Email Marketing – List Building

list buildingOne of the most important aspects of any email marketing campaign—more so than the content or offer—is your email mailing list.

It stands to reason that no matter how great your message, if you’re not sending it to the right people it won’t work.

Many companies will buy in a mailing list because it’s a quick solution. But time and time again these campaigns fail simply because the offer doesn’t address the audience.

The only way to generate a good mailing list which will work is by building your own. It does take time but it will be worth it.

So how do you get started?

Well this post offers you a few ideas to get your list started:

  • Have a sign-up box on every page of your website so your visitors can’t miss it
  • Provide a free giveaway that’s of value to capture their email address
  • Include a sing-up link in your email signature—after all if you’re like me you’ll send out masses of emails every day so why not use them as another opportunity to gather sign-ups
  • Promote your newsletter on your print materials too. Once  they’ve signed up for your newsletter you have their details to send other offer to as well
  • If you use direct mail, send an offer that will drive them to a landing page that requires an email address to access the deal
  • Promote your giveaways through social media to widen your audience
  • If you work regularly with other companies see if they would be willing to promote your newsletter within theirs

All these ideas are easy to implement and in time will lead to the creation of a high quality in-house marketing list to which you can make offers and provide news and advice to constantly strengthen your customer relationships.

Sally Ormond – freelance copywriter

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1 comment so far ↓

#1 Amy Garland on 02.03.11 at 6:30 pm

These are great ideas! I’ll echo the importance of growing your email list organically. The key to email marketing is sending timely, targeted, relevant emails to subscribers who have asked to receive them. That last part is so important, and reinforces that purchasing a list will harm your email program, and likely your business, too.

To add to this list, we have 50 ways to build your list: Hope it helps!

Amy Garland
Marketing Manager, Blue Sky Factory

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