When you’re leaving the office for vacation, or even just for
the weekend, with no intention of checking the inbox, you might
sometimes find yourself stuck to your desk for much longer than you
It’s because there’s one last thing you have to write before
closing the laptop and going into your “offline mode”. The
It might come easy, especially when you just want to get it over
with quickly. But, maybe you’re feeling fancy or you want to step
up your game and want to change up the uninspired automatic
response to something quirkier. Or, maybe you don’t know how to
start at all. Luckily, we’re here to help.
If you want to know what an out of office message is and how to
set it up, skip to section
A Quick Guide to Out of Office Messages.
If you want to learn about automated emails, see our article
Automated Emails You Should Be Sending Today.
Best out of office message examples
Last month, we asked some of our pen-pals for their favorite
examples of out of office emails that made them chuckle, were
creative, or interesting in their own way.
Here are the top out of office message examples we received (in
no particular order):
1. When you’re enjoying Christmas (and not planning on working!)
Subject Line: Out For The Holidays…But While
I Have You:
We were doing some link building outreach for a client and got
this brilliant automated response from Michael.
Great personality to it, makes it clear he’ll be partying and
over-indulging – but is still professional (so we’ll definitely
wait until after this period’s over before contacting him
And he also puts an entire list of useful blog posts he has
written. Which from our perspective comes in extremely useful as we
can offer to share one/some of these on social media when he gets
back to us.
– Amit Raj, Link Builder & Founder @ Amit Digital Marketing
2. Mix holiday humor, humanity, and a hook
Subject Line: Missed me by a hair
It’s been a big year for Patrick Coddou, founder of Supply.
And his out-of-office reply hooks recipients into that fact without
coming off as arrogant.
How? By nestling links to two of his brand’s most popular
YouTube videos (including its win on SharkTank) alongside
razor-related puns and holiday humor. At the same time, he sets
clear expectations about his availability — or lack thereof. Well
– Taylor Holiday, Managing Partner & CEO of Common
3. Another fun fact: I’m OOO!
This email was sent to us by Jordie van Rijn, Email Marketing
Consultant at . He said that it’s just too funny not to include,
and I agree!
The email consists of all the necessary elements, but also LOTS
of fun facts to make the recipients smile!
It’s a great example of breaking the rules to make people enjoy
your emails even more. Is the list irrelevant to the message
itself? Yes. Will you spend at least 15 minutes to check out all
those links? Also, yes. But, is it hilarious and super interesting?
4. Something clever that only industry insiders will get
Subject line: 302: Temporary redirect
It’s really frustrating when you need to reach someone and
they aren’t available. So I like to make that dull “out of the
office” auto-response a little more entertaining to lighten the
mood. Since Terakeet is an enterprise SEO company, I include a
geeky auto-reply that only other SEOs will get. Hopefully, it makes
others feel smart and me look clever.
– Jonas Sickler, SEO Manager at Terakeet
5. Show that you care and how to practice self-care
Subject Line: Downtime is part of my self-care
While humor and emojis and snark play..
Source: FS – Email Marketing Blogs!
15 Best Out of Office Message Examples to Inspire You + Tips