As PR experts, we field hundreds of emails a day (at least).
I’ve become obsessed with how people sign off on their emails and determining which signoff is the best. It seems like there should be some kind of industry standard on how to sign a business email, or maybe a few choices for clients, your boss, your co-workers, your vendors, etc.
Given the variety I see daily, it’s clear that no one agrees on one best way.
Recently, I asked about this topic on Twitter and Facebook and the answers were not only varied, but in some cases the topic got heated, especially when I explained my unadulterated hatred for “Best.”
Who knew people were so passionate about the way they sign off on emails?
Here are some of the responses I received:
• Most sincerely yours
• All the best
• Best Regards
• Warm Regards
• Warmest Regards
• Thank you
• Yours truly
• Very truly
I am not a fan of any of these.
The word “best,” or anything describing the warmness of the sender’s regards, is like nails on a chalkboard to me. I tend to use “thanks” for an informal email and “thank you” for more formal.
I didn’t have a better alternative, until a colleague told me about her favorite signoff: “~ plus first name.”
I love it because it avoids the awkwardness of pledging yourself (“truly yours”) to your copy paper vendor and maintains a business tone to the email. Plus, it doesn’t look too formal or unfriendly.
I am going to start a petition for “~ plus first name” to become the industry standard for signing business emails. Who is with me? And who has other signoffs to suggest or ridicule?
Lisa Dilg is an account director at PerkettPR. A version of this story first appeared on the blog PerkettPRsuasion.