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06 August

15 Best Teaser Email Campaign Examples

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Promo and new product announcement emails can be really cool and effective enough. But we are going to tell you how to become even more interesting to your customers with teaser email campaigns.

But what does a teaser email mean? With emails of this kind, you intrigue and build anticipation for your products and events, without sharing much information on them.

How to make a performing teaser email? See the strategies below and learn from the best. i.e. get inspired by the best examples.

Teaser Emails by Olympus

(Source: Photoxels, email by Olympus)

Strategy for successful email teaser campaigns

Certainly, prior to running any campaign, you should thoroughly think the strategy through.

With teaser emails, we usually try to announce three things:

1. Upcoming sales

Undoubtedly, this is the most common product teaser email campaign. Sales can be dedicated to any holiday, like Christmas or Black Friday. Any online store or company of any industry may try out this type of teaser emails.

  • What to focus on

Here you may focus on the products you are about to cut prices for or the amount of the discount you offer or on the date. Some marketers think that adding a countdown timer is enough when starting a teaser campaign. But in fact, it's not.

  • Number of emails

On average, it takes two emails for this type of teaser email campaign. The first one is used to announce the sale, and the second one — to remind customers about the starting date.

  • When to send

Normally, the first one is sent a week or just a day before day X. And the second one is sent on day X.

Yet, you may send just one:

Teaser Email Campaign Examples_Product Teaser

(Source: Really Good Emails)

2. Product launch

This is probably the most serious teaser email campaign, as it requires a lot of your attention and effort. This type of email is commonly implemented by those companies, whose products are supposed to be long-awaited and are not released often — once a year or less. In fact, a new product teaser email is very similar to product launch announcement emails. Here we do not reveal all the features at once, we do our best to “shed some mystery” on our product.

  • What to focus on

Well… the focus should definitely be on the product and on its unique cutting-edge features. Describe just one at a time — do not reveal all the features in one single email.

Also, show a few more features of the product or more details regarding the release date on your website. In each email, ask your readers to visit it for more information.

  • Number of emails

Depends on what kind of product you are promoting this way and on how much time you have left till the product launch date. Normally, it takes from 2 to 5 coming soon emails to build anticipation and to grow it.

In the last email of this series, reveal the majority of the features and invite recipients to visit your website for full information. It could be a product teaser page if you build one.

Certainly, you will need to create a new landing page.

  • When to send

Two-four months before. Apple announces the release of a new iPhone in June, though it is released in September/October. They do reveal details just one at a time. This draws attention to the brand and makes its product launch go viral.

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(Source: Pinterest)

3. Special event

Are you about to open a new shopping mall in your town? Or you are releasing a new movie? Then definitely, you should inform your potential attendees about it.

  • What to focus on

There are two options to focus on in a teaser email for an event — the event date or on the event itself. Certainly, focusing on the date means that you will only inform your recipients about the date, and will not tell them what is going to happen. If you focus on the event itself, then you mention the kind of event but do not mention the date. Until a definite moment…

  • Number of emails

Depends on how much time you have left.  Two to five would be great. The first one is to build anticipation, the second, third, and the fourth are to keep it warm, and the fifth is to reveal your secret.

But never make the sequence longer than five emails, otherwise, your customers may burn out.

This is what Pixar sent to its subscribers back in 2006 before the cartoon’s release:

Stripo-10-Exampes-of-Teaser-Emails-Cars

(Source: Pinterest)

We all remember that “Cars” brought $10 billion to its producers, don’t we? Teasers really work!

  • When to send

This depends. Usually, events like conferences, meetings with famous people, and movie releases are typically announced 3-6 months prior to the event.

If you are an online store, you may do it just a few weeks or even days before the very event.

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15 examples of teaser email campaigns

In fact, there are not many of them. Unfortunately, just some companies come to this trick. Yet, it would be nice to get inspired by the best teaser email examples given below and start your own teaser email campaign.

1. HARRY POTTER ⚡

I have no idea how an apparel store can use the Harry Potter theme. This made me anticipate the next email from Mini Boden.

(Source: Email from MiniBoden)

What is so good about this teaser email: Its design is perfect. Mysterious, and intriguing. 

2. The VISION EQS: A milestone in a new era for the automobile

Mercedes knows how to keep the audience's interest.

Teaser Emails_Mercedes

(Source: Email from Mercedes-Benz)

What is so good about this teaser email: Mercedes shares an outlook of the car it's going to release next year. It provides an image and a detailed description. 

3. Save the date

The Apple marketers know for sure how to create a perfect email teaser campaign. Apple products, like iPhones, are the most awaited products of the year. Are they the only ones who produce good smartphones or smartwatches? Definitely, not. But their marketing teasers make us anticipate the product launch.

Stripo-10-Examples-of-Teaser-Emails-Apple

(Source: Pinterest)

What is so good about this teaser email: They do not tell us what is about to happen, but ask us to save a specific date. No additional info is needed here.

Make sure you have something really special to offer to justify customers' trust.

4. Stay tuned

This is another great example of an email teaser campaign with a focus on the time, provided by Birchbox.

Stripo-10-Examples-of-Teaser-Emails-Birchbox

(Source: Email from Birchbox)

What is so good about this teaser email: Just like Apple, Birchbox mentioned the full date, and a photo of the girl looking somewhere aside as if seeing something really exciting and intriguing just spiced up the “Stay tuned and get excited” inscription.

Yet, to make this trick, the company should be well-known and have a high level of credibility. Apple and Birchbox sure do.

Tesla Inc. also uses this trick to promote new car releases and announce the start of the pre-order period.

5. Guess where we're going

We've already shared this email example by Tom Raffield with you in one of our blog posts. But it's really cool and we'd like to highlight it once again.

(Source: Really Good Emails)

What is so good about this teaser email: Not only did this brand puzzle its recipients about where the Tom Raffield team was going, but it also utilized interactive elements to add even more intrigue to their email.

How to make a teaser email similar to this one with Stripo:

  • drag a three-column structure into your teaser email template;
  • drop Image block into each column;
  • upload your first image;
  • toggle the "Rollover image" button to activate the rollover effect;
  • upload your secondary image;

Teaser Emails_Rollover Effect

  • do the same for each column.
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6. The "It’s big" series

Apple's not the only brand that can intrigue its subscribers with teaser emails. Some other companies are good at it, too. Now that we have seen two great examples above, we may not get surprised by one more email like this.

Yet, you need to take a look at it as long as it has continuation:

(Source: Pinterest)

“This starts now”. But this email was preceded by:

Stripo-10-Examples-of-Teaser-Emails-Something-Big

(Source: Pinterest)

What is so good about this teaser email: This is a sequence.

“Stay tuned for tomorrow” — seems like a great idea to make customers anticipate the next email.

7. I am coming

No date, no name, just a countdown timer. Looks pretty exciting.

Stripo-10-Examples-of-Teaser-Emails-I-Am-Coming

(Source: Pinterest)

What is so good about this teaser email: Have any ideas of who is or what is coming? None? Neither do I! I'd certainly open the next email by this company.

Note: Just make sure you have not changed the sender’s name so that your customers know who the message is from.

8. Someone’s interested

Oh, now I got scared and a little excited about all these mysteries. Time to relax.

In fact, we all like to find out something new, to solve puzzles, yet we love to get some hints. That is why I love the next teaser ad example by the “OkCupid” website.

Stripo-10-Examples-of-Teaser-Emails-Interest

(Source: Really Good Emails)

What is so good about this teaser email: They do not tell you straight who liked you, they do not attach any picture of that person. They just warm your interest by saying that someone’s interested in you.

9. We are bringing our vision to the road: Mission E becomes Taycan.

Sharing the details of a new car with car enthusiasts sounds like a good idea. Porsche is an 80-level expert in teasing clients because it does not share any detail in the teaser emails, it just reminds its clients they are working on a new car. The silhouette of a car, hidden behind a veil, arises even higher interest and curiosity among Porsche enthusiasts.

(Source: Email from Porsche)

What is so good about this teaser email: Not only did Porsche hide the details of what its new car is going to look like in the email, but it did not reveal details even on the video. 

10. It’s better

Come on! What can be better than a sale?! Actually, many things can. Mysterious sales, for instance. Stand out — get interesting! No need to offer huge sales, although that won't hurt too. Find another way to entertain your loyal customers.

Look at this curious example:

Stripo-10-Examples-of-Teaser-Emails-Everlane

(Source: Email from Everlane)

What is so good about this teaser email: In fact, this is a great idea to announce a sale that way. Besides, this is not a standard sale. Everlane offers three discounts to its users: 10%, 20%, and 30% off.

And under each discount, they explain how much money you pay to Everlane apart from paying for the materials:

Stripo-10-Teaser-Email-Examples-Everlane-30%

(Source: Email from Everlane)

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(Source: Email from Everlane)

11. Mystery flash sale

Some companies go further and let the customers win the discount. Sounds like a great idea. And the best way to show that prices are not set is by adding thematic GIFs in the email.

(Source: Pinterest)

What is so good about this teaser email: This GIF reminds recipients of casino roulette, no wonder they would like to click on it to stop the numbers and win a prize. By making recipients go to your website to win the “deals”, you improve your CTR.

Nice trick, isn't it?

How can you add GIFs in emails with Stripo:

  • drag the basic Image block into your template;

Image Block_Teaser Email

  • upload your GIF;
  • add a necessary URL.
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12. Be the first to experience it

That sounds like a good reason to attend the presentation of a new product. Here, they play on our desire to be higher than others, stronger, to be the first! Shortly speaking, appeal to vanity.

Hurry up! Because only one person can be the first!

Teaser Emails_Appealing to Vanity

(Source: Really Good Emails)

What is so good about this teaser email: mysterious design — black and white colors — complements that email marketing campaign strategy.

13. Can you keep a secret?

I’m not sure. But I would love to hear it though! How can I get to know what it is all about?

Stripo-10-Examples-of-Teaser-Emails-Secret

(Source: Pinterest)

What is so good about this teaser email: The Hotel Management did not mention what they are about to change. It can be anything: interior design, new ways to entertain guests or new hotels somewhere on the islands of the Mediterranean Sea.

14. So what will it be?

We all love Halloween. You can hardly find any person who is not familiar with this holiday. And definitely, it’s hard to find anyone who does not celebrate it in the US.

Not only kids, but adults love treats, too.

This means we trick somebody, right? Of course, if you do, you will have to give a little present to this person then. Have some fun on this day. And customers will love to join you!

Stripo-10-Examples-of-Teaser-Emails-J.Crew

(Source: Pinterest)

What is so good about this teaser email: It took three things to make this perfect coming soon teaser — sale, announcement, and “intrigue”. J.Crew performed this mission perfectly.

15. Something new is coming to Havenly

Just another great example of a teaser email campaign.

Teaser Email Examples_Havenly

(Source: Really Good Emails)

What is so good about this teaser email: I loved its design, especially the banner. And the fact that they asked recipients to check their inbox the following week.

We've shown the best teaser email campaigns to get you inspired to build your own one. But how do you get recipients to see those emails? You build powerful subject lines.

Teaser email subject lines

But let us always remember that it all starts with the campaign's message that is carefully expressed in the subject line no matter how beautiful your email is. Some big companies can say “Guess what it is” or “guess what’s inside?” and it will work for them. But small companies need to fight for a higher open rate.

Make it intriguing, yet clear.

Examples of teaser email subject lines

All the titles that we used for each example in the previous section are the real subject lines.

  1. Psst... Coming Soon — Monica Vinader.
  2. Introducing Tease Crème Cloud ✨  — Victoria's Secret.
  3. Big news to unbox — Monica Vinader. 
  4. The Mermaid Tote Is FINALLY Here — Brighton.
  5. A Dream Come True — Victoria's Secret.
  6. The Taycan dream, closer to reality — Porsche.
  7. It's coming — Harry's.
  8. Coming soon to your favorite screen — The MarketingProfs Team.
  9. For the First Time Ever — Chubbies.
  10. Electrified at a New Level — Porsche.

It is worth mentioning that you can also work on the Hidden Preheader text. It can be like a continuation of the subject line.

With Stripo editor from now on, you can set preheader text and email subject right within the template.

Click the “settings” button above the template you are working on:

Best Teaser Email Campaigns_Subject Lines

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Final thoughts

Apart from the tips given above, there are some things we still should mention:

  • Email teaser design

Looking back on all the teaser email campaign examples, we can say the teaser email design depends totally on the focus. And here you have no restrictions at all. The only rule is to make it eye-catchy and really intriguing.

  • CTA button in teasers

In campaigns like these, if your email is focused on a date, be sure to include the "Add to calendar" button, and only one single call to action button if the email is focused on a product release. 

  • How often teaser emails should be used

There’s no need to come to this trick very often.

Do it only when you have something really huge to offer to your clients!

When creating a teaser campaign you should think everything through: The strategy, the object of a focus, subject line, and certainly the email design. This will take you a while. But the result will be really impressive.

Use our HTML email templates to reach out to clients with sophisticated teaser emails

EMS Marketing 2 months ago

Best article in this post its very helpful for me thanks to share this post. Thanks MEDIASHAREiQ Team

Hanna Kuznietsova commented to EMS Marketing 2 months ago

The MEDIASHAREiQ Team, Thank you for your supportive feedback. Glad you liked it.

Sweet Revenge 305 Boutique Vlogs 9 months ago

Thank you for sharing. I find the information very helpful since I'm relaunching my business.

Hanna Kuznietsova commented to Sweet Revenge 305 Boutique Vlogs 9 months ago

Sweet Revenge 305 Boutique Vlogs, Thank you. We're glad you find this post helpful. We sincerely wish you a successful relaunching.

Ana Patricia Alonso Fernandez 1 year ago

Thank you so much, I had great ideas from reading this!

Hanna Kuznietsova commented to Ana Patricia Alonso Fernandez 1 year ago

Ana Patricia, Thank you so very much. Glad you find this blog post useful.

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