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Black Friday is the high-time for sales for ecommerce stores, meaning you’ll need to make sure you have the best Black Friday email examples and templates to ensure your success.

Of course, we all know the main problem with Black Friday email marketing: the astronomically high level of competition.

It seems like every online store, ecommerce giant, brick and mortar and mom-and-pop corner store is sending tons of emails during Black Friday.

The challenge for email marketing, then, is to find ways to stand out in their customers’ inboxes—in an effective way.

That’s where we found ourselves at this moment, to provide you with the best Black Friday email examples that you can use to really stand out amongst your competition.

Even better, we’ll provide you with 3 of the best Black Friday email templates so you can quickly load it up, adapt it for your brand, and send it off.

That way, you can focus on preparing the other parts of your Black Friday strategy.

8 best Black Friday email examples

In order to get the proper motivation, let’s look at 8 of the best Black Friday email examples you can steal for your Black Friday campaigns.

#1 Greats – FOMO, psychology, and more

Black Friday email example from Greats.com

We’ve mentioned before how important email marketing psychology is. Here, we see a lot of psychology principles in play.

First, we have the FOMO/exclusivity with the reddened words “moving fast” and “almost sold out” in easy display.

Besides that, we’ve also got the person pointing to the most important message: free shipping.

This allows the reader to easily follow along, helping them to reach the ultimate decision to buy.

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#2 Lou & Grey – get giffy with it

Lou & Grey Black Friday email – Get giffy with it

This is a great-looking, inspirational Black Friday email example.

The colors are bright, catchy, and clean. The copy is minimal, but you get the main idea: shop now, time’s running out on the 50% off everything deal.

I would buy, wouldn’t you?

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#3 EyeBuyDirect – simple, clean gif

EyeBuy Direct - Simply, clean gif

Continuing with the clean, giffy vibe of the previous example, we’ve got EyeBuyDirect’s nice-looking Black Friday BOGO (buy one, get one) email.

If you didn’t get the point previously: people like GIFs. And if you can build up your brand image at the same time, you’ll get the best of both worlds (sales and advocacy).

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#4 Storq – simple and no fuss

Storq - simple and not fancy

Storq is differentiating itself here (in this article and in their customers’ inboxes) by focusing on simplicity.

Technically, this email is more geared towards Thanksgiving (or, cleverly here, Tanksgiving). However, it’s generally considered the Black Friday period.

Here, they’re offering a free gift (tank top) for all purchases above $75. But beyond that, they’re being personal with an honest image and a wish for a specific group of mothers and soon-to-be mothers.

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#5 Maurices – modern and fun

Maurices Black Friday email example

Maurices here has a great, visually-pleasing Black Friday email example.

It’s held together by the strong title of “bogo is the new black” – a shoutout to the popular TV show.

This helps make them relevant in terms of pop culture, which adds to their branding.

Also, of course, the offer is quite irresistible.

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#6 Bonobos – more gifs!

Bonobos giffy Black Friday email

OK, I promise, this is the last GIF here. But, you see, they’re quite effective, and can be really fun.

Here, Bonobos is building up a little anticipation (psychologically) by having the blank paper be the first thing the reader sees.

In a second, the paper gets ripped to reveal the important information below. This is important, because by that time they’ve already gained the reader’s attention, which is important for highly-effective email marketing campaigns.

Then, they’ll let the Cyber Monday offer do the rest in order to get the reader to buy.

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# 7 Huckberry – a call to authenticity

One of the Black Friday email examples from Huckberry

There is something particularly authentic about this Black Friday email example from Huckberry.

It’s probably because of the font, the Dylan Thomas quote, or the image of a relaxed in a wooden house.

Either way, it does break away from the product-focused or hyped-up Black Friday emails, so this could grab their attention quickly.

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# 8 FatFace – a different focus for Black Friday

FatFace's donation-focused Black Friday email campaign

FatFace is going here for a charity-focused Black Friday.

This is a great idea, seeing as there has been some backlash to the mad sales rush of the Black Friday weekend, seeing as it comes right on the heel of the gratitude- and family-focused Thanksgiving.

That’s the angle FatFace is going for, and it can really make a difference for consumers. It’s great for brand-building, but the jury’s still out on whether the campaign is good for sales.

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3 best Black Friday email templates

Now that we’ve got a pretty good idea of great Black Friday email examples, let’s use that to create some brilliant Black Friday email templates.

I’ll present you with 3 that I’m pretty sure will give you everything you need to stand out this Black Friday.

Note: here, I’m not including the social links, addresses, unsubscribe link, etc. that you should include at the bottom of your emails.

#1 The minimal, bold Black Friday email template

Inspired by Bonobos’ great Black Friday email example, I took the liberty of using that to create a great Black Friday email template.

You can download the image below {right-click and save the image) and use it to build your own email campaign.

Black Friday email template: minimalist and bold

You can even use the exact wording (adapting the offer based on what you can do).

I always recommend to add urgency, especially to Black Friday emails.

I’d set it to expire midnight on Cyber Monday, while customers are still in the urgent shopping mood.

Here’s what one example would look:

Minimalist and bold email template using our example store, Basic Piece

To fit the image I wanted to use, I simply moved the text to justify-right and changed the CTA color.

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#2 The simple, no fuss Black Friday email template

I really did enjoy Storq’s approach to their Black Friday email, so that inspired me to create this layout.

Here, make sure your top image is brand-focused, not product focused.

It can include the product, but by brand-focused I mean something that creates a mood consistent with your brand.

That can be calmness, happiness, excitement, exclusivity, or whatever your brand most resonates with.

Here’s the email template:

Clean, no fuss Black Friday email template

The copy here is important.

I would recommend you keep one big, easy-to-see CTA button. You can use that same color to highlight one important part of your copy (here, I did that with the free shipping offer).

Alternatively, you can focus your email copy on connecting, like Storq did, with your specific audience.

Here’s what one version of the template would look like:

The simple, no fuss email template with Basic Piece

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#3 The product-focused Black Friday email template

This one was inspired by some popular fashion brands’ email campaigns.

They’re both focused on the products, but present them as being curated specifically for the audience.

Here it is:

The product-focused Black Friday email template

Here, we lead in with a nice image (not product-focused, but reflecting the sale) and then go into the products.

The products are all linked by image and product titles, but there’s only one obvious CTA button.

If you’re using this email template, try to actually segment your users (by either behavior or other data) and work on curating that list specifically for that segment.

For example, those customers that have bought a lot of shoes – focus on shoe or shoe-related products.

For dresses, you’ll add a different group of products, etc.

Here’s one example:

The product-focused Black Friday email template

These are just some examples of what you can do with these high-quality Black Friday email templates.

If you end up using these, let us know how you used them.

Good luck!