First let’s look at some examples that get lost in the sea of black. These examples from Staples and Fab are representative of the average Black Friday email creative. Not bad by most standards but they don’t exactly stand out.
Coldwater Creek chose to use black as an accent color. It still references Black Friday and uses the color black but red is the featured color here. All that red combined with black and green accents give the email a nice seasonal feel.
Another way to stand out is to avoid using black at all. This email from Nordstrom is full of bright colors which help it stand out. Barring the dotted border they completely avoided using black. They could have used black for the text “BLACK FRIDAY” but instead chose gray.
Stand Out in the Inbox
Another thing to remember on Black Friday is that you have to be creative with your subject lines in order to stand out. Here is a snapshot of my inbox last year:
Every subject line is just about the same and nothing stands out. There are a few things you can do, though, so you don't blend in.
Use personalization, like the recipient's name, their favorite brands, or other messaging that is personal to the shopper:
Or, test using special characters as they really catch my attention: