Advertising on email newsletters, known as ezines, is becoming one of the most popular
forms of online marketing and is the number 1 advertising choice of the online marketing
Because they're low cost, highly targeted medium's that produce results.
An Overview of Ezine Advertising
As an advertiser, you can find the ezines that focus on your market niche which puts
your advertisement in front of the best possible audience, your target market!
And best of all it's very cost effective and affordable for the home based
and small business entrepreneur to do so! Youll be marketing to the ultimate of
While there are many more advantages than disadvantages to this type of online
advertising medium, youll still need to take some time to consider if this is a
viable medium for your advertising efforts.
EZINE ADVERTISING ADVANTAGES & DISADVANTAGES:
The advantages of ezine advertising are many and the disadvantages are few, however,
like many other online and offline advertising plans repetition is a key factor. The
common fallacy about ezine advertising is that an ezine ad will generate hundreds or
thousands of immediate "click-thru" viewers and sales. This is an unrealistic
Potential customers are just NOT easily moved to take immediate buying action, or
action at all, regardless of whether advertising is done via print, TV, radio, or the
electronic medium of the Internet. In addition to having a product or service thats
priced right, it takes repetitions to build awareness and desirability.
Heres a few key advantages of ezine advertising that are inherently unique to
this online advertising medium: Life-Span, Transferability, Better Response Rates
and One Of The Most Cost Effective Mediums.
Many popular ezines deliver their information along with ads. Even though this type of
advertising is usually a one time emailing, many ezines also send out their current issue
to all of their new subscribers in-between issues, giving your advertisement additional
exposure. More importantly, many of these ezines also post their ezines in an archived
state for extended time periods that also include the ads that appeared in the particular
issue. Now your advertisement becomes virtually immortal!
For Example: I have and currently advertise in quite a few ezines. Almost daily
Ill still receive responses to advertisements that Ive run 1, 3, 6, even 9
months ago because that particular ezine has archived their issues with the ads intact. So
I receive advertising for months after I placed the advertisement and best of all this
advertising is Free!
When you decide to advertise on an ezine, the cost for the advertisement is usually
based on the size of the ad and the known number of subscribers. Im sure youve
seen in these ezines a comment from the publisher that asks its subscribers to
freely pass the original ezine around to their friends and business associates. This
is Free Advertising! When the ezine is passed around from the original recipient to
their friends and business associates, the ad travels as well. Ive even had a few of
my subscribers ask if they can send my ezine to their MLM downlines, some numbering in the
thousands, and I happily tell them YES!
While Im not suggesting that this benefit can be tracked or used to increase the
cost of advertising by the ezine publisher, its a well known fact that it happens
and the advertiser receives the benefit of this occurrence, as well as, increased
subscribers for the ezine publisher. This single fact alone adds to the overall value of
the ezine advertisement, making ezine advertising a much better value for your advertising
Ezines Provide Better Response Rates:
Advertising on specific ezines, to your target market, will provide you with increased
response rates from other online mediums. Those who subscribe to the newsletter have an
interest in the topics covered and should also be interested in your product or service,
as long as youve done a good job in your target marketing. Once again the ultimate
success in getting responses to your advertisement is in how its written. Response
rates of 10% to 30% have been reported using the right ezine and theyre my favorite
way to advertise.
Ezines Are One Of The Most Cost Effective Mediums:
Advertising on ezines can be done for a very small charge or even for free. Many ezine
publishers are very willing to offer free advertisements and sponsorships on their ezines
for trade. Theyre very much like newspapers, magazines, radio and television and
need to fill space. When their marketing efforts have left them short of advertising they
often offer free advertisement blocks to fill their dead space.
Ive advertised on quite a few ezines with very large readerships by just asking if
they needed space filled or by offering a trade of links to web pages, one of my products
or a number of other options. Youre only limited by your imagination and the worst
possible response will be a no. If you do receive the benefit of some free advertising
space its also a very good idea to submit a paid advertisement, sometime in the
future when your advertising budget allows you to, with a thank you note for the free
Theres two distinct disadvantages to ezine advertising: Advertising
Wrong Ezine and Ezines With 90% Ads & 10% Content.
Advertising On The Wrong Ezine:
Can you advertise on the wrong ezines? Absolutely! When you want to advertise on a particular ezine, I strongly recommend you first subscribe to that ezine
and look very carefully at a few of the previous issues to make sure its going to be
a good source for your target market.
For Example: If youre advertising fishing lures on an ezine that caters to new
mothers, youre not going to be very happy with your response rate. The subscribers
wont be interested in your product and the only one wholl win will be the
ezine publisher who you paid for your advertisement.
Always evaluate the ezine youre planning to advertise on for the target market
its designed to reach. Every ezine will usually provide a definition or declaration
of exactly who their ezine is targeting or who they believe their target market is. If
they dont, ask the ezine publisher about their subscriber base.
Ezines With 90% Advertising & 10% Content:
Im sure youve seen this type of ezine Im talking about. These ezines
are very easy to spot because not only do they have a large number of advertisements, but
the advertisements seem to be the focus of the ezine. Youll also notice very little
content besides the advertisements. These are commonly known as advertising mailers or opt
in advertising lists. With these types of ezines, youll usually find the subscriber
base to be very transient and your advertisement gets lost in the pack.
On the other hand, if these types of ezines are marketed as being an advertising mailer or
opt in advertising list, they can be excellent mediums to advertise on because the
subscriber base has not only asked to be on the list but are looking for opportunities,
products and services. Just make sure youre advertising to the right target market!
KEY EZINE EVALUATION POINTS BEFORE YOU ADVERTISE:
Before you go out and purchase advertising space on an ezine, youll want to do
some evaluation of the ezine. Heres an evaluation short list to look at before you
Check Out The Ads On The Ezine Before Advertising:
Always look at the type and frequency of the advertisements on the ezine. If you find
the ads never seem to be repeated, you can pretty much deduct the advertisers on the ezine
are not producing results. Youll also need to consider that responses to ads are not
only based on the medium used, but also on how their written.
Check Out The Advertising Rates & Run Time:
Make sure that you can afford the advertising rates the ezine charges as compared to
their run time. If the advertising costs are very high per issue, you might want to ask
about reported response rates from advertisers and if the ezine offers any guarantees of
Reply To A Couple Of The Advertisers:
Be very careful when doing this. Your goal here is to ask the advertiser about their
response rates from their ads and how many times theyve advertised in the
want to be up front with the advertiser and tell them youre considering advertising
on the XXX ezine and would appreciate any information about their experiences. Remember,
advertisers are business owners just like you and you dont want to waste their time.
Be brief, to the point and only ask once! If you do this correctly, you should receive
responses, as business owners love to discuss their successes and
warn others of their failures.
Communicate With The Ezine Publisher:
This is a very effective way to find out quite a bit about the ezine youre
thinking about advertising on. Ask questions thatll provide you with the specifics
youre interested in. A few standard questions are: number of subscribers, feedback
from current and past advertisers, advertising policies, what type of ads they accept and
do they have any special offers for longer running ads.
Over the past couple of years Ive done a considerable amount of online
advertising and the most profitable medium Ive found is in advertising on
The key to success is in your evaluation of the ezine to find the right ezines that caters
to your target market. I believe in ezine advertising and I do think it offers businesses
an excellent way to reach prospective customers on a cost effective basis.
Copyright 1998 By Terry Williams & Associates. All Rights Reserved