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Newsletters: A Great Internet Marketing Tool

One of the tools that smart Internet marketers use to attract new business is a newsletter. A newsletter keeps clients and potential clients informed about products, events and services that relate to your business, and it always keeps your name front and center. It shows readers that you are a good source if information that they can count on.

If you think about it, you also probably subscribe to a number of newsletters on various subjects that interest you. When you are in the market for a product or service that relates to your interests, where do you think of going to get information? Yes, that's right, you think about the newsletter that gives you all that great information.

Newsletter Formats
News letters can be produced in a number of different formats. Plain text emails, HTML emails and PDF formats are the most economical, and then there is always the hard copy print version.

Plain text Email is the most economical and it's easy to format. The size of the file means it's manageable for readers to open. However, you are limited to using text only and you can't add graphics or do any thing fancy.

HTML Email can only be viewed online, it's economical to produce and you can get a little fancier with it. The reader can choose to read the either the plain text version or the HTML version. If your reader chooses to view the email as plain text, then your creativity won't shine through.

HTML Web Pages allow for lots of graphics and text, and the design possibilities endless. As with HTML Email, the reader has to view the newsletter online. Another advantage is that an HTML Web Page doesn't have to be sent as an Email attachment. Cost is low too; really it's just your time to develop the newsletter.

PDF format allows for endless design possibilities with loads of space for content and graphics. You can get as fancy as you like. However, in order to produce a PDF, you need the full version of Adobe's Acrobat software. Anyone who downloads Adobe's Reader (it's free from Adobe's Web site) can view the newsletter. Readers can save the file on their computer and read it when they want to.

Printed newsletters allow for complete design and content creativity. However, print newsletters are costly to print and mail.

The format you settle on to produce your newsletter in may require you to do some experimenting. You may want to try several different formats and get feedback from your audience as to what suits their needs best. You'll also need to factor in the time and costs involved.

If you want to produce a professional looking newsletter, try using a software application to create newsletters, for example, Microsoft Publisher. You can then convert it to a PDF. If you have the full version of Adobe's Acrobat, you can choose to distill it or print to file. Distilling leaves the hyperlinks in place while printing it to file requires that you go into the newsletter in Adobe and re-insert the hyperlinks.

If you do not have the full version of Adobe to accomplish this, you can choose to use one of the many PDF printer drivers that are on the market today, such as EasyPDF, PDFZone, and Win2PDF.

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