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Are Your Vendors Engaged? Would You Like Them to Be?

Are Your Vendors Engaged? Would You Like Them to Be?

Rumor has it, in some association circles, trade show attendance is struggling. This could spell trouble for how vendor members find value in belonging to your organization. While some industries may be feeling the pain more than others, it is never a bad time to think about the ways you are engaging your vendor/supplier members. Read on for a handful of ideas on engaging your vendor-side members in effective and successful ways.

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How to Write an Out-of-Office Email

Posted by Callie Walker


With the holidays in full swing, if you’re not out of the office already, you’re likely about to be. But before you go, be sure to compose a clear and concise out-of-office email to keep others in the loop.

Here are a few simple guidelines to help you accomplish that task…

  • Be polite and thank the sender for their message. Let them know that you received it.
  • Let the sender know how long you’ll be gone for. Include exact dates to avoid any confusion.
  • Don’t over-explain why you’ll be out of the office. A simple statement saying “I’m currently out of the office” is fine.
  • If you want, you can include an alternative method of communication. For example, you might way to say, “For urgent matters, please contact my coworker Mike Smith at XYZ.”
  • Triple check for typos. The last thing you want is an inbox filled with facepalms because of an embarrassing typo.
  • Go back and re-read your email. In addition to checking for typos, make sure it’s concise. No one wants a novel!
  • Depending on the situation, feel free to add some humor. For inspiration, check out these nine funny out-of-office messages from HubSpot.

Here’s an example of a simple and professional out-of-office email:


Thank you for your message. Please note that I am out of the office and will not be returning until [Return Date].

If you need immediate assistance during my absence, please contact my coworker [Contact’s Name] at [Contact’s Email Address]. Otherwise, I will respond to your email as soon as possible upon my return.

Best regards,

[Your Name]

If you need help setting up your out-of-office email, check out the how-to links below:

Want more email tips to use throughout the year? Check out our free guide, Best Practices for Email Marketing, below!


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