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How to Transform Your Cold Emails from Meh to Memorable

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Cold emails can often feel like shouting into the void. You craft what you believe to be the perfect pitch, hit send, and then… silence. The difference between an email that gets replies and one that lands in the trash often boils down to a few critical elements. To help you navigate them, we’re going to dissect a common cold email and transform it into one that gets noticed and sparks replies.

The Anatomy of a Not-so-Great Cold Email

Here’s a generic cold email targeting lead generation agencies 👇

A cold email example with many common pitfalls

While this email gets some basics right, it falls short in several areas critical to a great cold email. Diving into our analysis, we’ll divide the email into three distinct parts for a comprehensive teardown—the introduction, the email body, and the call to action.


Let’s kick things off by pinpointing the mishaps in the introduction…

An email body of a bad cold email

Do you know the problem with most cold email introductions? They’re cold and generic, making them easy to ignore. The intro above falls into this category and fails to make a personal connection. It also lacks the personal touch of localization by casting a wide net mentioning several service areas. 

Instead of diving straight into who you are, a more engaging approach would be mentioning a shared interest or pinpointing a specific reason for your message. This not only breaks the ice but also paves the way for a genuine connection right from the get-go.

Moreover, you can also tailor the message to the recipient’s specific region or industry to increase that personal touch.


Now, let’s examine the email body…

A call to action of a bad cold email

While the email does a good job listing services, it does so in a spray-and-pray fashion, hoping something just sticks. The focus also seems to be more on what the company does rather than how it can solve the recipient’s problems. 

A better approach would be narrowing down the value proposition and immediately clarifying what you can do for the recipient. Focus on one or two services that directly relate to the recipient’s challenges and how you’ve successfully addressed them before. 


Lastly, let’s take a look at the call to action…

An introduction of a bad cold email

This call to action lacks a compelling reason for the recipient to respond. A vague “Let’s chat” won’t cut it in cold emailing. The best approach here would be to offer something of immediate value like a free audit, a case study, or insights into the recipient’s specific challenges.

From Meh to Memorable: Transforming the Not-so-Great Cold Email

Transforming the Introduction

Remember, we’re looking for a personal connection here, and the focus should be on the recipient.

Forget “Hi, I’m [Name].” 

Dive deep. Mention how you found the recipient, reference a recent accomplishment, or highlight something specific they’ve done. Make it about them, not you.

So from this…

An email body of a bad cold email

We can rewrite to something like…


“Good morning Michael,

I came across your impressive work with DFY Meetings on LinkedIn, and I was particularly struck by your innovative approach to [specific project or achievement].”




“Hope you’re having a good day Michael,

While researching dynamic agencies in Lead Generation, I stumbled upon your recent project on YouTube, and I was impressed by [Specific Detail].”


The revised intros ditch the generic “Hi, I’m” for something more effective. Kicking off with “Good morning, Michael”, you set the scene and add a timely touch, subtly syncing your message with the recipient’s day. It’s like you’re there, wishing them well as they sip their morning coffee – a small detail, but it packs a punch in personalization.

Shouting out the recipient’s wins and how they were discovered allows the intros to become more than just flattery—it’s showing that you did your homework. It transforms your message from a generic introduction into a thoughtful, targeted interaction.


Transforming the Email Body

Here, we’re aiming to sharpen our value proposition by highlighting more benefits we can provide and fewer services we can offer. We’re also aiming to make the message morerelatable and specific.

Therefore, we can go from this…

A call to action of a bad cold email

To something like …


“…..we’ve helped dozens of lead gen agencies with software solutions designed to improve client engagement and streamline operations, allowing you to focus on what you do best.”




“Having partnered with leading agencies in [Recipient’s Location], we’ve seen firsthand how targeted software development can improve client engagement and streamline operations, allowing you to focus on what you do best.”


The rewrites nail it by zooming in on what truly matters: real results and personalized impact. They swap out the tech-heavy jargon for real-world impact, speaking directly about how the services offered benefit lead generation agencies in the recipient’s location. 

By highlighting actual results and specific partnerships, you’re also showing proof of success and how your services can make life easier for the recipient, making the message hit home harder.

Transforming the Call to Action

Here, we’re aiming to craft an irresistible call to action that proposes a specific value. We need to make replying a no-brainer, so we can go from this…

An introduction of a bad cold email

To something like …


“I’ve put a video together going through how we can reduce man-hours and boost profitability for DFY Meetings. Okay if I share the link?”




“ I’d love to share some ideas on how this can work for DFY Meetings. Do you have 15 minutes sometime tomorrow or Wednesday?”


The revamped calls to action flip the script, transforming a run-of-the-mill plea for a chat into an irresistible invite packed with value. By nailing down a specific time (“sometime tomorrow or Wednesday?”) or offering something of immediate value (“Okay if I share the link?”), we’re making it easy for the recipient to take action and offering value so tailored and tempting that hitting ‘reply’ becomes the easiest decision of their day.

If you’re in doubt about crafting the perfect call to action, we have more examples of CTAs that work here!

The Result: A Conversation Starter

Drawing from what we’ve learned from our teardown, here’s how we can rewrite the previous cold email.

A revised cold email that ticks all the boxes for effective cold outreach

By personalizing the intro, highlighting specific benefits, and proposing a valuable next step, we’ve transformed the previous email into a compelling invitation for dialogue.


Pro Tip: Run your email copy through a spam checker to maximize deliverability. The perfect email is still not effective if it lands in spam, so here’s a free spam checker you can use before hitting send.

Key Takeaways for Your Next Cold Email

Personalize the Introduction Like a Pro: Try to make each recipient feel like the only recipient.

Offer Clear, Specific Value in the Email Body: Show how you can solve the recipient’s problem or help them achieve their goals.

Craft a Compelling Call to Action: Offer something valuable to get them to reply.


Cold emailing doesn’t have to be a daunting task. With the right approach, you can transform your cold emails into engaging, conversation-starting messages. Remember, the goal is to move beyond merely sending emails to creating meaningful connections.

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Now, turn those cold emails into warm conversations and go get that bag.


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