Your Guide to Writing a Winning Newsletter

Email marketing is one of the best strategies businesses can apply nowadays. When done well, it works and it can bring in more traffic and conversions to one’s company. That is why many experts highly recommend newsletters.

 

But for you to get the most out of your email marketing campaigns, understanding the psychology behind it is of utmost importance. Besides that, you also need to know how you can write emails that can bring in results.

 

In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the best basic and advanced tips so you can create a winning newsletter that generates results.

The Fundamentals to Write an Excellent Newsletter

 

 

The following are the fundamentals you need to be aware of to create an excellent newsletter.

 

1. Your Emails Should Be Something People Would Want to Read

 

Your readers don’t care much about your problems or the negative things that you’re experiencing in life right now. Most of them approach your email with the mindset of how you can help them with their pain points. This predicament is simply how human psychology works.

 

Besides that, no one wants to read a boring email newsletter so try to make it fun and engaging to read in the first place. Try to write the way you talk and make it feel conversational. This is a simple way to inject some personality into your newsletter.

 

2. Address Your Open Rates

 

You’ve won half the battle already the moment you get people to open up your messages. Open rate is so elusive that you can only expect one-fifth of your subscribers to be interested in opening your emails.

 

Although this isn’t such good news, there are ways you can significantly improve this area. You can:

 

  • Make excellent subject lines
  • Develop trust with your readers to let them know that your emails are worth their time
  • Leverage your name in the “From” section rather than just use a brand name

In other words, an audience that trusts you as a person or brand has a better chance of opening your messages. Even if they don’t know you yet but they find your subject line interesting, this can also lead to better open rates. Having both at the same time would be the best outcome.

 

3. Deliver Consistently

 

You might think this is obvious but you don’t want to send emails that will annoy your readers, but you don’t want to be inconsistent as well. Consider a schedule that best fits your brand and stick with that (within a reasonable limit). Avoid sending two to three emails this week and then none on the next.

 

You can have it once a week, biweekly or even once a month. The point here is that you remain constant but not too much or you’ll overwhelm your subscribers.

 

4. User Headers and Subheaders

 

There’s no doubt that a newsletter should have a header. This portion of your content is equivalent to a newspaper or magazine’s name and it sits at the top showcasing your title, company name and logo. Subheaders are also crucial as they break up different pieces of your content to make it easier to digest.

 

You can use tools like Pixlr or Stencil to help you create headers even if you don’t have any graphic design experience.

Advanced Tips for Newsletter Campaigns

 

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If you already have the basics covered, it’s time to move on to the big guns. Here are some of the more advanced tactics you need to level up your newsletter game.

 

1. List Segmenting for Improved Engagement

 

Segmenting in email marketing means basically separating subscribers in an email list to form different groups. Lists that are segmented are known to perform better than those that aren’t.

 

Here are some tips to help you segment a list:

 

  • Depending on what subscribers opted for
  • Depending on which emails they read
  • Depending on which links they click in emails

 

The ideal thing to do is to segment based on these three aspects.

 

2. Perform A/B Testing on Your Subject Lines

 

Carrying out split-testing on your email’s subject lines is the next advanced tip. A/B testing is when you send our two or more variants of a certain subject line to see how each one performs. It’s also possible to split test the content like the email copy, the promo being used, etc.

 

3. Survey Your Audience to Know What They Want

 

Lastly, you want to survey your audience which can lead to some amazing insights on what they want. The survey can be about the type of content they’re looking for, the products they dislike, how often they want to get emails and so on.

 

Tips on creating your survey:

 

  • Choose which questions to ask your audience
  • Use Google Form or Typeform in making your survey (both are great at this)
  • Insert all of the relevant questions you’ve prepared for your survey

 

When done, you can then send the URL of your survey via an email to your chosen audience and ask them to fill it out. Await the results and then review them to see how they responded.

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