The guests and vendors have headed home and you’ve taken down the branded signs – so now it’s time to send out your post-event thank you email to attendees.

Follow-up emails are a tried and tested way to improve attendee engagement, gather feedback and promote future events. Check out this guide to learn our top tips for crafting your email, from the perfect subject line to the sign-off. We cover everything from structure to making the most of personalisation.

Use our post-event email template to get things started, or create your own to suit your brand and attendee profile.

Table of contents

Thanking your attendees after the event is a win-win for everyone

What to consider before drafting your email

How to structure a successful event follow-up

What to say in your thank you email

Examples of winning email subject lines

How to personalise your post-event email

Formatting and design of your post-event email

Remember GDPR

How to continue the conversation

Conclude with a clear call to action

Thanking your attendees after the event is a win-win for everyone

Sending out a post-event message to attendees comes with a whole range of benefits, including;

  1. Building relationships: Saying thank you is a simple yet effective way to show attendees and stakeholders that you value their time and involvement. It helps to build and strengthen relationships, which can increase engagement, build loyalty and create future opportunities.
  2. Gathering feedback: Follow-up emails are a great way to gather feedback. Use it to improve future events and make sure that the attendees’ needs are met.
  3. Encourage repeat attendance: By sending a thoughtful message, you can encourage attendees to return to your next event, which is important for building a long-term audience and generating repeat business.
  4. Maintaining a positive image: A well-crafted email can help to maintain a positive image for your organisation and promote your brand. It can also help to leave a lasting impression on attendees, which can lead to positive word-of-mouth and increased visibility.
  5. Keeping the conversation going: Your email is a great way to keep the conversation going after the event and to continue building relationships with attendees and stakeholders. Additionally, it can be used as an opportunity to share additional information and resources or to encourage attendees to stay engaged with your organisation.
  6. Measuring the success: Your follow-up message can help you to measure the success of the event and gather feedback. The feedback and engagement data you collect can help you to evaluate the success of the event, identify areas that need improvement and make data-driven decisions in the future.

What to consider before drafting your email

Although your attendees won’t receive your post-event follow-up email until after they leave, drafting it beforehand can save you time on the day.

Plan when to send it out: Send the email as soon as possible after the event, when it’s still fresh in attendees’ minds. Time it so that it arrives when they’re home – for evening events, an email arriving early the next morning can work well.

Create a structure for your email: Mention specific highlights or takeaways from the event and let them know you appreciate their attendance and support.

Think about your call to action: What do you want your attendees to do afterwards? Ask them to fill out a feedback survey, encourage them to post on social media with your event hashtag or invite them to book future events.

Link to additional resources: If there’s anything relevant that relates to your event or future events, send it over to attendees as part of your post-event email.

How to structure a successful event follow-up

  1. Start with a personalised greeting: Address each recipient by name and, if relevant, refer to their specific actions or engagement during the event.
  2. Summarise the event: Call back to key moments during the event and highlight any specific takeaways. Express appreciation for your attendees’ overall attendance and their support throughout the event.
  3. Call-to-action: Encourage them to share posts with hashtags or fill out a feedback form. “What did we do well? Let us know in this survey” or “Share your photos from [the event] with us on social media by using #EventHashtag”.
  4. Follow-up information: Invite your attendees to any upcoming events or opportunities for future engagement such as webinars, networking functions or events in a similar area. “Stay in touch by attending our networking event next month”.
  5. Photos or videos from the event: Share any photos or videos from the event to give attendees a chance to relive the experience and to share it with others who weren’t there. “Check out some of our favourite moments from the evening”.
  6. Contact information: Let attendees know how to get in touch with you if they have any questions or feedback. Link to your website or social media so they know where to find out more if they’re interested in future events. “We’d love to hear from you. Get in touch via email or phone”.
  7. Close with a thank you: Round out the email with a closing thank you that expresses appreciation for the attendees’ support.
  8. A clear, well-designed email signature: Include your company’s logo and contact information.

For more examples of how to structure your email, check out our purpose-built email templates for events, including templates for communicating with attendees.

What to say in your thank you email

When it comes to writing the content, there are some key areas to cover:

Express gratitude towards your attendees for making the event possible. Think about how you want to say thank you for their attendance. Whether they were chipping into a debate, hosting a stand at an exhibition or screaming along in the crowd at a concert, events just wouldn’t be the same without them – so be sure to let them know that.

Highlight any key takeaways from the event. Did your attendees make new connections or discover new business opportunities at your event? Did they hear music from a new album, try food from a new vendor or hear a reading from a new book? Did they help contribute to a charity or disaster relief fund? Remind your attendees of the event’s key message or purpose.

Keep the conversation going. Invite attendees to reflect on the event and share their thoughts via a feedback survey or post their pictures on social media. Direct them towards future events that they might want to get involved with.

Take a look at our post-event email sample below for some inspiration, or check out our other event email copy templates for more examples.

Subject: Thank you for attending [Event Name]

Dear [Attendee Name],

I wanted to take a moment to personally thank you for attending [Event Name] on [Event Date]. Your presence and participation helped make the event a success and we truly appreciate your support.

I hope you found the [event’s main topic/speaker/panel] as informative and engaging as we did. We received a lot of positive feedback and we’re glad you were able to take away valuable insights from the event.

We value your feedback. If you have a moment, please take our survey so we can improve our next events. [Include link to survey if applicable]

We’d love to see your photos or videos from [Event name]. If you’re posting them on social media, please include the hashtag #[Event hashtag] so we can check them out.

We hope you enjoyed the event and look forward to seeing you at our next one. If you have any suggestions or questions, please feel free to reach out to us. [Include contact details]

Thank you again for your support and we hope to see you soon.

Best regards,

[Your Name]

Examples of winning email subject lines

The subject line is the first part of your follow-up email that your attendees will see, so it’s vital that it grabs their attention and encourages them to read on.

Check out some of our favourite subject lines for thank-you emails:

Here are our top tips for writing great email subject lines for follow-up emails:

  1. Keep it short: If the subject line is too long, some of it may be cut off (especially if the recipient is viewing emails on their phone).
  2. Hint at what’s inside: Use the subject line to show the recipient why they should open up the email and find out more.
  3. Consider using personalisation: Grab your recipient’s attention with a name-specific subject such as “Thank you [attendee name], for being a part of [Event]”.

How to personalise your post-event email

Personalising your emails lets attendees know you value them specifically. How best to do this depends on your event and your attendees.

Formatting and design of your email

Just like all of your event marketing, your email needs to be well-designed and aligned with your brand. We recommend keeping it fairly simple so that readers are guaranteed to get all of the key messages you’re sending them.

Once you’ve put a first draft together, test your email on a few different devices to make sure it looks the way you hope. If you’re using merge tags or dynamic content, set up some practice runs to make sure they work properly before sending it out.

Remember GDPR

GDPR means you need to be extra careful about how you email people and store their information. Here are three important things to keep in mind:

How to continue the conversation

Keep a follow-up email template to hand so that you can send it out while it’s still fresh in attendees’ minds.

A thank you email is the perfect place to find out what your attendees liked about the event and where there’s room for improvement. To gather feedback from attendees, use a tool like SurveyMonkey. With 15 different survey question types to choose from, you can create a customised survey or use a pre-designed template to help you ask the right questions and receive the most useful responses.

Once you’ve built a quick questionnaire, encourage people to fill it out by offering a prize draw to respondents.

As well as asking for feedback, build rapport with your attendees by staying in touch with them and inviting them to future events.

Conclude with a clear call to action

Round out your email by inviting attendees to give you feedback, stay in touch or book their next event.

Emailing guests with a post-event thank you is a tried and tested way to gather useful feedback and get them thinking about future events. Create, market and reflect on great events with Eventbrite’s organiser tools.