Using a Template For Your Newsletter

Spencer Minuteman Press knows how important time is, and we proudly offer the fastest printing services in the CBD.

You know that time is money, so stop wasting it! If you need a newsletter for your organisation, then start with a template rather than designing it from scratch or hiring someone to do so. The design and formatting of your newsletter will be included in the template, and using a template simplifies the layout, too. All you have to do is tweak it so that it meets your needs.

Using a template turns a task that requires a professional designer into something that can be done by anyone who knows how to use a piece of page layout software like Adobe Indesign, QuarkXPress or even Apple Pages.

Newsletter Templates
Newsletter Templates

Choosing a Template

Free and inexpensive downloadable templates are easy to find. You can run a basic internet search and get thousands of great options, or try checking out sites like Pinterest. Search for a template with a few keywords, like ‘free’, ‘classroom’, or ‘summer’, and include the name of your software in your search, too. Once you find a template you like, you can adapt it to fit your content; it’s much faster and easier than doing the design from scratch. If you’re in a hurry and you’re producing all the content, then you can even make the content fit the default layout.

Make sure your template matches your organisation; it needs to be a suitable, easy to read design. Good templates will come with a set of layout options that you can choose from and then change to match your needs. So, for each page, you’ll be able to make a few changes rather than coming up with a whole new layout.

The purpose of using a template is to save you time. Don’t choose a template that will need significant alterations to meet your needs. When in doubt, go with a basic design.

Maybe a Notification is All You Need?

If your newsletter content is very short—perhaps it’s simply notifying customers of expanded hours or product options—consider using a postcard instead. People are much more likely to read your notifications if they are short, so if you can boil down the main points of your newsletter to fit on a single card or flyer, all the better. You can find a ton of free templates using our online design tool. On the other hand, if you want your newsletter to be just a letter without any pictures or fancy borders, we also offer templates to help you create professional letterhead.

As Melbourne’s premier printers, we know that quality is key. Using a template in no way compromises the integrity or professionalism of your newsletter. In fact, in our experience, most templates are superior to anything that an amateur designer, even a talented one, can produce in a reasonable amount of time. For more newsletter tips, check out our article, Let’s Talk Newsletters.