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Magazine Membership Email Marketing: Today’s Best Email Efforts that Sell

Who wants to sell more magazine memberships with email? Everyone, right? One of the best ways to ensure success is to “follow the leaders” and emulate formats and frameworks that are successfully working for others. The magazine membership email marketing frameworks you’ll learn below include which top formats are working well for many of Mequoda’s publishing partners—and if you haven’t tried these frameworks yourself, we highly recommend testing them.

Background

Magazine memberships are all-access memberships created by magazine businesses that include access to many products—typically at least digital editions of their magazine, often print as well. They also include other digital components, like video libraries, curated collections of premium content, and more. A few examples are:

With the Mequoda Method, membership email marketing efforts are called Spotlights and are key channels to achieving “M” (monetization”) in the ACEM process of running an online publishing system.

ACEM is our acronym that represents the four pillars of the Mequoda Method. “A” for Attract: attracting organic searchers to your website. “C” for Capture: capturing site visitors by obtaining their email address for an opt-in email newsletter. “E” for Engage: engaging with your email subscribers in a relevant and meaningful relationship. And “M” for Monetize: monetizing the relationship in a variety of ways. Learn more about ACEM by watching this video with Mequoda’s executive team.

Download a FREE copy of Best Email Subject Lines for Selling Premium Subscriptions and Memberships and discover an extensive list of email subject line frameworks that are consistently proven to sell and boost revenue for publishers.

Spotlights are important efforts in your monetization strategy. Here are 5 top Spotlight frameworks that are working for many Mequoda partners, including links to full copy for your review:

Spotlight Frameworks that Sell: “You’ve Been Gifted”

What prospect of yours wouldn’t want a free gift?

The “You’ve Been Gifted” Spotlight framework is a new twist on simply saying “FREE,” and works well when selling an all-access subscription or membership where the vast digital library of back issues and content can be positioned as a “gift” for joining or subscribing—with the number of years or number of issues in the library used as a benefit.

Here is an example of the “You’ve Been Gifted” Spotlight, a magazine membership email marketing framework that uses a premiere or charter/debut issue as the “gift”—in this case, the premiere issue of Yankee magazine that was published in 1935, a real collector’s item! And yes, a digital version of the very first issue of Yankee was added to the digital library as part of the premium content:

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Spotlight Frameworks that Sell: “Charter Offer”

The “Charter Offer” Spotlight framework is perfectly designed to highlight a membership in a way that responders feel like they’re “getting in at the beginning” with a new product or service. See how RecipeLion positions its Charter Membership in this magazine membership email marketing framework. A top subject line for these efforts is “Please Accept or Decline These Benefits,” which, again has worked for us on the B2B side when promoting our Email Marketing Secrets: 2020 Workshop.

Click to see RecipeLion’s Sales Letter Landing Page (SLLP) that details the Charter Offer.

Spotlight Frameworks that Sell: “You are invited”

The “You are invited” Spotlight framework appeals to anyone who wants to feel special about being invited to something exclusive—this approach works well with any type of membership offer, and here is an example from Cabot Wealth Network that invites readers to join their unique club for investors, Cabot Prime, which includes access to all of their Cabot Advisory Services.

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Spotlight Frameworks that Sell: “Statement of Benefits”

The “Statement of Benefits” Spotlight framework is a digital take on an old direct-mail format—you’ve probably seen or received this type of offer in the mail, where all the benefits of the product are presented as line items in a statement-like format.

While this particular club is comprised of only physical, shippable products, take a look at how The Old Farmer’s Almanac has deployed this framework for its Gardening Club offer:

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Spotlight Frameworks that Sell: “Hero Shot/Short Form”

The “Hero Shot/Short Form” Spotlight framework works well when the offering includes highly visual products—and a multitude of platforms. In this example from Yankee, the image includes depictions of digital content, a magazine cover, a Summer Destinations guide, and the streaming video series Weekends with Yankee. The rest of this Spotlight framework simply states the product offering’s features in bullet-list format with a prominent call-to-action button:

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All of these Spotlight frameworks are examples of things that are working for many of our Mequoda publishing partners—and, as always, we’re constantly testing and seeking continuous improvement in our ever-changing online world.

Also, we’d love to hear which magazine membership email marketing efforts are working best for you, in the comments below.

Download a FREE copy of Best Email Subject Lines for Selling Premium Subscriptions and Memberships and discover an extensive list of email subject line frameworks that are consistently proven to sell and boost revenue for publishers.

By Kim Mateus

Chief Strategy Officer

Kim Mateus is Chief Strategy Officer for Mequoda Systems and the Mequoda Systems Content Network where she oversees strategic planning for the organization's 200 plus premium subscription products. Over the past decade, she has guided the development of more than 20 subscription marketing systems including I Like Crochet Network, New England Network and Your AAA Network. She and her team maintain an exhaustive best practices database of subscription marketing techniques and business processes that she uses to advise her clients and optimize the more than 60 websites that make up the Mequoda Systems Content Network. Kim is a frequent speaker at industry events and serves on the board of the Specialized information Publishers Association.

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