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“Email newsletters are an essential element of garden center marketing. Michael’s step-by-step program will get you up and running fast with a quality newsletter for your customers.”
The Garden Center Group
Hi, I’m Michael Katz.
Today, I invite you to work with me on an email newsletter for your garden center.
And, thanks to an exclusive arrangement with Danny and The Garden Center Group, I’m offering a 50% discount off the price of my standard email newsletter program
More on the program details below, but first, just a bit about my own, email newsletter history…
The fact is, I stumbled onto the power of email newsletters by accident.
In 2000, I had been working at the same company for 12 years. It was fine, but I knew that if I were ever going to strike out on my own, it was “now or never.” So on a sunny Friday in June, I resigned.
Uh oh! Big problem right away. I knew what I was good at and I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted to do. But … I quickly realized that I had no clue how or where to find customers.
So I started listening to and doing what other, more experienced professionals advised. I attended networking events; I asked friends and others if they knew anyone who could use my help; I tried cold calling companies.
I have to tell you, it was a depressing, energy-sapping, slog. And, worst of all, it didn’t work very well. There were many mornings where it was tough to get out of bed; I wondered if I’d made a terrible mistake.
While all this was going on, I began sending simple, “bulk emails” to about 30 business colleagues, a couple of times a month. I was fascinated by the (then new) Internet and its potential. And so whenever I discovered something cool or exciting, I would share it with these people.
This wasn’t an “email newsletter” (there was no such thing in 2000). It was just a friendly, useful, email sent to a bunch of people. I wasn’t trying to promote myself or my business … I was just sharing what I had learned, along with some personal stories and humor thrown in for my own amusement.
But eventually I realized something really important. As my business and email list grew, and as I took a look at where my referrals and customers were coming from, it turned out that nearly all of them could be traced directly back to these emails.
Wow. Once I realized the connection between the emails and all the activity, I decided to get serious about doing it well and turning these random communications into a “real” newsletter. I spent the next 15 years perfecting my approach, publishing regularly and teaching literally thousands of other people how to do it for themselves.
Today, and despite what you may have heard or read about how spam, blogs, social media, fracking or whatever else is going to “kill email,” email newsletters remain the single most effective (by far) marketing tool for any small business.
The Problem (and the Solution)
The benefits are tremendous. So what’s been stopping you from moving forward with an email newsletter for your business?
Whatever it is, I’m pretty sure I’ve heard it – if not personally experienced it – before.
Where do I get topic ideas from? What do I do if I’m not a good writer? How do I keep coming up with fresh, relevant content that people want to read? Who am I to give advice to other people anyway (I don’t think I’m really an expert)?
Or maybe you’re sidelined by the logistics involved: How do I get people to open and read it? How long should it be and how often should I publish? Which format works best and looks the most professional? And, once I do get it up and running, how do I grow my list and how do I stay motivated?
I’m happy to tell you that every question you have and every obstacle you’re experiencing now has probably been faced – and solved – by other people.
And, I’m even happier to tell you that as you move through my course – Create Exceptional Email Newsletters – I will guide you through all of it.
This course is for you if...
… you own a small business. As a small company, you have a huge marketing advantage… it’s called YOU. You’ll learn how to tell stories, use your authentic voice, express a point of view and stand out from the crowd of competitors.
… you cringe at the thought of “hard selling.” Me too. This course is the opposite of that. I’ll show you how to attract and retain customers by creating and sharing content that helps you get noticed, builds loyalty, and drives traffic through the front door.
… you’re really good at whatever it is you do. But, like me in 2000, you need help developing a reliable marketing program for your business.
There's nothing "hard sell" about a newsletter
Your newsletter is like a magazine. It’s not a sales pitch and it’s not an advertisement. Done well, it’s not even really about you – it’s about offering useful information that prospective customers want to read. That’s the formula that makes it so effective.
So, like creating a magazine, we’ll be working on three parts: Content (the words), Format (the way it looks) and Delivery (the mechanism for sending it to people).
We’ll go step-by-step through each part, diving deep on all of it. And don’t worry – while there are many elements, once you have it explained and you see it laid out in front of you, you’ll find that none of it is all that complicated.
Here are the specific course modules and what we will cover together:
Module 1 – Getting Started: What you need to know to begin
- How and why an email newsletter brings you customers
- Three big newsletter challenges (and how to overcome them)
- 7 Secrets of a successful email newsletter
- Key beginner mistakes to avoid
Module 2 – What to Write About: Developing topics that resonate with your audience
- How to identify your expertise
- How to identify your perfect customer
- How to decide what to write about
- How to identify an endless supply of fresh, useful content
Module 3 – How to Write: Simple ideas and techniques for making writing easier
- Finding – and using – your unique, authentic voice
- The importance of writing with detail
- The “I can’t write” obstacle and how to overcome it
Module 4 – The Simple Content Formula: Using stories and personal experiences to maximize connection
- Why personal stories are so powerful
- How to weave personal stories into your newsletter
- A simple article structure for any newsletter
Module 5 – Newsletter Layout: Creating a structure that works best for you and your audience
- Developing your standard layout
- Creating a “layout skeleton”
- Headers and subheaders and why they matter (a lot)
- Balancing useful vs. promotional content
Module 6 – Formatting Do’s, Don’t’s and Insights: Tips and guidelines for improving readability and impact
- Optimizing newsletter length
- Whether or not to require a “click to read”
- Understanding which format types are the most effective
- Formatting for smartphones and tablets
Module 7 – Expanding Your Reach: Leveraging your content in multiple ways
- Integrating and maximizing social media
- Blog, newsletter or both?
- (Many) additional uses for your newsletter content
Module 8 – Email Vendors and Additional Support: Building a team for maximum efficiency and results
- Email Vendors – why you need one; what to look for
- Do you need a designer?
- Do you need a tech resource?
- Do you need an editor?
- Do you need a virtual assistant?
Module 9 – How to grow your list: Proven tactics for increasing audience size
- Start with the people you know
- Optimize your web site
- Share your content broadly
- Leverage public speaking opportunities
- How to grow without spamming people
Module 10 – Delivery Logistics: Tips and guidelines for in-box success
- When and how often to publish
- How to get your newsletter opened
- Welcoming new subscribers
- Managing “bounce-backs”
- Measuring success
- Staying motivated!
In addition to the 10 modules described above, you’ll receive a number of bonuses, to help you create and grow your newsletter as simply and smoothly as possible.
- The Email Newsletter Action Plan – A simple planning guide for staying organized and avoiding confusion.
- Sample Newsletter Welcome Letters – These are actual welcome letters in use by other professionals. Feel free to use and modify them for your own newsletter, however you like.
- Content Planning Worksheets – A simple way to pinpoint your topic, audience and voice
- Article Structure Worksheets – A 5-step template for organizing your newsletter content each time you write
- Speaker Handout Forms – Maximize audience opt-ins to your newsletter whenever you speak, using my proven one-page handout form
Happy Happy Newsletter People
I’ve worked with hundreds of small business owners in developing their email newsletters. Here’s a sampling of what some of them have said about our work together:
Michael – after all your help thinking through my newsletter content and target audience I am finally sending it out consistently. Since January, when I started putting out my newsletter regularly, I have had 3 clients and former acquaintances get back in touch with me and hire me again. I have been approached for speaking opportunities, and have ‘stayed on the radar’ with some key constituents. Thank you so much for your vision on relationship marketing and all your help. You are the best!
When we hired you we made the investment of time and money at a time when we could least afford it. I cannot tell you how delighted I am with the results.
The process that you used to get the ‘voice’ of our company, who we were talking to and what kinds of information we wanted to give, was the most valuable marketing exercise I’ve been through in quite a long time.
Sales and Marketing Search
To reach our goals, we needed — and had been looking for for a long time — a business development process that reached a wider (and targeted) audience, communicated our message consistently, reflected our unique approach, was cost-effective and fun to implement! Michael Katz gets it, gets us and gets it done.
Phil Corcoran, CFP, CIMA
The Corcoran Group
For the first time, I feel that my business has a unique and clear focus and I’m now attracting the kinds of clients I always wanted. Working with Michael is just about the best business investment I have ever made.
Martha Freymann Miser, PhD
Founder and President
Aduro Consulting, LLC
You helped me see the genuine voice and vision behind my company, and have given me a clarity and presence with my clients that I hadn’t had before.
Your suggestions have been right on the money … I feel more focused than in a long time.
I feel energized and purposeful in a way I haven’t for years. I’m getting the kind of work I love, with the kind of clients I want to work with. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Chief Rocket Launcher
I know my business but I quickly learned that I knew nothing about how to communicate that knowledge and experience to my target audience — and I was completely (as in totally) clueless about how to find my ‘authentic voice’ and why it was the only voice I could use.
I am amazed at what we have created… really amazed. I will be eternally grateful for your help.
Kathy Rowell, M.S., M.H.A
Founder and Principal
Katherine S. Rowell & Associates
There’s not a week that goes by that at least one of Michael’s marketing ideas doesn’t come up and get put into practice. There’s no possible way of overestimating the effect your very excellent advice and ideas have had on my business!
Deborah Brown & Associates
Start right now
Everything in the Create Exceptional Email Newsletters program is prerecorded and there for you to use immediately and whenever you like thereafter.
You’ll get access to the entire program with all the modules and downloads as soon as you purchase.
What we’re going to do in this course is “microwave” the process for you. You’re going to get faster, better, easier results (and with fewer mistakes) because I’m going to show you how to do it in a systematic, simple way. When you’re done, and as you follow all the steps, you’ll have a newsletter set up and launched.
My Money Back Guarantee
I offer a full-price, 30-day, money back guarantee, to make this as risk-free as possible for you.
If you enroll in the program and at any point over the first 30 days, you don’t think it’s worth what you paid for it, just let me know and I’ll refund the entire thing.
It’s hassle-free and that simple; I don’t want you to buy something that doesn’t work for you.