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Top 7 Best Out of Office Message Examples. 2020 Updated

Posted by Christin on January 4, 2019

Let’s be honest, the last thing on your mind before vacation is putting up an auto-responder email. Half the time, your out of office message is probably an “Oh crap!” moment after you’ve already left the office.

Even though you might be soaking up the sun on the beach or tearing up the slopes, your coworkers, customers, and other business associates are still in the office and may not know that you’re unavailable. Failing to tell people that you’re out of the office could come back to bite you, especially if they’re expecting a prompt response.

Before heading out on that much needed time off, it’s imperative that you set an out of office reply to let senders know you’re gone. If you’re feeling stumped, we’ve crafted 7 out of office message samples to inspire you. Check them out below!

1. Out Of Office Message – Basic Example Template

Hi there,

Thank you for your email. I will be out of the office from mm/dd to mm/dd and will have limited access to email / will not have access to email. If this is urgent, please contact [NAME] at [EMAIL] or [PHONE]. I will do my best to respond promptly to your email when I return on mm/dd.


We don’t always have time to be clever or creative… and that’s okay! At its core, a vacation responder email simply needs to inform the sender that you are out of the office and when to expect a response.

The elements of a great out of office reply are 1) how long you will be gone, 2) when you will return, and 3) who to contact if it’s urgent.

2. Lead Generation

Have you ever thought of an out of office message as a lead generation tool? Well, you should now! It’s easy enough to highlight an opportunity to collect leads in your vacation responder. Just add a little flair to the end of the message and start raking in the leads!

Hello and thanks for your email. I’m currently out of the office until mm/dd with limited / no access to email. If your request is urgent, please contact [NAME] at [EMAIL or PHONE].

In the mean time, did you know we have a weekly / monthly newsletter? Yep, you heard that right! A weekly dose of all your favorite [COMPANY] content sent right to your inbox. To ensure you don’t miss out on all the good stuff, sign up for our newsletter here.

I’ll be sure to get back to you when I return on mm/dd.


Aside from newsletter sign ups, you could use this opportunity to encourage webinar attendance, sign ups for an online course, whitepaper downloads, or any other lead generation tactic your sales and marketing team implements.

3. Content Promotion

If generating leads is not a key strategy of your sales or marketing efforts, you could also use your out of office message to get more eyeballs on your content. Add a little value to your email by linking to an interesting online resource your company has developed.

Hi there,

Thanks for your email. I am out of the office right now and will not return until mm/dd. Fortunately for you, our resources never take time off and we’ve got this awesome ebook / whitepaper / infographic on [TITLE] that I think you would enjoy.

I’ll get back to you as soon as I get back into the office.


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4. Traffic Driving Out Of Office Message Template

Hey there,

Thanks for reaching out. Unfortunately, I’m out of the office from mm/dd to mm/dd with limited / no access to email. If your question can wait, I’ll be responding to the emails I missed when I return on [DAY]. If not, contact [NAME] at [EMAIL] or [PHONE] and he/she will take care of you.

Did you email me about [SERVICE YOU PROVIDE]? Great! Read what our customers are saying about how awesome their experience has been. (Link to customer testimonials or case studies)

I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.


Maybe you don’t have any content to promote or you simply want to drive traffic to your website using an out of office reply. Great! A vacation responder is an awesome way to do that. Depending on the page you link to, your message might be different, but here’s an example.

5. Networking or New Business

As much as we’d like it to be, not every away message is for a vacation. Sometimes, you need an out of office reply for a business trip or conference. But instead of simply telling people you’re out, why not use that opportunity to encourage networking or new business connections?

Hi there!

Thanks for your email. I’m out of the office at this super awesome conference [MONTH] [DAY]-[DAY]. Will you be there too? I’d love to connect! Our company will be exhibiting at booth ###. Feel free to stop by! / [NAME], our [TITLE], will be dropping knowledge during his/her speech on [DAY] at [TIME] in [LOCATION]. You won’t want to miss it!

Follow and tweet me @Twitter_Handle for thoughts and conversation on the conference. Looking forward to hearing from you!


6. Social Media Engagement

The percent of people who follow brands on social media ranges from 44% to 53% (depending on the platform) and 53% of those who follow brands on social media are more loyal to those brands. So, it would make sense that companies want to build their audiences on social media, especially to create loyal customers.

But most people don’t seek out a brand’s social media accounts. They’re more likely to follow you if asked or presented with the opportunity, which can be done in your vacation responder.

Hey there!

Sorry you missed me. I’m out of the office from mm/dd to mm/dd and will be responding to my emails when I return on [DAY].

To keep up with all the latest happenings at [COMPANY], follow us on Facebook / Twitter / LinkedIn / Instagram / Pinterest / Etc. (We’re really funny on Twitter, trust me.)

I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.


7. Funny/Clever

Of course, the best out of office messages are the funny and clever ones. There are tons of examples out there from giving your “auto-responder robot” a personality to using GIFs and memes to joking about what you’re actually doing on vacation. Here are a few clever out of office message samples:

I heard winter was coming, so I decided to go to [WARM PLACE]. I’ll be sipping cocktails on the beach until mm/dd and will not be checking email. Stay warm!

Hate to break it to you, but I’m actually on vacation until mm/dd and will not be checking emails. I’m sure you probably don’t want to hear this since you’re working yourself, so here’s a cat video to cheer you up. I’ll be back from my trip on [DAY]. Enjoy your week!

BAD NEWS: I’m out of the office on vacation until mm/dd. I will be responding to all emails when I return.

GOOD NEWS: My colleague [NAME] has graciously offered to stay behind and cover my work. He/She is basically a superhero. If your request is urgent, you can contact him/her at [EMAIL]. 

Have a great week!

8. *Bonus* Maternity Leave Out Of Office Message

In some occasions you may be gone for different reasons other than your vacation. Make sure to set up an out of office response for either longterm sick leaves or maternity leaves as well.

To spice up the automated reply you can send out an image instead of a regular reply mail as seen in the example below.

Would you like to add the image but edit it for your own use? Please simply visit Venngage to edit the template. You will find a number of other templates to choose from.

Out Of Office Message
Maternity Out Of Office Message Template by Venngage


People often don’t realize is that your away message is a unique opportunity to be memorable and make someone’s day, beyond simply telling them you’re out. It doesn’t have to be long or complex—just thoughtful and interesting. So next time you’re setting up your vacation responder, use it to inform, assist, or delight the email sender. It will be a fun exercise for you and a pleasant surprise for them!

What’s the best out of office message you’ve received or written? Let us know by sharing in the comments!

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in December 2016 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness. 



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17 thoughts on "Top 7 Best Out of Office Message Examples. 2020 Updated"

  • Great article, but where can i setup my OOO reply in Mailbird?

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      Christin Baumgarten says:

      Hey Adrian,
      you currently can’t. Since your emails are not going through our servers and with that are not saved on it either, Mailbird can not send out emails in offline mode.
      What you can do though, you can set them up in your web-based account to ensure they being sent out automatically.

      Let us know if there is anything else we can help you with,

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    Anastasiya Storchous says:

    why for time you use from …to instead of from … till ?)))

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      Christin Baumgarten says:

      Hey Anastasiya, thanks for pointing it out. We will look into that and see if it needs changing. As far as I know now, it is common to use both terms. Have a great day and thanks again:-)

  • Try going to Setting > Advanced Settings > Ensure that “Disable DirectWrite” is unchecked and also that “Force software rendering” is checked. Restart Mailbird and see if that fixes it. If not please email [email protected] as they might have more technical solutions after further investigation. Thanks so much!

  • Hi and thank you for great tips on OoO.
    I have a slightly different question from the ones already posted, but I still hope to hear your opinion.

    When should you set OoO message? How many hours/days you should be away to make it seem reasonable? I know, it is very individual, but am still interested in what you have to say there.

    Best Regards and greetings from Sweden!

  • thank you for information

  • Thank you for another excellent post. The place else could anybody get that kind
    of information in such an ideal way of writing? I’ve a presentation next week,
    and I am on the search for such information.

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    Jason Franklin says:

    great article

  • The Out of Office message for Social Media is cool. I can really include this on my Chat Bot now.

    Thanks for sharing it Christin

  • I would like to set up an auto reply a message stating that although it’s nice to get an email from you, we are not an office based company and your email might take quite a while to be responded to, therefore to save us having to type a response in our limited admin hours please give us a call for an instant quick response! It’s good to talk!

    (We are an electrical company with no office staff!)

  • Those some nice templates. Thanks

  • Thanks for sharing information, can you compile it into a pdf file?

  • Try going to Setting > Advanced Settings > Ensure that “Disable DirectWrite” is unchecked and also that “Force software rendering” is checked. Restart Mailbird and see

  • Hi there! This is my first comment here so I just wanted to give a quick
    shout out and say I genuinely enjoy reading your posts.
    Can you recommend any other blogs/websites/forums that go over the same subjects?
    Appreciate it!

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