Home  › Email › Email Marketing

Tips for Selling Ads in E-mail Newsletters, Part 2

  |  August 24, 2009   |  Comments

E-mail newsletter advertising is a different animal from selling ads for print publications. Four more tips to successfully selling ads.

In my last column, I talked about how advertising can generate an additional revenue stream for your e-mail newsletter. We also talked about three keys to success for selling ads in your e-mail newsletter:

  • Embrace accountability.

  • Put thought into the ad sizes you offer.

  • Don't segregate advertising from editorial.

Today I'll cover four more tips for effectively generating sales.

Advice on Offers and Creative

I know what you're thinking: it's not my job to tell the advertiser what to offer or how the ad should look. But the more you can do to help the ads in your newsletter be effective, the more likely you are to generate repeat business.

If you currently have ads in your e-mail newsletter, you have everything you need to put together recommendations on offer and creative for your advertisers. Just look at what's performed best over the past few months and identify trends:

  • Do your readers respond well to free offers and incentives?

  • Do ads that feature statistics add credibility and get higher click-through rates?

  • Are there similarities in how your best-performing ads look?

All this insight can help your future advertisers get a better return for the dollars they spend on placement in your publication.

Even if you don't have past history to go by, providing some general best practice advice can be helpful to your advertisers. Let them know that copy should be benefit-oriented and, as much as possible, targeted to your audience. Tell them that copy messages with elements of fear, uncertainly, and doubt (FUD) can work, when used with restraint.

Let advertisers know that a lead-generation message with a free incentive, rather than direct sales copy, will generate more clicks. It will also give them the opportunity to grow their own house e-mail list (assuming the people that click through opt in) and provide many future chances to sell to this group.

Finally, look at what works for others. Forrester Research recently reported that incorporating video into e-mail messages improves click-through rates by two to three times. Also from that report: 17 percent of marketers are planning to include video in their e-mail messages in the next 12 months.

You don't need fancy technology to leverage this trend; a simple screenshot of a video with an arrow over it can be a link to a Web page where the video launches. This is a very simple way for your advertisers to include video in e-mail (assuming they have video to offer) and increase their advertising's performance.

Encourage Testing

Testing is one of e-mail's key benefits. If your list is large enough, you can split it and offer advertisers the opportunity to test two different ads against each other. This way they'll get a read on which advertisement works best for them and use it in the future. This is another way to add value to your advertisers -- and help them continue to increase the ROI (define) from ads in your publication.

Promote Multichannel Advertising

If you have a print publication, a Web site, or both in addition to your e-mail newsletter, offer special advertising packages with placements in all or some of them. Putting a message in front of people multiple times in a short period makes sense; many people need to see an advertisement three to five times before they buy.

One mistake many print ad sales representatives make is to sell the e-mail newsletter advertisement as a freebie with a print placement. This devalues your e-mail advertising and will make it harder to get people to pay for it in the future. Be sure your sales representatives aren't doing this.

Adhere to the 60-40 Rule

An old rule about advertising in e-mail newsletters is to make sure your content is 60 percent or more editorial (non-promotional) and 40 percent or less advertising (promotional). This gives the reader a reason to open the e-mail but still allows you to generate your own sales or advertising revenue.

We've all seen e-mail newsletters that flaunt this rule. They promise valuable content but deliver a heavy-handed sales pitch. After a few issues, you stop reading. Don't make this mistake.

Done properly, you can generate a nice chunk of revenue selling advertising in your e-mail newsletter. Try out these keys to success and let me know how you do.

Until next time,

Jeanne

ClickZ Live Chicago Learn Digital Marketing Insights From Leading Brands!
ClickZ Live Chicago (Nov 3-6) will deliver over 50 sessions across 10 individual tracks, including Data-Driven Marketing, Social, Mobile, Display, Search and Email. Check out the full agenda, or register and attend one of the best ClickZ events yet!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jeanne Jennings

Jeanne Jennings is one of the World's Top 50 Email Marketing Influencers (Vocus, 2014). She has more than 20 years of experience in the email and online marketing and product development world. Jeanne's direct-response approach to email strategy, tactics, and creative direction helps organizations make their email marketing initiatives more effective and more profitable. Clients include: ConsumerReports.org, FDANews, Hasbro, PRWeb, Scholastic, Verizon, and WeightWatchers. Want to learn more? Check out her blog.

COMMENTSCommenting policy

comments powered by Disqus

Get ClickZ Email newsletters delivered right to your inbox. Subscribe today!

COMMENTS

UPCOMING EVENTS

UPCOMING TRAINING

Featured White Papers

Google My Business Listings Demystified

Google My Business Listings Demystified
To help brands control how they appear online, Google has developed a new offering: Google My Business Locations. This whitepaper helps marketers understand how to use this powerful new tool.

5 Ways to Personalize Beyond the Subject Line

5 Ways to Personalize Beyond the Subject Line
82 percent of shoppers say they would buy more items from a brand if the emails they sent were more personalized. This white paper offer five tactics that will personalize your email beyond the subject line and drive real business growth.

WEBINARS

Resources

Jobs

    • Executive Assistant
      Executive Assistant (Agora Inc. ) - BaltimoreAgora Inc., an international publishing company, located in the Mt. Vernon district of Baltimore, MD...
    • Paid Search Specialist
      Paid Search Specialist (Boathouse, Inc.) - Waltham  Boathouse is looking for a Paid Search Specialist to work as a part of the Digital Acquisition...
    • Paid Search / Search Engine Marketing (SEM, PPC) Specialist
      Paid Search / Search Engine Marketing (SEM, PPC) Specialist (HeBS Digital) - New YorkJOB TITLE:     Paid Search / Search Engine Marketing...