I’ve been doing a test over the last few months with my email newsletter. This is a very simple, very basic tactic: announce the newsletter to folks when it ships.

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It’s simple. It’s barebones. Does it make a difference? I took a look at my basic analytics and found that on the weeks when I don’t announce, the average open rate of my email is about 10%, give or take, on a list of 10,000 active subscribers. On the weeks that I do announce? It’s about 13% on average.

If your audience is socially connected, something as simple (and as cost-free) as announcing on your social channels that you’ve sent your newsletter can drive up your open rates by 30%. That’s not small change, because the more people who open, the more people who can click, and the more people who can do business with you. Don’t take my word for it – test it out for yourself! Benchmark your existing open rates over the last 10 newsletters and then make a point of announcing via social media that you’ve sent your newsletter for the next 10. Compare and see for yourself whether it works for you or not.

The usual warning about data applies here: this is my audience only. Your results will vary, and what works for me may not work for you. Test!

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