Encourage users to engage with your brand with a content download email.
What is a Content Download email?
A content download email is an email that is sent to users to share a downloadable piece of content, such as an eBook, white paper, or infographic. Content download emails will contain a call-to-action (CTA) link to the asset or instructions for the recipient to access the content.
Who uses Content Download emails?
Content marketing and demand generation teams use content offers to provide value to a potential customer. A white paper, for example, may be part of a marketing campaign to educate prospects about a trend in your industry that is relevant.
A content download offer is a common “lead magnet” and is used to generate prospects that the sales and marketing team can nurture into customers.
What to include in a Content Download email?
There are a lot of factors to consider when building a content download email. Here are some of the email elements to consider.
Email Design Element
Send an email with minimal delay to fulfil the content request.
Use a reputable email address with a friendly sender (avoid email@example.com).
Clear and compelling subject line that highlights the value of the content being offered.
Additional value about content to encourage the reader to open the email.
Brief introduction to the content and its benefits. Clear instructions on how to access or download the content.
Encourage the recipient to engage with the content, such as by reading it or sharing it with others. Use a button to increase the visibility of the CTA.
Use recipient’s name.
Use the brand logo in recommended resolution; use brand fonts and colour scheme.
Standard branded footer with email, telephone, and full address.
Anatomy of a Content Download email
Let’s look at an example from Pendo.
Content Download Email Examples
Real-world examples from some of the world’s top brands. Each example has been built in Knak, which means you can use it to get inspired for your emails.
DesignBetter by InVision
InVision demonstrates that they really know their audience with this beautifully laid out email that’s filled with valuable resources that designers actually want to check out.
What works well:
Wistia - State of Video 2023 Report
Wistia immediately grabs your attention with a stat that shows the depth of their data analysis. The design is clean. The copy is clear and concise. And the benefits of downloading are obvious.
What works well:
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