[Season] Newsletter 20##

Volume 1, Number 1

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· Creating an effective e-mail newsletter

· An article for everyone

· Using this template

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For questions or feedback, please contact:

Barb Prinz

Communication Chair

LOMA Society of the Twin Cities

An e‑mail newsletter offers an effective way to stay in touch with your customers. A well designed and well written newsletter doesn’t just keep your business fresh in the minds of your customers; it empowers them with tools and information they can use to build their own business. When your newsletter hits this mark, it strengthens your relationship with your existing customers and piques the interest of potential customers.

When people view information online, they lose interest quickly and have a low tolerance for long articles. As a result, an e‑mail newsletter ought to be brief—typically no more than 1000 words in length. With this sort of limitation, it’s very important to choose your content wisely and ensure that it is brief and to the point. Headlines should be short and clear, and each article should aim to make one major point. It might describe a new technology, highlight developing trends, or offer suggestions for building profitability. An article should communicate this major point in two to five sub-points that are easy to understand and are clearly beneficial to the reader. Each article should clarify, encourage, enthuse, provoke thought, and satisfy; it should elicit a positive response. Ideally, it will inspire your reader to decide that your products or services provide the best solutions.

An article for everyone

Who reads your newsletter, and what are their responsibilities? What segments of your industry are they concerned about? And do you have data to back up your assumptions? Being able to answer these questions is critical, because only then will you be able to provide the kind of content that readers will be drawn to.

Each member of an industry has unique concerns and issues. By understanding these, you can ensure that every issue of your newsletter contains information that interests as many types of customers as possible.

A newsletter about technology in education might offer articles relevant to administrators that describe what they need to know to get technology into their schools. It might also give teachers tips on integrating technology into their classrooms. Parents and students may also be interested in applying the concepts to the way they use technology at home.

The danger, of course, is that if you try to appeal to every type of audience, you may make the focus of your newsletter too broad. In our example, we would not want the newsletter to include articles about how to develop software for the education market. When you write articles that are too broad in their intent, readers are not able to quickly determine whether the newsletter is of use to them, and they lose interest.

So the issue is of balance: Within the scope of your business and industry, you want to provide something in each newsletter that will be of interest to all the major players in your audience. By doing so, you will ensure that all your readers will continue to return to your newsletter, edition after edition, to find that relevant article that they know is waiting for them.

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Twin Cities Board Members

Julie Printz, President


Thrivent Financial for Lutherans

(612) 844-8372

Dixie Carroll, Past President


Ameriprise Financial Inc.

(612) 678-4177

Rolf T Anderson, Vice President and Scholarship Chair


New York Life Insurance Company

(952) 885-1229

Claudia Wiebold, Secretary & Program Committe Chair


Securian Financial Group

(651) 665-3032

Leah Reckin-Mahoney, Treasurer


Securian Financial Group

(651) 665-3669

Barb Prinz, Communication Chair


Ameriprise Financial Inc.

(612) 678-7259

LuAnn Maxfield, Membership Committee Chair


Hartford Life

(763) 255-7390

Michaela Voor Vart, Society Committee Representative


Banner Life Insurance Company

Anne Randazzo, Member at Large


Catholic United Financial

(651) 490-0170