19 Apr Creative newsletter marketing techniques
Newsletters are as personal as the individual writing them, and no two should be alike. However, if your newsletter follows a simple format or guideline, the reader will always know where to find expected items in it.
Subject Line – This should be a captivating introduction to the interior of your newsletter. Topic and keyword guided, this line directs your customer to read the rest of the message.
Greeting – This can be either a general greeting or a personalised form greeting where each reader is addressed by name. I, personally, prefer the general greeting when I receive a message. I feel that a form letter addressing me by my first name is redundantly underhanded. But, each person has his own opinion of this matter.
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What’s in the message? – This is a bulleted list of what’s inside the newsletter. It should have a lead-in title for each topic in the contents, including a reference to links outside the newsletter if they are part of your content.
Content – The most important part of your newsletter is ‘The News’. Without news in your newsletter, what purpose does it serve? A newsletter is about informing our customers of information that will benefit them, offering them a proposal, giving them choices to revisit your website or purchase your products and services. Be sure to give more than you expect to get from your customers. Free information leads to a need to know, and you can satisfy their need.
Call to Action – Every cewsletter should have a Call to Action. Your newsletter’s purpose is to market your website, business, products or service. Be honest. Tell your reader what you want them to do.
Opt-out policy – Due to obnoxious spam that floods our email accounts daily, we occasionally need a rest from the domination of news overload. Out of kindness, leave a means of opting out of your ezine, for those who need a respite. If they find value in your ezine, they won’t opt out, if they don’t find value – honestly, you don’t want them there anyway.
Building a credible ezine requires trust between you and your customer. Establish this trust early by giving them valuable information in EVERY message.
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© 2007 – Jan D. Verhoeff
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