By Sarah Miller 7/22/2020
Preheader text is the text that displays below the email subject line. Its purpose is to give more information about what the email contains before you open it. The number of characters that display in an email preheader is adjustable in people's email programs and will display anywhere from approximately 50-250 characters.
The email preheader text that displays in the inbox is generally the first text that appears in the body of the email. If you are using an email sending service, like CorpNote, the preheader can be added independently, so you don't have to rely on the text at the top of the email.
Time is precious! People scan the subject line and the email preheader text to decide whether they want to open your email and spend time reading its contents.
Brief, well written, enticing email preheaders can significantly increase your email open rate. Your email content can then encourage them to take action such as make a purchase, read an article or sign up for a webinar.
How to Write an Email Preheader
The email preheader should be an extension of the subject line and the two should work together to inspire a "call to action".
Email Preheader Examples
Subject: Your Spring Garden Begins Now
Preheader: Everything on Sale - Today Only
S: Let the Countdown Begin
P: Our New Location Opens in 5 Days
S: New Class - Drawing for Beginners
P: No Cost - Sign Up Now - Space is Limited
S: New Fall Classes are in the Works
P: We need your feedback! Vote for what classes you would like to see on our roster this Fall
S: Get what you need within 24 Hours
P: More Delivery Times - Free Shipping - Shop Now
S: Gardening Webinar this Saturday
P: 20% Off for Early Registration
S: Happy Birthday
P: Celebrate with $5 Off + Free Shipping
S: Your Spring Garden Begins Now
P: 50% Off Everything - Today Only + Free Shipping ** Make Every Day a Garden Day **
Once you have composed your email and previewed it, click the Address/Send button. Below the text box for subject line is a text box for email preheader text. Your email preheader text can be up to 100 characters.
If you leave the preheader field blank, the email preheader text will display the first text that appears in the body of your email. If you include preheader text that is less than the number of characters your contact has set to display, then your contact will see your preheader text PLUS the first sentence or two of your email.
The best way to see how preheader text works is to send an email to yourself and see what it looks like on different email platforms and devices.
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