Oh, hey, oops it’s Friday.
The kind of Friday that occurs the first week of August following the first day of school (yesterday).
Also known as a black hole in which everything is compressed and time passes differently.
Or maybe it’s just the 5:30 a.m. alarm?
Whatever threw me off balance, I’m here to say this Friday edition is brought to you by the rare hustle that is sending children to begin 5th and 7th grade, with a sprinkling of “You’re 7th grader is now taking high school level math (Algebra) that will appear on her high school transcript.”
We’re already there?
But it’s happening.
And the note that came home yesterday says she needs a fancy calculator… which led us to a pretty comical moment last night.
You see, I’ve moved 5 times in my adult life and each time attempted to purge my belongings.
At some point during the moving process (x5) I have had to decide:
Do I keep this graphing calculator or toss it?
My choice has always been to keep it.
I’m not entirely sure.
Maybe I think I’ll suddenly need to solve a problem only it can help solve?
Or maybe I’ve been unconsciously saving it to pass along to a daughter?
Today she took my TI-86 (circa 1998) to school to ask her teacher if it’s going to work for what she needs or if we should just buy her the recommended TI-84.
The 86 accompanied me through AP Calculus and Physics as a senior in high school, the only girl in both classes.
In this moment, while writing, I realize I held onto it as a sentimental object more than a potential functioning piece of equipment (it does still work).
It somehow represents me doing a hard thing:
Not dropping the classes after the other girls attended for a day then abandoned.
Holding out and passing with As.
Feeling simultaneously out of place and where I should be.
Whether it will prove useful for my daughter is an open question for now, but there is a newslettering lesson here:
The defining moments in your life are always with you, whether or not you physically haul them from state to state as the years pass.
They exist as emotional wells you can tap into from time to time.
This one in particular reminds me that I’ve always been ok with standing out and doing a thing others deemed not worth the effort.
And with blazing my own trail.
Does your newsletter do this?
Or is it a formulaic knock off of a best practice?
This week I encourage you to step back and look at what you’ve been sending to assess it for its value to your subscribers.
Is it uniquely differentiated in a meaningful way?
Does it grab and hold attention no other sender could grab and hold in the same way because they don’t share your point of view or come to the blank screen with your experiences?
These things are difficult to calculate, but they should be part of the equation.
Are You An End-To-End Marketer?
“The best marketers can take projects from vision to execution.”
Wes Kao offers 19 ways to become an end-to-end marketer in this Tweet.
Discovered via Growth Marketer Weekly.
Sales-led B2B SaaS Content Types
If you’re a sales-led B2B SaaS company, Erin Balsa thinks you need to publish these 4 types of content:
- Thought leadership content
- Product content
- Sales enablement content
- Content to surprise and delight
Check out her LinkedIn post on the topic for how she defines them and why you need them.
Automation Vs. The Human Touch
Can marketing automation feel authentic, or is it hurting relationships at scale? The CMI team set up an experiment and came up with a 3-step approach to automate the mundane but prioritize the human touch:
- Start with recently acquired customers (so, create strong onboarding flows)
- Create ready-to-personalize messages (think of this as templated emails that require manual finessing to fit the recipient’s preferences: business, casual, or something in between)
- Use a single source of customer truth (also known as a customer data platform where your team can actually see everything there is to see about a contact and garner insights you can’t when the info is all over the place)
Andrew Davis writes about the experiment here.
Discovered via Social Media Today.
Email Acronyms And Marketing CTAs
We stumbled upon 2 legit marketing resources this week that you might want to bookmark.
- CTA Inspiration: For when you need something better than “Get Started.” They’re categorized by use case.
- Email Acronyms (aka marketing glossary): For when you have no clue what your boss meant when she said “Don’t get us stuck in the Honey Pot.” They’re alphabetized.
Writing To Personality Types
In this Search Engine Lab article, Michael Bonfils identifies 4 personality types: dominant, influential, steady, and compliant. He then explains how you can write content around these psychological traits to develop bonds and make your reader feel seen and understood.
Discovered via theCLIKK.
Make Scrolling Work
How often do you use your social media scroll for content curation? This Cohley article explains how to make it productive.
Discovered via Brand MVP.
How can publishers diversify revenue streams, expand monetization options, and ultimately find success? This week’s Publishing Insights provide some options.
- “Newsletters are ‘the old medium that never quite went away, the publisher’s swiss army knife that keeps adding blades.’” Media reporter Faisal Kalim breaks down how they continue contributing to revenue here.
- Meta is cutting funding for publishers. Sara Fischer explains why it matters here.
- In this Better News article, Jill Jorden Spitz and Caitlin Schmidt explain how the Arizona Star flipped the narrative from focusing solely on community problems to “solutions-oriented” reporting.
- Brian Morrissey explains what Industry Dive did to “win”, including keeping it simple, having a playbook, and embracing ads.
- “If a thing‘s worth saying, it’s worth saying over and over and over again.” This Media Voices podcast episode explains why “stealing” publishing ideas is successful.
- Could you sell your publishing expertise? Peter Houston explains why consulting may be a good option these days.
- In this Digiday article, Kayleigh Barber looks at publishers’ options for a new (successful) business model. Should publishers move into Web3 with DAOs?
Planning To Sell Your Newsletter?
If so, this article may be helpful. Paved Blog shared 5 lessons they learned from publishers who sold their newsletters.
Discovered via Inbox Reads.
Is An Advertising Marketplace The Solution?
Agree or disagree: Substack should change their stance on ads and launch an advertising marketplace. Simon Owens makes a case for it here.
Use Curated’s Email Notifications To Stay On Top Of Your Newsletter
Hey, everyone. Seth with Curated Success here.
It’s important to stay on top of your newsletter creation process and stay up-to-date on your newsletter’s key statistics, but it can be challenging to consistently visit Curated to do that. With Curated’s email notifications, you can have this information delivered straight to your inbox.
Select which email notifications you want to receive by logging into your Curated account, clicking the profile picture icon at the top right of the page to open a drop-down, and clicking My profile. On this page, you can scroll down to “Email notification preferences” to choose what type of notifications you want to receive and for which of your publications.
Here’s a breakdown of what each notification email includes:
This brief email gives you a look at
- The number of new subscribers and unsubscribes since the previous day
- Statistics from your last published issue (open rates, click rates, unique clicks, and total clicks)
- New link items that were collected since the previous day
This is a great way for you to receive a daily reminder of how your newsletter is performing. It’s also great for teams that work on a newsletter as members can see how many links have been collected each day.
Issue Publishing Confirmation
This simple email acts as a confirmation that your scheduled issue has successfully been published. This is great for newsletter creators that schedule their issues to send a few days out so that they can automatically get a confirmation that their issue has been published successfully.
These notifications serve as reminders for when your next issue is due, which is based on the due date that you assign an issue when you create it in Curated. These notifications will hit your inbox 3 days before the due date and again 1 day before the due date. The notifications include
- The exact time and date that the issue is due
- A preview of the links that are currently in the draft issue
- A preview of the links that you have in your Collected Items
Note: If you haven’t scheduled an issue to send in Curated and the due date and time arrives, the issue will not send. An issue will only send after it’s been officially scheduled.
You can use these notifications in whatever combination will help you be most productive in your newsletter creation process.
If you have any questions about these notifications, let me know.
New to Curated? Make a copy of this Getting Started with Curated Checklist to help launch your newsletter (public, private, or paid).
Opt In Challenge
Have You Added This Yet?
This week I’m keeping your Opt In Challenge simple. Consider adding your version of this line “Here to make friends. DMs open.” to your social profiles.
Jakob Greenfeld explains how it can increase your “luck surface area” here.
Discovered via For the Interested.