7 Steps of an Effective Newsletter

7 Steps of an Effective Newsletter

Using these 7 Steps can lead to a more active and professional newsletter.

Newsletter iconTo create a newsletter that gets results for your business, use the following seven steps to help you out. These steps apply regardless of whether you’re creating an email or print version. Schedule print newsletters to leaders every 90 days, and email newsletters to your audience every 30 days.

NOTE: The problem with most newsletters is that they blather about the sender too much. That’s selfish and turns off your readers. Instead, use your expertise to create a newsletter that helps the reader improve their daily life. Try to focus 75% of your newsletter content on helping the audience, and 25% promoting yourself.

1. Brief feature article
The feature article only needs to be around 500 – 750 words. However, pack the article with helpful information for the reader. Use bulleted lists to make reading easier. Don’t talk about yourself. Be brief, pithy, and focus on helping the reader solve a specific problem. Search through your past books and messages for good articles.

2. Extra element of value
After your article, give your readers another brief section of helpful information. For example, you could offer interesting statistics, Q&A section, helpful resource listings for leader, or an insightful opinion on current events.

3. Value statements
Create a list or column of bulleted phrases that explain the benefit you provide to your audience and booking leaders. These key statements should explain what sets you apart from other speakers and why your message is so helpful. Focus on phrases that communicate the “life-change” you make happen for your audience.

4. Testimonial from a well-known leader
Use two or three sentences from a leader declaring how great you are, and how you’ve helped his or her audience. Use someone with a well-known name or title, because your readers care more about “who” said it, rather than “what” was said. Shy away from endorsements that sound vague. Instead, use a testimonial that communicates a specific benefit you provide.

5. Featured product
Show a small picture and provide brief description of a featured product, such as your book, CD, new presentation, etc. To help create urgency in the readers mind, offer a coupon or a discounted price if they order within the next 30 days. Be sure to include ordering information (your website and phone number).

6. Full contact information
Give your readers a list of all the possible ways to reach you, including phone, email, website, address, etc. For a print newsletter, list this information near the header and under your return address.

7. Professional-looking layout
Compliment good content with good graphics.  Hire a graphic artist to make a template for you. Then, you can quickly drop the content into it for each issue. We do offer this service as well as SEO and SEM. So if your looking for a professional and well designed newsletter. Please contact us to see how we can help.

If you have extra space to fill, then throw in a pithy quote, an interesting statistic that would appeal to your audience would also be efficient.

Now you’re finished. Do these steps every 90 days for a print newsletter to leaders, and every 30 days by email to your audience database. Then, watch as your newsletter grows!

Source: stratawildfire
Damion S. is a Technical Support Consultant for Covvo and an avid blogger, graphic designer, photographer, dj, and music/bike enthusiast. Also the Founder/Creative Director of The Collective Loop and Upscale Geek.


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