10 Golden Nuggets on List Building Strategies

Target, Segment, Go Viral!

Every new entrepreneur on the web or any new business starts out without a list of followers or customers and asks themselves the question: “How do I build a list of people who will be interested in what I have to offer?”

A targeted list of email subscribers doesn’t just happen overnight through luck; it has to be built one subscriber at a time and can be a long drawn out process if you don’t know how to go about it.

You are looking for a responsive list that wants to hear from you on a regular basis and values the information you provide.

How to Separate the Clooneys From the Carrot Tops in Your Email List

How to Separate the Clooneys From the Carrot Tops in Your Email List

“Summer in Hollywood is about blockbuster movies and celebrity sightings. In the world of red carpets and premiere parties, stars range from A-listers like George Clooney to, well, not so highly rated celebs, like Carrot Top. The same could be said for your email customer contact list.”

“Think of your most valuable, highly engaged email contacts as your own “A-list,” and your least valuable, maybe even inactive, contacts as your “D-list.”” Read more

Ultimate Guide: 11 Sign-Up Strategies for Building Your Email List

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Once you build an audience (of email subscribers), anything is possible.

“The truth is that building an engaged and sizable email list is hands-down the most long-term, profit-generating investment you can make.

In fact, a McKinsey study reveals that email is a whopping 40 times more powerful at acquiring new customers than Facebook and Twitter combined. On top of that, the average email-based order’s dollar value is 17% higher than social media channels.

That’s the good news.” Read more

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Once again I find myself on the last day of the month writing my blog post. Oh well, no one can ever say that I am not consistent!

When I began this blog over a year ago, I was aware that I needed to be visible to more than just the few people who might come across my blog accidentally as they were searching for a particular topic or subject. The most efficient way to do this is of course to make use of Social Media particularly Twitter and Facebook so I set up a new account for each that was independent from my personal accounts, @NadineHowardIM and nadinehowardmarketing.

I planned to post regularly to both these accounts but I have found that I have posted multiple Tweets almost everyday but I have posted very little to Facebook.

Twitter

I first had to establish a regular tweeting schedule to ensure I would get into the habit of signing in to Twitter daily, found material I thought interesting or thought provoking for my followers and posted at least 3 or 4 tweets each time.

At the time I began this process, I was taking a dietary supplement first thing in the morning and had to wait 30 minutes before I could begin to eat my breakfast. I thought this was an ideal opportunity to sign in and research various blogs, newsletters, articles, magazines and news outlet on Social Media, Blogging, WordPress, Video integration, Motivation and so on to find material I could tweet about and post to my followers.

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E-Mail Campaign Strategy

Email Marketing

Email Marketing

As an internet marketer belonging to multiple lists, I receive offers for products practically on a daily basis most of which I ignore usually because of time constraints especially if the subject line does not grab my interest immediately.

I know I’m not the only one to do this, so when it comes time for me to send out emails to my list it is important to craft each  message to not only maximize the open rate but increase  the optin or sale rate as well.

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To achieve these goals, I need to spend time getting to know my subscribers properly. I need to know exactly who I am talking to when I write a blog or email to make sure the information I provide is something of value to them because I know their needs, desires and what motivates them.

Otherwise, I am just working blind, here, and I am not likely to hit any target audience any time soon.

I need to know what age group they fall into, are they male or female, how much do they earn, do they have children, what type of clothes do they wear, what is their mental state, what hobbies interest them.

I need to know what their ambitions and dreams are, what goals  they want to achieve in the short and long term and  how  they measure success in their lives.

What are their fears and frustrations, what makes them angry, what hurts them what are they looking for to solve these problems.

Who do they listen to and respect, who is holding them back or putting them down.

Once I have a clear understanding of my subscriber needs and wants, I can begin providing them with products, information and affiliate offers that will make their life easier and help them achieve the goals they have set themselves.

Perfect E-mail

Each email I send should only have one purpose or goal. The subscriber when reading the e-mail will immediately understand whether this is a sales e-mail, and informational e-mail, a notification of an upcoming webinar or product in development, or a request for feedback on a product purchased at an earlier date.

If for some reason I have two different topics to cover, I will write two separate emails and not write about both. This would be counterproductive and confusing for the reader.

The subject line needs to grab the readers ‘ attention and make them open the email to find out more. Short and snappy wins the day, here. I save great subject lines in a folder that I refer to when sending emails so I can  imitate them, never copy them!

A short two line introduction comes next to keep up the interest. This can be a reference to something personal that happened on the day of writing and leads in to what is written in the main body of the message. “I just returned from picking up the paper and this happened which made me think of …”

The body of the email will contain the bulk of my writing and explain all the reasons and benefits of the offer. This is where storytelling comes into play to illustrate any point I am trying to make. I might choose to talk about case studies I’ve found which demonstrate the value of the offer or show examples of how it has benefited others.

I’ll make sure to give several reasons why I think this is something the reader will want to have a look at. After all, people are attracted to the same thing for many different reasons. The more information I provide the better the understanding of the readership.

Then comes the call to action, unless this is an informative email or I am requesting feedback only. This call to action will usually include a link to another site to sign up to an upcoming event, grab a free giveaway or check out a new product. All these offers are directly aimed at the needs of my subscribers to make sure I am not wasting their time sending them information about products they do not want or need.

Finally comes the close where I  may give more reasons why I think the product or webinar or whatever, will have value for the reader.

PS comes after the signature and reinforces the need to act quickly; webinar starts in a few hours, only a few copies are available, the sales deadline is approaching, price increase is coming up.

I hope you find this short expose on email marketing to your liking.

Relationship Dynamics

Relationship Dynamics

Relationship Dynamics

New week, new post!

I’m really excited today to tell you what I have been learning this week to help me move forward in my journey to build an Internet Marketing business.

It has been a very hot, sunny week here in Vancouver and I am guilty of spending a lot of my time on the balcony during meal time staying much too long over my coffee or tea reading a novel.

You see, in the winter we get a lot of rain. I mean, a lot of rain. Along with this rain, it is very dark and gloomy all day long. I feel as though I am living in a cave or as if it is perpetually nightfall.

A couple of years ago we had 72 consecutive days of rain. A record. Yes, you read that right over 2 months without ever seeing the sun or getting even a glimpse of blue sky. It was very depressing. So, you’ll understand that when the sun shines I want to take full advantage of it and I do.

At the same time, I am aware that to move forward on this journey of mine I must put in the time to learn and put into practice every little bit of knowledge I acquire.

 List Nurturing

I last wrote about building a list by offering  a free giveaway product. Now, what do I do with it?

The most important thing for me to do is to stay in touch with the people who were interested enough to opt in by asking me to send them my freebie.

This will let them know that I care about them as people, that they are not just a list of faceless robots out there who are willing to buy from me.

I’ll send them an email with some additional information related to the  free giveaway product they may be interested in. Then I might  send them an email with a link to an affiliate offer explaining why I think they may find it useful.

I’ll follow by asking them how they liked the free giveaway product, what they liked best, what else they may want to know on this topic.

I’ll send them notification of my new blog posts and ask them if they have suggestions for topics they would like to read about in later posts .

I’ll ask them about who they are: their gender, nationality, age group, marital status, income range, hobbies and interests, what are their dreams, goals and what are they trying to achieve in their lives.

I’ll send them a short multiple choice survey  to find out what aspect of internet marketing they need or want most to find out about so I can provide them with what interests them rather than what I think they want.

Too often we make assumptions about others but until we actually ask these questions we really have no clue.

We may think we are attracting young, hip, males under 30 years of age when in fact our list consists mainly of individuals over 40 who are fed up of working for a boss, want to work from home to be close to their families or just want to make an extra $1000 – $2000 a month to fund their hobbies.

Knowing who is on  my list will help me establish a trusting relationship with the people behind the names. People don’t just buy products. They buy from those they know, like and trust.

Enjoy your life!