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5 Email Newsletter Best Practices You Can Fix Today

It’s amazing to see the evolution of the email newsletter – how brands use it to communicate, how the designs have changed over the years, and how the strategies of staying relevant have advanced.

Even though email newsletters have been around for years, they are still valuable for digital publishers. They are often a publisher’s largest source of revenue.

15 Audience Development Strategies Most Publishers Avoid and Shouldn’t

It’s hard to determine how to spend both your time, and your resources within a business. The way we look at every decision you make is this:

Is whatever you’re thinking about doing, going to help you build an audience, improve capture rates, increase engagement rates, or monetize more visitors?

Your audience development efforts fall into three of those buckets, which means that audience development, in essence, makes up 75% of your overall publishing goals. If it doesn’t, then how will you have enough people to convert into customers and monetize?

Email Marketing for Publishers: How to Convert Email Subscribers into Buyers

We talk a lot about how to convert website visitors into subscribers when we discuss email marketing for publishers, but once someone is on your email list, what should you do with them? I’m sorry to say, there are lots of publishers out there with large lists who aren’t using them effectively. They don’t want to “sell” to their list, but the consequenc

Strategy Spotlight with Don: Save Time & Increase Revenue

Do you ever feel like you’re working harder than you need to? You probably are. Most people do. And the worst part is that without an outside perspective, you could spend your whole career trying to figure out how to work smarter, not harder.

Magazine Subscription Websites: 4 Huge Mistakes You Might Be Making

“Do your job.”

Those are the famous words of New England Patriots’ coach Bill Belichick, and the mantra of the whole team, who I imagine you already know just won their fifth Super Bowl in the greatest game of all time (no New England bias here, nope!)
If you have a magazine, you have a magazine subscription website. Most publishers don’t use the same definition as we do, because I don’t think most magazine subscription websites do their job. They exist, and they process payments, but they do very little to attract (provocative pricing), entice (great copy and packages), and keep subscribers happy (digital archives and access).

Magazine Marketing 101: Selling More Digital Subscriptions

Digital magazine marketing will give you an afterlife

There are times in business when we feel like we’ve created something great, and we don’t understand why it’s not selling.

Back in 1967, a successful New York ballerina by the name of Marta Becket stumbled upon an old social hall in Death Valley Junction, California, population: 6. After

10 Email Template Testing Ideas You Can Use Today

Improve open, click-through, and conversion rates with these email template testing ideas

Even our best-performing emails tend to drop in engagement rates over time. In fact, every time we change email templates we will typically see a boost in click-through rates. This reason is mostly based on something new and shiny appearing in people’s inboxes. Even

The Best Email Management System for Publishers

What to look for in an email management system from Haven Nexus, to MailChimp to Constant Contact
Managing email marketing has become an increasingly critical issue for every type of business. Publishers, like everyone else, use email to communicate with customers and prospective customers, on a regular basis. But like all powerful tools, email can be mismanaged

12 Simple Ways to Streamline Magazine Marketing in Email

Do your magazine marketing promotions spark revenue? If they do, recycle them. If not, dispose of them.
A few years ago, a publisher came to us and during our initial conversations about email, we looked into their EMS backend and discovered that they were creating new email templates for every day of the week as part

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How Successful Subscription Based Websites Do Marketing

No publisher can hope to have a successful subscription based website without getting the marketing right. So if you have, or plan to launch, one of our three subscription website business models – a portal, magazine website or newsletter website – it’s worth studying the winning strategies used by savvy publishers, including, of course, our own clients.

In Magazine Promotions, What’s Old Is New

Spend some time in your archives to discover magazine promotions and copy that can be recycled
There’s something about antiques that can make you nostalgic, even if you weren’t alive during the era the object was used. Maybe that’s a past life for you, or maybe it just makes you think of a movie you liked

A Website Architecture Map From Search to Sale of a Subscription

A visual website architecture map to show how we get from attraction to monetization
When we talk about our signature ACEM methodology (Attract, Capture, Engage, and Monetize) it’s easy to stop at Capture… or we’ll get to Engage and often pause there for a while, as there’s a critical acknowledgement that the process of attracting, capturing,

The Best Magazine Promotion Ideas Start With This One Strategy

12 magazine promotion ideas stemming from a strict email marketing plan

The scenario plays over and over again: A publisher invests the time and money to build a multiplatform publishing website, only to wonder why they’re not generating as much revenue as expected. When we audit their efforts, we find they’re not sending any promotions for

9 Ways the Best Email Marketing Campaigns Stop People From Unsubscribing

The best email marketing campaigns don’t hit the snooze button on engagement – they wake up early and go to work every single day

The worst thing you can do to stop people from unsubscribing from your emails is to hide the unsubscribe link. Hiding it only increases the likeliness of someone getting frustrated and clicking

Mastering Subscription Marketing Language with a Story

So you’ve launched your subscription website. You’ve determined the right price, and how you want to offer your subscription to customers, and you’re ready to think about ways to entice, persuade and convince them, whether it’s copy on a landing page, or an outbound email. Few subscribers ever make a decision to buy from you based solely on your price or offer!

The Best Email Newsletters Stack Content: 3 Publishers Show How

For a long time we and all our clients saw a large click-rate and revenue increase when each daily email newsletter featured just one product on the right-hand side of the email, in its own column. We’ve always stuck with the belief that the featured product should be aligned with the content of the email, like the one to the right.

The Best Email Template for a Daily Email Looks Like a Club Sandwich

Want to increase the click-through rates on your email newsletters? I’ll give you a couple hints: the first is to start using snippets of your content, and linking back to the full-length content on your site. That’s a test we ran two years ago when we were running full content previously, and it’s a test I for one, was happy won, because it makes creating daily email templates much faster on a day to day basis.

How to Promote a Magazine Through Email Spotlights

I recently talked to a publisher who, up until recently, almost never promoted his magazine. But he didn’t realize it. He has a Portal with free content, a magazine website that sells his magazine, and an online store with a dozen books that sell for $10-$20 each.

He felt pretty organized and was excited to brag about how well he’d been implementing the Mequoda Method. And we were excited to hear it.

So as not to divulge this particular publisher, let’s say he’s in the fishing niche. He has ten fishing topics he writes about on his portal, and he publishes five days a week. He also has ten paid books, one for each topic he writes about. So far so good, right? This makes daily emails a no-brainer for him.

Increase Your Average Email Open Rate in 20 Easy Steps

In your email marketing system (EMS), there’s a dashboard that gives you your email open rate – the percentage of users who opened an email from you. Typically 16% is an average number for the publishing industry, so if you have anything above, consider your efforts above average.

Unfortunately, on the web, you may find all kinds of fun information about open rates and how inaccurate they can be (like 11% to 35% inaccurate).

6 Daily and Weekly Email Templates That Increase CTR and RPM

Increase clicks and revenue by testing out these six different email templates
One feature of using a publishing and marketing system like the Mequoda System is that you get access to templates that can help you develop your business based on best practices. For us, these best practices are a composite of the 110+ different Mequoda

The Business of Email Ads: Designing an Ad-Driven Email

Although a large percentage of the publishers we work with generate revenue by selling products, we work with many who generate their revenue either through ads, or through a product / ad mix.

When we design email templates for our clients, there are three different ways we’d design a daily email depending on which way they’re making money.

Black Belt Email: As Disciplined as a Winning Athlete

This week I had the pleasure of spying on one of our best Mequoda operators, Black Belt. Over the last few months I’ve been peeking in on a variety of publishers with large email circulation numbers to see where they excel.

If you’re not familiar, Black Belt has been published since 1961 and features interviews, historical research and news coverage on martial artists and martial arts techniques. On their website, Black Belt Daily, they feature this content in addition to a giant archive of martial arts instruction and videos which they also sell in the form of handbooks and DVDs.

TIME Doesn’t Know What to Do With All This Traffic

Back on April 1 Don wrote a post entitled Saving TIME Magazine: or, the Future of All of Us. Don’s vision of the future, even for faltering weekly news magazines, focuses on creating a niche product like any of our clients or followers who implement the Mequoda Method, even if the scale is a bit different.

Revealed: The Mother Earth News Trifecta of Email Success

It’s no wonder Mother Earth News saw a 70x increase in revenues with enlightened email tactics in design, strategy and community

The Economist Turns Email Clicks into Digital Subscriptions

In my recent escapades of combing through the email calendars of publishers large and small, I’ve discovered a few secrets about the brands I’ve been spying on. The biggest secret of all is that rarely do any of them stick to a systematic system of email publishing.

Typically all of our emails are written, edited and scheduled to go out on Friday the week before. We publish at 10am Eastern when we publish editorial emails (Monday – Thursday) and 2pm when we publish promotional emails. Sometimes we switch it up to test out which times work best, but overall it’s fairly consistent.

Create a Calendar for Better Email Marketing Management

Organize email marketing campaigns by creating an editorial and promotional calendar that keeps editors on track and in line with email revenue goals

7 Steps to Assure Legal Email Marketing Techniques

A look at the CAN-SPAM Act helps publishers stay safe

Have you ever looked at the requirements for businesses sending commercial email? The CAN-SPAM Act was designed to protect consumers from spam overload by focusing on “any electronic mail message the primary focus of which is the commercial advertisement or promotion of a commercial product or service.” This includes emails promoting the content on commercial websites.

If a company is found in violation of CAN-SPAM, the penalty can reach upwards of $16,000. To avoid such a cumbersome penalty, publishers need to be aware of the main legal requirements.

3 Tips for Keeping Mobile Email Subscribers on Your List

If email marketers didn’t already have enough to worry about, they now have to shift focus to mobile email.

Since checking email is a habitual action, and mobile devices are available to users constantly, the use of mobile devices for email consumption has grown. So how exactly are mobile devices using interacting with email on the go?

Do You Understand this Billion-Dollar Asset?

The Audience Development Summit 2012 shares the most profitable strategies for developing an online audience

The success of online businesses relies on the billion-dollar asset: online audiences.

Ecommerce and online advertising generates billions of dollars each year through online audiences. Without these audiences there wouldn’t be a need to produce content for multiple platforms, create engaging ads, and open digital storefronts.

How Consumers Feel about Marketing Emails

Insight on consumer email trends

There are many analysts and consultants who aren’t able to share all of the email marketing data that they have. Some of this information needs to remain in-house for competitive reasons. Fortunately there are other times when consumer data can be shared with the online community… this is one of those times.

5 Components of a Snippet-Based Email Template

Do you know how to develop a snippet-based email template for your newsletters?

If the email templates you are using for email newsletters and promos are successful in engaging your reader base and selling products, then you don’t need to necessarily make any changes.

However, there is always the chance that a new template can help in the areas where you may falter.

What Size Should Your Emails Be?

The debate on email size continues; however, one study offers some suggestions

The length of emails can certainly make a difference in whether or not it gets read. One best practice is to lead with your best content and highlight other important sections throughout the rest of the copy.

However, now the rules are taking on additional dimensions, as reading email on mobile devices is a popular activity. Not only does the length and subject matter play a role, the actual size of your email will dictate how it loads on mobile devices.

3 Tips for Digital Publishing: Diving Deeper into Social

Digital magazine publishing utilizes social media to increase sharing opportunities; are you utilizing these three tips?

The presence of social media is all around us. Even when people aren’t actively engaging on a social network, they can have social experiences on websites and blogs. They can add their opinions to articles online and share their favorite content with their network of friends.

The Mobile Email Roundup

A look at our top articles on mobile email design and strategy

Designing email templates for mobile devices is incredibly important. Think about how often you check email on your smartphones, and how often your colleagues do it. It’s been reported that a high percent of users will unsubscribe or delete email if it is not optimized for mobile. By taking all the information we’ve compiled on mobile email design, you will have no problem developing a relevant strategy.

5 Ways to Lose Email Subscribers

Are you making avoidable mistakes that lead to fewer email subscribers?

I wonder how many readers will unsubscribe from this email newsletter after reading today’s article. For the ones who do, I’m sure there is a good reason for it…perhaps you don’t care about email marketing, audience development or digital magazine publishing anymore. Or maybe you get way too many emails in your inbox, and you’ve decided to purge them all (except Groupon, of course).

The Irrefutable Process of Email Whitelisting

Whitelist before you launch to avoid receiving hard bounces and ruining your reputation

Mequoda launches four to six systems each year, and in the process, I’m always impressed by our development team’s ability to juggle website details and get the sites live.

As CEO, I have the luxuries of being involved with the overall strategy and having really great people working for me.

Are You Targeting the Most Popular Online Activities?

“Nearly universal” activities for adults include search and email

With all the changes that take place in the digital landscape, some activities have remained popular throughout the years, even as new technology emerges.

Not to say that new technology doesn’t excite users, but some activities have evolved to become habitual.

According to a new study from Pew Internet & American Life Project, search and email continue to be the most popular online activities with adults. Both search and email are used by 92% of adults online.

10 Email Marketing Vendors That Publish Great Blogs

Check out these email marketing vendors who have a knack for publishing great case studies and informative research

At Mequoda Daily, we blog a whole lot about email marketing. We talk to clients and other publishers so that we can pull together great case studies to learn from. However, since we can only pull so much data from everybody, we also keep up to date on the blogs of email marketing vendors who often release reports and case studies that are really helpful to our research and best practice development.

The Four-Minute Email Newsletter

Seven steps to spending less time in the email newsletter machine

I’ll start out by saying that you’re just about as likely to put together an email newsletter in four-minutes as you will be able to truly implement The Four-Hour Workweek or The Four-Hour Body. Just not likely for us non-superhumans. But, as an ode to the mighty Tim Ferriss who inspires us all to do as much as we can in as little time as possible, I’m going to walk you through how to try.

In an interview with Tad Clark of MarketingSherpa, Clark told EmailUniverse that “a typical newsletter they produce involves 1-2 hours of research, 1-5 hours writing each story, the submission of each story to an editor and someone who formats the work…resulting in a total of about 16-20 hours PER newsletter.”

Shhh… Here’s How to Get Email Marketing Secrets from the Pro’s

Don’t just pay attention to the email marketing experts – pay attention to the email delivery experts too!

In addition to this here Mequoda blog, there are some hidden gems that I always look to when I’m doing email marketing research. These blogs are actually the blogs of the email service providers (ESP’s) themselves.

Some ESP’s will simply give you updates of their services, while better ones will actually give you insight into how to create better email marketing campaigns.

Keynote Presentation: Thriving in the Digital Future

Some Insight from Mequoda Summit’s Keynote Presentation with Don Nicholas

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14 Email Formatting Tips

14 ways to get your email delivered and viewed correctly on any browser