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Father’s Day: Email And Subject Line Inspiration


Father’s Day is right around the corner and it’s time to put the finishing touches on our campaigns. To help you make the most of this celebration, we’ve put together some of our favorite email and subject line examples to inspire you this year.

Fathers have a tough time with it. On average, shoppers spend significantly more on Mother’s Day. In the US, shoppers typically spend around $130 celebrating mothers, while spend on fathers usually amounts to about $75. Similarly, shoppers in the UK favor Mother’s Day, spending just over $30 on the women in their lives, while fathers’ gifts average around $14.  

Maybe it’s because of the additional investment in advertising around Mother’s Day. Maybe it’s because dads are happy with a BBQ and a beer while mothers like to be pampered.  

Whether you buy into this gender stereotyping or not, there’s one thing that’s for certain: Father’s Day is a sales opportunity ecommerce brands can’t afford to miss.  

The secret to successful Father’s Day email marketing 

It’s time to celebrate Dads. Heartfelt messaging, ingenious gift advice, images, and copy that use humor and show appreciation – it all comes together to persuade shoppers to convert. 

1. Subject lines: how to get them right 

Subject lines. They’re the Achilles Heel of email marketers. We know how important they are. They can be the difference between a successful email campaign and a disappointing performance.  

It’s the first impression subscribers get of your campaign. If it’s not enticing enough to drive them to open, they’re not going to convert any time soon. You need to make your subject lines stand out from the crowd. To do this, think about your benefits, what makes you different, and avoid clickbait and spammy tactics.  

Here are some of our top ideas:  

  • Last chance! Free two-day shipping in time for Father’s Day 
  • Show dad some love 
  • We’ve got you covered this Father’s Day 
  • 20% off Father’s Day special 
  • Here’s to all the Dads! 
  • Final hours! Order today for Father’s Day delivery 
  • Discover the perfect Father’s Day gift 
  • Let the Father’s Day sale begin! 

2. Inspire with a gift guide email campaign 

A gift guide is a perfect way to hook an indecisive shopper. It’s a win-win scenario where you are providing value to the subscriber while highlighting your best products. 

The goal of this type of campaign is to inspire, so think outside the box.  

Father's Day gift guide example from quip

3. Connect with your audience 

Nothing helps close a sale than understanding your audience. And a little tongue-in-cheek humor is a great way to show that you know what appeals to your target market.  

They’re called dad jokes for a reason, so get on-board.   

Dad joke Father's Day email example

4. Be timely and relevant 

Timely and relevant content is vital for engaging your readers. Highlighting order deadlines adds a sense of urgency to your email marketing campaign.  

Urgency, teamed with clear and actionable calls to action are a recipe for success.

Sugafina email marketing example for Father's Day

5. Let your personality shine 

When you’re fighting to set yourself apart from the competition, don’t be afraid to let your personality show. With brands everywhere fighting to make a sale, demonstrating your brand’s commitment to social and economic issues will have a resounding impact.  

Conscientious shoppers look to brands that share their values. Showcasing your dedication to supporting local, national, or international causes will help you build stronger relationships with your customers.  

Amor vert responsible marketing email example for Father's Day

6. Tug on shoppers’ heartstrings 

Loyal customers are created when shoppers feel emotional connections with your brand. Better yet, not just the brand, but the people behind the brand.  

Businesses that have well-known owners, CEOs, or brand ambassadors can tap into these personalities to create stronger connections with your audience. 

Ralph Lauren email marketing Father's Day example

7. Show compassion 

Father’s Day is not a day of celebration for everyone. For some people in your database who have lost loved ones, especially in the light of the COVID pandemic, receiving Father’s Day emails can be an emotional trigger.  

Always remember to be compassionate. Yes, you want to make money, but showing empathy and humanity during the holidays will foster stronger relationships with your audience in the long run.  

Spurs example of compassionate Father's Day email

Special thanks to our friends at dotdigital for their insights on this topic.
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