"Does she have a newsletter?" I asked, curious to see what kind of stories might be of interest in this type of speciality niche.
"Um...no," she answered.
"But she has people's names, right? I mean, of the customers?"
"Yes, we just don't do anything with them."
Long silence. "I see..." I say slowly, and then go on to mention, as often have to small business owners, how important your list is. Those on your list are:
the coffee in your cup
your potential customers
your focus group
Last weekend, I attended a wonderful piano recital, which was so brilliant that the pianist got a standing ovation, a request for an encore, and a standing room only turnout. Afterwards, I asked the performer, who was also a new friend, whether she kept a list of everyone who attended her recitals.
"What a great idea!" she said, admitting that she'd been so wrapped up in Mozart and Brahms, that she'd forgotten all about the "M" word. Marketing! I pointed out to her that if she kept a list of her audiences, as well as her students, colleagues, and interested family and friends, she could communicate with them via e-newsletter about her upcoming concerts and appearances, as well as offer ticket promotions and maybe even a group rate. The people on her list represent:
the coffee in her cup
her potential customers
her focus groupIn the last 6 years that I've been publishing my newsletter, my subscriber list has tripled, and I have not only received great feedback on it, but it has directly led to nearly a dozen consulting projects, plus another dozen referrals at least. I can't imagine any business owner surviving in these times without not only collecting names from people they network with, but publishing a newsletter at least monthly as a means of connecting with their audience.
That's why I love offering newsletter coaching, as well as writing and designing newsletters for clients. So if you're looking for newsletter help but don't have the time, feel free to e-mail me, or post what you might need help with here in the comments, and I'm happy to respond with a free consultation on what type of content and newsletter format I think would work best for your business.
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In the meantime, remember, it's all in the wrist... I mean... the List!