How do we make a nice newsletter for sending in an email?

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I work with a small voluntary organisation and it's important that the fundraising emails are nice and appealing be it for the upcoming events around the town.

At this moment the method is to just go into gmail and add 50-80 email addresses and forward them all a normal typed up email which to be honest is pathetic.

I need something that when they open the email a nice big template pops up with the written content and photographs?

I am not an expert so what might be a simple but effective solution if anyone can help.

Much appreciated.
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  • Profile picture of the author BeechHill
    If you're working with WordPress take a look at the free version of the Wysija newsletter plugin. I believe the paid version also has an NP discount.
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    • Profile picture of the author Byron2k12
      Originally Posted by BeechHill View Post

      If you're working with WordPress take a look at the free version of the Wysija newsletter plugin. I believe the paid version also has an NP discount.
      Thanks, it's literally for everyone though, even the people who ONLY have email addresses and no websites or facebook because a lot of the people don't. Just an attractive looking email newsletter instead of a crappy typed up email.
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      • Profile picture of the author Dain
        If i'm understanding you correctly you can use a service like Aweber which is an email autoresponder.

        They have a bunch of different newsletter templates for you to use.

        It's $1 for 30 days and then around $19 a month. it's relatively inexpensive on a small scale.

        It is probably the simplest and easiest to use.

        You may have to dig for a free version.

        ...

        I just had another idea. Which would be to use a template out of microsoft word and then either attach it or copy and paste it. There are newsletter templates in there. As well as in microsoft publisher.
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  • Profile picture of the author yjtung
    Mailchimp is also another mailing service. Their FOREVER FREE option allows upto 2000 subscribers and 12,000 emails per month. It sounds like this may be a good fit for you.

    They also have templates and analytics for your email marketing.
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    • Profile picture of the author StingGB
      Originally Posted by yjtung View Post

      Mailchimp is also another mailing service. Their FOREVER FREE option allows upto 2000 subscribers and 12,000 emails per month. It sounds like this may be a good fit for you.

      They also have templates and analytics for your email marketing.
      Correct. I use Mailchimp and it's free for those quantities. Loads of free templates too so you can create a professional looking campaign.
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      • Profile picture of the author Ken Soszka
        Hi, GetResponse.com is another good auto-responder service. I have used them for years, they are less expensive than Aweber which I have also used, and I believe that they have better deliverability than any of the auto-responder services. I tried MailChimp about 6 months ago, but the features were not that great at the time.

        Hope that helps!
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  • Profile picture of the author yakim1
    Use Open Office, which is free, to create your our template that you can use and just input new content every week or month. Then save it as a pdf. Upload your pdf to your server along with a download page. Then in your emails send the link to the pdf which you can make to be as fancy and good looking as you want.

    You could upload the pdf without a download page and when people click on the link the pdf will immdiately open on the screen. that removes several steps in the delivery process.

    Best regards,
    Steve Yakim
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  • Profile picture of the author JimDucharme
    Originally Posted by Byron2k12 View Post

    I work with a small voluntary organisation and it's important that the fundraising emails are nice and appealing be it for the upcoming events around the town.

    At this moment the method is to just go into gmail and add 50-80 email addresses and forward them all a normal typed up email which to be honest is pathetic.

    I need something that when they open the email a nice big template pops up with the written content and photographs?

    I am not an expert so what might be a simple but effective solution if anyone can help.

    Much appreciated.
    Hi Byron,

    What you need is a email service provider which offers an easy to use editor and free templates (for example we have hundreds of templates and our editor is drag and drop). Make a short list of three potential email service providers and a list of your top needs. Then visit their sites, email or call them and ask questions. If you like the answers and the way they provide them (how helpful are they?) and they have the features you want, then you have your solution.

    Regards,
    jim
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    • Profile picture of the author jrimshot
      For low volume newsletter I'd second mailchimp since it's free and they do have templates. Maybe not as nice as GetResponse, which I use, but... MailChimp is free and easy.
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  • Profile picture of the author jgant
    I used Mailchimp when I started online and strongly recommend avoiding them. It's not that it's a bad service; instead, when I switched to AWeber, I couldn't import my Mailchimp subscribers into AWeber. Fortunately it wasn't too many subscribers, but it still hurt.

    If you have an inkling that you might switch to a paid service in the future, start with the paid service.

    With respect to templates, if you go that route, test template and non-template emails for open and click rates. I hate emails with templates because they take longer to load and it's harder to find the info. I send text emails only. I wish every one sent only text emails.

    I can't understand for the life of me why people use templates in the email. I realize it may come across as more professional, but it comes at a big price which is user-convenience.
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  • Profile picture of the author cititoru
    I can help you out designing you something, shoot me a PM if you still need this done.
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