The Benefits of Printed Newsletters

Newsletters are simple and inexpensive to print yet can convey an enormous amount of important information to recipients. This makes them ideal for both ‘internal’ marketing (to keep staff and stakeholders up to date) and external marketing of your products or services to clients and prospects. As such, they constitute a very useful and versatile component of any sales and marketing strategy.

Benefits of Physical Newsletters vs. Electronic

Another key benefit of physical, printed newsletters is that they are easy to pick up and put down at any time. This allows readers to dip in and dip out of articles whenever they like. Compare that to e-newsletters, which tend to be forgotten the moment they’ve been buried in your in box by more recent emails. The traditional newsletter beats electronic versions hands down in this respect.

Printed newsletters are also far more versatile from the distribution perspective. While e-newsletters arrive only at your handheld device or desktop computer, physical newsletters can find themselves in front of their target audience in a much wider variety of ways. They can be handed out, mailed through the post, left on coffee tables, offered to visitors via company foyers, reception desks and waiting rooms, handed out with other sales and marketing literature like brochures and price lists, used as inserts in other publications and distributions — and so on. Physical newsletters also require no Wi-Fi or data signal to work, so can be perused pretty much anywhere, any time. Try doing all that with an electronic e-newsletter — it’s simply not possible!


Physical, printed newsletters also lend themselves to additional add-ons. These include things like tear-off order forms that people might find useful if they want to order your products or services and those can even come with pressure-sensitive glue and postage pre-applied. All that needs to be done after filling in the form is for the page to be folded so it sticks together in a kind of pre-built envelope, ready to post. Other add-ons include coupons for special offers or voucher codes that the customer can use in-store or via a website. Another great thing to build into a printed newsletter is an element that the recipient might find useful to keep, for example an integral poster, calendar of events or table of key dates for the year ahead. That’ll be a useful reminder of your brand, product or service, all year round.

newsletters printedNewsletter Sizes & Formats

The most cost-effective sizing recommended for newsletter printing is to use one of the ‘A’ sizes. For example, A4 is the most common one used in the UK commercial world. However, A5 and A3 are also feasible while still making the very most out of standard sheet sizes available to printers like us. It goes without saying, though, that there are many other options including square newsletters, triple-page ‘roll fold’ newsletters and so on.

We can, of course, also fold newsletters in half so they’re easier and cheaper to post out, particularly if they don’t contain too many pages and are on paper that’s thin enough to fold when there are multiple pages. It’s a fine balance, though; as one wouldn’t want to make the pages too thin, otherwise you’d start to see what we call ‘show through’ i.e. the ghost of the reverse side of the printed page slightly showing through to the front face that’s being read. There are a great variety of paper thicknesses, weights and finishes to choose from, though, so just ask us about the options.

Paper Finish

At Southside Print we offer a very wide range of different paper stocks for your printed newsletters. We have traditional ‘coated’ papers, which allow graphics and photos to be detailed and punchy. Coated stocks come in finishes like gloss, satin and matt and can be white or tinted in colour. We also have uncoated papers that look perhaps more contemporary and natural, with a lighter look because ink contrast is lower on uncoated paper due to the way the paper absorbs the ink. We also have a huge variety of textured papers and recycled stocks too. What you choose will all depend upon the look and feel you’re going for and the budget you have in mind for production.

Contact Your Newsletter Printer in SE1

We are always more than happy to give you professional guidance, pricing options and any samples. Simply call us on 020 7378 6754 or send us an emailed message here. We also have an online form that you can fill in if you’d like a printing and/or design quote, and an artwork upload form here if you have large artwork files that you’d like to send us electronically.

Southside Print is a commercial printer based in Tabard Street in London SE1, close to Borough and London Bridge stations. We offer a huge range of digital printing for sales and marketing purposes, large format printing for posters, displays and exhibition graphics, a full print management service, a direct mail service, a graphic design service and an online print shop where you can order and pay for printing online. The online print shop currently accepts orders for business cards, leaflets, letterheads, compliments slips, stationery, brochures and posters but we will be adding more and more products all the time.