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What Are Confirmation Emails and How to Use Them?

In our series on email, we mentioned what email automation is. This was followed by what transactional emails are and how they should be used. And in this part of the series we will look at confirmation emails, what they are – and how businesses can use them to increase engagement.

What is a confirmation email?

A confirmation email is an email that businesses send to their users following a user action.

Simply put – whenever users perform an action with your business, they should receive an email confirming that this action has been performed. Think of it as reassuring acknowledgement on your end.

Why send confirmation emails?

Again – it’s reassuring for customers. Imagine if you, as a customer, completed a purchase online and you didn’t receive an email confirming said purchase? I know I’d get anxious about that.

This is because confirmation emails are triggered by user actions. They expect something in return. And because they expect something in return, they’re more likely to open what you send them.

And this is how businesses can use them to improve engagement. Confirmation emails have the highest open rates – north of the 50% mark. This generates more than 80% higher click rates and increases sales.

In short, since customers expect confirmation emails, and open them more than any other email type – they’re one of the best ways to generate customer engagement.

Best practices

Confirmation emails should be automated to be delivered to customers at key points across the customer journey. By doing this, businesses can use confirmation emails as an opportunity to create direct interactions with their users.

And since confirmation emails come off the back of very recent actions, they can (and should) include up-to-date information. This data can be used to create highly personalized messaging allowing you to steer the conversation for higher cross and upsell opportunities.

Examples of confirmation emails

Confirmation emails will generally fall into one of four main categories. These are:

Order confirmations

This type of confirmation email is sent to users who completed an order for goods or services. It’s also an opportunity for cross-sell and upselling – but make sure the proper subscriptions are in place.

Order confirmation subsets include booking confirmations and reservations, for example, as well.

Registration confirmations

These can include account creation – but also cancellations. It’s helpful to include useful links for customer support – or links to reactivate cancelled accounts.

registration confirmation email

Payment confirmations

Payment and related confirmation emails (which can include subscriptions, for example) confirm that your business has received or is in the process of receiving a payment.

Include invoices and returns policies, as well as any shipping details for physical goods.

subscription confirmation email example

Need confirmation emails for your business?

Confirmation emails are a great way to spark customer engagement and develop one-on-one conversations. The best thing about them is that they’re driven by users.

These are one of the most underdeveloped touchpoints for businesses. Contact us to see how you can get started on developing them.

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