E-Newsletter: Why Every Politician Should Be Writing

Newsletters sometimes get a bad rap, but there are so many great things about them. If you're a politician, no matter how small in the ranks you are, you should consider writing an e-newsletter. There are many benefits to them if you're doing it right.

Why You're Not Writing an E-Newsletter

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Those people that say that newsletters aren't needed are definitely missing out, or maybe they weren't doing theirs right, and that created their negative view.

To get a better understanding of the extreme importance of an e-newsletter (which is so much easier to get out to people than the fashioned newsletter that had to be sent in the mail), you need to know exactly what it is that a newsletter can do for you. There are many benefits of creating one, and below, we will go over what you need to include in it.

As a politician, you are marketing yourself to many people (whether you're running for or holding a local office or a national one). Newsletters are an excellent source for marketing – so why are so many people reluctant to create them?

Here are some of the silly excuses that people come up with to avoid embracing the benefits of newsletters (you may have used some of these yourself):

  • I don't like writing.
  • I don't think I have anything to say that people will want to read.
  • I'm not really a good writer.
  • How will I have enough content each month for an entire newsletter?
  • I just don't have time with so many other things on my agenda.
  • I'm afraid to – will people even read it?

These excuses lie mostly around fear and laziness. Newsletters don't take a ton of work, and you only need to do it once a month. People won't read it if you don't write it – so why not give it a shot?

Why You Need to be Writing and E-Newsletter

As a politician, you need to do everything you can to reach the people that voted for you, could vote for you, and the people that didn't vote for you (because they need to know what you're up to even more than everyone else).

Here are the reasons you should be using a newsletter:

Your Little Black Book

You're Providing Valuable Info to People

You're Making Another Connection

It Shares the Power of the Blog

How to Get Started on You E-Newsletter

Before you get started, you need to have an email list. This begins with getting people to sign up for your newsletter. There are sites like MailChimp that help make it easier to get people signed up, and it also helps you with designing your newsletter and shipping it off to your email list each month.

Once you've signed up for MailChimp (it's free) or another site that works with newsletters, you can post a sign-up form on your website and your blog. You can share sign-up links on social media, and you can even email the people you know and see if they'd like to sign up.

Here are some important rules to follow:

Always Ask First

Know Your Reader

Get Creative

Be Prepared

Be Open to Feedback

How to Start Crafting Your E-Newsletter

Now that you know why you need a newsletter, it's time to start fashioning your e-newsletter. Of course, you want to make sure you have an email list ready for the words you want to share.

There are some things you want to make sure you're doing when it comes to writing a newsletter. There are also things you shouldn't do. Here are some of those things:

  • Do be yourself – don't try to write like someone else.
  • Do put value into your newsletter, every single month.
  • Don't force your newsletter to be formal – your voters want to feel like they know you on a personal level through your newsletter.
  • Do add something extra – like images and graphics, and even videos (newsletter don't have to only be articles and writing).
  • Do come up with a topic for the newsletter – you don't want to be all over the place (take about sustainability in one, about the importance of voting in another, but avoid mixing messages).
  • Don't cover the same topic numerous months in a row.
  • Do offer things to your readers – people like coupons and other benefits.
  • Here are the basic steps needed in order to run a successful e-newsletter campaign.

1. Create the Perfect Subject Line

You need to make sure that your subject line is something that makes your email list want to open and read that email. You also want the subject line to be something that isn't going to get that email bumped into the spam folder.

Get creative – don't just title it “December Newsletter.” Create something fun and interesting that opens people's eyes up to what they're going to find in the newsletter. “Happy Holiday! How We're Making Your Holiday's Greener” would be a good title for a December newsletter about sustainable living and sustainable businesses.

2. Share News and Offers

Is it time to run for your office again? Are you running for a bigger office? Is it time to start discussing the important topics in your community because of elections?

As a politician, these are things that you'll be talking about with your voters and email followers. Offer your readers something – whether it's coupons, a contest, or just a fancy banner that gives them something nice to look at.

3. Write in a Personable Manner

Write your newsletter as though you're talking to the people you're communicating with. You don't want it to come off like you hired a technical writer to do it and you don't want use too much technical jargon, leaving your readers confused.

Don't fill the whole newsletter with marketing slogans either. You might have a photo with your campaign slogan, but it doesn't need to be repeated over and over throughout the text. Instead, fill it with info that your readers can actually use.

4. Share What People Are Saying

If your work as a politician is getting good feedback, share that with your readers. Include a section of quotes and testimonials from fans and voters. Your readers want to feel like they are part of your story.

5. Send It

People can't read your e-newsletter if you don't send it – but watch how often you're sending them. Don't spam your email list's inboxes with daily or weekly messages. Two a month, or even once a month, is plenty to share the info you need to share.

Final Thoughts on Your Political E-Newsletter

You're a politician, so your e-newsletter is going to, at least mostly, be about politics. Don't get too off topic, but make sure that you're also thinking about the fact that not all of your readers are politicians (in fact, most of them probably aren't).

Write it and send it – your readers will thank you.

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