black Friday is now an international shopping holiday. Creators, coaches, solopreneurs, solo professionals and every small business should have a plan.

You know why? Because your audience and your customers have a plan. They plan to spend money.

A lot of money. The average U.S. adult plans to spend $500 during Cyber Weekend

We want you to get a slice of that pie.

To help give you the inspiration and tools needed to thrive this shopping weekend we’ve put together a list of our absolute favorite Black Friday and Cyber Monday email examples. 

Plus we’ve developed an email marketing game plan to help you stand out from the crowd by getting your audience to open, read, and buy from your emails. 

Plus we’ll cover the best times to send out your Black Friday and Cyber Monday emails and what to write in your emails.

Let’s start off with our favorite Cyber Weekend email examples.

The best Black Friday email examples

Looking for a little inspiration for your Black Friday emails? Take a look at how these companies positioned their emails.

The countdown Black Friday email

Have you ever shopped online when that marketplace had a countdown event. You know them – the ones that have the time “sale ends in 1 hour.” A minute later you only have 59 minutes and so on. 

It’s an impulse buy. You don’t want to take a chance that you miss that deal. So use that strategy for your Black Friday emails. Add a countdown timer to your emails, like this UK company, Vodafone. 

Urgent Black Friday email example

The early start Black Friday email

Who says you need to wait until Black Friday to call something a Black Friday special.

This company decided to start their Black Friday on Tuesday. Why not. 

Start early Black Friday email example

Don’t stop at midnight

So you’re telling me I can start early and end late” – Absolutely.

Be flexible with your Black Friday offers. If one email or promotion is exceeding expectations, extend it.

National Geographics does this brilliantly with this email. The top two headlines of this email stop the reader right in their tracks.

Black Friday extended email example

The short & punchy Black Friday email

On Black Friday, more than any other time, you need to keep your emails brief. Your subscribers’ inboxes are filled with other emails. They’re busy shopping online and browsing hundreds of sales.

So get straight to the point. Describe your sale and link to your sales page.

For example, see how mattress company Casper does this in their Black Friday email below.

Short Black Friday email example

The “straight-to-the-point” Black Friday email

Your most important information (a.k.a. the discount or deal you’re offering) should be near the beginning of your Black Friday email. Consider including it in the headline of your email.

Code School, an online education platform, describes their discount in a brief and bold headline, making it simple for subscribers to see exactly what the offer is.

Black Friday email example with discount

The visual Black Friday email

Another way to increase your click-through rates on Black Friday? Display your product images inside your emails. 

If a subscriber sees something that catches their eye, they’ll be much more likely to click on your call-to-action button.

Crossnet, an outdoor volleyball-like game, created a visual email that shows off their product in a fun way. 

Huckberry black friday email example using a product visual

Grab their attention with animation

Add some fun to your emails with some cool GIFs. 

Related: We created free GIFs you can use in your emails. Download them here.

Kidly, a children’s toy and clothing company, created a GIF for one of their Black Friday emails. It’s fun — which matches their brand — and seasonal. The headline and image work together to create a stand-out email.

Black Friday email example using an animated GIF

The “Last Call” Black Friday email

Create urgency by informing subscribers that your sale ends soon. In his book Persuasion, best-selling author and psychology professor Robert Cialdini explains that urgency is a psychological trigger that encourages people to act.

urgent black friday email example from Wonderbly

Cyber Monday email examples 

Below are a few of our favorite Cyber Monday email examples. Use them as inspiration to create your own email marketing campaign with AWeber this Cyber Monday. 

Play on words Cyber Monday email

This is a cute Cyber Monday email. The team at TunnelBear decided to have a little fun with their Cyber Monday email by making it a Cy-Bear Monday Sale. 

Show your personality, with so many emails being sent during the Cyber Weekend – maybe having a little fun is just what you need to stand out.

Play on works cyber Monday email example

The engaging Cyber Monday email

Chubbies offered a new free gift — like duffle bags, blankets, hats, and more — every hour of their Cyber Monday event via email. If you bought a product on their site, you would receive that hour’s free gift along with your purchase. 

The campaign kept people coming back to their inbox hour after hour to check out which free gift would be unveiled next.

Engaging Cyber Monday email

The “bundled products” Cyber Monday email

Digital marketer and coach Melyssa Griffin helps bloggers and entrepreneurs grow their audiences and incomes. For Cyber Monday, Melyssa bundled all her online courses together for a fantastic deal.

Bundling or packaging certain products can make the promotion feel larger and more impactful than giving a discount for each separate item.  

Cyber Monday email with bundled products

The “no sale” Cyber Monday email

Remind your customers of how good they always have it! That’s what Everlane did with their “No sale here” email. In this email, they called out the fact that their prices are already 50%  lower than most retailers, day in and day out. 

Cyber Monday email without trying to sell

The “exclusive offer” Cyber Monday email

Motivational speaker and coach, Lewis Howes, focused on “exclusivity” for his Cyber Monday deal. He played up all the benefits of being part of the elite, members-only program and offered a significant discount on his monthly coaching program. 

Exclusive Cyber Monday sale email

Your 8-step Black Friday and Cyber Monday email campaign playbook

Let’s face it: You can’t just send one email for Black Friday and one email for Cyber Monday anymore. Driving the most sales from your emails requires a well thought out strategy and plan. You need to build excitement with pre Black Friday and Cyber Monday emails. 

Consider this email campaign as a starting point for what to send and when.

Email #1: Send your Black Friday “teaser” email

Email messaging: Tease your promotion with a “preview” email. Let your customers know something big is coming — but don’t tell them what.

Time to send: Saturday before Black Friday

Email #2: Send your Black Friday “sneak peek” email

Email messaging: Let your customers know you couldn’t contain your excitement regarding the amazing offers you have in store for them. Give them a sneak peek of what they can expect on Black Friday.

Time to send: Monday before Black Friday

Email #3: Send a countdown email

Email messaging: The night before your promotion goes live, send a 12-hour countdown email to your audience. (The anticipation!)

Time to send: Wednesday before Black Friday

Note: Want to get these emails all scheduled at once? Sign up for a free AWeber account and get your Black Friday and Cyber Monday emails automated!

Email #4: Launch your promotion

Email messaging: Send your Black Friday promotion. Promotion ideas include a coupon code that gives your subscribers a certain % off their purchase, a free gift with their purchase, or a special giveaway for the first 200 customers who purchase.

Time to send: This one is tricky: Send it the Thursday before Black Friday. In the online world, Black Friday is no longer Black Friday. Send the email on Thursday or risk missing an opportunity to maximize your sales.

Email #5: Resend your promotion

Email messaging: Not all your subscribers will engage with your email. That’s okay: Their inboxes are flooded on Black Friday with deals. So resend your message later in the day to anyone on your list who didn’t open or click. 

Time to send: Black Friday

Email #6: Pre-Cyber Monday email

Email messaging: Planning to take advantage of the whole holiday shopping weekend? Consider sending your subscribers a heads up that you will be offering another (or an even sweeter) deal, especially if they missed your Black Friday sale.

Want to take this opportunity to sell something new online? Use AWeber ecommerce to get a sales page set up in a day or less.

Time to send: Saturday before Cyber Monday

Email #7: Day-of Cyber Monday email

Email messaging: Send your Cyber Monday promotion. Position this as an opportunity for subscribers who may have missed your Black Friday promotion to take advantage of. 

Time to send: Cyber Monday

Email #8: Post-promotion email

Email messaging: With AWeber, you can “tag” subscribers that go from your promotion emails and hit a certain page of your website. The next day, send that group of subscribers that made it to a certain product page or the checkout — but never ended up making a purchase — a follow up email.

Let them know the product is still available, reiterate the benefits of purchasing, and tell them that you’ll extend the promotion another few hours just for them!

Time to send: Tuesday after Cyber Monday

Get started now with our ready-made playbook template

Want to get started now? We’ve pre-built this series for you! All you need to do is copy the Black Friday / Cyber Monday campaign template code and use it to create a campaign in your AWeber account.

Start creating your emails

Creating the perfect Black Friday or Cyber Monday email can take some time. So in order to spend more time on what you do best – running your business – find some pre-built Black Friday and Cyber Monday email templates. We have some you can use if you’re an AWeber customer.

With pre-built templates, the hard work is already done. Now you just need to drag and drop your logo and any product images are offers into the email.

To help you prepare for a busy holiday shopping season, we put together a free Black Friday email template, Cyber Monday email template, and Black Friday landing page templates for you to use. Get the free templates and start planning your Black Friday and Cyber Monday email campaigns today!

The best time to start sending holiday emails

While a dedicated email campaign for Black Friday and Cyber Monday is important, it’s also not the only time you should be sending holiday emails.

Your customers are always looking for deals, as a result 50% of consumers start their holiday shopping before the end of October. So if you don’t start sending holiday promotional emails starting in October, you may be missing out on sales.

Here are some other resources to help with your holiday email campaigns: