4 tips for a kick-arse newsletter


Newsletters give you a great way to connect with your audience delivered right into their
inbox (find out more about why you could skip anything BUT email marketing) but how do
you make your newsletter stand out from the rest…read on to find out MPRE Marketing’s 4
tips for kick arse newsletters.

Start with a catchy subject line

We all know how many emails drop into our inboxes each day so to make your emails stand out
from the rest you want a catchy subject line. Something short and snappy that fits in with your
brand values. Many of the email programmes will give you tips on your subject line so have a play
around with those. It’s worth spending some extra time on the subject line to get your audience to
open the newsletter. And while we have put this tip first on the list it might be one of the last
things you do after you have developed the content of the newsletter.

Follow with some great content

So now we a catchy subject line we need great engaging content. With each newsletter think about
what your main aim is? To sell something, to promote an event, to build brand trust ? Then go from
there. Creating newsletters easily is where cascading content comes into play – chances are you
already have a great blog or social media post that can be used as the basis for the newsletter.
Bonus tip: if you create new content for your newsletter consider whether it would make a good
blog post and making it a social media post to increase the touch points with your audience. Refer
to the cascading content for more on making your content work for you.

Get the tone bang on

As with all communication to your audience keep the tone of your brand in your newsletter. It
might be light and chatty or serious and scientific. Write for your audience in your brand tone and
that applies to the subject line and images you use too. And just on images, if you are a New
Zealand brand try and use New Zealand images to connect with your audience and make your
brand more relatable. Of course, if you are an international brand or you want to look like one
using more international images is fine.

Check, check and check again

We all know it can be exciting when you get your kick-arse newsletter ready to send but don’t
forget to check it! There is nothing worse than sending out a great newsletter only to find the
crucial link doesn’t work. Digital newsletter platforms have preview functions but if it’s a new email
format you are developing it might pay to do some test emails to your team or friends and family
just to check the images are formatting correctly and text can be easily read.

Now you have MPRE Marketing’s 4 tips for creating kick-arse newsletters it’s time to stop
procrastinating and go create your very own kick-arse newsletters. If you want help with
that you can contact us.

Top 4 tips for great content


It’s late, you’re tired, and the last thing you feel like doing is reading a post by another ‘expert’.

Suddenly you find yourself mesmerised by a post that pops up: “MARNIE’S 5 TOP TIPS FOR GREAT HAIR”

It’s on! You’re activated, awake, and about to get GREAT locks!

What does Marnie have going on that others don’t?

  1. Marnie knows YOU
  2. Marnie has her own unique voice
  3. Marnie is fun, conversational and engaging
  4. Marnie knows how to hook. Line. And sinker!

Marnie knows YOU!

We are a time-poor, over-worked bunch. The last thing we feel like doing on our socials is being bored, spoken down to, or to actually have to think (too hard).

She knows you pretty well.

She knows who you are, what you are about, what you like and what you don’t like.

She’s done her background checks. Found out about you and is willing to bet on a few things before she starts speaking.

This makes her ahead of the pack. Because she has a fair idea of her customer, and is talking to you in a clear and concise way.  If you aren’t quite sure on how to do this here is a great article to help you.

Marnie has her own UNIQUE voice.

Want average results. Be average.

Want great results. Find a voice. Stick to it and be consistent with it.

Don’t be afraid to be unique, quirky, different, but find your own tone.

Be it conversational, sassy, fun, maternal, motherly, serious, Dad-like, brotherly.

The uniqueness of your voice will work as a filter to find those who you are really looking for in a sea awash with ‘similar’ content.

Marnie is fun, conversational and engaging…

If you are at a dinner party, and Bob starts talking very slowly and drearily about the weather, it is likely you will excuse yourself to powder your nose.

Marnie, on the other hand, is interesting, fun, and interested in you. Her stories are engaging, make you curious, and you just can’t wait to share them.

Be like Marnie!

Keep the conversation two-way.

Yes, talk about yourself, but also ask questions. Get curious.

Tell stories that people want to share. Fun short and to the point stories have far more punch then Bob’s boring weather report.

Marnie knows how to hook, line and sinker….

If you are telling a great story, there has to be a point.

That point might be for them to visit your store, check out your reviews, share your post, tell their friends, add a review.

Or it might be to keep you in their mind – e.g. HOOK.

Not every post has to be the ‘sinker’….but there has to be a combo of the holy trio…the ‘hook’, the ‘line’ and the ‘sinker’.

There is no point going fishing without bait.

At the end of the day you want results, and clarifying those, and being conscious of them is what makes all the difference. If you want to learn more about how to make this content efficient… check out our blog on cascading content.

To find out more about creating banging content that gets results, contact the amazing, (and fun!) team at MPRE Marketing contact us here.

A boutique company specialising in M = Marketing PR = Public Relations E = Events S = Sales

Empowering you to build your eMPiRE


By: Gill Brown

SEO- Help Your Customers Find YOU!

If you don’t have a website set up yet, we highly recommend taking a look at our breakdown of the pros and cons of the top website builders and Content Management Systems (CMSs) before reading this article.

A lot of marketing strategy focuses on how to find and communicate with your target audience.

But what about the other side of the equation – how can you help your target audience find you?

What the heck is SEO?

You may have come across the term Search Engine Optimization (SEO) before. SEO is a technique for making sure that the original content you put up on your website makes it easy for people to find you through search engines.

For example, if you are a hair salon owner offering a colouring treatment unavailable anywhere else in your area, you want to make sure that someone typing the name of that treatment + the name of your area into their search engine sees your salon in the top page of results.

SEO specialists are marketing consultants who are highly trained in understanding the complex algorithms search engines use to sort results and prioritise those which are the best fit. 

If this sounds complicated, that’s because it is! But fortunately, if you’re a small business owner using a third-party CMS (like we recommend), this process becomes much simpler.

Four Main SEO Concepts

We’re going to quickly walk through the four main ideas of SEO for small business owners today so you can take some of these strategies and use them in your own content.


  • Technical SEO: If you’re a small business using a site like WordPress (as we recommend) for your CMS, you don’t need to worry about this – it primarily deals with how the website is set up.
  • On-site SEO: Make sure your site is well-organized and easy to navigate. Use the words you most want associated with your business in page titles (services offered, location, brand etc.). 
  • Content: Your website content should highlight your services and location, establish your credibility, and position you as an expert customers want to work with. Use the keywords you want associated with your business throughout your content consistently (but in a natural writing voice), and especially in your page titles. Using our hair salon example, we might want to write a blog post or have a page advertising new services – making sure to use the name of the treatment in a header or page title along with the information that you are the only salon offering this service in a given area. 
  • Off-site authority building: Incorporate links to other websites (within reason), for example, to share a relevant article. Our hair salon owner could, for example, share a write-up about the popularity of the new treatment on offer.


These tips should help you get started and hopefully feel less overwhelmed by SEO. 

Remember, think about what your target audience might search for to find you and try to make your website match those words/phrases. That’s a great place to start! 

For more advice on how to make the most of your custom content as part of your marketing strategy, you can contact us here or check out our article on Cascading Content here.

Design like a Pro!

Are you a small business owner trying to build your digital marketing strategy?

How you present your brand is just as important as what you say and where you say it.

Have you ever come across a website with clashing colours, difficult to read the text, or distracting images? How did it make you feel about the company who put the site together?

Online platforms are largely visual mediums, and your brand’s credibility can be helped – or hurt – by how well you take advantage of this fact.

Creating compelling images for your social media posts or consistent design themes across your newsletters and blog (for example) will present your business as a professional and detail-oriented outfit, helping build trust.

Making your own designs 

If you have some experience with design or more time than a budget for marketing, it is worth it to build your familiarity with online design tools.

We recommend Canva (we use it ourselves!) for ease of use and budget-friendly options. 

If you are trying to decide whether you need the free or premium version of Canva, check out our article discussing the benefits of each here.

Why we like it

We like Canva because it helps you avoid making common design mistakes like using low-quality images, poor proportions, or discordant styles, colours, or fonts. 

If you already have a logo, you can use this tool to get your brand colours and save those in Canva so they’ll be readily available every time you make a new design.

Canva also has dozens of templates that let you simply drag-and-drop your text and images in – it doesn’t get much easier than that!

Even the free version of Canva will give you access to a large library of professional photography to take your designs to the next level.

This can feel a bit overwhelming at first, but keep it simple – use the templates and don’t try to create anything too complicated and you will have some great designs in no time. There are also plenty of articles and other resources available online to learn more about designing on Canva.

Outsourcing your designs

Of course, not everyone has an eye for design or the patience to create their own designs. If this is the case for you, it is probably worth it to set aside a small budget to contract out your design work.

If you are just getting started: you can hire a graphic designer on platforms like Fiverr or Upwork to help you create a logo and decide on your brand’s colour scheme, fonts, and style tone. You will then use this style guide for all of your future designs.

If you already have a style guide for your brand: finding a contractor is even easier – just send over your details and what you want the designer to create (e.g. flyers for an upcoming event, a banner and posts for your Facebook page, a template for your newsletter).

Tips on hiring freelance designers:

  • Read reviews and look at ratings
  • Saving a few dollars up front may cost you more in the long run if you need to re-do something
  • Communicate your expectations clearly and in as much detail as possible upfront

And that’s everything you need to take your brand’s image to the next level – substance AND style!

Need some help getting started? We offer Canva tutorials! Contact us here for next steps.

Attract New Clients with Events


Events should play a role in most marketing strategies for small businesses. Hosting an event is a great way to get your name out there and establish your credibility on a specific topic.

Events can be anything from free online information-sharing sessions to paid in-person workshops – whichever suits your business best.

How do small businesses successfully use events to drive sales?

The key to getting the most out of an event is to make sure that the amount of time and energy you put in to the planning pays off in the outcome. You can do this by:

  1. Delivering value to your target audience so they want to do business with you; and
  2. Minimising time (and headaches!) spent on event-planning logistics.

Let’s break this down in more detail.

How can you deliver value to your target audience?

    1. Be clear on your purpose (what you want to achieve – for youself and your attendees): Establish the purpose of your event. Have you noticed that many of your existing customers have similar questions on how to use one of your products and might appreciate training? Are you looking to build your name recognition in a new industry or area? Think about what your ideal outcome would be (e.g. gain new clients, build existing customer loyalty) AND what attendees will get out of the event.
    2. Objectives. Make sure you set some SMART objectives. Specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timely objectives come in really handy when you are reviewing the success of your event.
    3. Define your scope: This is where we consider our who, what, when, where and how. Making sure you have a great run sheet organised will help you not only with your list of resources, but also – consider what kind of budget you will need to run your event.  


  • Plan your event: Settle on a date, time, and location, leaving yourself at least a month to prepare. Create an invitation for your event and circulate it to your target audience.
  • Deliver! Prepare your presentation well in advance, be prepared to answer questions, and show up with a smile.


What is the best way for small businesses to market their events?

If you’re a small business owner, you don’t have time to spend hours on planning an event and worrying about poor turnout. Make sure you get the most out of your efforts by streamlining your event planning and marketing your event widely to get a good turn out.

We recommend using Eventbrite to create and manage your events. Eventbrite is an online event-planning site that will let you create a page for your event, register attendees, and even sell tickets.

Simply create an account and a new event. Eventbrite will walk you through a form to fill-in the particulars for your event (which you should already know from the steps above!). 

We recommend taking a little extra time to fill in some information about yourself or your business in an organizer page.

It is also worth it to include an eye-catching event cover photo, which you can create easily in Canva. For more information on what Canva can offer and its pricing check out our article on Canva the $Debate here.

After your event page is looking great, Eventbrite will give you a link which you can share with your target audience. We recommend sending an invitation to your business’s database at least 4 times during the month leading up to the event. We also recommend sharing the link across all of your social media channels.

So how does it measure up?

Eventbrite offers easy integration with Xero, Mailchimp, and Facebook accounts, among others – easy as!

Eventbrite charges 2.5% of the ticket price for each registration, plus $0.99 per ticket. If you use Eventbrite’s payment gateway (recommended), the platform will take another 3.5% of the ticket price. 

If you are using Eventbrite to host a FREE event there is no charge to use the platform.

If you get a little stuck you can always ask for a little support. We run training programs or can help with your event administration. Just contact us here. 

So what are you waiting for? Get event-ing!