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9 Steps To Start A Newsletter So You Can Get More Sales

Do You Need To Start A Newsletter?

Start a newsletter! That’s what you’ve decided but it can be very daunting. Yet another thing you need to do. And with all the hype over GDPR it can be even scarier. When we start something new there is always a learning curve. Everyone told me I needed to start a Newsletter, but they didn’t tell me the things I needed to do. I had to find out myself.

What sort of things were they? The legal stuff, the things that help you get people to sign-up and the unexpected.

My Free Gift To You

I’ve put a pdf together so you can get your hands on that information before you start a newsletter. And because (I have to confess, I need reading glasses sometimes now), I’ve prepared it so you can read it on your phone and don’t need a 15″ laptop to read it on.

You can get your hands on my free pdf : 9 Steps To Start An Online Newsletter – you’ve guessed it- by subscribing to my mailing list. You can always unsubscribe again afterwards, I won’t be offended but if you’re thinking of starting a newsletter you will find the emails I send you very helpful.

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Thank You For That

My newsletter has been going a while now.  There is always something new to learn and I share what I learn with my subscribers. It’s such a good way to keep in touch with people and I love to hear from you, what you think and anything else you would like to know which I can add to a future newsletter.

Don’t Let GDPR Put You Off

If you would like to start a newsletter but the reams of information about GDPR is putting you off, read my blog,

The One Thing You Need To Know About GDPR

It applies to people like myself, people who run their business single-handedly, without employees. If you keep records of the under 16s you need to take extra care and I would be pleased to help you with that.

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Thank you, but if you didn’t, here is the link again to 9 Things You Need To Know Before You Start A Newsletter

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The One Thing You Need To Know About GDPR

Everyone is talking about GDPR. Apparently, it’s coming our way and we need to know about it or our business will blow up in our face! Maybe you should hire someone to make sure you don’t fall foul of it. Or read countless blogs and articles without being any the wiser.

What is GDPR?

In short, GDPR is General Data Protection Regulation. It’s a regulation coming from Europe that is landing on our doorsteps on 25th May 2018. Your business has to be compliant or it could be subject to fines or further sanctions. The regulations are extremely long and are already being scrutinised by the lawyers.

What is the purpose of GDPR?

You may have noticed you are getting more and more unwanted emails, yet at the same time, you know that to grow your business you need to get a list of email addresses together and start sending out emails. You also may have given your email address and other credentials to any number of online companies. Just think how many businesses have your email address a password you have given them. The point of GDPR is to make sure that information is only used by your permission and that all information about you is kept safe. It also means that you can only use similar information by the owners’ permission.

Why Should We Be Grateful for GDPR?

In truth, GDPR goes much further than that, it includes all information held about other people, so this would include personal information held by Health Practitioners and Financial Institutions. It also covers information held about our children who increasingly are living in an online world. GDPR is meant to ensure all information held about us is dealt with responsibly and not shared without our permission.

What Is The One Thing You Need To Know About GDPR?

In short, it is this;

Treat Information On Other People As If It Is Your Own

Do you want to give your email address to someone and have them share it with others? No, then we shouldn’t do that with email addresses given to us. Yes, there may be some arguing over whether information given is personal or company, but every email address has a person on the other end of it who has to wade through the inbox and look for the emails that are actually relevant to them.

Do you like to receive mountains of unsolicited emails from people who have done a “Data Scrape” of thousands of websites? No? Then don’t send unsolicited marketing emails to other people.

How would you feel knowing people have got your address and other information about you, “just in case”? Or that they aren’t careful with it, leaving it lying around unprotected? Not a nice feeling is it? We have to be just as careful with the information we have belonging to other people and businesses.

Really?! Is That It?

I may have oversimplified it and the lawyers will be rubbing their hands as they fight about the tiny details of the GDPR Regulations. Some businesses will want to sail as close to the edge as they can. Businesses have to name a person responsible for looking after Data, but if you are a small businesses owner, that is you anyway.

If you are a small business owner with a relatively small list, or just thinking about starting a Newsletter or mailing list, stick to the advice above and you won’t go far wrong.

What if you are still concerned. Maybe you are too busy for all this. Why not learn more about how I can provide you with a GDPR Compliant Newsletter?

Remember, if you need a little help with your Newsletter, that is something I can help you with.  Call me on 07974 701526 or email lizthewhiz@lovetyping.co.uk

 

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Newsletter FAQ

How often should I send my newsletter

There are 2 rules on this is:

  • If you have asked people to sign up to a monthly newsletter you are limited to sending them 1 monthly newsletter. Instead, ask people to sign up to your mailing list.
  • Be consistent

Generally speaking, send what your clients want to receive. If your clients are busy and you want to keep your business in front of them send a monthly or bi-weekly newsletter with the occasional extra special offer. You can usually tell from the “click-thru” rate whether your emails are being well received and whether you can increase frequency.

What is the difference between a newsletter and email marketing?

A newsletter is a form of email marketing. It is what it says on the can. Once you have got the hang of this you may want to try using automated emails to send a string of emails to gently nudge a potential client to a certain conclusion.

Is MailChimp the only programme that will send a mass email?

Not at all. There are many. Email programmes like Google and Thunderbird have easy to use add-ons (you download an extra building block).

CRM (Customer Relationship Management) programmes will also send mass emails. Again there are usually limits with you having to pay to send out a decent number. Once you get into using these programmes though it is often worthwhile using the paid versions.

There are many other email programmes like MailChimp around, however that is currently the most well known.

Do I have to get permission to send mass emails?

If you live in the UK, Yes. Although laws vary from country to country.

Do I need to register under Data Protection?

In the UK you can self-assess using the link below:

https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/register/self-assessment/

How can I stop my emails going being treated as Spam?

There is no absolute answer and if you are writing to large businesses or IT companies, emails from companies like MailChimp go straight to “quarantine”. There are some steps you can take though.

  • Make sure you have permission from every subscriber to send your newsletter
  • Ask your subscriber to add you to their address list
  • NEVER copy and paste from Word (it adds extra code)
  • Personalise your email using merge fields

How can I personalise my emails?

When using a mass email programme you will notice they offer different “fields”. A field is a column of information in your list that varies with each subscriber. So if you have a column named “First Name” if you type Hi {First Name} or *[First Name]* into your email it will address each recipient individually.

If you are new to merge fields you might want to play around with this first with a test list to get the hang of it.

Use of merge fields requires careful list management, for instance, I once received something addressed as “Hi Love”!

The sky is the limit with this, the more information you have about your subscribers the more you can personalise, however you need to use careful wording to make up for any blank fields in a subscriber list.

Can I send an email to just one person on my MailChimp List?

Technically, yes you can. You would have to put that person in a “hidden group” all on their own and send your email to that group.

Can I resend a newsletter?

Yes, you can. You could just resend to subscribers who haven’t opened it yet. You could change the heading too in order to try and get more attention.

What If I Need Help With My Newsletter

Call me, Liz Bailey on 07974 701526 or email lizthewhiz@lovetyping.co.uk

I provide a variety of newsletter packages to suit your needs, whether they be weekly, monthly or other email marketing.

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