Sponsor a video contest in which customers create a one-minute video about why they like your business, products or services. Ask them to send the videos to you and post them to your Facebook page. Invite visitors to vote on which video should win a cash or merchandise prize. Include an email opt-in on your Facebook page. Be sure to follow Facebook’s rules regarding contests.
In fact, Clarity estimates that about 70% of people respond positively when approached about being added to an email list during an offline conversation. Furthermore, Clarity says that emails acquired offline are reported to have much higher click-through rates, sometimes more than twice as much. Make asking for an email second nature, and you’ll quickly grow your email list.
I know the idea of creating a freebie can be stressful (see my post on creating the perfect freebie for more on this!), but it doesn’t have to be all about a freebie or lead magnet. Consider the kind of content you can offer on a weekly or monthly basis that will benefit your readers. Maybe that’s resources or info. Maybe that’s entertainment or encouragement. Don’t let your email come last! Your subscribers are your VIPS, remember? Give them your BEST.
These web pop up forms are quite useful when you want to capture your anonymous visitors and convert them into potential leads. On EasySendy, the pop-up forms capture leads and automatically update your contact segments for further nurturing. Another amazing feature is the option to add social buttons. These social subscribe buttons speed-up the lead capturing process because your visitors don’t have to manually type in a form. At the same time, when they use social subscribe button, you get all their social information based on which you can create more targeted email nurturing drips.
After collecting the emails of current and past customers, the next easiest way for small businesses to build their email list is to integrate email conversion into offline operations. Most small businesses have offline operations, whether that includes direct traffic to a brick and mortar store, client cold calls, customer support or any number of process that take place outside the internet. An opportunistic marketer should use these interactions as a way to grow their email list.
So many people talk about quick growth and numbers that it can be really discouraging AND have you chasing crazy numbers. Because email subscribers tend to be more high quality, that also means the list building tends to be slower over time. So first of all–ignore all the big talk about quick growth and high numbers. If you are trying to grow true, raving fans in your list, then your growth may have spikes, but should continue over time. Don’t ever stop thinking about email! Continue to consider what you can offer, where on your blog you can optimize for signups, and change things every few months.
Great article! I have been struggling with an email list. I have it set up and my thank you email then just simply a once a week email with my latest posts that I don’t even have to do it does it for me. I really need to buckle down and focus on my subscribers. I also should do a test to see what is working and what is not. Switch it up a but. Thanks for the info!
Topical trends: See if there is a trend across these posts that make for a singular topic. Unrelated blog posts might still have a connection. For example, on my personal blog, two high-traffic posts have to deal with customer service issues with Dell and Verizon. They are unrelated except that they indicate people are looking for help in dealing with large corporations when they are frustrated. That trend could be a topic. What topics are people reading that are related on your blog?