Black Friday and Cyber Monday (BFCM) are crucial windows to capture sales.

In fact, on Shopify alone, merchants recorded $6.3-billion USD in sales on Black Friday in 2021—a whopping $3.1-million USD sold per minute! This also represented a 23% increase from 2020, and it shows no sign of slowing moving forward.

Anything you can do to focus your time and energy on driving conversions during these periods is worth considering. One of the most effective ways to do this is by using email marketing tools like Automizely to reach your audience. By running email campaigns through email marketing tools, you can save time and money,  while still delivering a high-quality customer experience and standing out from the competition.

In this blog, we'll show you examples of how big brands are structuring their emails and explain how you can do the same with Automizely.

1. Personalized Product Recommendations

By showing your customers products that they are likely to be interested in, you can boost your conversion rate and average order value.

In this example, Adidas showcases products similar to what the customer has already viewed on their website. Coupled with the attractive images and personal message, this email stands a good chance of driving clicks and conversions. It makes the customer feel valued, and it's a great way to increase brand loyalty.

And you can easily replicate this with tools like Automizely.

Automizely makes it easy to create personalized product recommendations. With our advanced segmentation capabilities, you can target your recommendations to specific groups of customers. For example, you can show first-time buyers different products than returning customers.

You can also use our recommendations engine to upsell and cross-sell products. For example, you can recommend accessories or related products to customers who are viewing a specific product on your website. When thinking about Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, you can use product recommendations to send targeted deals and discounts to your customers.

Here's an example of a personalized product recommendation that Automizely customers can use:

Subject: Black Friday Exclusive - 20% off sitewide!


Hey {{ customer.name }},


It's that time of year again! Black Friday is just around the corner and we've got some amazing deals lined up for you. For a limited time, you can get 20% off your entire purchase when you use code BLACKFRIDAY at checkout. Here are some items that we think you'll love:


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Don't miss out on this great opportunity to save big on your holiday shopping!


Happy holidays,


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2. Cart Abandonment Reminders

With so many shoppers looking for deals, it’s not surprising that many of them will add items to their cart and then leave without completing the purchase.

Here, we see the J. Crew team reminding their customers about items that were left in their cart. This is a great way to win back customers who may have been distracted or simply changed their mind. By sending this email, J. Crew is increasing the chances that these customers will come back and complete their purchase.

With Automizely, you can set up automated cart abandonment reminders triggered when a customer adds an item to their cart and doesn’t complete the purchase. These reminders can be sent via email, push notification, or SMS, and they can include a personalized message and a link back to the abandoned cart.

When planning out your BFCM campaigns, be sure to include a cart abandonment reminder in your email sequence. This can help recover lost sales and boost your overall conversion rate.

Here's an example of a cart abandonment reminder that Automizely customers can use:

Subject: Did you forget something?


Hey {{ customer.name }},


We noticed that you added some items to your cart but didn't complete the purchase. Don't worry, we've saved your items for you!


Here's a reminder of what you were looking at:


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Click here to finish your purchase and take advantage of our Black Friday deals!


Happy holidays,


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We actually put together a list of useful templates to use for abandoned carts. You can read more about those here.

3. Time-Sensitive Offers

By offering a discount or free shipping for a limited time, you can encourage customers to make a purchase before it’s too late.

In this example, Nike uses the power of urgency and FOMO through their flash sale. They also highlight how much time is left before the sale ends. This creates a sense of urgency that encourages customers to act now before it’s too late. And you can do the same with your emails in Automizely.

With Automizely, you can create and schedule time-sensitive offers in advance. This way, you can make sure that your offers are sent out at the right time, and you don’t have to worry about manually sending them out.

When creating time-sensitive offers, it’s important to include a sense of urgency in the message. This can be done by using words like “limited time”, “while supplies last”, or “ending soon”. You should also include a countdown timer in the email so that customers know exactly how much time they have to take advantage of the offer.

During the holiday season, many shoppers wait until the last minute to make their purchases. By offering a time-sensitive discount, you can encourage them to buy sooner rather than later.

Here's an example of a time-sensitive offer that Automizely customers can use:

Subject: Black Friday Exclusive - 20% off sitewide!


Hey {{ customer.name }},


It's that time of year again! Black Friday is just around the corner and we've got some amazing deals lined up for you. For a limited time, you can get 20% off your entire purchase when you use code BLACKFRIDAY at checkout. Here are some items that we think you'll love:


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Don't miss out on this great opportunity to save big on your holiday shopping! This offer is only valid until 11:59 PM EST on Friday, November 27th.


Happy holidays,


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4. Post-Purchase Follow-Ups

After a customer makes a purchase, it’s important to follow up with them to thank them for their business and ensure that they are happy with their purchase. This is a great opportunity to upsell or cross-sell related products, and it can also help you identify any issues that the customer may have had.

In this example, the Umbra team uses a very personal tone to thank their customers for their business. It's particularly effective because it feels like it was sent by a friend. There's no jargon or marketing speak, and the focus is on the customer's needs. This is a great way to build relationships with your customers and ensure that they are happy with their purchase.

With Automizely, you can set up automated post-purchase follow-ups that are triggered when a customer makes a purchase. These follow-ups can be sent via email, push notification, or SMS, and they can include a personalized message and a link to related products.

This is an area where Automizely really shines. The holiday season is a busy time for everyone, and it can be difficult to remember to send manual follow-ups. By automating this process, you can make sure that your customers always receive a follow-up after making a purchase, without having to lift a finger.

Here's an example of a post-purchase follow-up that Automizely customers can use:

Subject: Thank you for your purchase!


Hey {{ customer.name }},


Thank you so much for your recent purchase from {{ shop.name }}! We're so happy that you chose us to be a part of your holiday shopping.


If you have any questions or concerns about your purchase, please don't hesitate to reach out to us. We're always happy to help!


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Thanks again, and happy holidays!


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These are just a few examples of how you can use email marketing automation to make your life easier during the holiday season. By automating your email marketing, you can free up your time to focus on other aspects of your business, and you can be sure that your customers will always receive the best possible service.

Getting More Out of Your Black Friday and Cyber Monday Emails

Big brands are using marketing automation to take advantage of the holiday season, and you can do the same with Automizely.

With our powerful segmentation capabilities, you can target your campaigns to specific groups of customers. You can also set up automated campaigns that are triggered by specific actions, such as abandoning a cart or visiting a certain page on your website. If you’re not using marketing automation, now is the time to start. Automizely makes it easy to create and manage your campaigns, and our team is always here to help.

Contact us today to learn more about how a free trial of Automizely can help you take advantage of the holiday season.