I said earlier that you should send out an email newsletter only when you have something new and interesting to say. Coming up with something new is easy. As a retailer you have more new products and new events and stories than you could ever find time to write them up – especially since it takes so much of your energy to write them up in an interesting way.
Here are some easy easy-to-follow templates to make your emails more interesting. (Think of it as Mad Libs for retailers.)
Simply finish these three statements.
- I bought this product for the store because…
- You should buy this product because…
- When you use this product you will get…
You can give them all the facts, but what people really want to know is how will this product impact their lives. The first question reminds them you are the expert. The next two questions help them understand why they need this product and what life will be like when they own it. Get them to visualize owning it. People only do in real life what they have already seen in their own mind. Use phrases like, “When you use this…”
Yes people need to know when and where and if there is a charge. That is a single line below the title of the event.
Disney Princess Dance
Saturday, February 17 at 6pm – FREE
After that you follow a similar template as above to get your potential crowd to visualize attending. Use phrases like these…
- [Expected Audience] will love coming to…
- You will… [talk about what they will do]
- You’ll walk away with… [benefits of attending]
Telling stories about your staff or your vendors or how you got where you are today help you build relationships and set yourself up as the expert they can trust. Stories make you real. Stories give your fans something to share with their friends.
Here are some easy ways to start your stories…
- “You know [staff name], but did you know…?” (Then tell them something interesting, cool, weird, unknown.)
- “You bought many things from [vendor] but did you know they…?” (Then tell them something interesting, cool, weird, unknown.)
- “You know us as [current reputation] but there was a time when…” (Then tell them something interesting about your history that led you to here.)
Stories don’t have to be long. They just have to capture someone’s interest. In fact, the shorter the story, the more memorable and easier to share.
You don’t have to be a great writer to write interesting emails. Just use these simple templates to keep the focus on what is in it for your customers. Make it about them, not about you, and your engagement will go way up.
PS Go back through this email and see how many times I used the word “you” versus “me” or “I”. The easiest way to make your emails more about your customer is liberal use of the words “you” and “your”.