What do u think of emails that start with “I hope u are well in these difficult times”?

Vartika Jaiswal
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Building www.RankUp.ai
I think it is a polite way to start a conversation during these times, specially if you are not too close to that person. I also think the geographic area the person lives in is important. I would use the line if the area is highly affected by COVID.
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Techie + Serial Entrepreneur
@hugo_santana I can definitely see that
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Sales Manager @ ADOHM
@hugo_santana Yes definately. I like to start emails with something similar i.e. "I hope you're having a great day", "Hopefully, everything's great in your world", et cetera.
Techie + Serial Entrepreneur
I'm not personally bothered by it. Generally there was a certain etiquette many moons ago where a greeting where a salutation would usually be followed by a sort of "How are you?". After all, that's why old letters started and ended with: "Dear [name]/[salutation] ... Yours Faithfully/Sincerely" Fast forward to the email era and it became "Hi, Hope you're well ..... Warm/Best Regards" And when we moved to messaging, there is no greeting or even pause. You just get to it. "Hey, did you buy the remote?" So having lived and worked through a few of these "messaging" generation, none of them bother me. Because you can filter the guff to find the salient points. However, I am aware that a lot of folk really HATE "I hope you're well" but the problem is, whether the intent is authentic or not, the rest of the message may well be inauthentic, regardless. Just because someone _doesn't_ put "I hope you are well" doesn't mean they wish me harm or even wish me well, but the fact they write to me at all, means they *definitely* want something. Whether they ask about my health or not, doesn't change that. So being frank, I view the criticism of it going around at the moment as a storm in a teacup. I personally like it if folk cut to the chase, because I do, but it varies whether people would be receptive to, or relate, to that and I don't think less of anyone who asks how I am keeping.
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Sales Manager @ ADOHM
@ethar_alali You are absolutely correct Ethar.
Digital Marketer - Podcaster - Writer
Nothing in particular. I'm used to seeing beyond the half-assed personalization parts and just look for the demand/offer in the mail. So, I don't even have an idea of how popular the phrase is.
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Sales Manager @ ADOHM
@su_kaygun_sayran1 Yes, mostly these lines have become a blind spot and one tends to skim through it to move to the main topic of the email.
Marketing, Behavioural economics, Nocode
"Hope you're well' doesn't sound disturbing. However, I wouldn't want "the difficult times" part to be added in every letter I receive. Perhaps, I'm just being emotional but telling me now and then about challenges doesn't make them disappear. It rather gets me more and more depressed. In return I try to avoid this exact phrasing in my communications. Who knows, perhaps a person I'm reaching to doesn't have a difficult time at all. It's all about personal perception, after all.
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Sales Manager @ ADOHM
@anab Thanks for your insights Ana. May I ask what kind of communications you are using in your communications?
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Marketing, Behavioural economics, Nocode
@vartikaa_jaiswal sure, no problem. I use guess pretty conservative set: emails, messengers in social media (linkedin, facebook, twitter), imessage, Telegram, What's up, Wechat (I communicate quite a while with South East Asia and they prefer Wechat due to the China influence, I presume). What else... Guess, that's mostly it. Though, once in a while I use some other means that are imposed by circumstances (like, while communicating with workforce in Fiverr). Well, I send emails to customers using Sendgrid, but I never ever begin them with "Hope you're well in these difficult times"
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Sales Manager @ ADOHM
@anab Thank you so much for telling this Ana. We at ADOHM use our own product to send emails to our customers, it is a AI based marketing & sales cloud to identify, target and reach out to potential and existing customers. Do you mind having a look and providing us with your sincere feedback: https://www.producthunt.com/post...
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Marketing, Behavioural economics, Nocode
@vartikaa_jaiswal Your product is amazing as so many things build in Bengaluru. Been there twice and never seize to love this city bursting with energy. I was excited to upvote it here and definitely would recommend it to my colleagues.
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Sales Manager @ ADOHM
@anab Thanks a lot Ana. I totally agree with you about the city. :)