If you want to see results from email marketing, you need a quality list. And while most small businesses focus on growing the quantity of their list, that mindset could actually put them on the wrong track.
Because the size of your list doesn’t matter.
When it comes to seeing stellar results, what matters is the number of engaged readers on your list.
Think about it: ten exceptionally engaged subscribers will be brand ambassadors for you. They’ll tell their friends about you, forward your emails, and go out of their way to support you and your brand.
Because they have a relationship with you.
Email paves the way for dialogue, for 1:1 communication, so your brand becomes a trusted friend and authority in your customers’ lives.
But how do you go about finding those ten super engaged subscribers? These practices will help you grow your list and maintain its quality over time, no matter how big your small business gets.
Over time, some of your subscribers will stop engaging with your emails. And that’s okay! People’s lives change, and so do their email preferences.
However, if you keep sending emails to people who aren’t engaged, you won’t see very good results, and you might even hurt your deliverability (the ability to deliver emails all the way into inboxes) over time.
So you’ll need to segment (if you’re not sure what that means, don’t worry—we’ll cover it in Lesson 6) your subscribers by their activity level and occasionally purge—remove—inactive subscribers from your list.
The most important aspect of building your list is offering quality, high-value content. Because people will only sign up and remain engaged with emails that they find worthwhile. So always, always put their needs, desires, and pain points first.
With that said, here are ten surefire tactics you can implement today to drive major signups for your email list:
Create a post on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter that encourages your audience to click through to your site and sign up for your email list using one of the ideas we’ve mentioned here—or come up with your own.
Tag @Campaign.Monitor on Instagram (in your post completing this challenge) and we’ll share a few of our favorites in our stories!