Engaging the Newsletter Readers
In this email saturated period, the subscribers will get bored if the emails they receive contain messages such as ‘SALE’ or ‘Buy me’. Every other commercial email and spam has such kind of information which fills up the inbox. Thus to avoid this, information in the newsletter must include expert advice, latest trends, how to use the products, and tips. There should be numerous ways for interaction and the products should be displayed as the most anticipated products of the season. This will make the readers invest more time and eventually more money in the company’s products.
The links for interaction should be counted and not the ones for unsubscribing. The newsletters must get the readers involved in it. The reader engagement should be increased by adopting certain creative strategies. A good newsletter should have a perfect blend of interactive content, purchase behavior and also, entertainment value. Effort should be made to add at least some value to the email, irrespective of the fact that the receiver is a regular customer or a new recipient. Value can be added by giving information of latest company news, off sales announcements. Transactional emails can also be sent which includes updates and regular information such as registration, subscription and order confirmations.
Customer feedbacks are very important for revamping marketing techniques. A minimum of one web link, contact email address, telephone number and postal address should be included for collecting feedbacks. Short surveys can also be designed which have one question pop quizzes regarding company’s products, instead of statistically valid queries. The introduction to the quiz can be used in the email as a link to the actual quiz located on the website. A display of running vote’s total can also be included in the quiz topics upon improvement of the newsletter, website, or products; new ideas for product improvement; how the product changed the life of the user and others are good ideas for taking feedbacks. The best feedbacks can then be published in the next issue. Noteworthy questions can also be collected under the ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ section. A small prize can help to increase the interest of the newsletter readers.
Choosing the best recommendations can be tricky, because you wouldn’t want the customers to give negative comments besides the glowing ones. The most useful among the good comments must be selected to be featured in the product spotlight. Storytelling can be added in the email as everyone is curious to know what is happening behind the scenes. History of the company, fun facts, employee perks, personnel changes and other company operations can be divulged. If the company falls amongst the Fortune 500 Company or is one of the fastest growing companies in the area, the booming business can also be discussed about. Job openings can also be posted as every company does need employees at one time or another.
Blogs are another wonderful thing. Get a blog and link it to the newsletter. A blog dedicated to the subscribers and customers helps in receiving feedbacks and comments, among which the premium quality and problem solving ones can be chosen for display. If a post generates many good comments, publish those and let the conversation carry on. Videos can also be used to promote the company and newsletters which can eventually lead to vblogs.
Personality can also be added to the newsletter, which means that if the newsletter was a live person, what it would be, male or female, fun guy or serious authority, smart or shy. Like if the newsletters are relating to pregnancy, the newsletter can be given a personality of an old and wise grandmother, who is witty and also at the same time enjoyable. Once the personality and the distinctive tone are pictured, it gives way to topic selection and copywriting. A personal note from the editor in a commercial email message can strengthen the relationship with the newsletter readers.