Managing Images in Your Newsletter Template Just Got Easier

FeedBlitz gives all publishers the ability to control every aspect of newsletter design. The Easy Editor allows FeedBlitz publishers to control their logo, fonts and colors, whether or not to include a table of contents, and a simple utility bar that provides subscribers with an easy forward option, a convenient contact link etc. The FeedBlitz Easy Editor is mobile responsive by default, there’s no fiddling or testing, it simply works.

Publishers who want even more fine-tuned control of their newsletter can do so in the Advanced Template Editor (ATE). The ATE allows full source control and publishers can add other feed sources, include their latest Instagram photos or even recent Pinterest pins. FeedBlitz’s customer service team is happy to help if you have any questions about your template.

Managing the images used in either the Easy Editor or the Advanced Template Editor just got simpler. The image browser, which appears whenever you choose to upload or select an image, now shows thumbnails of the images you’ve uploaded to your account. This is especially helpful if you frequently change your logo to match campaigns, the season, or if you manage a lot of different newsletters.

Now you don’t have to remember the exact filename of your image, you simply click the image you want to use. It’s that easy.

We here at FeedBlitz are working hard to continually improve your experience.

Here’s to a great 2015.

New RSS-Only Plans Are Here!

If you want to switch your RSS service to FeedBlitz, but want to keep your existing email service, now you can.

Announcing our RSS-only plans, designed to scale from the casual blogger (starting at only $15 per year) through to those needing unlimited RSS resources. There’s no limit to the number of RSS subscribers on your feed, just the number of feeds in your account at each tier.

Podcasters Don’t Overload Your RSS Feed

As a Podcaster, and this goes for Bloggers too, I know the feeling of wanting to make all my shows available to everyone. It should to be as simple as it can to get to your content into the hands of subscribers, but what a lot of people want to do is instinctively make all their old shows and posts available in their RSS feed. While I can see the value in that, it may not be the best answer.

Originally there was a limit to how many items you can have in an RSS feed, more specifically the limit was in regards the size of the feed in bytes. Now, technically that it isn’t a factor anymore, however there are services and applications that still adhere to that limit. Keep this in mind that if you run all your shows in your feed you could be making it incompatible for some.
Making a successful Podcast also depends on one important factor, a relationship with the listener. If all your shows and posts are available to the subscribers in a feed, then that will be the end point in your relationship. On my own website we not only publish our Podcast, but we also carry blog content as well. In addition to the Blog content, we do publish some ads on our page to generate a little revenue. If everyone subscribes to your feed and doesn’t go to your website regularly, you are missing an opportunity to get more eyes on what you are doing. More importantly you are also missing an opportunity to extend the relationship with your subscriber.
It is the small things that can help keep your boat sailing in the ocean of social media. Here are some suggestions.
  • Limiting the number if items in your feed to 10 or 20
  • Have a well organized, and easy to navigate archive on the site so people can find older shows, WordPress makes this easy
  • Also, promote your archive on your show by talking it up and make sure your listeners know where to find it
If you are creating compelling content, interested subscribers will come and get it. In the end let your feed compliment your site instead of it being your site.
Guest Post by Kreg Steppe of Technorama.

Introducing “Help Me Now” from FeedBlitz

Today I’m delighted to formally announce “Help Me Now” – simple to buy, easily afforded RSS to email and FeedBurner Migration setup services, delivered by FeedBlitz’s trusted customer implementation team.

As the industry leader in RSS to email and RSS feed management, Help Me Now makes our in-house expertise available to you. To bloggers, to podcasters, to web designers and virtual assistants, in an easily understood, quickly delivered, readily understood package, tailored to your needs. Use Help Me Now to have FeedBlitz migrate your (or your client’s) FeedBurner feeds, podcasts and mailing lists. Jump start your email subscription forms. Set up and configure your popup settings.

Short on time? Help Me Now gets you going, while you focus on your blog, your business, and your audience.

Why? Because sometimes simply getting started can seem to be just too much. Too techie, too daunting, too time-consuming. Sound familiar? Want to just hand the work off to the people who really know what they’re doing? Then Help Me Now is for you.

There are no surprises, either. It’s easy to get started. No sales pressure, just fill out a web form and generate the package price online based on your usage. Pay for the quote you’ve generated and we will fast track your project.

Help Me Now starts at only $35 for bloggers, and $50 for podcasters. Let us help you. Now, easily, affordably. Learn more about Help Me Now here.

Quick Cyber Monday Mailing Tips

It’s Cyber Monday – and if you’ve news or deals you want to get out today, better get your email marketing on! Here are some quick tips for FeedBlitz publishers.

Get your offer emails out early

If your automatic schedule is set to later in the day, or you’re on a weekly mailing, you can use our “Newsflash” (email blast) or “On Demand” (hand-picked post selection) mailing capabilities to send an email out right now. Go to your list, click the large green “Send a Mailing” button upper right, and follow the prompts. Don’t forget that you can pre-schedule newsflash mailings if you want to, and that a newsflash is the perfect vehicle for breaking news, or for when there isn’t a blog post to power the mailing.

Have a clear subject line

If you’re offering a special for Cyber Monday and it’s going to expire, make that clear in the subject. Make sure you get to the point in the subject quickly too – the prevalence of email on mobile phones means you have very little space to make your point in the subject line. Get the job done in less than 35 characters if you can.

Don’t overwhelm

If you have multiple offers, try sending them all in a single email. Your subscribers will feel overwhelmed and bombarded if you overdo it, and unsubscribe. Respect your readers.

Your regular mailings still matter

Especially if your next one isn’t until this afternoon or later in the week, you still need to get it done. How about an article on post-Cyber Monday deals, or (for those who’ve gone a little overboard) debt management? Stay relevant as we hurtle towards Christmas and the New Year.

Any questions?

The support team @FeedBlitz (Twitter) and the support email address are ready to help.

Pinterest: The Little Platform that Could

Pinterest PinsPinterest launched in March 2010, and many people scoffed at the little pinboard. Calling it ‘a place for crafty moms’, and ‘glorified scrapbooking’, no one could have dreamed how successful it would become.

Consider these statistics: In just under three years, there are already 70 million plus avid pinners, generating 2.5 *billion* monthly pageviews. Sixty percent of those pinners are American, and they frequent the 500,000 or so Pinterest business pages – spending nearly $200.00 per purchase.

If you’re a business owner – you should be on Pinterest. And, of course, Feedblitz can help. [Read more...]

Content: Feed Your Blog First

ContentAre you spending time week after week researching and compiling valuable content, then only using it for your newsletters?

Stop doing that, and consider doing this.

Publish that content in the form of a blog post. It will then be archived on your blog, the keywords used would help you to rise in Google rankings and increase your chances of being found online, and you would potentially influence a much wider audience than your newsletter subscribers alone.

So, instead of a newsletter, experiment by creating a weekly wrap up on your blog – perhaps on weekends when things are more quiet. Consistently tag / categorize it “Weekly Wrap” or “Newsletter.”

@CopyBlogger does this each and every week; it’s a great way to summarize your week in a single post, and to add extra editorial and have a little fun if you want. If it’s good enough for Brian Clark and his hundreds of thousands of subscribers, it’s good enough for you! [Read more...]

Making the Most of FeedBlitz: Customizing Your Email Templates

Making the Most of FeedBlitzThese last few Thursdays we’ve been exploring how to customize your email templates, starting off with the “easy” template editor, and then, if you’re brave, moving up to the ATE “ the Advanced Template Editor.

Today we’re wrapping things up with a few odds and ends, some FYIs so to speak, when it comes to FeedBlitz’s email templates.

The Auto Template Generator

The auto template generator attempts to build a layout just like your current web site’s mobile layout. The auto template generator will then load up the ATE to let you finesse what it builds.

Sometimes this works great – and sometimes, it really doesn’t. Preview the template before you save it. [Read more...]

Trouble with Content Creation? Get Out of Your Own Way

Content Creation Content creation for your blog can be challenging.

Sometimes, the creative juices just don’t flow, and you’re left staring at a blank page.

As bloggers, we’re all faced with the challenge of creating consistent, engaging content, and sometimes it can feel like an impossible task.

But why is creating content so difficult at times? In my experience, we get in our own way.

We can blame distractions, a lapse in creativity and ideas, lack of time or energy but really, it’s often a mentality issue. We need to get our minds in the game and stop tripping over ourselves.

While it can help to read blogs about content creation and experiment with new tools that are fun and generate ideas, we still have to tackle the core problem to overcome this writer’s block: us. [Read more...]

Making the Most of FeedBlitz: Customizing Your Email Templates

Making the Most of FeedBlitz A “template” is what controls the layout of your blog’s content when it is turned into a mailing or subscriber landing page.

The template is where the graphic design elements of the mailings are determined, beyond what is in an individual post.

Branding, layout, fonts, colors “ all are determined by the template.

FeedBlitz has two distinct template editors, as well as a third way of creating your initial template.

The editors are the “easy” template editor, which simply needs you to upload an image or two and make some choices from a form, and the advanced template editor (ATE), which gives you full control over the HTML used, and enables much more powerful layouts than the easy version.

You can also have FeedBlitz try to generate a template automatically using the auto-template generator. [Read more...]