cold emailing

Email sequence examples : 3 emails that generate leads

lemlist team
Last Update
Jan 24, 2024
Reading Time
7 min.

We'll focus on outbound sales sequences that will help you conquer lead generation. We've already shared the best cold emails, copywriting tips, follow-ups, and cool templates from our clients. But today I'd love to show you full email sequences examples.

What is an email sequence?

Email sequence is a chain of emails sent based on pre-set time intervals or trigger-based automations (or both).

In simpler terms, you get to send X amount of emails to your prospect on autopilot, without having to do it manually.

There are 2 major categories in which we can divide them:

  • sales email sequences - cold email campaigns to generate leads and sales calls
  • marketing email sequences - sent to nurture leads with some content involved

Obviously, we'll focus on sales email sequences in this article...

I've been running quite a few of them in the past months.

So without further ado, let's talk examples now.

Email sequence example by Nadja

This a great cold email sequence by Nadja that generated 80+ leads for our team.

  • Target audience were startups who recently raised capital
  • The objective was to generate qualified leads
  • And here are the results...
email sequence

Here's the first email in her sequence:

sales email sequence

Let's highlight the key things that brought Nadja success:

  • Relevant subject line. If you've just raised money and somebody cold emails you with a "You're funded - now it's on you" subject line, chances are you'll open this message
  • Intro line. It's fun, unusual and personalized. It breaks the "ice" between you and your prospect, and serves as a hook so that they keep reading your email
  • Personalized image. Funny, it's relevant and personalized. Ultimately, it's the first thing people notice and they'll see their head on Tony Stark making it rain. Not bad! :)
  • Great story. On her previous job, Nadja helped raise $15M Series A round, so she can relate to it in a genuine way
  • Call to action. It's not as pushy. Which is great for building relationships first.
  • A/B testing. Nadja run a split test on the first email in the sequence and I recommend you do this as well

Although this is a cool first cold email, you want to add follow-ups to the mix.

The first follow-up was sent with the same subject line so it appeared under the same thread:

Pro tip: In lemlist, keep your follow-up subject lines empty if you want to send all the emails under the same thread.
follow up email

Points to highlight:

  • Intro line. The first part of the email shows a bit more about Nadja. She shares her relevant experience again, so that prospects can relate
  • Funny image. B2B shouldn't be "boring" - never 😂
  • Closure. The final step is a great argument on why they should give Nadja a call

The second follow-up was sent 5 days after the second email... if they didn't respond to any of the first two emails, of course.

second follow up email

In this follow-up, she sends our case study featuring Zendesk that could potentially inspire the prospect's next campaign.

Finally, the last message in this sequence. It was sent one day after the previous follow-up:

follow up email template

And again:

  • Personalized image. Creates a "wow" effect for the prospects 😲
  • CTA. Nadja pitches the reasons why it's cool to connect

This email sequence not only generated leads for lemlist, but also helped Nadja to build warm relationships with prospects.

Email sequence example by Zelie

The next 2-email sequence comes from France. 🥐

This is a sharp campaign by Zelie which gave her 40 demo calls from 130 people that were contacted in total. But I'll tell you, it's informal, friendly and too cool.

  • Target audience were sales people and business development specialists
  • The objective was the same - generate leads
  • Here are the results...

Before sending this email sequence, Zelie contacted them via LinkedIn in order to warm up the audience with this template:

sales email sequence

Here is the actual text if you want to use it:

Hello {{firstName}},
I don't know what you think about it but in view of the current context I find that no one exchanges any more and I find that a shame!
Being myself dev biz I would like to exchange with other dev biz about my work at lemlist as well as what you do at {{companyName}}.
Would you be available for a
virtual coffee?

After that's done, Zelie sends two follow-up emails, with the first being.

sales email sequence

When people click on the image, they'll be redirected to a dynamic landing page with a personalized text and logo. Plus, there was an easy option to book a call too.

dynamic landing page

I can't add this video here, because it's in French. 🇫🇷

But in a nutshell, Zelie explains why it's cool to have a quick coffee chat about sales... in 17 seconds. I mean you have to love these videos.

Recommended read: Make personalized videos in your emails

Points to highlight:

  • Connect on LinkedIn. Zelie used a multi-channel outreach to warm up the audience on different platforms. This is a good idea if you want to gain more followers on Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, and just about any other social network.
  • Personalized video. If someone records a video for you - you'll check it out. This is what you can scale with lemlist.

The next email was too cool for school.

sales email sequence

Zelie followed up with a personalized image. For those who don't know French, the text on the image means: "gin for FirstName".

Points to highlight:

  • A simple follow-up. Just a reminder, nothing else
  • Sales humor is okay. It's a cool thing to use in your email sequences

Email sequence example by Anaëlle

The last but not least, a cold email sequence example that generated 50 leads. It's the 3-step email sequence by Anaëlle.

  • Target audience were social media agencies
  • The objective was to network and build partnerships
  • And here are the results...
networking email sequence

Let's dive deeper into templates:

networking email sequence

The {{icebreaker}} tag puts a unique text for every prospect. Anaëlle did her homework and wrote sentences that are unique for each individual. This is what moves personalization to the next level. 🔥

People want to read tailored-made emails just for them.

Here are a few cool things to highlight:

  • Personalization. Recipients will never feel like it's an automated message
  • Authentic writing style. This is 100% Anaëlle. Every word, every statement, type of jokes... making it authentic to the way she speaks too
  • Funny "PS" part. Rarely does someone do that, so it's a great thing to add

First follow-up email that fires off 3 days after the initial email... of course, if people didn't reply to it.

networking email sequence

And again, it's her style that makes it work. They are different and make you feel good after reading it. Which is the whole point anyway.

  • Personalization. Personalized coffee template always catches attention 😉
  • Value first. You don't need to pitch to have a call with you before you bring some value first

And let's come to the final message in this email sequence example:

That's just a kind and friendly follow-up, a way to close your sequence. All emails performed really well:

  • 1st email generated 36 calls
  • 2d email generated 20 calls
  • 3d email generated 8 calls

[Checklist] Create your email sequence

You saw cool email sequence examples and it's time to create your own campaign!

To help you create your cold email sequence both efficiently and effectively, I've prepared this quick checklist to guide you through the process... should you need it of course.

Step 1: Prepare your email account

In order to avoid SPAM, you need to lay out the groundwork. This means setting up these:

  1. Set up your email profile correctly
  2. Set up SPF and DKIM
  3. Start the email warm-up with lemwarm

Step 2: Identify your target audience and their emails

Now we need to find people you'd reach out to:

  1. Find your buyer persona
  2. Find anyone's email
  3. Connect with LinkedIn prospects via cold email
  4. Verify email addresses to avoid bounce rate

Step 3: Start creating your outbound sales sequence

  1. Create a custom domain for your outreach tool
  2. Write perfect cold emails
  3. Prepare cool subject line and intro sentences
  4. Personalize your emails with text, images, and videos

And if you need inspiration, you will enjoy these cold email templates.



Today I shared with you 3 cool cold email sequences. Real examples, with all the steps Nadja, Zelie and Anaëlle used to schedule calls.

My advice?

Don't just copy them, but borrow the winning formula. Adapt it to the way you and your audience speak and think, and keep testing until you find what works and what doesn't.

Authenticity is the only thing nobody can ever take away from you. :)

Hope the article was helpful!

lemlist team
Your source of actionable outreach tips and strategies that will help you get replies and grow your business.

What you should look at next

Receive weekly outreach tips in your inbox, sent to 210 000+ salespeople, marketers, founders, and entrepreneurs worldwide!

Subscribe to the lemlist newsletter
You've successfully subscribed to the lemlist newsletter!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.