Sell more books with an email newsletter
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If you’re selling your book online, you’re pretty much guaranteed to increase sales by publishing an email newsletter or “e-zine.”
Because? Well, for starters, it’s a great way to give readers a taste of your expertise and style along with samples of your content. This ensures that they get to know you, trust you, and hopefully buy your book when they are ready for more information.
Plus, it’s a great way to *engage leads* who aren’t ready to buy your book when they visit your site, but are still interested in the information you have to share.
Based on my own experiences in marketing from my manual, ‘Boost Business With Your Own Ezine’, here are 7 ways to help increase book sales using an email newsletter.
First things first: Encourage ezine SUBSCRIPTIONS on your Web site where you promote your book.
Before you even start posting, start collecting email addresses. Place a signup form in many places on your site to invite visitors to subscribe to your free e-zine. This way, if a visitor isn’t interested in buying your book today, they can subscribe to your e-zine for free. She now hasn’t lost it, and she’ll learn even *more* about the book from her by becoming a subscriber. Ezine publishers also report EXCELLENT registration results using popup and dropdown boxes on their websites. Examples: On my main site, http://www.ezinequeen.com, I feature a registration form on EVERY page as well as a popup box. On my bookselling site, [http://www.ezinequeen.com/tutorial], I have a popup box that appears once you close the main window. Remember: NEVER sign anyone up without their permission!
Feature EXTRACTS and/or TIPS from your book in your e-zine.
These can be direct excerpts or short tips that summarize some of your content. Go through your book and highlight individual tips or small sections that could stand on their own. Just don’t give away the whole store! For example, giving your readers an entire chapter of your book in each issue is overkill. In addition to pulling material directly from your book, try other twists on your topic, such as a top 10 tips list, how-to article, resource list, or review of an industry trend. Example: One of my clients, a life coach, has a hardcover book right now that features 101 tips on how to attract what he wants in life. Each issue of his weekly e-zine features one of those tips, along with a brief explanation of how to implement it.
Right after your article, provide a short BLURB PROMO that blatantly highlights your book.
Why right after the article and before anything else? If someone reads your article/advice and says to themselves, “Wow, that was great information,” they’ll be ready to hear what else you have to share on that topic. Really cheer him up and have a good time with him. Example: “Did you like today’s article? If so, you’ll LOVE my new book, ‘Double Your Business in Six Months.’ It’s packed with over 257 great ideas to help you grow your business FAST. Learn more and place your order now at [Web address here]. You can start using my best tips in a matter of minutes!”
In each issue, offer a TESTIMONIAL from one of your book buyers.
Let your readers know that lots of other people just like them ARE buying your book and they LOVE it. Idea: Create a small section in your e-zine for this purpose. In each issue, submit a short testimonial from one of your readers here. Example: “What ‘Beauty Blastoff’ readers are saying: ‘I can’t tell you how much your book helped me improve my appearance. Thanks to your advice, I lost 20 pounds, cleared my skin, and got rid of all my unwanted hair. Now my rich ex-husband even wants me back. You’re a saint!'” – Suzy Smitten, Los Angeles, California.
Offer your readers a SPECIAL DISCOUNT for a limited time.
Make your readers feel special by offering them a special discount on your book when you can. For the best response rates, make a limited time offer to give a sense of urgency. I did this with my manual when it first came out and got great results. Example: “Subscribers only: Buy my book before midnight this Friday and receive 20% off.” If you can’t offer your subscribers a discount, offer something else to make them feel special, like a bonus report or a free phone consultation with their purchase.
Mention your book in as many other places as possible in your e-zine.
Bottom line: the more you mention your book, the better your chances of getting it bought. While your opportunities are endless, here are some ideas to get you started:
- in your header (this is where you give the reader information about your post, usually at the top).
- in your publisher’s or editor’s note (this is where you give your readers a personal note).
- in your article (if you mention a certain point that you cover beautifully in your book, say so!)
You know what a signature (or “sig”) file is, right? It’s that little blurb with contact information that you can automatically insert at the bottom of every email you send. In addition to your obvious contact information, provide a quick complement to your book AND e-zine.
Because? Well, if you just advertise your book, some people will read your signature file and think, “Okay, but I don’t want to buy anything right now.” BUT if you advertise your e-zine for FREE, they are likely to take advantage of your offer. THEN you have them on your list.
Example: Here’s what I have at the END of my signature file, after my contact information: “BOOST YOUR BUSINESS by publishing your own email newsletter! Learn how now – sign up for free how-to tips at http://www.ezinequeen.com.”
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