7 Valuable Ezine Content Tips

Written by Ken Hill

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5. Ask your readers to send you their profiles.

You could run a new profile every couple of issues that shares:

- what business your subscriber is in - where your subscriber is located. - your subscriber's web site address - how your subscriber usesrepparttar information in your ezine.

6. Share how you've benefited your clients or customers.

You could publish a "before and after" where you show your customer's original ad copy and then your new ad copy along with a summary of how you've improved it.

You could also give a real life example of how you've solved a problem for your client, and use that as a springboard to providing more useful tips.

7. Write a product review.

Have you recently purchased a product that you are thrilled with?

Let your subscribers know all about it through your product review, and increase your commissions by publishing your review with your affiliate link.

About The Author: Ken runs the Net Pro Marketer Article Directory. Topics include business, marketing and ezine publishing. Browse through the articles or submit your own at http://www.netpromarketer.com

Designing Your Nonprofit Organizations' E-zine

Written by Heidi Richards, MS

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HTML e-mail – although HTML is notrepparttar preferred way for some readers, all of my e-zines are HTML format. They simply look better.

ASCII text - regular text email format, which includes up to 65 characters per line.

Web based - posting your e-zine onrepparttar 136359 web.

Font - use a generic font such as Arial, Times Roman, Courier, or Helvetica

When designing your e-zine, here are some things to keep in mind:

Use a Template – This provides consistency and you can make changes gradually over time.

Spell Check – Always. Period.

Proofread – Have someone else proofread. I have a professional editor read each issue. I read it over two or three times between edits and so doesrepparttar 136360 editor.

Answer Every Email – When someone writes an email to your organization, there’s someone onrepparttar 136361 receiving end waiting for an answer. You owe it to your readers to respond.

Inform, Entertain, and Serve – People sign up for email newsletters to gain knowledge, information, to get involved, and to be entertained.

Cultivate contributors – Take your time, build interest, gain trust, then ask for money. Include links to giving pages. This allows supporters to make a contribution via credit card or a pledge. If your e-zine has what readers want, you will have a much higher likelihood of increased giving. An e-mail newsletter is an excellent tool for finding new donors online, and increasing its circle of stakeholders.

The technology you use to disseminate your e-zine must be secure and haverepparttar 136362 capabilities you either now need or will inrepparttar 136363 future.

One ofrepparttar 136364 most important things we had to deal with was when our lists started growing (beyond 250); we were very limited in sending through our original e-mail account (AOL). They have rules and sometimes will freeze an account if you send too many at once. The format would also get botched sometimes. The lists became unmanageable when we had to removerepparttar 136365 unsubscribes and duplicates. Findingrepparttar 136366 ones who wish to unsubscribe can be challenging. We switched to another service hoping they could send our newsletters and maintain our lists. It was a good service; however, we didn't likerepparttar 136367 look of our newsletter. It had limited capabilities (no bold or italic). Since I'mrepparttar 136368 creative type, I didn't want my ezines to look like everyone else's. We have now found a program we are very happy with. There is no monthly fee, just a one-time purchase fee. It is called Group Mail Pro - Mailing List & Group Management Software. And it only costs $79.95 (and you own it). For more information visit Group Mail Pro or follow this link: (http://www.sellshareware.com/CustomView.asp?PrID=34362.&AfID=7838&PageID=1)


Have a subscription form on your website!

Have a sign up sheet atrepparttar 136369 office and at all events. If you speak before a group, make sure you mention your e-zine. Some people are bound to want to sign up.

Promote it with postcards in your monthly statements or on your business card.

Tell anyone you think might be interested. This includes current stakeholders, contributors and volunteers.

Offer a fr*ee report when people sign up. When people subscribe to Legacy they receive not one but two reports just for trying us out.

When you use e-mail for an outgoing message - to cultivate, to inform, to request action, to ask for money - you are creating public relations. Good things happen with E-zines; increased visibility, increased contributions and goodwill. If you plan your e-zine right, give it an interesting title and offer your stakeholders benefits, your e-zine will be a success! Happy Writing!

© 2005 - Heidi Richards

Heidi Richards is the author of The PMS Principles, Powerful Marketing Strategies to Grow Your Business and 7 other books. She is also the Founder & CEO of the Women’s ECommerce Association, International www.WECAI.org (pronounced wee-kī) – an Internet organization that “Helps Women Do Business on the WEB.” Basic Membership is FREE. Ms. Richards can be reached at Heidi@speakingwithspirit.com or heidi@wecai.org.

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