The Power of Newsletters
When discussing the possibility of creating a newsletter for one of my clients, he asked me, "How will a newsletter help me get sales?"
"Great question," I replied. Here's how:
A newsletter is a form of contact, just like a phone call, visit or direct mail postcard. Your business (or non-profit) and any messages you want to get across will be in front of your current and prospective clients each time you send out a newsletter. If you send out a newsletter several times a year, there is a good chance that you will reach your prospects at a time when they are ready to buy. Even if they're not ready to buy, they might be talking to a friend or business associate who needs your services ? so you might get a referral.
To maximize your sales or donor opportunities, keep a few points in mind:
1. Focus content on what is beneficial to the reader. Good newsletters include a combination of information aimed at educating readers, sales messages and client kudos.
2. Decide on an e-mail newsletter or a printed newsletter. Besides your budget and access to e-mail or address information, your business or organization provides clues to the best choice. If you are a non-profit that wants to include a donor form in each newsletter, printed newsletters will be best for you. If you are a Web-based business, it makes more sense to create an e-mail newsletter.
3. Spend time on the newsletter's design and copywriting. Your newsletter design is a branding and image opportunity for your company or organization. Correct grammar and spelling are also important. Mistakes detract from your message and image.
Spending time creating effective newsletters is well worth the time invested. Send out newsletters and watch your sales grow!
Margie Fisher is President of Margie Fisher Public Relations. Learn more about her Pay for Results Publicity Program? and her free biweekly PRactical P.R. newsletter at http://www.margiefisher.com
10 Benefits Of Submitting Your Articles To Ezines
1. You'll brand your web site, business and yourself bysubmitting articles to ezines. You could include your name,business name, your credentials, web site address and e-mailaddress in your resource box.To find publisher you can submit your articles to, you cansimply visit Google and enter a keyword phase that describesyour target market (e.g. business owner) plus the worknewsletter or ezine: +"business owner" +newsletter2. You will become known as an expert on the topics you writeabout. This will give you and your business extracredibility which will help you compete against yourcompetition.3. Your article might also be placed on the publisher's homepage. If they publish each issue on their home page thiswill give you some extra exposure.To make it easier for the publisher, provide also an URL toa web page with your article on it. The easier it is forthe publisher to use your article, the higher the chancesthat they will do it.4. You might get extra exposure if the ezine publisher archivestheir ezine on their site. People might want to read theback issues before they make the decision to subscribe.5. You will get free advertising. This will allow you to spendyour profits on other forms of advertising. You could buyadvertisements in other ezines that don't publish yourarticles.6. You might get extra income from people wanting to hire youto write other articles, books, or even ask to speak atseminars. This is a great way to multiply your incom^e.7. You could allow ezine publishers to publish your articlesin their free e-books. Since people give them away, youradvertising could multiply all over the internet.8. You will get your article published all over the web when yousubmit it to an ezine publisher that has a free contentdirectory on their web site. They'll allow their visitors torepublish your article.Another option would be to submi^t your article to articledirectories. To find article directories that you can submityour articles to, you can again simply visit Google andsearch for: "article directory"9. You'll gain people's trust. If they read your article andlike it, they won't be as hesitant to buy your product orservice. You will then be able to increase your profits.10. You could get your article guaranteed to run in an ezine.You could agree to run one of their articles in your ezineif, in exchange, they run yours in their ezine. It's awin/win situation.Tip: If your article recommends one of your own resources,offer the publisher a percentage of each sale forpublishing your article. This could be done by using aspecial order link, or if you have an affiliate program,by allowing the publisher use his one affiliate link.
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Using newsletters for business development improves your sales and marketing efficiency because they: Improve your prospecting by being more focused and personal than a newspaper ad; Generate referrals Ask your clients if there's anyone they can suggest who would appreciate receiving your newsletter, as it's much easier for someone to suggest an addition to your newsletter mailing list than to flat out give you a name to call; Build walls around present clients A newsletter keeps competitors away by repeatedly reminding your clients of your continued interest in them;Recover lost clients Many lost clients would like to revive their relationship with you, but don't know how, so add a personal note to a newsletter, and mail it to them; Enhance other practice-building techniques For example, when contacting a client you might mention something from a past issue that's applicable to his situation, and in seminars, speeches and client meetings, use appropriate issues of your newsletter as handouts or to explain certain points.Think of your client newsletter as an education tool, as well. It's a place to explain to your clients what they should know about your area of expertise, and how it relates to their situation. Look around at what other advisors are doing, and see what you think will work best for you and your clients. A little help from your friends When deciding on the type of content you are going to use in your newsletter, keep in mind that you don't even have to write it yourself. The internet is a vast source of all kinds of free content (e.g. EzineArticles.com) that you can cut and paste into your newsletter. Which format? Convinced of the power of this tool yet? Good. The next question is which type to use: a paper version to be mailed out to your clients by regular post or an electronic version to be e-mailed. If you decide on a paper-based newsletter, you may wish to also consider an e-mail version. Why? For starters, it's cheaper. Paper will cost you at least a dollar for each copy you have printed, folded, stuffed, stamped and mailed. But faxing or e-mailing as many as a thousand copies will cost you practically zilch (word of warning: I would suggest foregoing faxing altogether, as many people on the receiving end resent having their own paper wasted or their phone line tied up). An e-mail version is immediate and "in your face", whereas "snail mail" can take longer to cross the city than the ocean. As most of the benefits of a paper newsletter apply to an electronic one, why bother with a paper version at all? More people have postal addresses than e-mail addresses. A lot of your prospects and clients may not have fax or e-mail access or might just prefer a paper version. So go for both, but ease into your electronic version. Take a few months to get your routine established for consistent quality and delivery of your paper version before worrying about creating your electronic version. Bringing it to life When starting with your paper-based newsletter, keep it simple. When sending a monthly newsletter, I have always found one page to be enough - anything longer could end up in a pending file to be read later, maybe. Some advisors I know who send out a quarterly newsletter might put three or four pages together. Whatever your choice of length and number of issues per year is, start by sending your newsletter to your existing client list only. Include a cover letter with your first issue to announce what you're doing, why you're doing it and what to expect (i.e., no sales pitches!). Include phrases such as "let me know what you think of it," and a note to let your clients know they can be taken off the mailing list if they don't wish to receive future issues. Once your clients begin to receive it regularly (and you get up to speed on producing it), ask them if there is anyone else they know who would benefit from receiving your newsletter. The aim is to develop a relationship so recipients feel they know you as an expert in your field before you actually meet them. One important point to remember is to create a newsletter you can easily adapt to an electronic version. Then ask your paper-based subscribers if they'd prefer to have it e-mailed. Some may want both versions, which is great. They may want the paper version to take home, to file for future reference or even pass on to someone else.Always be consistent It's important that you establish a regular routine. Your delivery and quality of content can't be hit-and-miss, skipping some months because you were too busy or forgot about it. Your newsletter is a projection of you, so commit to getting it out on the same day every month (or three months, or whatever your timeframe may be), no matter what. If you don't do that, you'll just alienate your clients with your unreliable efforts. So get your preparation and distribution systems for your paper newsletter well established and working smoothly and consistently before you even think about transferring it to e-mail. E-mail requires the same regularity, but a totally different system. Make text look its best Here's another decision you'll have to make concerning your electronic version: Will your e-newsletter be plain text or HTML? HTML is what's used on the Internet and can be more graphically sophisticated that plain text. Some pros and cons of using HTML are: Pro: It looks better.
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