My oldest daughter (11) is going to be one of those wacky inflatables with waving arms businesses use to get attention from passing traffic for Halloween.
The costume arrived last night and we tested it.
She’s thrilled, albeit not sure she’ll be able to walk very well.
And I’m even more thrilled than she is.
Because she had a firm idea of what she wanted, we found one, ordered it, and now there’s no looming anxiety of figuring out what she will be.
Tiny screwdriver found to add the 4 AA batteries and we’re pretty much set for Halloween in the new neighborhood.
If you’re thinking, “So what?” I can explain.
This child is notorious for making decisions about clothes and costumes almost unbearable.
I wince at the thought of taking her shopping.
She’s too… emotional about her decisions.
And I get it.
Try to be patient.
Bring something to read while she tortures herself trying on and price comparing.
So her Halloween costume confidence this year almost rattled me.
It’s a full week and a half until we trick or treat and she’s past decision mode.
The mental weight of not being ready—which we felt very strongly last year when she decided at the last minute to be Luna Lovegood, but no costumes were left that would arrive in time so we had to make our own by buying separate, similar items, including DIYing the glasses as a craft project—isn’t there this year.
Will it be her favorite costume ever?
Will it last the night without ripping?
Will she bring home a substantial candy loot?
But why should a newsletter creator care about this story?
The lesson, as I see it, is that sometimes you have an idea and you just need to launch.
Maybe that’s the newsletter you’ve been mulling over.
Maybe that’s a new section of your newsletter.
Maybe that’s a brand new revenue stream you want to go after.
I’ve worked with several people in pre-launch mode recently whose ideas for what they want their newsletter to be change daily.
My advice: pick an idea and soft launch it to your existing audience.
If you don’t try something, you’re not really going to know what you’d change or do differently.
Your audience will tell you what they think in responses, clicks, and staying subscribed.
So go order a silly inflatable costume and try walking around in it, metaphorically—or literally, if you’d like. Wave your arms around and see what kind of attention you get.
This issue brings you stories from creators who are sharing their journeys, a few ideas to use in your marketing to achieve growth, and an explanation of why you might want to start using creator coins.
Is Performance Advertising Worth It?
It might be time to audit your ad spend. Rand Fishkin answers the question we’re all asking:
Do the benefits of performance advertising justify the costs or is it a scam?
In this Sparktoro article, he looks at why ads work, their benefits, and the case for turning them off.
“Herein lies the scam. I’m not saying ‘no one buys because of a retargeting/display/branded search ad.’ I’m saying, ‘somewhere between 60-99% of the people exposed to those ads would have purchased anyway.’”
He explains what he means in detail (including that 60-99% estimate) in the article.
Related: This Springboard article looks at how comfortable generations are with how their data is used and offers insights into the latest data-privacy legislation. Discovered via Social Media Today.
Also Related: A digital shift is in the works and the IAB US is offering advice to marketers in this article on The Drum by John Glenday
Kind of Related: Deep dive into all things Mail Privacy Protection and the evolution of email marketing in this Emfluence article by David Cacioppo. Discovered via Really Good Emails.
A Step-By-Step Process To Create A Thought Leadership Strategy
Want to be a market leader? Maybe you should try a thought leadership strategy. This Managing Editor article by Clare Chiappetta offers these steps to get it done:
- Align With the Business Strategy: set concrete goals
- Define Your Target Audience: appeal to upper-level decision-makers
- Identify Current Thought Leaders: assess the experts
- Develop a Process for Spinning Ideas Into Content: involve thought leaders and be consistent
- Take a Bold Perspective: position yourself as a strategy advisor
- Upskill the Next Generation: identify and train potential leaders
Check out the (very helpful) details here.
Say Goodbye To Stagnant Subscription Numbers
What is the secret to increasing subscriptions? This week’s publishing insights provide some answers.
- Is subscriber-only the answer? Sarah Scire reports for Niemanlab that the NYT is moving that direction for a third of its newsletters.
- Sara Guaglione with Digiday explains why the Telegraph thinks retiring newsletters will grow subscriptions.
- What about retention? Stephanie Castellano explains how Newsday and The Spokesman-Review keep subscribers in this API article.
- In a classic “join forces with the enemy” move, these competitors are now allowing readers to use a single login. Read the Niemanlab article by Sarah Scire.
- WNIP reports that audience profiles help convert website visitors into customers.
- What happens when publications take a community-first approach? Lisa Heyamoto explores the answer in this Medium article.
Demystifying A New Business Model: Community Tokens
Tired of traditional business models? So was Joe Pulizzi. In 2021, he launched The Tilt with the community token in the center of his model. But, what are community tokens?
“Linked to a company, organization, or person, tokens can enable holders to get perks from the issuer.”
That’s great, but how does that translate to income for newsletter creators?
“If value is created and a community begins to adopt the token, the price of the token may go up (supply and demand).”
These tokens can then be converted to cash. Learn more about it from Joe here.
Tip: Make Your Archives Easy To Browse And Search (+ Treat Opt In Weekly Like An Idea Repository!)
Last week, a friend posed a question about a topic I try to follow: ungated marketing content vs publisher paywalls. While I had an initial response (they’re different beasts to tackle), I’ve curated 6 articles concerning gating in this newsletter. I used the publication site search function to revisit those articles (and my commentary) to share one article with him.
I asked Seth to create a GIF showing how that works in case you want try it in your own newsletter. Or maybe you want to test it out to see what I’ve published in the past about topics like deliverability, Gmail clipping, and getting listed in newsletter directories.
Curated users who have publication sites enabled (issues can be published to the Curated.co domain or a custom domain) can show archives and allow search by going to Settings > Hosting, Subscriptions, and Publishing > Web.
Great search example in the GIF, Seth!
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Opt In Challenge
A List Of Subscribe-Worthy Newsletters For Creators
Josh Spector of For the Interested put together a list of helpful newsletters for creators. This week, your Opt In Challenge is to subscribe to 3 for inspiration and advice.
A few you should consider:
See all 39 here.
Be sure to take a look at #24. 😉 Thanks, Josh.