You ever have those days where your inbox is covered over with incoming messages, possibly all from the same person, and also possibly every one marked as a PRIORITY? (Quick side note, addressed to a former boss from a few years ago: if every message is marked as a priority, needing instant attention, then none of them can be a priority. So stop hitting the panic button for stuff that doesn’t need it. *steps off soapbox*)
Then you go to the trouble of responding to the messages that seem to require it, and you wait for responses back. And wait. And wait. AND. WAIT.
This is probably when you start to think to yourself, what EXACTLY do I need to do to make sure the people I’m e-mailing get back to me in a timely fashion, so I can take care of business?
The answer is finally here. And it may come down to something as simple as how many words you stick in the e-mail. Not just whittling them down when they’re too long, either; in fact, sometimes it’s worse if they’re too short.
Among other interesting facts revealed in an analysis done by Boomerang (they handle things like e-mail efficiency) is the revelation that an e-mail that runs between 50 to 125 words is the perfect length, in terms if what will get read and responded to.
In other words, it may be better to think of your e-mails like Twitter, but instead of a 140-character limit, you’ve got 50 to 125 words to get your point across.
Find more into by reading the article here, with more tips about how to make your e-mails better.
Yeah, I know, went a little long explaining all this. Sorry. Take a lesson from me, and make the e-mails work a little better. Oh, wait, I’m not writing an e-mail, I’m writing a BLOG, so…um…never mind. 🙂
– Todd Berryman
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