Father’s Day Email Strategy

June 21, 2020

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Below you’ll find the canonical reference for Father’s Day email planning. From email examples to specific promotional strategies, we’ve included everything you need to ace your campaign.

Father’s Day
Email Examples

Father’s Day Email Campaign Planning

Use the calendar below as a starting point to plan your email campaigns.

This Jimmy Jazz email calendar is based on Jimmy Jazz, who sent 2 emails for Father’s Day in 2018.
Want to see a specific company’s email calendar?

Father’s Day Email Marketing Statistics

Day-by-day volume distribution

Will you simply send one email on Father’s Day or will you send a few emails leading up to it, including a “last chance” email once the event is over?
Emails sent before Father’s Day
Emails sent on Father’s Day
Emails sent after Father’s Day
Based on 8505 emails mentioning "fathers day", "dad" in the subject line.

Father’s Day promotional strategy

Father’s Day
Discount Analysis

Discover the most popular types of promotions used for Father’s Day.

Note: One email might contain more than one type of promotion — this is why these totals may not add up to 100%.

Distribution of Promotions

Understand how steep a discount companies offer for Father’s Day. You can toggle between Dollars Off and Percent Off.
Be prepared for every holiday with the
perfect cadence and discount strategy.

Father’s Day Content Strategy

Ace your Father’s Day email content with these ready-to-implement strategies. Enjoy!

Poor old Dad can’t catch a break. Fewer people shop for Father’s Day than for Mother’s Day, and the ones who do spend less. But the spending gap is narrowing, according to the National Retail Federation’s Holiday Spending guide. Shoppers’ increasing willingness to open their wallets is good news for your Father’s Day email campaigns.

Gift advice that shows some ingenuity, plus copy and images that use humor and appreciation for all kinds of dads and sentiment can persuade more subscribers to shop with you.

Here are four strategies you can use in your Father’s Day email campaigns.


1. Help shoppers out with a gift guide

Your customers might know the brands their fathers like but have no clue what to buy him. Help them out by sending a gift guide showcasing gift-worthy items at different price points. This is a handy way to promote merch your shoppers might not find otherwise.

Find some clever ways to present your guide, too. Many brands now tie their product assortments to themes such as personas, interests, activities, personalities, etc.

Another tip: Create more than one guide, and devote each guide to a different theme. You’ll avoid the need to create a “something for everyone” assortment of products and also increase the chance that you’ll present gift ideas that your shoppers wouldn’t have found in their own browsing.


2. Show Dad the love

Since we began tracking Father’s Day emails, we’ve noticed more brands are sending emails that go beyond the usual Dad jokes or stereotypical he-man product assortments.

Instead, they use content that taps into the emotional aspect of Father’s Day—quiet messages of strength and support, which play up the “Dad as hero” aspect of the parent-child relationship.

In an age when society no longer frowns on men showing emotion, these messages can strike a special chord with your readers and also help your brand stand out in the inbox over all of the “goofball dad” messages.


3. Have a laugh with Dad

But, speaking of goofball dads … It’s a rite of passage that your father will embarrass you, whether he shows up wearing white socks with sandals or cracks cringe-inducing jokes in front of your friends. But it also means that humor can resonate with your customers and give your creative team room to play.

You don’t need to highlight a sale or discount to have an engaging email that has good-natured fun with a traditional holiday. Good copy and fun imagery can humanize your brand and make customers feel good about buying from you.


4. Recognize Father’s Day can be traumatic or triggering

It’s a trend we first observed among UK brands in advance of England’s Mother’s Day holiday in March and are beginning to see for Father’s Day. Brands allowed subscribers to either pause all emails until after the holiday or opt out only from Mother’s Day emails while still receiving business-as-usual and triggered or targeted messages.

It’s an unusual show of empathy, but it also has a business use because it helps retain customers who might have opted out of all emails otherwise. This move might take some back-end work for you but the positive effects and higher retention could justify the time you spend.