How To Write an Effective Newsletter

One of the essentials, when you’re building a brand, is to build your email list. These are the list of people subscribed to your personal website and are often the “loyal following” or a brand. But once you have built an email list, how will you get them engaged?

This is where newsletters come in.

These are emails you send them once in a while – normally once a week. With these newsletters, you can engage with them and even get them to buy your new products or to try your services. It’s all a matter of how well you write your newsletter.

What is a newsletter?

An email newsletter is a type of email you send out to subscribers that contains information about your product/service and your niche. These emails are normally sent out to people on your email list – both existing and potential customers.

Email newsletters have now become an effective marketing strategy for a lot of companies in different industries and niches such as eCommerce and blogging communities. You’re able to send out notifications of upcoming products and brands or perhaps new content you’ve published. Doing so helps you create leads and ultimately, a potential to get income.

Do you need newsletters?

Firstly, it’s essential to know whether your business needs newsletters because contrary to belief, not every niche and industry need this kind of approach. Do some research and know whether your rivals are doing it and if you have the available resources to do so.

In line with that, look closely at your business and review your goals. Do you want to increase sales? Do you want to retain your following?

If your goals don’t meet eye to eye with what a newsletter offers or if your industry doesn’t really care about them, you might need to focus on other strategies. However, if the gathered data you’ve acquired calls for a need for newsletters, you might want to start building an email list and start planning what you will write.

How To Write an Effective Newsletter

That said, here are our tips on writing effective and high-converting email newsletters to your email list:

Segment your audience

Know your audience and know what type of email is best for them.

For example, a new customer might have just bought something from your site – a thank you email would be good. Or perhaps there are a few people in your list who haven’t bought or visited your shop for a while, you can send a personalized email that shows their previous buys and then recommend something for them. You can also send a reminder to a customer who abandoned their cart.

You can also segment your audience based on demographics – this allows you to create an email with a tone specifically for them.

Know your goals

When writing a newsletter, you should know what it should accomplish. Here are the most common goals of a newsletter:

  • Drive traffic to a certain landing page
  • Drive more sales
  • Promote a product or service
  • Increase your social media presence
  • Encourage past buyers to buy again

With these, you’ll be able to have an idea on what you should write about. However, remember to choose only one of these per newsletter. Mixing goals in one newsletter can be rather confusing for your customers.

For example, focus on the new products and services you’re launching. Add more details about it and how it can help your customers.

Have a good subject/title

When your subscribers get the email you sent, the first thing they’ll see is the subject or the title. That’s why it should be enticing – something that will make them want to click on your email and read it. It should stand out amongst a sea of newsletters they’re probably getting.

When creating a subject, it should be clear, brief, and positive. It’s also good to start with call-to-actions as it provides the emotion of urgency. It makes them feel compelled to open your email.

You can also try to personalize the subject or your email to make your subscribers feel more special. This increases your chances of getting positive feedback from them.

But most of all, establish trust by making sure your title relates to the content. Don’t go creating clickbait since it ruins trust and without trust, it will be incredibly hard to get loyal followers. Make sure your content is exactly what the title/subject suggests.

Consistency and value

When creating an email list, the most common incentive is a freebie such as eBooks. Apart from that, it’s the promise that your followers will get something valuable.

If you want to establish trust and gain a loyal following, deliver on that promise.

writing a newsletter

That said, creating newsletters with value is also something you should always practice. Once in a while, you can share something you think your followers will want. You can share tips and techniques you’ve just learned that you believe they can use.

If you’re sharing something, make sure it’s legit and tested – something you have proven to be true or to be effective. Apart from your own testimonies, you’re also more believable with trusted sources as proof. That’s why always do your research giving out something with value.

Make it easy to read

Truth be told, not anyone who clicks on your email actually reads the entire thing. If they see it’s a long block of text, they’ll normally click back and leave it in their email, unread. However, if you add images and short blocks of texts and bullets, it’s easier to read and will spark interest.

That said, make use of images such as infographics to show more data without being boring. Also make use of subheadings and bullets to make your email scannable.

Conclusion

Newsletters may seem like hard work – and it should be. But when done right, it’s a huge help in your business. There are lots of big companies and names in the different industries that swear by newsletters and with it, you can achieve your own goals, too.

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