Write for Your Readers

The rules you followed to make your print newsletter grab readers don’t work anymore. As we have transistorized to reading online, how we read as well as the time we are willing to give have changed. You need to change the way you present your communications to compete for attention.

You Get 10 Seconds

Yup, just 10 seconds. Most people give your content 10 seconds to convince them to read on or they move on. Even your top readers likely spend about two minutes on your content.

Capture Them With the Headline

The headline of your content is the first thing that will be read. This is where decisions will be made to proceed or move on. Spend the most time writing headlines that are meaningful to your target audience.

Next in importance:

  • Caption under the main image
  • Subheads
  • Bullet points
  • Pullout quote

Readers Are Scanners

It’s more accurate to think of people scanning your content than reading it. They look for key takeaways and don’t necessarily read all your text. They don’t necessarily review your content in a linear fashion.

You need to tell your story in the headline and subheads. Add more in the bullets. Consider a pullout quote if there is a statement or sentence that is compelling.

Use an illustrative image. Caption it in a way that relays the key message of the content.

Take this approach and you increase the chances that people take away the key message of your content.