In this post, I’m going lớn show you how to lớn create a newsletter in 10 simple steps — và create a really effective tin nhắn marketing campaign.

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You’re probably here because you’re taking your first steps into lớn the world of e-newsletters và email kinh doanh.

Congratulations! With a bit of planning and the right tools, you can create really effective newsletters and email campaigns that have sầu a very positive sầu impact on your business.

It can be hard lớn know where khổng lồ start with it all though, so in this post I’ll walk you through the steps you need lớn take to:

create an e-newsletter

grow your mailing các mục significantly

automate your tin nhắn marketing

By the kết thúc of the article, you will have a much better idea of how khổng lồ create e-newsletters & run tin nhắn marketing campaigns that deliver strong results.

But first…why vày you need lớn send e-newsletters in the first place?

Why newsletters still matter

Given the popularity of social truyền thông và online advertising as ways of generating business, it’s tempting to lớn think of the humble e-newsletter as something rather outdated.

This is a big mistake: even with the huge range of other sale and advertising options now available, email sale can be a fantastically effective sầu way to lớn generate revenue.

Despite the rise of social truyền thông media as a marketing tool, e-newsletters generate a fantastic ROI & are a key way to lớn generate sales.

According lớn Hubspot, tin nhắn has an ROI of around 3800%; và Statista’s retìm kiếm indicates that in 20đôi mươi, 306 billion emails were sent và received every day, worldwide.

Given these sorts of numbers, it’s clear that every tin nhắn address you capture has a monetary value, & that gmail is still a highly popular communication channel. In short, it remains something that can be absolutely key to the growth of a business.

So, follow our checkdanh sách below to create the best e-newsletters & email kinh doanh campaigns you possibly can.

Let’s go!

1. Start with the most important thing: your data

Before you think about ‘how’ you are going to lớn sover an e-newsletter, you need lớn think about the ‘who’ — the database of individuals you want to lớn communicate with via email.

In order khổng lồ send the most relevant e-newsletters that generate the most revenue, you need as good a database as possible.

Now, a lot of businesses have their contacts’ tin nhắn addresses tucked away in an Excel spreadsheet somewhere – or more likely, spread across several very messy spreadsheets.

If this sounds lượt thích you, it’s a good idea to lớn consolidate all your files into lớn one clean, well-organized tệp tin before you try to skết thúc newsletters khổng lồ any of the contacts on them.

You should also ensure that your cleaned database is segmented as well as possible – this means putting a field (column) in it containing information which lets you flag và identify people as leads, current customers, past customers và so on.

How far you take this is up to lớn you — you could, for example, segment your mailing các mục to the nth degree, storing information about specific product purchases, demographics etc. in it.

Or you can keep things relatively simple —it will depover on your business.

Either way, the basic ayên of the exercise is to lớn get your data inlớn shape, so that you are able to lớn skết thúc an appropriate message to an appropriate person at the appropriate time.

When you’ve finished your data preparation, you should have sầu a spreadsheet that contains all your cleaned, segmented data in one place. This is your mailing các mục, which can now be uploaded to an tin nhắn sale phầm mềm (I’ll come to lớn that shortly).

Remember: you need permission khổng lồ tin nhắn people!

Rethành viên that you need permission from your contacts to sover them emails. When compiling your mailing các mục, be aware of local data protection laws, and only include people who have sầu opted in to lớn receive your communications.This is particularly important in the era of GDtruyền bá.

2. Create your nội dung plan và newsletter schedule

The next step is lớn plan your communications very carefully.

It’s a good idea to lớn create an ‘e-communications schedule’ which maps out exactly:

what nội dung you are going to skết thúc out in your gmail newsletters

whom you are going to send them to

when you are going to sover them.

You can then refer to this schedule throughout the year, & ensure you have sầu all the necessary content ready khổng lồ go well in advance of each e-newsletter broadcast. This will also give you enough time to think of various creativenewsletter ideasthat can encourage your readers to lớn trust your brand.

And because you’ll have segmented your data nicely in advance (see step 1, above) you will be sending your beautiful & interesting e-newsletter lớn precisely the right group of contacts.

Tip: use an online spreadsheet to aid collaboration

E-Mail sale often involves quite a few stakeholders —you may need copy from one individual in your business, images from sometoàn thân else and so on.

If you’re a Microsoft 365 or Google Workspace user, consider creating a shared online spreadsheet that you can use to manage this process (using Excel Online or Google Sheets respectively).

Doing so lets all your stakeholders easily see when your next newsletter is going out và provide you with all the necessary nội dung in good time. You can also update this spreadsheet with useful stats or observations about previous e-newsletter broadcasts.

3. Pick the right phầm mềm for sending your newsletter

Many small business owners still think that sending e-newsletters means compiling a list of email addresses, & then copying & pasting them into the BCC field of a clunky-looking Outlook message.

This is a very time-consuming way to lớn go about things; it’s also really ineffective, because:

it doesn’t allow you to lớn send very professional-looking e-newsletters

it prevents you from accurately measuring important stats like open rates and clickthroughs

it increases the likelihood of your tin nhắn triggering spam filters (gmail programs usually hate messages that are bcc’d to loads of people or contain large embedded images)

Accordingly, it is a much better idea to use a dedicated e-kinh doanh tool for sending your e-newsletter — one that lets you sover ‘HTML newsletters.’

HTML newsletters, as their name suggests, use HTML code lớn display text and graphics in an attractive way. They also are more likely lớn display correctly in email programs.

There are many web-based solutions you can use lớn sover HTML newsletters: big-hitters include Getresponse,Aweber, Mailchimp & Campaign Monitor.

Creating a newsletter using Getresponse.

If you want an email sale tool & CRM in one, you could also consider Hubspot.

All the apps mentioned above allow you to

import the database that you created at the outphối of this process

make use of a range of attractive sầu newsletter templates

skết thúc out proper HTML e-newsletters that st& the greachạy thử chance of being delivered (& crucially, read!).

It’s important to lớn note that these tools don’t require you to know anything about HTML code to lớn use them —you typically use a drag-and-drop editor lớn design your newsletter, & the phầm mềm creates all the HTML for you in the background.

How you can sover newsletters for free

Many of the leading email sale tools can be tried out for không tính tiền. Two of our favourites, Getresponse and Aweber, offer fully-functional 30-day free trials:

There are pros và cons khổng lồ all of these apps — if you’d lượt thích khổng lồ research them further then vày kiểm tra out some of our comparisons:

You may also find that your trang web builder tool may facilitate some email marketing. For example, both Shopify và Squarespace now include tools for sending e-newsletters, as does Wix. These tover to lớn be much more basic than the solutions mentioned above, but if your needs are simple, they might bởi vì the job.

Let’s move sầu on now to templates.

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4. Choose or design an e-newsletter template

Once you’ve sầu decided on which email kinh doanh phầm mềm you’re going to lớn use, you need khổng lồ sort out how your newsletters are actually going to lớn look.

The good news is that all the solutions mentioned above sầu provide a wide range of newsletter templates that you can use as a starting point for your e-newsletter thiết kế.

Once you’ve sầu picked one, you can then tweak it using a drag and drop editor so that your e-newsletter matches your br&. You can then save và reuse this as your own template for your future newsletters.

Some newsletter template examples

If your design skills are not particularly svào, you could consider hiring a designer to mix up your e-newsletter template.

But in most cases, you should be fine with tweaking an existing option from your email kinh doanh app’s template library.

Do you need graphics— or will text do?

Something thing worth remembering is that you might not always need a graphics-filled e-newsletter template.

Sometimes simple text templates — ones that look lượt thích regular emails —work better, because when these are used, your newsletter is seen as being more personal (and less of an advert).

Interestingly a lot of leading digital marketing gurus — including Brian Dean, Jeff Walker and Neil Patel — now only use text-based templates to send e-newsletters, as they find them more effective. I generally use them myself for Style Factory mailouts too.

5. Embed your sign-up forms on your website và social truyền thông profiles

All tin nhắn kinh doanh tools allow you khổng lồ easily embed sign-up forms for your mailing các mục on your trang web. Usually this just involves grabbing a snippet of code & adding it as a HTML bloông chồng on your website.

Make sure you do this, as it is one of the best things you can vì chưng khổng lồ grow your danh mục.

Ideally, you should have a sign-up khung for your e-newsletter on everypage of your website, and you could also consider using pop-up boxes on certain pages of your site too lớn maximize the number of sign ups khổng lồ your mailing các mục.

(Yes, pop-ups can be a bit annoying — but they are very effective).

Using popup boxes on a blog post lớn capture tin nhắn addresses.

Be careful with pop-ups on thiết bị di động devices however — Google can penalize sites that use pop up boxes in a way which negatively affects usability.

When adding forms to lớn your site, don’t make them boring! Make sure they spell out the benefits of joining your mailing list — i.e., rather than using a bl& ‘join my mailing list’ call-to-action, explain what sort of great content your site visitors can expect khổng lồ receive upon subscription.

Example of an embeded sign-up form on Brian Dean’s popular ‘Backlinko’ site. Note how prominent the form is and how assertive the call-to-action is.

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Depending on the social truyền thông media services you use, it’s often possible to lớn add sign-up forms or buttons to your social profiles too. Do this where possible, & where it’s not, provide a prominent liên kết khổng lồ a URL where people can join your menu.

Tip: try adding a ‘Gọi to action’ button on Facebook that links to lớn the sign up page on your trang web.

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6. Use landing pages

If you use online ads to lớn grow your mailing list, make sure that the landing (or ‘squeeze’) pages you use for your campaigns are as svào as possible.

When somebody clicks on your ad, they should be taken to a page which encourages them to lớn take one specific action: signing up to lớn your mailing danh mục.

This generally means building landing pages which don’t contain a navigation bar or liên kết to lớn any other parts of your site. Everything should be about focusing a visitor’s attention onto a sign-up form.

Some gmail kinh doanh tools, lượt thích Getresponse and Mailchimp, provide you with built-in landing page creators — but if your email marketing tool doesn’t come with this functionality, you can use third-party tools like Instapage or Unbounce to lớn create them (these can be quite expensive, however).

Getresponse’s trang đích cần seo creator.

7. Test your e-newsletters carefully

By now you should have:

a clean database

an e-communications schedule

an tin nhắn marketing app

a template

sign-forms and landing pages

…và it’s finally time lớn start sending some e-newsletters!

But it’s really important to lớn skết thúc them in the best way possible, và this involves some testing. There are generally three steps that need khổng lồ be taken.

Step 1: Cheông chồng that your e-newsletter is arriving safely

The first test you’ll need to vị on any newsletter you create is a simple one — you need to make sure that your e-newsletter is arriving safely in inboxes (i.e., that it’s not ending up in a spam folder).

All the major tin nhắn kinh doanh apps let you sover chạy thử versions of your newsletters — use this functionality to skết thúc a kiểm tra message to lớn a few different types of tin nhắn tài khoản types (Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo etc.) khổng lồ ensure that it looks okay in each, & is not being flagged by any them as junk.

It’s important lớn demo your e-newsletters in a variety of tin nhắn programs before sending, khổng lồ ensure they will arrive safely in your subscribers’ inboxes.

Some email sale apps also provide you with a ‘spam score’ for any newsletters you create. As the name suggests, this indicates how big the chances are of your newsletter ending up in a spam thư mục.

Typically, apps that provide a spam score also give sầu you some suggestions on how khổng lồ improve your newsletter so that the chances of a safe delivery are maximised — follow them!

Step 2: Cheông chồng that your e-newsletter is displaying correctly

How your e-newsletters display in different contexts can vary. Sometimes an tin nhắn that looks great in Outlook can look terrible in Gmail, or the desktop version of a message can look great, while the mobile version is all messed up.

As gmail sale apps have sầu become more sophisticated over the years, this is less of a problem than it used khổng lồ be, but consistency issues can still crop up.

Always chạy thử your e-newsletters on a variety of devices — especially smartphones.

So double check that your message is displaying nicely across a range devices và email programs — and tweak your template accordingly — before doing your final broadcast.

Step 3: Split thử nghiệm your messages

Split testing (also known as ‘A/B testing’) means trying out different versions of your message on a relatively small sample of your data before sending it to lớn the remainder of your mailing danh sách.

You could, for example, create three versions of the same newsletter, each with a different subject line, and skết thúc it to 1,000 people on your database; after a few hours, you’ll be able lớn identify which subject line led khổng lồ the best open rate, và then send a message with the ‘winning’ subject line khổng lồ the remainder of your danh mục.

(A lot of gmail kinh doanh tools vị this automatically for you).

cảnh báo that split testing is only worth doing if you have sầu a relatively large mailing menu – if your các mục only contains a few hundred gmail addresses, you might find split testing doesn’t really lead lớn particularly useful results.

Tip: make the most of split testing

You needn’t restrict split testing lớn your e-newsletters: you can also split demo sign-up forms or landing pages to see which versions generate the most subscribers.

8. Measure success!

Most e-newsletter tools come with comprehensive sầu reporting functionality – after sending an e-newsletter, you will be able to access statistics that let you measure the performance of your e-newsletters.

The key things you usually need lớn look at are:

open rates

clickthrough rates (CTRs)

unsubscribe rates

E-newsletter statistics.

You can use these statistics lớn help you create better e-newsletters that generate more conversions in future.

For example:

You might notice that a particular type of subject header encourages more open rates, và craft similar ones in future.

You might discover that buttons drive sầu more clickthroughs lớn your site than text-based links (or vice versa).

You might find that emails about certain topics lead to a lot of unsubscribes —and avoid sending out that sort of nội dung again.

Use these sorts of findings to improve sầu your email sale campaigns.

9. Make the most of autoresponders and kinh doanh automation

A great method of sending e-newsletters involves autoresponders or ‘drip’ campaigns – automated emails that you can ‘pre-program’ in advance so that when sometoàn thân signs up lớn your mailing menu, they automatically receive sầu messages of your choosing, at intervals of your choosing.

For example, a subscriber could get a welcome message immediately upon signing up; a special offer one week later; an encouragement to lớn follow your company on Facebook two weeks later & so on.

Used creatively và carefully, autoresponders allow you to craft a strategy that keeps your gmail subscribers engaged, & can generate more sales of your products và services.

E-Mail sale automation.

Recently, some of the major email sale ứng dụng providers have taken autoresponder functionality to lớn a new and far more sophisticated cấp độ, providing ‘kinh doanh automation‘ functionality that allows you to lớn use user actions khổng lồ trigger emails.

For example, you can instruct your tin nhắn marketing software to automatically skết thúc a follow-up tin nhắn if a subscriber

purchases a product

opens a particular email

clicks a particular link

visits a particular website page…

…and so on.

Some email kinh doanh tools even allow you lớn move sầu a subscriber along a CRM sales pipeline automatically if they take a particular action.

It’s amazing, if slightly scary, stuff.

Recommended tools for kinh doanh automation và CRM

Of the gmail marketing tools we’ve tested, we’ve found Getresponse to be the best choice for advanced gmail marketing automation.

For a tool that handles CRM & automation neatly in one place, we’d suggest that you kiểm tra out Hubspot.

10. Make it easy khổng lồ cốt truyện your newsletters

Most gmail sale tools will allow you lớn add ‘forward lớn a friend’ or social media sharing buttons khổng lồ your e-newsletters.

Add them! It means that your nội dung and offers get a good chance of being seen by an audience outside of your mailing danh mục, & may also result in new people joining your danh sách as a result of word-of-mouth activity.

And finally: follow best practice

Every time you create or sover an e-newsletter, you should ensure that you are

obeying the law and

not over-communicating with your subscribers.

If you don’t, at best you risk a higher unsubscribe rate; at worst you face your email marketing tiện ích account being suspended, fines & legal action.

There are seven important things you need lớn vị khổng lồ follow best practice và the law:

When you capture email addresses, make it clear on any sign up forms và landing pages that people are subscribing lớn your mailing list.

Include a privacy policy on your trang web (& ideally place a links to lớn it right beside any sign-up forms).

Don’t spam: always ensure that anyone on your các mục has actually signed up to it.

Don’t over-commmunicate: leave decent gaps between messages.

Always sover relevant, interesting content lớn people on your mailing list: this will minimize unsubscribes.

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Always make it easy for people to unsubscribe.

I hope you found these tips on how khổng lồ create a newsletter and improve sầu your tin nhắn marketing useful —và that you’re now in a better place to lớn create your own fantastic campaigns!

Now – over to lớn you!

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