You’ve heard the phrase stay tuned on television or the radio. But is this phrase appropriate for an email exchange?
In this article, we’ll discuss how you can use stay tuned in an email. What’s more, we’ll provide 10 alternative phrases that you can use to keep your emails interesting!
Is It Correct to Say “Stay Tuned”?
It is correct to say stay tuned when you are asking a person to wait for you to return. This is an informal phrase originally used by radio and television broadcasters to implore their audience to keep listening or watching.
Now, we sometimes use it figuratively in our emails to ask the receiver to wait for us to get back to them with further information. You could use this phrase in a casual email to a colleague or in a promotional email to clients or customers.
To illustrate how to use this phrase, we’ve drafted two email samples below.
First, we’ll look at a friendly email to a colleague:
I’m going to make a quick run to our filing room to see if I can find it.
Stay tuned until then!
All the best,
Next, let’s see how you could use this phrase in a promotional email to a customer:
Have you heard of our Valentine’s Day promotion?
You can get a free bouquet with every cake order.
Stay tuned to hear about all our future deals.
Kathy from Kathy’s Cakes
To avoid any embarrassing grammar mistakes, let’s look at a common error people make when they use this phrase:
Mistake: Saying tune instead of tuned
- Incorrect: Stay tune.
- Correct: Stay tuned.
In this context, to stay tuned means to stay “tuned in” to a particular broadcast. Therefore, stay tuned is the only correct way to write this phrase.
Although stay tuned is a correct phrase, it is rather informal and wouldn’t suit all work scenarios. In addition, it is a tad standardized and overused.
Therefore, you can use one of the alternative phrases from our list to change your phrasing and reduce repetition in your emails and elsewhere.
10 Alternative Ways to Say “Stay Tuned”
Below, you’ll find 10 alternatives to stay tuned that you can use in your emails or in other circumstances:
- Watch this space
- We’ll get back to you
- Stand by
- More to follow
- Bear with us
- Don’t go anywhere
- We’ll be right back
- Sit tight
- Please be patient
- Stick around
1. Watch This Space
The phrase watch this space essentially asks an audience to keep an eye on a situation as an exciting change is soon to come.
Like stay tuned, this phrase was frequently used on television to keep an audience interested. However, it’s also a great phrase to use in an announcement email to your long-term customers.
For example, you can use it to alert customers to new product releases or changes in your brand or business.
To see what we mean, consider the email sample below:
A new era has begun at [Company Name].
With a new logo and an all-new aesthetic, you can enjoy the products you love in a more modernized package.
Watch this space to keep up to date with our exciting new updates.
Leela at [Company Name]
2. We’ll Get Back to You
When used in an email, stay tuned usually means “I will return with further information.” Therefore, a more literal way to express this sentiment is we’ll get back to you.
This phrase is less figurative and fun than some of the others on our list, but it has the benefit of being suitable for a standard professional email to a client.
The use of “we” implies that you are speaking on behalf of your organization when you use this phrase. This is a great way to reduce your accountability, especially when you’re dealing with a complaint!
Have a look at the following email example:
Dear Mr. Edwards,
We have received your query and have started an investigation.
We’ll get back to you with an update as soon as possible.
Scott from Customer Service
3. Stand By
In normal usage, to stand by means to be prepared and wait.
Therefore, you can use this phrase in an email to a client or customer when you are immediately resolving an issue and asking them to wait a moment while you do so.
Dear Miss Davies,
We have detected a software error on your account.
Please stand by while we rectify the issue.
Becky at [Company Name]
4. More to Follow
The phrase more to follow essentially means that you will provide more information about a certain topic later. Therefore, you are indirectly asking the receiver to stay tuned to hear more.
Depending on the overall phrasing of your message, you could use this phrase in a business email to your boss.
In particular, you can say more to follow to mean that you have limited information about an issue at present but will provide an update later on.
See how we’ve used this phrase in a sample email:
I haven’t heard back from the client directly, but I have gotten in contact with her representative, so there will be more to follow shortly.
5. Bear With Us
You can use the phrase bear with us in an automatic email to a client when an error of some kind has occurred and you are working to rectify it.
This phrase essentially asks the client to be patient while you investigate the issue. It has a rather casual tone, which works well if the nature of your organization is not particularly formal.
To see this phrase in action, have a look at the email example below:
Whoops! It looks like there was an error in finalizing your account.
Please bear with us while we investigate.
6. Don’t Go Anywhere
The phrase don’t go anywhere was commonly used before commercial breaks on television. In an email, however, it may come across as a tad demanding.
Therefore, we wouldn’t recommend using this phrase in an email to clients or your superior. However, you can get away with using this phrase in an email to a colleague with whom you have a friendly dynamic.
For example, you could use this to implore your colleague to give you just a moment to find something.
Don’t go anywhere!
I can get that password to you in just a moment.
7. We’ll Be Right Back
Like stay tuned, you may have heard the phrase we’ll be right back on TV or the radio. Usually, it would be in a phrase like “after these messages, we’ll be right back” before there was a commercial break.
Outside of this context, there are few circumstances in which you could use the phrase we’ll be right back in an email.
However, you could use this phrase as a sign on the door to your business to let customers know that you’re on a quick break.
Check out the example below to see what we mean:
Out for lunch – we’ll be right back!
8. Sit Tight
The phrase sit tight means to stay put and take no further actions.
Therefore, this is another fun phrase to use in an automatic email to a client when they are experiencing an error while using an online product.
It looks like you’ve run into an error.
Sit tight while we reinstate your account.
9. Please Be Patient
Please be patient is essentially a more formal synonym for the phrase above. You can use this phrase in reply to a complaint from a customer or client.
This phrase may come across as a touch demanding. However, the addition of “please” adds a bit of politeness to its overall tone.
Have a look at how we’ve used this phrase in an email example:
Dear Mr. Beckman,
We have received your query.
Please be patient while we investigate this issue.
A member of our team will be in touch shortly.
10. Stick Around
Another way to say stay tuned in an email is stick around. Like the original phrase, this phrase is frequently used before commercial breaks on TV and the radio.
Essentially, this phrase just means to remain where you are. Therefore, it’s another creative way to ask a client to stick with your company in an announcement email.
Let’s see this phrase in our final email sample:
Dear Valued Customer,
We’re introducing big changes to our family plan!
Stick around to enjoy better deals for lower prices.
All the best,