A regular newsletter is the best way to let your clients and contacts what is new in your company, whether it be new products and services, or changes to the way your company works.
As the majority of your clients will not pro-actively check your website daily for updates, you sometimes need to reach out to them to get the information across.
A good newsletter can not only inform, but also convert readership into sales – you should use a combination of striking graphics, pertinent information, and (depending on your brand) humour.
(NOTE: This post was updated in September 2019)
There are many things you should include in your newsletter to make it stand out from the crowd – here are 5 of the most important:
A good title
This is one of the first things your readers will see and is likely to be in the subject line of your email so make it fun and intriguing! Just naming your newsletter ‘Newsletter’ isn’t going to interest anyone or persuade people to read on or even open it – be inventive.
An eye catching picture
Visuals are always the first thing people see before they start to read your newsletter, a good image/s and good graphics will always catch someones eye and should convey what your newsletters about. Remember always make sure your images are relevant to what your talking about.
Relevant and interesting information
Don’t just talk about absolutely anything, its important that your newsletter is all about your business, subjects related to your business and the people in your business. Your newsletter can be personal, light hearted and you should always bring it back to what you do – after all, people signed up to your newsletter because they are interested in hearing about what your company is up to!
Example: When Google made it more important for sites to be responsive, we created 3 blog posts and a sent this newsletter to help people overcome their confusion and fears about their sites dissapearing from the internet! It was part of a campaign to get more clients to come back and get us to redo their websites to be responsive!
Example: We did 2 GDPR related newsletters called “Run – Hide – All the lights are switching off tomorrow” and The incredible shrinking mailing list to help people understand the things they needed to change on their website to comply with GDPR regulations.
Example: We sent out a newsletter advising people when it’s right and not right to outsource their social media: Should we do your social media for you?
A call to action
As well as sharing interesting information your newsletter is also the perfect platform to encourage people to do something, be it signing up for an event with a discount or simply directing them to view the latest work on your website. Always encourage and direct people to get involved with what you do.
Example: Our Halloween inspired newsletter had a next logical step offer to help people conquer marketing fears: Clever Communication is the trick – so what’s the treat? – October 2018
Links to social media profiles
What are social media profiles for – networking and communicating of course! If you’re involved with social media make sure you let people know, always include links to your social media profiles in your newsletter, you’ll be surprised at the amount of people which will regularly click on these and follow what you’re up to.
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