Aug
30
2011

5 Tips For Creating Effective Newsletters

Newsletters can be a powerful weapon in your marketing arsenal.  They help to not only create your brand recognition, but also help increase trust and establish you as the expert.  Who wouldn’t want that?  Here are a few tips to help you take your newsletters to the next level.

1. KNOW YOUR READERS

Although your newsletter should promote your business, its primary function is to build relationships with new prospects and engage established customers.  Be sure to write about topics that are relevant, interesting and important to your readers.  If your audience knows they’ll be getting useful information, they’ll be more likely to continue to keep their subscription.

2. MAKE EACH NEWSLETTER UNIQUE

If you want your newsletter to get noticed (and read!), make it different.  Add a touch of personalization by including a snapshot from your office, a video message from your staff, a link to an entertaining website.  The possibilities are endless.  Don’t be afraid to portray emotion and personality.

3. TAKE TIME TO CONSIDER DESIGN

The visual appeal of your newsletter has a lot to do with its success.  The right design can captivate your audience before they read a single word.  When in doubt, create a design that is clean, simple and reinforces your brand.

4. CONSTANTLY SOLICIT FEEDBACK

Engage your readers by asking for comments on your articles or stories.  They’ll feel welcomed and included.  This way, you can get feedback on what you can do to improve and what really matters to your readers.

5. ALWAYS INCLUDE YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION

Your goal isn’t to sell through your newsletter, though you certainly wouldn’t object to an occasional sale.  Make sure your customers and prospects have a way to reach you if they feel the urge to buy now.

Key Takeaway: Implement the above simple steps and your newsletter will help convert your readers into lifelong customers and advocates of your business.

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