If you’ve been publishing for a while, your newsletter content mix may be static. Maybe each issue includes same tired content: one press release, one “Top Ten Tips” article, and one “News From Headquarters” feature. Or maybe your newsletter is still relatively new, but in hectic days of launching it you concentrated on building your subscriber list and graphic design, not content. If so, now is time to take a hard look at your newsletter content.
Maybe your newsletter content has been “same old, same old” because you haven’t really thought about range of information your subscribers might like or new formats for presenting information. If your in-house experts have been source of information, maybe a guest editor would add spice. Or perhaps presenting information in form of a case study would enliven dull data or make theoretical more practical.
What else could you include in your newsletter? Here’s a list of 26 content ideas to get you started.
1. Editorial. Subscribers welcome columns written by an in-house or industry expert.
2. Case study. Readers love real-life how-to’s that they can apply to their own business. Case studies provide valuable specifics: How much did it cost? What problems did they encounter? What was ROI?
3. Photographs. Don’t forget that all content doesn’t have to be text. Choose photos that are worth a thousand words. If you are using “people” photos, a close-up of a speaker works better than a wide-angle shot of a roomful of attendees.
4. Product review. Readers will appreciate your informed opinion and unbiased reviews of everything from software to computer equipment to packing materials.
5. Interview with an expert. Spend 15 minutes talking to an expert and you’ll come up with a heap of valuable information and insights you can write up for one or even two newsletter articles.
6. Profile. Write about a subscriber or a partner in each issue of your newsletter. Profiles enable your subscribers to connect with your company on a personal level.
7. Behind-the-scenes spotlight. Give your subscribers a behind-the-scenes look at people responsible for your latest product. Or how about explaining your company’s fulfillment or manufacturing process?
8. Advice column. Write a “Dear Abby” column, with an expert who solves a subscriber’s problem. Use actual questions from subscribers. If necessary, get column started with a question you are often asked.
9. Resource list. Let subscribers know about useful websites, white papers, books, or training opportunities.
10. Tales from trenches. Publish reader anecdotes about real-life events, such as convincing a skeptical client to sign a contract or staffing a nursing home during a flu epidemic.