Shorter email course. We have several short email autoresponders, and we use their brevity as part of the selling point. A short email course is the perfect answer to a reader who doesn’t want to be bothered too much, and who doesn’t want to commit to a long session of emails. A short email course works great for a tightly planned topic with a logical course outline, and a distinct beginning and end. With a shorter email course, people are more readily aware of previous content, and continuity and structure are important. A shorter course is also easier for a new blogger to get started with.
Also, don’t be afraid of “scaring” people off by constantly asking for their email. Popovers are a great way to grow your email list, but many small businesses are afraid to implement them because of their bias perception. SumoMe analyzed 390 million pop-ups over a 1-month span and concluded that popovers, on average, convert emails at a rate of roughly 1.06%. While this might not seem like a high number, it’s still 1 out of 100 visitors and is one more lead for your sales funnel. You can increase your chances of converting with popovers by avoiding boring calls-to-action like “Sign up for our newsletter.”
While consumers have steadily become desensitized to giving out personal emails, they will be more apt to provide an email if there is a value exchange. As we mentioned above, simply asking someone to join your newsletter isn’t going to convince them that they are receiving value in return for their contact information.  It’s important to be transparent, convincing and urgent with your opt-in call-to-action. Some easy ways to offer value for opt-ins is to:
Longer copy is acceptable. Including the full blog post text means a longer email, but there is a benefit to including the full blog text for your reader. You are offering them convenience by not making them click through to your site to read everything. You hold nothing back and give them everything for free, not even requiring a visit to your site. That can be seen as a form of goodwill, and readers often prefer the convenience of being able to read everything in their email client on their mobile device without having to open up a browser.
Shorter copy is powerful. 200-300 words or less is a good rule of thumb if you aren’t using a full blog post, especially if you are sending more than one email a week. We have used this idea of using only part of a blog post in our own emails, making sure that the introductory copy was sufficient to let the reader know exactly what the post was about. Entice without tricking, in other words.
And talking about Social Media, why not use its incredible power to gain more subscribers? Like, come up with specific Social Media challenge, something that aligns with your brand and has value for your followers. Invite them to participate with the clear CTA and follow through the idea. That can be anything from a smart eating challenge, or how to become a better storyteller or a fitness challenge. The idea is to get people involved, offer a value that is worth giving an email address for.

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.


Liz is a professional copywriter and editor who creates successful and popular blog posts, landing pages, and email automation campaigns for AWeber, one of the world’s leading email marketing and automation platforms. Over the past 5 years, she’s sent hundreds of emails to millions of subscribers. She’s constantly scouring the email data of the “best of the best,” and she knows what works and what doesn’t when it comes to growing your business with the help of email.
Email marketing is an extremely powerful tool for engaging your audience. If you want to grow your business, your email list is a good place to start. Each email address in your database represents interest in your brand – and a potential conversion. A good email list building strategy is therefore something that every business needs. Look no further – we’ve compiled our top list building tips. Let’s go!
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