I want to share with you the solution to a marketing problem recently expressed by three of my coaching students...and that is how to create a powerful online newsletter (ezine) for cultivating quality clients.
I realize this is not the only source of information you can find on how to write an effective ezine, but it follows my own successful formula, and it addresses mistakes I'm seeing repeatedly among my coaching students, whether new to the business or not.
For most of my students, a physical direct mail campaign is part of the "marketing mix" for gaining high quality clients in the fastest way possible.
But physical mailings are time-consuming and expensive, so I also encourage them to create a free ezine for their target market. Once their ezine readership is high enough, they can replace expensive physical mailings with easy, fast, and inexpensive "newsletter blasts."
Rather than tell you what mistakes were being made, I'll present their solutions below, which gives me more space for illustrating the 4 points I want to make.
Follow these suggestions and I guarantee an ezine that Will enhance your reputation, help you develop a loyal and eager readership, keep your unsubscribes low and help you build a list large enough to produce paying clients.
Determine specifically what you'll be sharing with your audience and make it apparent in your newsletter title.
The regular content should revolve around your Unique Selling Proposition, a niche market, or some particular talent you possess.
For instance, if you are very good at creating offers,
you will get more interest with an ezine that focuses
just on offers than you will with something more
general or "catch all." Notice the difference between
these two potential ezine titles and taglines:
"The Copywriting Tip Sheet" and "Tons of Tips for Writing Better Copy" versus "Offers Monthly for Marketers" and "Mastering the Offer as an ROI Generator."
As a title, "The Copywriting Tip Sheet" is weak because:
A. It's too general (remember, "specifics" sell,
generalities do not), and...
B. The tagline, "Tons of Tips for Writing Better Copy" reveals the writer's desire to PROVE his or her ability, rather than offering something the reader can use
How is the second title better...in fact, far superior and destined to be more successful at signing up subscribers? It is better in these crucial ways:
A. "Offers Monthly for Marketers" lets the reader know that this ezine focuses on something specific (offers)...
B. It lets the subscriber know that this is an ezine for them (marketers)...
C. And the tagline lets them know that the content is
not an overt "sell job" focusing on what the copywriter knows, but hard-hitting content about offers that the subscriber can actually use, therefore providing an incentive for the potential client (marketer) to sign up and actually read the newsletter every time a new issue is published.
When can you ignore Point #1? When you've reached the status of copywriting gurus like Bob Bly.
Bob is so well known and highly regarded in the direct response and copywriting marketplaces that his name alone (e.g., Bob Bly's Direct Response Letter), can attract readership.
So to wrap up this rather lengthy point, suffice it to say that specifics sell and generalities don't...and that the ezine with a specific focus will gain and retain more subscribers.
In each issue, stick to one subject and cover it to a
depth that you can honestly say you've produced valuable content.
If you have enough experience with your subject matter, you can "pull content from your head" and create a worthy newsletter in about two or three hours.
If not, be willing to do a little research to offer your reader something of true value. (This shouldn't be a burden since in this business, you must always keep increasing your knowledge). Once written and published, you'll be surprised at the many other ways your efforts will pay off.
Create a very strong title.
Point #1 discussed the mistake of creating a general
rather than specific ezine title.
Assuming you've decided on your newsletter's area of
expertise, it's now time to build a title with strong
elements...elements that will select your audience,
reveal your positioning, and offer a benefit.
Although my own newsletter title targets freelancers
rather than marketing directors, its structure allows me to use it as an example.
Here's how I arrived at the title, "Freelancer's
First, I wanted to select my "niche audience," which is accomplished with the word "Freelancer's"; second, I want them to know that this is about business-building, so I included the word "Business" to differentiate my ezine from the many that address the craft of copy-writing; and third, I wanted to impart a sense of urgent timeliness, thus the use of "Bulletin" over other possibilities such as "ezine," "digest," "tips," or "news" (which shouldn't be used unless you really are presenting news).
Thus the "Freelancer's Business Bulletin," by its title alone, attracts freelancers (my niche/target market) who are interested in building their business (my Unique Selling Proposition) who want relevant business-building information they can use right now (benefit to them).
Use this simple formula as a starting place, or an
"ending place" for creating a powerful newsletter title.
Cut the fat.
One of the big giveaways of the novice writer is "loose" copy. Over the years it gets easier and easier to write succinct, to-the-point copy that conveys strong ideas in the least amount of words.
But no matter how long you've been writing, there's always call for some editing. Copy that's tightly written, to the extent that sentences and paragraphs are rewritten if need be, respects the reader's time and is a pleasure to read.
If your readers look forward to receiving your news-
letters, they'll open and read them. Anything else, of
course, is pointless.
Award-winning copywriter Chris Marlow publishes a free newsletter for freelancers who want to build a successful business. Visit: