Can you say your Newsletter is one of your most effective Marketing Tools?

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Sure anyone can have a newsletter but to be truly effective you need to consider if you have the time to plan out its content, produce it and maintain it AND provide one that has relevant content that will have your readers saying "I can't wait for the next newsletter." 

Here are six areas for you to consider and focusto ensure you can make this long term commitment and your newsletter will be a truly effective marketing tool and not just a representation of time you've spent behind your desk and not out in your market.

Who are you writing for?  Consider your target market - that is who you are writing for.  If you have a niche market be sure your content relates to that audience and market.  If you have more than one target market that also needs to be addressed.  The point is: write for your audience.

What's the point of your Newsletter? What do you hope to accomplish from your newsletter? Are you sharing real estate related information and market conditions?  Is it intended to be educational?  Do you hope to generate new clients?  Be sure to identify the purpose.

what your clients want

What do your clients want to read?  Take some time to think about and even ask your clients about what they want to read. Have a poll on your website (google docs is a great tool for this) to engage your visitors to select topics that they want to know about.  You want to have content in there that makes them want to read the newsletter and continue subscribing and they will only do that if you're providing them with what they need.

Note: you won't please and speak to every single person all of them time with your selected topics but the more you can focus on what the majority of your readers are looking for the more effective you will be.

Side note: If you perform these polls and clients are selecting topics that are unique to them or not something you are going to include in your newsletter, this is a perfect opportunity to send them their own email, or article that addresses their needs.

Make your newsletter visually pleasing  There are many options you can use to create a newsletter either on your own or through someone who can professionally design one for you.  Whichever route you go be sure your newsletter has a consistent look and feel as your other marketing pieces and that it has all the ways to contact you (your website, blog, phone, email, and social networking sites.)   

 Content is King

Content is King   If you have truly decided to making this commitment to share information with your clients, be sure you are investing the time to provide relevant and quality content.  It takes research and creativity to pull it all together so be sure to employ the right tools to make it all come together.

Some examples for creating content: Scrib is a great virtual library with many free documents to help you in your research for topics, perhaps you've read a blog that speaks to a topic your clients want to know more about - write your take on it, maybe a comment was left on your recent blog that you can speak to, maybe you read an article in your local newspaper about something that is affecting your community - as you can see the possibilities are endless.  Another way to go about this is to invite someone, say a trusted colleague that you admire from another market, to write an article that speaks to a particular topic in which they have more knowledge and expertise.

Distribution Plan  At a minimum your newsletter should be available and sent to your clients six times a year and monthly is even better. This will avoid you looking like you just scraped some things together without much thought and it shares with your client one very important message - you're consistent.

A newsletter is a great marketing tool, that with an investment of your time, some homework and research on your part, will provide your clients what they need and result in you becoming a real estate professional that they will think of when they or their SOI have real estate needs.

Do you currently use a newsletter as one of your marketing tools?  Are you getting the results you want?

Related Posts: - Google Docs "Tutorial on how to create and use" from Brad Andersohn - http://activerain.com/action/channels/training/topics/google_docs_tutorial

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Ready to take your Marketing to new levels? Anne Marie Malfi ~ Malfi Marketing Solutions.com ~ Copyright 2009 

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Rainer
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Deb Kirkbride
Virtual Properties Realty - Duluth, GA

Some ideas I've used in my newsletter are:  Put 10 trivia questions in the newsletter with the answers only available on your website. 

Puzzles and Word Searches are great for the kids.  There are several sites that can create them for you at a drop of the hat.

Coloring contests are good too - parents love to engage their children in these.  Offer a small gift card from a local toy store/book store as a prize.  Be sure and award the prize in person!  A coloring book website is a good place to find coloring book pages.

Also, I invite the recipients of my newsletter to provide articles of interest to them, to advertise their small/home business/services (free of charge), to advertise personal items they may want to sell.

Of course, if you directly farm individual subdivisions, they all want to know what their neighbors home sold for and what the current active listings are listed for.

Feb 24, 2009 10:37 PM #24
Rainmaker
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Mark Watterson
Salt Lake City, UT
Utah Real Estate

I like newsletters and feel they are worth the time.  I use an e-letter and have for years.

Feb 24, 2009 10:41 PM #25
Rainer
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Chip Jefferson
Gibbs Realty and Auction Company - Columbia, SC

I like my monthly email news letters. Past clients respond well and its a great way to keep in touch. But it also increases by blog reading.

Feb 24, 2009 10:58 PM #26
Rainmaker
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Alan Gross
PrimeLending, A PlainsCapital Company, Equal Housing Lender - Bethesda, MD
Loan Consultant

I've been using a newsletter for many years and have found it to be one of my most effective ways of keeping in touch. It has very little content concerning real estate and mortgages. In fact the most popular feature has been my daughters column that has follower her through high school and college. Mine is not fancy. It is printed on the copier at the office.

Feb 24, 2009 11:15 PM #27
Rainmaker
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Rebecca Levinson, Real Estate Marketing and Online Advertising Consultant
Real Skillz-Clear Marketing for Your Real Estate Vision - Lake Geneva, WI

Ms. Anne Marie,

Excellent points.  I used to write a newsletter when I was a corporate blogger and my open rate was extremely high but only because I concentrated on all this points you mentioned in your post.

Now as a solopreuner I am gearing up to produce another newsletter:-)

Feb 24, 2009 11:17 PM #28
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Wendy Welborne-Kimery
Keller Williams-Lake Norman Mooresville,NC - Mooresville, NC

I've been thinking of doing an email newsletter.  Thanks for the tips.

Feb 25, 2009 12:01 AM #29
Rainmaker
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Malisa Spivey
Key Real Estate Services & Property Management - Lorena, TX
My Opinions are Free and I Freely give them.

We do a newsletter every month and our clients love it, it has many different articles that hopefully appeal to different readers, and we also ad a suduko puzzle, next month we are going to incorporate a new idea that gives readers the ability to win something.  One month we a portion of our article was left off and you wouldn't believe all the calls we got about that.  We know it works!

Feb 25, 2009 12:21 AM #30
Rainmaker
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Anne Marie Malf
Malfi Marketing Solutions ~ for real estate professionals - Yardley, PA
Real Estate Marketing Consultant/Virtual Asst, Bucks County,PA

Josh - You said it - consistency and quality are key and I wish you much success with putting your masterpiece together.

Tony - thank you and I have used and created both for my clients.  Ideally you would want to have a sign up form on your website and have those contacts become a part of your CRM system making it easier to stay in touch with them.  I think if you have a quality looking piece and a small database to start - print version would work well but you may find yourself and your clients wanting the electronic version very soon.

Li - hello and thank you.  I hope my post inspired you to make your newsletter the best it can be.

Hi Margaret aka soul sister - LOL - awesome -  you my friend are a true example of making your newsleter an effective marketing tool and educational piece for your clients - I love that you're involving others to make it the best it can be.  I think I still owe you an article don't I?  Thought about you this past weekend as I attended the local home show - told my husband - Margaret could do this for our bedroom - thought I could convince him to fly you out to PA for my bday - no such luck - hopefully some day cause my bedroom needs a makeover!

Karen - Excellent, I love that you're staying in touch and providing such great information.  You are so right - they will think of you first because you have given them something of value.

Candis - thank you my friend and excellent point - make it easy for people to subscribe and speak to your audience.

Jennifer - I couldn't agree more - sometimes we get stuck in what we think they want and need and sometimes it just isn't the case.

Terrie - LOL but wouldn't it be nice?  So happy you find my tips helpful and know I always appreciate your visits and comments.

Kimberly - So happy the post was helpful to you and yes, sometimes we overlook the simple things don't we?

Eileen - Exactly - speak to your market and have them wanting more.

Feb 25, 2009 12:58 AM #31
Rainmaker
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Anne Marie Malf
Malfi Marketing Solutions ~ for real estate professionals - Yardley, PA
Real Estate Marketing Consultant/Virtual Asst, Bucks County,PA

Lanre - Great point!  Have them wanting more.  I would be honored to help you in any way - get in touch when you're ready.

Christine - I agree - I subscribe to a few myself and when it speaks to me with relevant and quality content there's no stopping me from reading the entire newsletter!

Perrin - Exactly!

Tony and Darcy - Excellent - it's doing what works for you and your clients and so happy you found the post helpful.

Lynda - LOL, that is excellent that you've experienced such great success with your newsletter - you're obviously providing what your clients and readers need!

Amy - Thank you and that's wonderful that you're looking into all options to ensure it's something you can commit to and that makes sense for you and your clients.  I certainly understand it's hard keeping up with it all and yes, there are lots of options out there - it takes some investigative work and some trial and error to find the best one for you.  Good luck in your search and in creating your masterpiece.

Ryan - So happy my post could help you as you take on your 1st newsletter.  I love your comment - putting yourself in your client's shoes - that is the way to do it!

Feb 25, 2009 01:07 AM #32
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Anne Marie Malf
Malfi Marketing Solutions ~ for real estate professionals - Yardley, PA
Real Estate Marketing Consultant/Virtual Asst, Bucks County,PA

Hi Castellum - thank you - I love having you as my #1 fan - feeling is mutual!  It really does come down to knowing your client - tapping into their needs because when that's your focus you build a relationship and trust with a client that can only provide great things and opportunity.

JB - thank you and yes, consistency in all regards when creating marketing pieces and communications is essential.

Dawn - Excellent points!  It does take time to establish an audience and you must be patient and at the same time tapping into what your clients are saying they need - we need to listen and act on it.  Thank you for the great comment and wishing you great success with getting back to your newsletters!

Randall - Awesome - so happy you are not only using this tool but that you are getting such great response to it - you must be doing something right!

Deb - You sound like me - I often have put together newsletters with some fun stuff too and received great response to it - a little bit of everything!

Mark - So happy you have found the value in using newsletters and I'm sure your clients appreciate the service you are providing!

Laura - Excellent point Laura - its another point of contact and it helps you further promote your services by informing new and past clients of where you are and what you're involved it.

Alan - That is wonderful that you have found such a creative way of staying in touch and sharing who you are - that comes across to clients and it helps build a relationship and trust - way to go!

Ms. Rebecca (lol) thank you and I'm certain that your newsletters were packed with useful information - can't wait to subscribe to your new one!!

Wendy - you're so welcome - best of luck in your creation.

Malisa - LOL - that is so funny - I did the same for a client and boy did we get calls - it does work and if you're providing things that appeal to many the connection you create with clients is priceless!

Feb 25, 2009 01:20 AM #33
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Monica Bourgeau
New Phase Business Coaching - Portland, OR
Business Coaching

Thank you for the link to Scribd. We do a monthly e-newsletter and are often able to get content from our Blog posts for that month. We get a lot of positive feedback from our newsletter and view it as one of our most important marketing tools. And, it's far less expensive than doing a mailing.

Feb 25, 2009 03:36 AM #34
Rainmaker
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Sheila Kennedy
J29 Project - Rochester, NY

I am working on my first newsletter and love the info in this post.  I am glad I haven't sent mine out yet.  Thanks for the info - I have it bookmarked!

Feb 25, 2009 01:00 PM #35
Rainmaker
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Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

Anne Marie, I'm using my blogging for my newsletters. We just got a call today from an article in it. The content is targeted to our community and is relevant information that I think they would be interested in. In fact, I'm thinking about incorporating it into a monthly post that wll be on our web site and my outside blog - hey, you just gave me a great idea!

Feb 25, 2009 03:33 PM #36
Rainmaker
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Anne Marie Malf
Malfi Marketing Solutions ~ for real estate professionals - Yardley, PA
Real Estate Marketing Consultant/Virtual Asst, Bucks County,PA


Kevin and Monica - You're so welcome and so happy you have a newsletter as a regular part of your marketing and that you are having great response to it.  I agree - far less expensive and easily accessible.

Sheila - Thank you for bookmarking and hope it guides you in the process of creating your first newsletter.

Frank & Sharon - Awesome - love your ideas and the direction you're taking this great marketing tool - so happy when I can help inspire creative thought.

Feb 26, 2009 02:22 AM #37
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Rolanda Pullen
Coldwell Banker Pryor Realty, Inc. - Chattanooga, TN

When I was a newbie, I sent out a newsletter on a regular basis.  But as time moved along, I stopped sending it.  Thanks for the article, it has insprired me to consider my newsletter again.  The newsletter combined with my calls to my sphere would be a great thing to do in 2009.

Feb 26, 2009 03:12 AM #38
Rainmaker
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Heather Fitzgerald
REALTY WORLD-Harbert Company, Inc. - Greenwood, IN
REALTOR Greenwood Indiana Real Estate

This was actually on my mind this morning, so I am glad I came across this info.  Thanks for sharing.

Mar 01, 2009 02:03 AM #39
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Ryan Shaughnessy
PREA Signature Realty - www.preasignaturerealty.com - Saint Louis, MO
Broker/Attorney - Your Lafayette Square Real Estate Partner

I agree that targeting your audience and consistent delivery of quality content are the keys.  A newsletter isn't exactly easy to produce and requires a commitment of time and effort.  Consistency is important as it keeps you in front of your customers - sometimes it is out of sight out of mind.

Mar 02, 2009 04:34 AM #40
Rainmaker
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Anne Marie Malf
Malfi Marketing Solutions ~ for real estate professionals - Yardley, PA
Real Estate Marketing Consultant/Virtual Asst, Bucks County,PA

Rolanda -  So happy that I could inspire to use this marketing tool again.  You're right - it's a great thing to focus on in 2009 because it allows you to reach your clients in an effective way.

Heather - I'm so glad you did too and hope it will inspire you as you take on the task of your newsletter.

Ryan - You're right - it's not an easy task and requires lots of consistency, time and effort but in the long run it does provide a great way to be in contact with our clients.

Mar 02, 2009 05:32 AM #41
Rainmaker
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Great post Anne Marie. We have been successfully doing a news letter for 15 years! Our clients really enjoy it and look forward to it but content and consistency is important.

Mar 02, 2009 10:37 PM #42
Rainmaker
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Heather Fitzgerald
REALTY WORLD-Harbert Company, Inc. - Greenwood, IN
REALTOR Greenwood Indiana Real Estate

I just sent an e-mail for you to possibly assist in this so we can concentrate on other areas, as I love your blogs and feel they are in synch with me.

Apr 13, 2009 02:32 PM #43
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