28 Ways To Build Your Lists
We know the fortune is in the follow up. We know that we have to get serious about list building if we want prospects to follow up with. This report looks at 28 ways to build your lists:
1) Feature a Sign-Up Form on Each Page of Your Site – Be sure to remember this basic concept. Sign-up opportunities should be obvious throughout your site.
2) Promote Benefits on the Sign-Up Page – Enhance subscription value with sample emails, testimonials and strong call to action copy.
3) Offer Opt-In Incentives – Incentives like white papers, discounts and special reports significantly increase conversion rates.
4) Optimize Your Site for Search Engine Placement – Optimize current and archived newsletters for search engines to increase traffic and subscriptions.
5) Pay for Search Engine Services and Promote Your Email on the Landing Page – If you pay for search services like Google AdWords be sure to include email subscription information on the landing page.
6) Add Opt-in Check Boxes on Demo Requests, White Papers and Registration Forms – Well-executed forms and pages may improve conversion rates by 50 percent or more.
7) Include “Send to a Friend” Options – Generate new subscribers with minimal effort if bundled with promotional campaigns.
8) Use Direct Mail and Catalogs – Encourage email subscriptions on all print ads.
9) Direct Employees to Include Messages and Links in Email Signature Lines – Add “Subscribe to the Company X Email Newsletter” to employee email signatures.
10) Direct Call Center and Sales Employees to Obtain Permission and Capture Email Addresses Over the Phone – Instruct call center and sales staff to ask customers and prospects if they’d like to receive newsletters or promotional email.
11) Send Post Cards to Customers Encouraging Them to Subscribe to Email – If you have postal contact information for customers but not email addresses, send a post card with opt-in sign-up offer and URL.
12) Hand Out Sign-Up Forms at Public Speaking Engagements and Seminars – Promote your newsletter in presentations and handouts.
13) Implement Rented List Campaigns and Subscriptions – Promote your company in email campaigns and landing pages when you rent email lists.
14) Promote Sign-Ups in Confirmation/Transaction Emails – Add messages and links to opt-in pages of all confirmation and transaction emails.
15) Include Opt-in Line on Credit Card Receipts – Not an obvious method, but may be quite effective.
16) Add Opt-in Message to Warranty and Product Registration Cards.
17) Add Sign-Up Message to Invoices.
18) Display Opt-in Forms at the Cash Register – An approach used by restaurants and retailers to advertise weekday discounts, catering services etc.
19) Promote Your Email/Newsletter in Articles and Article Attribution – Include a reference and link to your newsletter after the byline on articles in trade and consumer publications.
20) Include Opt-in Message and Check Boxes on Shopping Cart Pages – Remember to ask for email format and product/information preferences.
21) Promote Your Email/Newsletter in Other Company Publications – Promote online newsletters in print newsletters, magazines and brochures. Add “Sign up for our monthly newsletter at www.companyX.com/subscribe.html after “Visit www.companyX.com for more information.”
22) Include Newsletter Subscriptions in Trade Show Lead Generation Forms – Obtain permission to send your monthly newsletter to booth visitors.
23) Promote Your Newsletter/Promotional Emails in Industry Directories and Sites.
24) Distribute Press Releases Based on Newsletter Articles – Newsletters with topical articles may warrant a press release. Make sure the press release includes links and information on how to subscribe.
25) Include Information and a Link to Your Newsletter in Press Releases – A good option for smaller companies. Include your company newsletter and other resources in press release copy.
26) Include Opt-in Information on Customer Satisfaction Surveys – Ask permission to communicate valuable information via email newsletters and promotions.
27) Include Opt-in Forms in Product Shipping Boxes – Advertise email promotions on packing slips and direct mail cards with links to your site. Many retailers and catalogers also include promotional offers from non-competing companies.
28) Employ a Reputable Email List Service – List building services obtain email addresses and permission to email existing customers. Be sure you obtain permission before – or as part of – the first email you send.
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May 14, 2018
yet I still don’t know where or how to start an email list. I’m lost and confuse
May 15, 2018
Hi, Eloy. Here’s a great place to start: Starting Your Email List From Nothing
July 3, 2016
This is a very comprehensive list of marketing possibilities Brian.
And for sure, implementing an testing any of them are bound to
produce some bankable results, with the testing and monitoring.
And several of them, will in all likelihood, lead to some
potential JV partnering opportunities as well.Thanks!
Your comprehensive lists has definitely helped open my
marketing eyes even wider!LOL!
June 10, 2016
Hi, Tommy. Free offers will inevitably attract tire kickers and freebie seekers. That is all part of the process for us to be able to sift through and find the ones who are ready to follow instructions. We go through the same thing here. For a quite on creating letters, consider:
Guide To Creating Powerful AutoResponder Letters
May 22, 2014
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