List Building 101: How To Build An Email List
Kerry started a website for new keto lifestyle. She enjoyed sharing her fitness journey. Although she’d originally meant for the site to be a hobby, she decided to turn it into a business thanks to the encouragement of some friends.
When Kerry reached out to a business coach, she wanted to know the first step she should take in her new venture.
“You want to start growing an email list,” Her coach explained, “You can do this by offering a free gift. When visitors to your website sign up for the gift, it’s delivered to them automatically. Their email address is kept in a database so you can email these subscribers again and again.”
List Building 101
Start by Choosing a Service
Before you can begin building a list, you’ll need to subscribe to a mailing list service. The mailing list provider will keep a copy of your subscribers’ personal information so you can email them again in the future.
Two budget-friendly options for new entrepreneurs are MailChimp and Aweber (my personal choice). If you have a larger budget or need custom help from a mailing list provider, then you’ll want to give ConvertKit or Drip a try.
Create a List
Once you have an account with a mailing list service, you’ll need to create your very first list. You can call this list whatever you like but in some cases, subscribers can see the title of the list. So, it’s usually best to go with something generic like “Website Title Subscribers” or “Brand Name Subscribers”.
Make Your Welcome Email
When someone subscribes to your new list, they’ll be sent an email automatically. This is the welcome email and it’s one of the first emails that your subscribers will see from you.
In your welcome email, you’ll want to greet your subscriber. Thank them for signing up then provide a link to your free gift so they can download it. Remember, the opt-in freebie should be something that your visitors will find valuable.
Kerry’s opt-in was a seven-day keto friendly menu. She did this so she could introduce newbies to the keto way of eating. In her welcome email, she included a link to the PDF that contained the menu.
Some online business owners make the mistake of building an email list that they never message. They rarely email their subscribers and on the rare occasion that they do, they see a high number of unsubscribes. That’s because they were quiet so long that subscribers forgot about their brand.
You don’t want that to happen to your list, so make it a priority to email yours regularly. When you’re first starting out, you want to send out a message 2-3 times a week.
Share Valuable Content
Of course, you shouldn’t email your subscribers just to say you did it. You need to send emails with valuable information inside. If your list doesn’t feel they’re getting anything helpful from you, they’ll stop reading your emails.
Think of quick tips that you could easily share with your audience. Kerry often emailed her list with sugar-free dessert recipes, ideas on how to make popular dishes keto-friendly, and thoughts about her own food log. Sending this information helped her subscribers connect with Kerry and open her emails.
Starting your own list can be fun and exciting. But remember, that your goal is to help your people. By sharing useful information, you’re serving your community and they’ll appreciate that.
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