February is all about Valentine’s Day. Work ahead with these February email newsletter ideas for food bloggers and food content creators.
However you feel about Valentine’s day, there’s no escaping it when you’re a food content creator! There’s just not that much going on in February. We’re still well into winter in the northern hemisphere with few options for seasonal produce and the busy food holiday season behind us.
But, there are other things put in your emails and you can write about Valentine’s day in a way that works for you and your audience.
There are multiple ways you can write about Valentine’s Day when it comes to food.
Make it about the kids – focus on school treats or a special dessert or movie night at home
Create Valentine’s day dinner menus from your recipe catalogue
decadent romantic dinners for two
budget friendly romantic dinners
Chocolate – desserts, how to make your own, making them together, taking a class
Wine pairings – for that dinner menu you created above! Or how to set up a tasting at home
Galentine’s day – a great alternate take on Valentine’s day. How to throw a girl’s night party and all the food the goes with it
The anti-valentine – if Valentine’s day is really not you thing, embrace that too. You can talk about that with your readers and what you do instead (if anything) I guarantee you’ll have some agreeing with you!
Budget Conscious Content
Groceries are expensive right now and, according to recent projections, they’re not going to drop in price any time soon. You don’t have to be a budget-friendly content creator to see that.
Incorporate that into your content in whatever way fits your audience: ingredient swaps, minimizing food waste, tutorials, shopping tips, pantry planning. It might be as simple as just acknowledging that you recognize shopping is challenging for a lot of people right now.
In a similar vein to budget conscious content, pantry challenges can be a great option this time of year when seasonal produce isn’t amazing.
Focus on recipes that use canned foods, frozen foods and pantry staples
challenge readers to “shop their pantry”
talk about the importance or rotating food to avoid waste – February is a great time for a pantry cleanup
using the food in our emergency kits and restocking them (more food rotation)
What’s in Season:
Now’s the time to get started. Plan out your February newsletter calendar and batch write your emails. Schedule them and you’re good to go!
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All digital products require consistent marketing to keep sales coming in. Here is a super simple way to to market your ebooks, printables or digital courses that isn’t too sales-y.(PS it also works for physical products!)
So… you’ve created this new digital product. Maybe it’s an ebook, or a downloadable printable. Or a digital course.
You’ve funneled time, money and energy into it and it’s perfect. It’s packed with helpful, practical information and tips. It’s beautiful to look at. And you just know it’s exactly what your people need to make their lives or businesses better.
There’s just one problem.
Nobody’s buying it.
Almost everyone who has launched a digital product has experienced this and it can be, at best, frustrating. At its worst, it can be a blow to your self-confidence and make you wonder why you’re doing what you’re doing.
One Key Thing You Need to Know About Selling Any Product or Service
Before you get too down on things it’s really important to know that most customers, or potential customers, require at least 7 touch points with your product before they’ll purchase. This is a key takeaway to factor into your digital product marketing plans! (oh and it also works for physical products!)
If you share your new product on Instagram , Facebook and Tik Tok once each, that’s 3 touch points…sort of.
If you have different audiences on each platform, it may only be once touch point for each of them…. maybe. If they didn’t see your post (because, algorithms) then it’s actually zero touch points!
Now you’re starting to see just how much marketing you’ll need to do to hit 7 touch points with most of your customers. You need to be promoting your new ebook constantly and consistently.
But what if you don’t want to be too sales-y?
I get it. It feels weird and awkward and even you get sick of hearing yourself talk about your new baby.
So here’s a super simple tip that takes very little effort and helps you get eyeballs regularly on your products.
Promote Your Digital Products to Your Email List In Every Newsletter
Before you groan, this is not as sales- y as it sounds.
Here’s what you are NOT going to do:
you are NOT going to go on and on about your product in each newsletter
it is NOT going to be the first thing, or even the second or third thing you talk about
you are NOT going to annoy your subscribers
Here’s What You ARE going to do:
Create 3-4 different graphics for each product you have. Aim for about 640px wide by 200px high – about the width of your newsletter
Your graphics should show an image of the product (a book cover, the logo for your course etc) and have a small amount of text encouraging people to buy
Insert one of the graphics into the bottom of your next newletter, just above your sign off – like an ad!
Make sure the graphic links to somewhere they can buy the product
If you like, you can also write a short paragraph blurb highlighting a great feature or benefit of your product. If you do this, make sure you include a text link so they can buy
Add a button that says something like “GET YOURS NOW” or “BUY NOW”. Buttons convert well in emails – better than images and text links
Rotate your graphics each week so they don’t see the same image every week.
If you have multiple products, rotate the product you feature each month – if you can tie it into the theme of your newsletter or a key point in your newsletter that’s even better.
By doing this, you’re not in your subscribers faces each week. You’re not pushing them to buy.
You’re simply reminding them that you have this product and, when they’re ready, it’s there waiting for them.
You also need to remember that each week, you have new subscribers who have never seen your product before. They are starting from zero touch points!
You’ll still need to regularly promote your products on social media and to your network but that’s a tip for another day!
In the meantime, add these graphics into your rotation and it’s a very simple way to market your books, products and courses every week to the people who are most likely to buy from you!