Weekend Poll Results: Kind Regards and More – How You Sign Off Your Emails

With thanks to all who participated, here are the results of my latest weekend poll. Our focus: Do you routinely include a signature line when sending email messages?

Regards of one type or another top your closing lines

… followed by an expression of thanks. For those executives you most admire, it’s exactly the reverse; “thanks”, “thank you” or “Thanks!” top the list, followed by variations of expressions of regards. In .oth cases, though, regards and thanks dominatel

THE DATA

Note: Information below reflects the percentage of respondents who selected specific responses from multiple choice options.  In instances where more than one person offers similar responses to an open ended question, I typically cluster or paraphrase such responses rather than duplicating all of them.

 

How do you typically say goodbye at the close of a business email message?

  • Kind regards: 26% of respondents
  • Thank you: 17% of respondents
  • Best regards: 12% of respondents
  • Thanks: 11% of respondents (7%: “Thanks.” and 4%: “Thanks!)
  • Best: 4% of respondents
  • With kind regards: 4% of respondents
  • With best regards: 3% of respondents
  • Sincerely: 2% of respondents
  • With friendly regards/greetings: 2% of respondents
  • Cheers: 1% of respondents
  • 18% of respondents selected “Other”.  Readers reported using the following closing words, in descending order of frequency of mention.
    • Regards
    • Many thanks
    • Best wishes
    • Kind regards
    • Take care
    • Smiles
    • Regards
    • “~Cindy”
    • Best wishes
    • All the best
    • regards
    • speak soon
    • arigato
    • warm regards
    • “(It) depends on the recipient
    • “Sometimes I don’t put anything after the text other than my signature”

 

How does the executive you most admire typically say goodbye at the close of a business email message?

  • Thanks/Thank you/Thanks!: 22% of respondents
  • With kind regards/kind regards: 18% of respondents
  • Best regards: 16% of respondents
  • Regards: 7% of respondents
  • Cheers: 4% of respondents
  • With friendly regards/greetings: 3% of respondents
  • (insertion of) name (or first name) only: 5% of respondents
  • 26% of respondents selected “Other” (the actual percentage was higher, but 6% of those responses aligned with other remarks mentioned above). Readers reported using the executives use the following closing words, in descending order of frequency of mention.
    • (It) depends on recipient & subject matter
    • With my very best wishes
    • v/r
    • Best wishes
    • Many thanks
    • nothing
    • Best wishes
    • Your partner

4 Comments on “Weekend Poll Results: Kind Regards and More – How You Sign Off Your Emails

  1. Enjoy seeing your polls. Wonder if the responses differed based on location/culture..”cheers” is British, so wonder if respondents were primarily outside the UK.

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    • Thanks, Elizabeth, and I’d suspect that responses came from all over. You’re correct that “cheers” is popular with many Brits, but I know of a number of Canadians (myself included) who use it among our closing messages. As some readers noted, the choice of message may vary depending on the contact and more.

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