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Effective Ways to Build Your Email List

Building a strong email marketing list is the foundation of any good digital marketing strategy. Email marketing is still one of the most cost-effective ways to reach and engage your target audience, nurture leads and convert them into loyal customers. Here are some practical strategies that you can use to build your email list. 

But First, What You Need to Know About Email Sign Ups

The majority of people who sign up to your email list will do so by entering their email address via a form on your website. However, what people sometimes fail to realize is that you need to get people to your site first in order for that to happen! Once someone visits your site, you can use the tactics set out below. 

However, if you don’t have a large audience, your first priority should be on building one. You can use various strategies like paid advertisements, social media marketing, or enhancing your search engine visibility. If you don’t, even the most sophisticated email list building tactics won’t work because no one will see them. 

Give People an Incentive to Sign Up

In today’s digital landscape, where individuals are increasingly cautious about where and how they share personal information like email addresses, pretty much the only way to get someone to give you their email is to give them something in return.

By offering an incentive, an individual gains something that enriches or benefits them, and in return, you receive their email, which is a gateway to direct communication and potential business opportunities. It’s a fundamental principle of reciprocity. 

Consider the following incentives. Would any of the following be a good fit on your site?

Discounts or Coupons: Offer a percentage off or a special deal on your products or services. This is particularly effective in e-commerce and retail.

Free Trials: Allow access to a service or a product for a limited time. This works well for software, online courses, and subscription-based services.

– Ebooks or Whitepapers: Provide informative and valuable content related to your industry or niche. This is great for B2B businesses or educational platforms.

– Exclusive Content: Offer access to content that isn’t available to non-subscribers, like special blog posts, videos, or tutorials.

– Free Samples: Send a small, free sample of your product. This works well for consumer goods, beauty products, and food items.

– Webinars or Workshops: Give access to educational sessions, webinars, or online workshops that offer insights or training in your field.

– Entry into a Competition or Giveaway: Encourage sign-ups by offering a chance to win a prize and encourage sharing.

– Early Access or VIP Treatment: Offer priority access to new products, services, or events. This is effective for creating a sense of exclusivity.

– Free Consultations: Provide a free professional consultation or audit, which can be very enticing in industries like finance, beauty or fitness.

Newsletter with Valuable Insights: If you regularly produce high-quality content, the promise of insightful and useful newsletters can be an incentive.

– Templates or Tools: Offer free templates, tools, or resources that can help your audience in their personal or professional tasks.

– Membership in a Community: Give access to an exclusive community or forum. This works well for niches where networking and peer support are valuable.

– Loyalty Program Enrollment: Offer immediate enrollment in a loyalty or rewards program.

– Games and Interactive Content: Access to quizzes, assessments, or interactive content that provides personal insights or entertainment.

Use Social Media

Social media allows you to interact with your audience in real time through your business profile, via paid advertising or influencer marketing. On your own profile, you can put your email incentive in your profile bio, tell people about it in your posts or in your story. In your story, add a swipe up link to your email sign up form. 

By working with an influencer, they can do the same but on their profile. Often they have a loyal following that trusts their recommendations and seeks inspiration from their content. As a result, influencers may be able to sway people into signing up for your email list more effectively than you can.  

When it comes to paid advertising, platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn offer advanced targeting options. You can create ads aimed specifically at increasing email sign-ups, targeting users based on their interests, behaviours, location, and more. It is one of the few places you can integrate email sign-up forms outside of your website. With social media ads, you can integrate sign up forms into your campaigns, making it easy for users to subscribe without leaving the platform.

Get the Basics Right

The best list-building strategy starts with the basics. Your message should be clear, your creatives should be visually pleasing and the sign up process should be an easy and straightforward sign-up process. 

Optimize your call-to-action (CTA) buttons using ‘action’ language in CTAs like “find out more”, and ensure your copy clearly communicates the value of subscribing, and maintain clear and compelling messaging. 

The focus should be on making it as easy as possible for users to subscribe. Carefully placing sign-up forms at check-out or on contact forms can also significantly increase subscription rates. It’s about ensuring that there is a direct path from visitor to subscriber. This can make your list-building efforts more efficient.

Be Strategic About Your Pop Ups and Banners

The main reason to add a pop-up or banner to your site is to increase the visibility of your incentive. Popups are a small box that appears on your website, to let the audience know about sign-up incentives and why it’s worth their while. These pop-ups can be triggered by specific actions, such as when a visitor intends to leave the site or after spending a certain amount of time on a page. 

Banners on the other hand are a strip or a box of graphic display that appears typically at the top or sides of a website. Banners can be less intrusive compared to pop-ups, and prompt visitors to subscribe to your email sign up without hindering navigation or reading experience. 

Having a high-quality email marketing list is a very effective and valuable tool. However, building one takes great care and careful consideration. By following these proven real-world strategies you too can grow an effective mailing list too. If you have any questions or would like help to get started then reach out to our team. We would be happy to help!

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