Zelda Love Sweets has been a seasonal visitor in our home for six years.
Our Elf on the Shelf, named by my daughters when they were two and four, is not overly creative.
She was a gift from a grandmother.
Another todo to add to our parenting list and bring some extra anxiety to our lives between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
She does not take marshmallow bubble baths or TP the playroom.
That stuff takes effort.
We don’t want her feeling stressed to perform.
It’s enough for her to find a new place to perch every night after making her trip to the North Pole and back.
If you’ve never woken up and realized that poor Zelda did not move an inch, you don’t really know what failure feels like.
The pressure to delight children day after day is pretty intense, but their joy is worth it.
We assume our eldest has the whole thing figured out, but she pretends she does not.
This is the same child who took it upon herself to move an elf around for her third grade classroom.
It was a knock-off elf someone had given our family and did not possess the magic powers Zelda does.
Her teacher had said they didn’t have a class elf, but one appeared and moved during recess each day.
Even the teacher had no clue our daughter was doing this until that last, chaotic week before holiday break, when I found out and made her confess.
Does this rambling have anything to do with your newsletter, you’re wondering?
It’s a nod to the power of consistent delight.
I’m not saying you have to set up the equivalent of an elf-sized snow angel imprint in flour for your audience with every send, but you’d better MOVE YOUR ELF.
Make discovering her next move exciting enough to open, read, and look forward to what’s coming next.
Your readers’ joy is your primary goal.
Note: This is my last issue of 2020. Opt In Weekly will be back Thursday, January 7. I’m switching to Thursdays to better balance my work week, and possibly yours. Please let me know if you’re enjoying this newsletter, and, if you feel like giving me a gift this season, share it with someone you think will like it, too.
Wishing you a heaping spoonful of elf magic this holiday season,
B2B Email Marketing Advice From... LinkedIn
Joe Sullivan nailed it with this LinkedIn post that explains why your B2B email newsletter might be missing the mark, and what you should do about it.
“So how about reinventing your company ‘newsletter’ as a digital delivery vehicle for targeted insights and resources that will help THEM, not serve YOU?
Think of yourself as a niche media source or publication for your specific audience. And be a resource.
That’s how you earn (and keep) the attention of the right people.”
Predictions for Journalism 2021
2020 has proven that hindsight is, well, 2020.
So, of course, Nieman Journalism Lab has gathered 2021 journalism predictions. Newsletter publishers will find some of them worth considering, including these:
“Successful independent journalists will realize how difficult it can be to strike the right balance between cultivating enough of an audience to effectively monetize and becoming beholden to their whims.” —Taylor Lorenz
“Gird for too few renewals or continuing support—not just because so many Americans are in financial distress, but because as people step farther from their keyboards as the pandemic ebbs, many will tire of reading about political, biological and financial chaos. They’ll start deleting newsletters unread as fast as spam, until they are moved to cancel. Then they’ll return to relying on the convenient social pipelines filled with fluff and fakery, namely Facebook, Instagram, and Google.”— Jody Brannon
Read through for more takes on what may come to be.
How Wired Leveraged Cyber Week Readers to Increase Subscription Revenue
In this article, Kayleigh Barber unpacks how Wired used cyber week coverage and affiliate content to boost subscriptions.
“Traffic to Wired.com increased by more than 180% during Black Friday and Cyber Monday versus the same days last year and the most popular article visited was its Absolute Best Deals post, which accounted for 1.8 million clicks, according to Rosenfield.”
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Opt In Challenge
Start Teaching Your Audience to Prioritize Your Newsletter
In this article, Shivam K provides some helpful advice for avoiding Gmail’s less desirable tabs.
Your challenge this week is to read through, take action, and especially do the following:
“You simply send a mail to your engaged list to do one or all of the following:
1. Save your ID as a contact
2. Mark your mail as important
3. Drag your mail from Promotions to Primary tab”
Have you done this with Opt In Weekly? If not, now would be a great time.