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Tuesday, December 09, 2008

FREITAG: Now THAT'S How You Write a Confirmation Email

by Christine Mortesen 6 comments

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Freitag, a Swiss bag manufacturer, has nailed it! Calling them a "bag manufacturer" actually is quite a disservice but calling them Designer bag makers doesn't feel right either. These one-of-a-kind creations are made from colorful Swiss truck tarps, car seat belts, bicycle inner tubes and each have a personality all their own! It's also worth mentioning that just as you'd expect, being Swiss, the design and construction is impeccable.

My beau has had his eye on one of these bags for quite some time now (if you're him STOP READING NOW :) He's got good taste, what can I say? And since he's been such a wonderful beau and hardly buys nice things for himself, I ordered him one for Christmas.

I literally laughed out loud when I read the confirmation email I received after completing my purchase. I normally gloss over emails of this nature but even the greeting caught my attention with the crafty use of "idyllic".

Take a look...

Dear Christine of idyllic Park Ridge your Ordernumber is: 00000000

We‘re honered to announce that you soon will be proud [product name removed] owner. We do everything within and beyond our power to make sure that in no time a charming delivery man will ring your bell to hand over your personal piece of FREITAG!

Later this evening we‘re going to celebrate your shopping skills till dawn and we will drink at least 17 times to you. Therefore again, thank you very much!

Best regards
Your FREITAG Online Team


Again, we are reminded to instill the idea of personality within clients' heads. It's so important that your brand stands out; especially in rough economic times like these. Yes, I had already heard of this company and decided to make a purchase and only then received this little insight into the company's personality. But it's multiple little nuances like this one that, over time, weave a rich tapestry called your brand.

As one David Armano reminded me, "It should never be too late to start something if it's helpful." This was actually in reference to a quick Twitter conversation we had about making sure you start building your business network (also good advice) but the same simple idea applies here as well.

No matter how old your brand is start injecting little bits of your company's personality into every peice of your communications with your clients/customers. Make sure it's your personality and tone; it needs to be genuine and authentic otherwise it'll be spotted as fake faster than a knock-off Luis Vuitton. Besides, you have to try pretty hard to be fake and contrived anyways. That topic, however, I will leave for another time. For now, the point is, be real, be authentic; show that there are living breathing human beings behind your website/emails/ads etc.

Besides isn't that what's at the heart of this interweb deal anyways? People. Real People. Sharing information.

Comments 6 comments
Amy Mortensen said...

That's the coolest confirmation ever. Just check out that site & it's totally awesome.

Your advise is awesome as well.
Thanks!

Christine said...

Thanks much for the comment! I can't wait until that "charming delivery man" arrives ;)

Wiggsfly said...

That is funny.

sara_mc said...

This reminds me of the packaging my order from threadless.com arrived in. It said "you're awesome and this package is proof"

I showed it to my entire office. Then they wanted to see the tshirts, then the website... you get the idea.

I love this kind of marketing. A little light-hearted flattery goes a long way! Thank you for sharing this example.

Dave said...

OK - now I know I am a geek. Great confirmation email, but "honored" was misspelled in the lead sentence. Personal is great...but it should still be professional.

Boo...hiss...party pooper!

Christine said...

Thanks for the comments Wiggsfly, sara_mc, and Dave! It still blows my mind that people read what I write. If you have any feedback I'd love to hear it, shoot me an email if you feel so inclined.

christine.mortensen@gmail.com

Cheers!

Christine Mortensen
Visual Designer, UX Advocate, Social Medial Maven, Interactive Media Strategist, Blogger, and in my spare time I'm a Runner, Volleyball Player, and Bloody Mary Fan
CHICAGO-ILLINOIS
christine.mortensen@gmail.com

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