Cathy is the Woodpecker blog’s creator & chief contributor. She used to spend lots of time contacting prospects, especially via email. One of the few people on Earth who read crappy cold emails from start to end and analyze them – for purely educational purposes. Taking care of this blog, reporting Woodpecker’s journey on the pursuit of happy openings, successful closures and all the new skills we acquire in between.
Knowing all this, what it is we can do to build our email list and improve customer engagement? In this article, we’ll talk about several ideas to consider when starting to create an email list. Also, we’ll recommend some specific email list building tools that can help you with it. Try them out and combine with the tips from the MailChimp for WordPress article and start creating great email marketing campaigns.
In case you missed it, I’m a HUGE proponent of email lists! I’ve got tons of list building tips in podcast interviews and some great posts here all about building an email list and writing a newsletter. If you aren’t sure why you need to be list building and need tips for growing your newsletter subscribers, then check out the following posts, interviews, and resources!
"Much of what I've learned about list building has been from Bryan. I followed his plan for launching a new product to my email list to a 'T' and as a result, we had 20 people pay $197 for a product I hadn't even created yet! After validating that product, we've added over 100 new members to our course and generated over $40k in revenue in 2 months by following what Bryan teaches."
Conversations. You’ve had conversations with people on social media. What are they talking about? What are they repeatedly asking you about? Wouldn’t you love to have an email autoresponder handy so the next time you’re asked, you can mention that it is available? Places like Inbound or Quora are a great place to find out what people want to know about. Just read the conversations they have with each other. Answer their questions, and tell them about your email autoresponder. Social media isn’t as mathematical as pure analytics, but it is a good measurement of what people say they are interested in.
The tools below will help you find email addresses and other contact details of your ideal prospects. Most of them involve Chrome extensions that will help you collect data directly from websites and social platforms like LinkedIn, Twitter, Angel.co, Crunchbase and more. We’ve reviewed the first five on the list so far. More reviews are coming soon.
"Jennifer's course was exactly what I needed to start growing my email list. When I started her course, I had fewer than 30 random subscribers. Now my list is at 3,500 and it's growing every day. What's even better is that Jennifer teaches you how to build a targeted list with different opt-in forms so you know how people came to your blog and what they're interested in.
We use internationally trusted and industry-specific sources to gather, verify, and customize the contact records in our data repository. We house a team of data experts, researchers, and market analysts that leaves no stone unturned in preparing the verified and updated email and mailing lists – the lists that guarantee high deliverability rates of 90-95% aiming at increasing your revenue.
Introductions and prefaces. Creating new copy to put each blog post into context helps make individual posts seem to be part of a cohesive whole. The new copy helps frame the blog post so that it fits with the rest. For some of our email courses, we’ve written a preface, a summation of the previous lesson, and even a bit of a teaser that hints at what the next lesson will bring. That little bit of extra fresh and new copy helps your email autoresponder course feel less like you’re just spitting out old blog posts.
Thanks for weighing in Debbie. Completely agree, popups do annoy some people, and I can appreciate why. Like banner blindness, popup blindness is becoming more of a “thing” now too. But, they do work. And, I’ve found the more aggressive you are with them, the higher the conversion rate. Thrive Leads is the tool I use to build my email list https://www.robbierichards.com/recommended-tools/. Well worth a mention!
For example, we found a few obscenely high-traffic posts on the Todaymade blog, and created a pop-up that encouraged people to sign up for an ebook that was related to the topic of the post. These were posts that had high bounce rates, meaning people came in, read what they wanted, and left. We figured we might as well offer them related content, since they were going to leave anyway. (Click here to see what I mean.) Imagine if you did that for your email autoresponder course? If you know people are going to those posts, why not offer them useful related content? They’re already primed for the topic. Nuthin’ to lose.
I am happy to also ask for a plug for my family’s apparel website in the opener of said post if you think this post suggestion is a good idea. Shameless I know…..LOL! But hey maybe it will get your fans to keep submitting ideas. There might be something here to channel your fan base to get us to help your business. Think it over…..You really have reached Malcolm Gladwell Tribe status. And have done a great job with that. At this point whatever you asked the tribe to do they would deliver for you.