I get way too much spam in my inbox, even just counting things I’ve signed up for myself. Most of it I delete, but today’s email from CoTweet stood out, and is worth mentioning.
A while back I signed up for CoTweet, just to check it out — nutshell: CoTweet lets you collaboratively monitor and manage multiple Twitter accounts — but after my initial exploration I didn’t go back to it. There may have been a reason, there may not have been.
So, CoTweet, noticing my cold start, sent me an email, as any customer-aware and responsive web service should:
Subject: Is CoTweet for you?
We’ve noticed that no one has logged in to the @nickgrossman Twitter account through CoTweet lately.
CoTweet is not for everyone. It’s designed for teams who are managing the front-line of the real-time web for their organizations.
No other tool allows you to engage customers one-on-one like CoTweet does.
They seem to have struck a nice balance between being self-promoting (“No other tool allows…”), while being self-aware and honest (“CoTweet is not for everyone”). In particular, I found the ordering of the argument to be effective. Here was my thought process:
Cotweet: “We’ve noticed that no one has logged in…”
Me: “Yeah, yeah, I’m busy” (reaches to delete)
CoTweet: “CoTweet is not for everyone”
Me: “Ah nice, they’re not trying to just straight up sell me. I appreciate that”
CoTweet: “It’s designed for teams who are managing the front-line of the real-time web for their organizations”
Me: “Oh wait, that’s me” (clicks sign in link)
So, thinking about my own work, there are two takeaways here: 1) make sure you follow up on cold starts (lord knows we don’t do enough of this with some of our projects), and 2) when you do, phrase it in a way that’s disarming, honest, and helpful.
(looking forward to the email I get after I don’t use it for another 3 weeks)