Simple Living Works!

Social Media Post #5 – eNewsletters

Posted on: May 6, 2014

1-A1409Contrary to the opinion of some social media gurus, I recommend that we include lots of links in our communications. If our readers want to ignore them, they can. But make it as easy as possible for those who want more info. If you have the time! Links take time.

Be sure that the links work. I’ve been embarrassed more than once discovering that some links don’t work after sending out several batches of an eNewsletter.

Most folks prefer personal touching stories. I prefer causes, issues. I prefer orderly communications. I cringe at chatty, over-exposing personal stories.

My eNews has evolved (devolved?) basically as a monthly billboard for my blogs (4x/week) and podcasts (3x/month).

For the first two years, I sent my eNews only as text. Now I create the eNews as a blog and link to that blog from the email message (which still contains the text format). The blog format for the eNews gives me much more design flexibility. Yes, there are many eNews templates but they require a reader to have browser that can read it. My method requires an extra click by the reader.

Following the dictum ‘Repetition is the soul of marketing,’ I repeat some information from one edition to the next, placing the newer, fresher material at the top. That’s risky in that some folks may disregard it, seeing something they’ve seen before. Research shows, however, that it takes three mentions to get someone’s attention; more than that to move them to action.


Next from Simple Living 101: Tools for Activists – Jerry’s Excellent Adventure: Email Lists

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