Participating in E-zines


This is the first installment of a two part discussion on e-zines and how they can be a very important part of your marketing strategy. In this issue we will focus on participating in other people's e-zines and in our next edition we will discuss creating your own e-zine.

E-zines or electronic magazines are the online version of magazines. They are content-rich and contain information regarding a certain topic in the form of magazine articles and features and sometimes advertising as well. More than 60 percent of Internet users frequently read online publications, or e-zines. This is why they are among the most popular marketing tools on the Internet. Today there are thousands of e-zines dedicated to a wide variety of topics. The e-zines may be full versions of traditional print magazines, partial versions of print magazines or may be previous month's editions.

There are two types of e-zines:
  • Web-based e-zines - have only an online presence and are accessed through their Web site by browsing from page to page. They have the look and feel of a traditional magazine and have lots of pictures and advertisements. There may or may not be a subscription fee.
  • E-mail e-zines - may come as plain text or HTML emails. They tend to be more content oriented with several pages of articles and often classified advertising. Most are run weekly or bi-weekly and are usually free to subscribers. Because the subscribers are interested in the content and have taken the time to subscribe they are a very valuable marketing tool.

1. Tips

  • You can participate in electronic magazines in a variety of ways:
     

    • advertise directly
    • be a sponsor
    • submit articles
    • send press releases
    • start your own
       

  • Advantages of E-zine Advertising:

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    • long lifespan of your ads - may be saved for future reference in recipients' mailboxes or there may be an archive
    • ads included in issues in a relatively short period of time - perhaps in the next week or two as opposed to print magazines which close their ad space months before issues hit the newsstand.
    • your ad is more likely to be seen as advertising in e-zines in limited as opposed to print magazines where every second page is an advertisement.
    • e-zine ads can include a hypertext link to your Web site so your potential customers are only a click away from purchasing your product or service.
    • e-zines are often shared with friends and associates and viral marketing encourages readers to send a copy to a friend - however you are only charged for your advertising based on subscribers, so you are receiving extra exposure for free!
    • e-zine subscribers are interested in the content of the e-zine or they wouldn't have subscribed - this means readers are extremely targeted and have a genuine interest in the information
    • geographically speaking e-zines have a far broader reach than traditional print magazines - it is not uncommon to have subscribers from around the world.
    2. Tools   

    BestEzines
    http://www.bestezines.com/ezines/master.shtml
    Directory of e-zines organized by category. A great site to find appropriate e-zines to reach your target market.

    Ecola Newsstand
    http://www.ecola.com
    Ecola Newsstand has over 8,400 magazines, newspapers and publications. There are over 100 categories of magazines to choose from.

    eZINE Search
    http://www.ezinesearch.com/search-it/ezine
    Billed as the world's ultimate e-magazine database. Searchable by category.

    Ezine-Universe
    http://ezine-universe.com
    Ezine-Universe is a great directory of e-mail based e-zines.


    List City's Book of E-zines
    http://www.list-city.com/ezines.htm
    A list of e-zines organized by category that accept paid advertising as well as all the details and contact information on each e-zine.




    3. Techniques
     
    • Guidelines for Your Advertising:
       

      • check the ads displayed in the e-zine for repetition - if advertisers have not advertised more than once they probably did not see positive results.
      • respond to some of the ads and ask the advertisers what their experiences were with advertising in that particular e-zine - tell them who you are and why you are contacting them and they will likely be more receptive to your inquiry.
      • ask the e-zine publisher questions (eg. how many subscribers are there?, what types of ads do they accept?, is there a policy of not running competing ads?, is there a set of advertising policies you can receive via e-mail?)
      • find out if the publisher provides tracking information and if so what specific reports you will have access to
      • find out if your ad can have a hypertext link to your Web site
      • if the ad allows a hypertext link make sure it links to an appropriate page - one that is a continuation of the advertisement or a page that provides details on the item you were advertising and provide a link to the order form from this page to assist in the transaction.
      • obtain an editorial calendar if possible so you can target your ads if there is a specific topic being addressed in an upcoming issue. Perhaps there will be an article relating to a product or service you provide so you may choose to advertise in that issue.
      • make sure the advertising rates are reasonable based on the number of subscribers - ask about rates for a one time placement as well as multiple placements. Another option if the rates are not in your budget is to ask the publisher if they would accept a link on your Web site in exchange for an ad.
      • develop your ads with your target market in mind - wherever possible include a link to your Web site and an e-mail link to the appropriate individual within your organization.
      • develop a mechanism for tracking advertising responses - use different email accounts and different Web page URLs for different ads.
      • make sure you are aware of the publication's advertising deadlines and ad format preferences.
         

    • Providing Articles and News Releases to E-zines:
       
      • target e-zines that have the same target market that you do and that have a broad subscriber base.
      • include information on your products and services in an interesting article that would fit the publisher's guidelines.
      • make sure the e-zine includes a resource box at the end of the article crediting you as the author and provides a hypertext link to your Web site or your e-mail address.
      • having articles published enhances your reputation as an expert and people like to buy products and services from people who are experts in their field.
      • in addition to e-zines, submit your articles to "article banks" online which are resource sites for e-zine publishers - they search the banks looking for articles for their e-zine and if they use your article they include the resource box.

      4. Resources


      Advertising in E-zines
      http://www.akamarketing.com/advertising-in-ezines.html


      Online Advertising using E-zines
      http://riskfreemarketing.com/online-advertising.htm

      7 Undeniable Reasons You Should Be Advertising in E-zines
      http://www.superpromo.com/reasons.html

    • Advertising in E-zines - Something for Everyone
      http://www.the-time-is-now.com/ezine/article_ezines.htm

      E-zine Advertising
      http://www.jvmarketer.com/ezine/ezineads.html

       

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