Newsletters – the Great Communicator

Printed newsletters - the great communicator

Printed newsletters are a great way to keep both clients and employees up to date with news about your products, services and organisation as a whole. While electronic newsletters like PDFs and e-newsletters try their hardest, they’re too easy to skip past and potentially overlook completely. In contrast, physical, printed newsletters can grab the eye and engage your audience right from the word go and they are far more natural and enjoyable to browse through anyway, with no zooming required. When their content is designed well and your headlines are well crafted, printed newsletters have definite read me appeal; they catch attention and virtually invite people to pick them up, take a look and flick through. Subsequently, they can also be passed around and shared. For businesses, they can be left in strategic locations such as coffee tables, waiting rooms and receptions as well as being distributed through direct mail for a far ‘softer’ sell than flyers, adverts and suchlike.

“Printed newsletters are a great way to keep both clients and employees up to date with news about your products, services and organisation as a whole”

Tips & Tricks for Successful Newsletters

  • Design them professionally (our graphic designers are available to you if needed).
  • Write your copy (text) carefully and methodically, then spell check, grammar check and check again. Ask a colleague or two to also proof read them before they go to print. You only have one chance for a good first impression and mistakes will look unprofessional.
  • Feature one particularly prominent article or news piece on the front cover and use a high quality image to make it even more appealing to read. You need to grab your audience’s attention!
  • Design and printing of newsletters - tipsEngage your readers with a wide array of news items, so there’s something of interest to everyone.
  • Try not to be too ‘salesy’ with regard to new products or services being featured. Sometimes a case study or guest review can be more convincing and will avoid people being switched off by a ‘hard sell’.
  • Try to include items that are not only ‘news’ but are also useful to your target audience. Carefully researched articles, case studies and unique market insight, for example, mean that your newsletter is far more likely to be kept by your audience (thereby representing a longer term reminder of your services or products).
  • A contents listing on the cover, perhaps in a side margin, is a useful way to help readers get straight to the articles that most interest them and to see what’s on offer at a glance.
  • Encourage other readers to sign up to your newsletter list by including a simple means of doing so (perhaps in the corner of the cover using a contact email address or mini form — or a link to an online sign-up).
  • Include one or more ‘fun’ items in every newsletter issue, for example a competition. Prizes are good but make sure they’re genuine and fair and that details are published for any winners in the next issue; after all, news of winners is great PR.
  • Don’t forget CTAs (calls to action) and ways that readers can, of course, contact you easily for more information.

Printing options

Printed newsletters can have a gloss, silk or matte finish, or even a mixture of finishes when using techniques such as subtle machine varnishes, ultra-high gloss spot UV varnish or lamination, for which several surface finishes are available. Learn more about the available options here.

Our customers also have a choice of coated or uncoated stocks as well as eco-friendly and recycled paper options.

There are also a wide variety of paper thicknesses (or ‘weights’) on offer. For small newsletter quantities it makes sense to use a nice substantial paper weight because, for small quantities, even a thicker paper weight is not going to result in much of a cost increase overall. For high print volumes, however, you need to consider the paper weight more carefully because a few pence extra on each copy may mount up substantially if your print run is, for example, in the tens of thousands or more. Firstpoint Print would, of course, be happy to advise on the different pricing implications for different paper weights and brands. And don’t forget; keep an eye on overall newsletter weight and size if your newsletter is destined to be posted otherwise you may end up spending needless extra money on postage.

Additional printing and ‘print finishing’ options are also available, for example perforated tear-off sections (perfect for those newsletter sign-up forms — or even product order forms) and different ways to fold the newsletter (standard stapled format and/or roll-folds for example). Newsletters can be black and white only but look so much better in full colour, particularly when photographs are included.

Paper sizes for newslettersSize-wise, our customers can have their newsletters in any size they like but it’s worth bearing in mind that the ‘A’ sizes (A4, A5 etc.) tend to be the most economical.

If you’d like Firstpoint Print to supply a quotation for your next newsletter, we’d be happy to do so. We don’t just print newsletters though! We offer digital printing, litho printing, large format printing, a print management service and even an online ‘web to print’ (design/print) option. so can print anything from a business card to a full exhibition stand. Click the bold links or contact your nearest Firstpoint Print branch for more information:

Clerkenwell branch:
Contact our printers in EC1 on 020 7490 7588 – or click here.

Victoria branch:
Contact our printers in SW1 on 020 7828 0515 – or click here.