I’ve advocated a few times for at least 2 emails per week updating clients. In fact just this week I said that not doing it is a way to set yourself up for bad client work.
Now I’ve had some push back on that concept. This is totally my fault and I’ll clear it up.
2 emails are not
These 2 emails (more even) are not full project run downs. You should not be spending 2 hours in a meeting twice a week with a client. I think that doing that is a sure fire way to kill a project.
You won’t get anything done and you’re going to be frustrated with all the wasted time and silly overhead.
So what are the emails
An example from me last week may be the best example.
Hey $clientname, hope things are going well.
I made decent headway on the WordPress theme over the last 2 days. I’ve started on the eCommerce portion. Certainly not quite ready to show it off but we are on track to show it off next week as expected.
Have a great day.
How about an example from a few weeks ago.
Hey $clientname, I hope you had a great long weekend.
I told you that I was in discussions with the Gravity Forms support guys about our notes modifications and the result is that we have a bit of a snag. You wanted to insert text in the notes fields all the time (which is possible) but we have to change the wording. We either need the text we grab off the screen at the beginning or end. Really doesn’t matter which.
That does mean we are back about 2 days. Gravity Forms support is fast, but I just didn’t anticipate this issue.
Let me know if you have any other concerns.
Nope the emails aren’t long rundowns of every single line of code that has been written. They are short and to the point. In one case we’re on track. In another we have an issue to deal with.
In both cases the client is confident that I’m on the job and knows what’s going on.
Don’t go in to ‘mole mode’
Way to many developers go in to mole mode. They get the project and go write all the code. The client doesn’t hear anything for a week or two and gets worried about the project.
Then you get an anxious email from the client but of course you knew things were moving forward. Why would the client be anxious?
They are understandably anxious because you didn’t communicate.
So send those 2 emails per week. They are going to take seconds out of your day. Those lost seconds are going to come back to you in clients that are extatic about your service.