Some companies decide to send customers a free newsletter to get an email list. But there are other ways to collect email contacts. Sometimes having a newsletter just doesn’t make any sense for your company. For instance, if you happen to sell dishwashers, how much information could you send your customer, daily, on dishwashers? So, instead here are a few other options for increasing your email list.
You could run a contest. The puzzle, game, or task should be easy and straightforward so that you don’t frustrate the customer and you still get their email address in the end.
A great incentive to collect email addresses would be a free eBook. People love getting free stuff, especially eBooks that interest them. Remember, it doesn’t have to be 100 pages long; five to ten pages will work fine.
Surveying the customer is a great way to collect email addresses. You can find out what the customer likes/dislikes, and what they have problems with or need solutions for.
Advertise your opt-in offer in an e-zine or classified ad. It actually doesn’t cost tons of money and if you find the right place to advertise, you could see dramatic results. Getting eyes on your product with the target demographic is key.
Email signatures, or electronic signatures, also referred to as a sig file, are three to six line footers that you can add to the bottom of each email message you send out with your name, company, and a free report with a link attached. You will be surprised how many visitors you get this way. Make sure you track where you are getting your traffic by the different links you send out.
If a customer is interested in downloading an article from your website, they will definitely have no problem providing their name and email address. They will love to receive more articles from you or have access to a members-only area of your site with plenty of resources.
Offer your customers a free course or a free download to collect email addresses. Customers who opt-in when something free is being offered think to themselves, “what have I got to lose?” It a great deal for both of you.
The number one thing to remember in building a contact base online, is to always offer potential leads something. We call this a value-add. Make your business worth your clients’ time.