Choosing a creative newsletter name can feel like a bit of high-pressure situation. It needs to stand out while staying on brand. It needs to grab attention without being pushy, and it needs to resonate without being cliche. Lots to consider!
But don’t worry, there are lots of options. In this guide, I’m going to help you come up with an email newsletter name that you feel good about. Here’s what we’ll cover:
By the end of this post, you’ll be equipped to come up with a name for your newsletter that fits your brand voice, sets you up for creative marketing opportunities, and attracts existing and potential customers. So sit back and take a read, and let this post turn the newsletter naming process back into a fun one.
Email marketing is one of the top marketing strategies employed by businesses today. Why?
People like email because they have more control with email than, say, social media. They can opt in and opt out easily (versus having to figure out settings on each social media platform; or deal with ads), they can choose whether to open an email or not (as opposed to social media where, if you don’t care for a post, you still have to scroll past it), and they can delete emails they don’t like.
And marketers like email because…well…people check their email! When they wake up. When in line. On the bus. At work. For work. Email marketing gives you the ability to reach audience members who want to be reached, to be creative, to keep current customers up to date on deals and promotions, products, and news, and to nurture leads into paying customers.
P.S. If you’re looking for email newsletter ideas, we’ve got you covered.
There are a number of effective ways to promote your business today, but with all of them in use by so many businesses, it’s hard to stand out with simply the channel you’re using. In order to capture the attention of your target audience and stand out above your competition, you’ve got to work on your messaging, delivery, and approach within each channel to shine.
Having a creative and authentic name for your email newsletter can help you to:
In addition to having catchy and effective email subject lines, you can also use the email newsletter name itself to increase the appeal of your emails. Below are some creative tactics you can use to come up with creative newsletter names.
Quick note: Many of these names are real, so do some poking around before you choose yours to make sure you’re not stealing someone else’s in your sphere of influence
Simple rhyme schemes can be delightful (Can I use that word? Yes.) and memorable. Choose a root word to build off of that ties into your local business or simply use your business’s name:
Blog Paws, on the other hand…
For rhyming newsletter names, online tools like Rhymezone.com come in handy if you go this route.
You may also be interested in these 268+ Catchy & Creative Business Name Ideas—plenty of newsletter name material in there too!
Using words that begin with the same letter or sound can help your newsletter name to roll off the tongue and welcome a click. Alliteration has been shown to focus a reader’s attention on specific sections of text and generate a natural rhythm and even a feeling. Specific sounds may also suggest undertones. For instance “s” may strike a ssslithering or sssecret feel. So keep this in mind in relation to your brand personality. Others may suggest no undertones at all, though, so don’t take this fact too seriously.
A pun uses a word or phrase’s double meaning to its advantage. These are particularly popular as they’re often humorous and clever.
Some brands like to nix the puns, the rhymes, the cleverness, and just tell it like it is. This is good for brands that aim for a simple feel, or who cover complex topics and want to convey that they speak in plain terms their readers will understand.
Creative email newsletter names can also use industry jargon that only certain people would recognize or understand, to grab their attention. If you have a very specific niche, this can be very effective in giving the newsletter an exclusive feel and attracting a very specific following.
Treat your newsletter like a place that people stop in on from time to time. This helps create an atmosphere for the reader. You can use rhyming or alliteration here but it’s not necessary.
In this section, I’ll provide words for various themes or categories of newsletters to help spark some creative inspiration. You can apply any of the approaches above to the ideas below. For example, you’ll see “Marketing Minute” (alliteration) in the first grouping of ideas below.
If you’re providing regular updates, choose a name that suggests that. Go-to words would be:
If the aim of your newsletter is to provide thought leadership, data insights, or information, choose more knowledge-oriented words or phrases:
*Keep in mind that you can also simply use the word alone for your newsletter (i.e. “The Report” or “Insights”)
Looking to establish yourself at the forefront of your field? Your newsletter title can help show that you are, well, there, at the cutting edge. Choose words like the ones below:
If you’re connecting with a local community, use words that resonate to them in a more geographical and lifestyle sense. Using the aforementioned “place” approach such as with words like “corner” or “hub” might be a good idea here.
A newsletter that dispenses advice or support should make that as clear as possible to readers. These words will get your point across clearly from the start:
These newsletters are pretty self-explanatory. Here are some words to help you in deciding a name.
Start brainstorming words that you feel describe your business or the content of your newsletters, write them down then find synonyms for those words. You’ll end up with a solid starting point. Be cognizant of your audience and look for creative newsletter titles that will appeal to them and their interests. With the suggestions I’ve provided and your own expertise, your own authentic brain, your expertise, and the goals of the newsletter, you are now equipped to come up with a solid title that you feel excited about.
Boy oh boy do I have you covered.
Kristen is the Senior Managing Editor at WordStream, where she helps businesses to make sense of their online marketing and advertising. She specializes in SEO and copywriting and finds life to be exponentially more delightful on a bicycle.
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