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12 Steps Toward Building an Email List That Yields ROI

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When building an email list, your goal should go beyond simply getting subscribers. To start seeing ROI from these subscribers, you want to build a list of people who are likely to become paying customers. This should be the end goal and focus at hand, as all too often, marketers and brands are blinded by big subscriber numbers and not the actual ROI and results that come from them.

A few ideas on how to improve your email results include deleting old email addresses to increase your open rate, asking your subscribers to opt in twice with an activation link to ensure that they’re interested, and including shareable content that will amplify your reach. The key is making every email and every subscriber count.

These 12 entrepreneurs from YEC offer their best advice for building an email list that will actually yield a solid return on investment.

1. Create a Highly Targeted Opt-In Offer

Building an email list starts with people filling out an opt-in form on your landing page. Your goal isn’t to simply get lots of subscribers but to get people who are likely to become customers. To do this, make your initial offer highly relevant and something that makes them want more. If it’s a report or e-book, it should provide value but also pre-sell the product you’re marketing. – Shawn Porat, Scorely

 

2. Make Every Email Count

When your email list is small, it’s easy to neglect your subscribers’ individual needs. Treat each customer interaction as if it’s your only chance to impress them because it could very much be your last if your marketing emails underwhelm your audience. Therefore, you’ll want to carefully segment your list and challenge yourself to create unique and valuable email content worth consuming. – Firas Kittaneh, Amerisleep

 

3. Delete Old Email Addresses

I used to think more email addresses were essential to create a great email list. Recently, we trimmed down our email lists tremendously by deleting the email addresses of those who don’t open up our emails for a predetermined amount of times. Our open rate has soared as a result and our spam rate has plummeted; we have a much better score with ESPs too! Main takeaway: More isn’t always better. – Elliot Bohm, Cardcash.com

 

4. Ensure Your Subscribers Are “Double Opt-Ins”

Whenever you start building an email list, make sure you list only “double opt-ins.” This means that after they put in their initial details (e.g. email address and name), they need to click an activation link sent to them by your autoresponder. This extra security step will avoid building up erroneous email addresses and is one way to really increase your list quality. – Alex Miller, Upgraded Points

 

5. Make Your Offer Clear

Avoid generic e-books and white papers. In order to build a list, you need subscribers that will potentially convert into sales. A list of 2,000 subscribers that all have buyer-intent is much more valuable than a list of 100,000 subscribers that are likely never going to buy from you. Calls-to-action and your “bribe” must be crystal clear and include something of value that will attract prospects. – Jonathan Long, Sexy Smile Kit

 

6. Create Shareable Bite-Sized Content

Create shareable bite-sized chunks of content that are relevant to your audience. With only eight seconds to capture a reader’s attention, choose topics that are informative and directly useful. Engaging information and easy to find sharing buttons will prompt your audience to share among their circles, which quickly amplifies your initial effort, building a better list and generating ROI faster. – Peggy Shell, Creative Alignments

 

7. Focus on a Specific Industry

We build our email list based upon the industry because that is more appealing to the reader. We first send out emails to a small group of around 100 subscribers and then measure the response. If we get a good response, we send emails out to the rest of the subscribers. If we don’t get, we adjust our content until we get one. – Piyush Jain, SIMpalm

 

8. Set Metrics to Measure

You won’t know your ROI if you don’t set some metrics about how many leads and sales you want to achieve from your email campaigns against the budget you have set and the resources you want to put toward it. Have a list of criteria to measure and the tools to measure so that you can shape how you approach finding people to put on your email list. – Zach Binder, Ranklab

 

9. Segment Your Lists

List segmentation. You want to know exactly where each of the emails in your mailing lists came from. You then want to create different email campaigns based on where each email came from and the type of customer that it belongs to. Sending generalized campaigns to your entire list is generally not the recommended way of doing email marketing anymore. You need to get specific. – Duran Inci, Optimum7

 

10. Get the Right Audience

The most important thing when building a list that converts is getting the right audience and targeting them. Know exactly who your ideal customer is and who is most likely to buy, then focus all your energy on building a list of those exact people. Often I see people build a list of “all entrepreneurs” when their target should be 2% of that – causing spam complaints and low ROE (return on email). – Jeremy Brandt, WeBuyHouses.com

 

11. Link “Giveaway” Ads to an Email Sign-Up

If a business pays for an ad, use that as an advantage to build an email list of the people who are interested in the company/products. Make sure that the landing page of the ad includes an email sign-up that is required before leaving the page. Use that email list to choose a “giveaway” winner and connect with customers moving forward. – Daisy Jing, Banish

 

12. Isolate Your Target Audience

Target audience matters. We had a giveaway with a company outside our field, which gave us many email addresses but few returning consumers. Buying random lists gets a lot of emails, but they might not be real or bring you people looking for your product. We focus on people who want our product and want to sign up with us. – Ashley Ferraro, Dona Jo, Inc.

 

I hope you enjoyed this recent expert round up. If you did, also be sure to check out one of our larger round ups on “how to start a successful blog” with tips for 82 different industry experts. If you’d like to create a similar post like this one, also be sure to check out my full expert round up guide, that is simple enough for anyone to follow and also shows live examples of how other sites are creating these same types of posts to explode their online reach and brand power.

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Zac Johnson is a online marketer with 15 years of experience and also a blogger at ZacJohnson.com, as well as the founder of BloggingTips.com. You can also follow me on Twitter and Facebook

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How to Build Brand Authenticity Using Customer Generated Content

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Creating quality content is the best thing someone can ever do for their company. When done right, it generates a lot of traffic towards the website thus giving a high likelihood of converting the followers into leads. Unfortunately, quality content is expensive and can use up a lot of money, time, and very exhaustive.

Fortunately for us, there is another way to get quality content without having to go through all this hustle. When you make use of this strategy, it will turn out to be more powerful and accurate than other cumbersome methods. This solution is known as User Generated Content (UGC) since it is one of the simplest way to get results without getting tired.

What is the significance of UGC?

The moment you make use of content generated by customers, you automatically create trust with other customers. This is because more than 80% of consumers find content generated by their fellow customers to be convincing and true than what the brands can write about themselves. The assumption is that no one will ever write negatives about themselves unless third parties take over.

UGC is the most authentic type of content as 98% of it is true since customers have no interests in the customers creating profits. If something is bad, they will write it as it is. The reverse is also true. It is therefore recommendable to spend more time curating on the content written by consumers rather than the company itself. You can also use a tool like keyword.com to better create content for your audience and to also rank higher in Google for multiple keywords and search phrases.

The other advantage of UGC is the ability to track all the conversations and mentions. This mostly helps by finding out what the customers think about your services and products. In case of any problem, you can address the same issue. You are allowed to comment on the same wall towards their plights.

The other advantage is to help a company in saving time meant to write content. This time can be allocated to other issues that help in accumulating profits for the business.

Ways to Build an Effective UCG Marketing Strategy

 

1 – Choose your platform wisely

 

You do not just create a CGC in any area. The first thing is to ensure that you have a good number of active followers in online platforms. In addition to this, remember that each platform works differently; Facebook users are known for sharing content whereas Instagram is more of visuals. When you ask people for content, remember to be specific with what you want since a lot of us are ready to talk about anything we wish.

 

2 – Collect independent customer reviews

 

Customers’ reviews are very vital to any business as they act as personal recommendations to other people who are yet to try your brand. In fact, a lot of people prefer to read a number of reviews before making a conclusion on whether to buy or not. If someone comes across two or more negative comments, a good number will pull away from your page. Remember that savvy customers will always spot fake reviews hence the more reason to stick to authentic customers. The only way to win their hearts is by offering what you promised in the first place.

 

3 – Offer rewards

 

There is nothing as encouraging as being rewarded for doing something. Offering rewards attracts a lot of people towards your page as everyone is eager to get something. Don’t try too hard by getting expensive gifts. You can promise that a winner will have their tweets retweeted or you feature their article or business on your page. Not only will they feel happy that they are part of your success but will also attract new users to subscribe.

Neil Patel is often preaching about the process of offering rewards and getting users to submit an email address on your site — which you can then follow up with afterwards. You can read more on Neil and his most recent resources here.

 

4 – Support a charity event

 

You need to remind your customers that your brand is not after making profits but rather in helping the community in different events such as acts of charity. Let people know that you have a greater vision for them too.

Online platforms can either break or boost your business. This is because a lot of people have turned to recommendation on social media by strangers or friends. If you want better reviews, ensure that your products are quality and services are up to standard.

User Generation Content is the Way to Go!

With more than a billion active websites and blogs on the internet today, content overload is happening daily. The same is true for brands and bloggers that are struggling to create original content on their own.

The better option is to build a platform or content creation and marketing plan that relies on content being created from other users. After all, how much content has Facebook or Instagram ever made… and look at how huge and massive their brands are!

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Be Careful Who You Ask for Blogging Advice

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I retired to a life of travel through blogging.

Do you want to travel the world through blogging?

Invest in my blogging eBook.

My eBook lays out simple, step by step tips to follow for you to travel the world through blogging.

I know how to do it. I teach you how to do it. Easy. Simple. Smart, too; you ask a blogger who lives their dreams for blogging advice on how to live your dreams.

Imagine if you asked people from a blogging tips themed Facebook Group about how to travel the world through blogging? Who are these people? Do these bloggers know specifically how to retire to a life of travel through blogging? Have these bloggers written eBooks and created courses on the topic? Have they lived their dreams?

What ensures said bloggers offer good advice?

Do many of these bloggers offer terrible advice?

Are many of these bloggers experienced, skilled, knowledgeable bloggers, being tops in their niche, like me?

Most bloggers mean well. Some bloggers offer solid advice.

But many bloggers offer terrible advice to struggling new bloggers who follow terrible advice and all of them struggle horribly, following bad advice from bloggers who only know how to fail, versus knowing how to succeed.

Be careful who you trust.

How to Get the Best Blogging Advice on Earth

Follow the top blogging tips bloggers.

Invest money in their courses.

Hire them to coach you.

The best blogging advice on earth flows through premium blogging products and services created by the top bloggers on earth.

100% of the time, following this advice leads to success. Fool proof way to get only good advice because pros teach folks how to be pros.

The only reason why you’d get bad blogging advice is if you follow anybody other than the top blogging tips bloggers on earth.

Beware Free Advice Because it is Often Cheap

Free advice sites like Quora and Facebook Groups require no vetting.

Any blogger can offer terrible advice.

This was from my trip to Fiji.

Beware trusting advice from these spots; well-meaning bloggers often guarantee your struggles by offering failing, inexperienced, terrible advice.

Vet Bloggers Who Offer Advice

Gaurav Kumar offered excellent advice via a comment responding to my live Facebook Broadcast.

If you wanted to vet his advice, checking his Facebook profile and clicking on his eAskme blog link immediately proves he is a top blogger who offers sensational advice for succeeding.

Following blogs, investing in eBooks and hiring bloggers by scanning their blogs is the easiest way to:

  • vet advice
  • trust advice
  • get awesome advice
  • accelerate your blogging success

Research bloggers who offer advice on free forums. Some genuinely offer success-promoting advice through their blogs. Trust said bloggers.

If you click through to see no blog, or a blog hosted on a free platform, or thin, weak content, beware these red flags.

Follow advice only from top bloggers who put their advice in action and succeed from an abundant, generous, calm, confident vibe.

Go to the Top

Follow only the top blogging tips bloggers on earth to get the best blogging tips and to accelerate your blogging success.

Matthew Loomis at Build Your Own Blog offers success-promoting advice. Follow him. Hire him. Succeed.

Why spend hours asking for advice from folks who may or may not have any idea what they are talking about?

Go to the top.

Google popular search terms, vet guest posters on Blogging Tips, follow the best, get the best advice on earth, use the advice, succeed.

Blogging gets easier and easier when you only follow the top bloggers on earth and invest in their premium offerings because getting the best advice from the best bloggers positions you to be the best.

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What Does Your Blog Need?

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I wrote an eBook explaining what your blog needs:

6 Things Your Blog Needs Today

Success finds bloggers who cover all bases.

If you need nothing and feel your blog needs nothing, you succeed and live your wildest dreams.

Successful bloggers know adding the right elements to blogs and beginning blogs the right way accelerates your success. Plus it feels good to begin blogging intelligently.

What does your blog need?

1: Domain and Hosting

Invest in a domain and hosting.

Accelerate your blogging success.

Domain names make you stand out.

Observe how Pat Flynn invested in Smart Passive Income.

Of course you know immediately; the blogger covers smart passive income. Passive income seekers know the resource because Pat bought a domain name.

He also invested in hosting to ensure he owned his blog.

Take this step to control:

  • branding
  • income potential
  • blog voice

Own your site. You need to own your blog to be in control of your blogging campaign.

2: Premium Theme

Invest money in a premium theme.

Stand out from the crowd.

Circulating money on a premium, eye-catching, clear theme emits a professional, impressive, powerful message.

This was from one of my many trips to Thailand.

Readers see you are a serious, successful or success-seeking, blogger. Of course you gain trust and grow your readership quickly by investing money in a premium theme.

Why do you need a premium theme? Would you trust a blogger who uses a cheap-looking, heavy, non-professional theme? If someone cannot afford to invest $60 in a premium theme you better not trust their advice, their insight and their sharing. Why? Serious, skilled bloggers never allow $60 to dictate their life’s direction and failing, struggling, unskilled bloggers make the foolish decision to not chase their dreams over $60.

3: Content

Content drives blogs.

Your blog needs content to:

  • prove you know your stuff
  • spread your presence online
  • inspire readers to follow you
  • inspire readers to trust you

Visit Blogging From Paradise.

Look around for a few minutes. Read 3 of my recent posts. Do you see why content drives the blogging engine?

Imagine if you saw only 1 blog post. Every blogger begins somewhere but publishing helpful content from a generous, success-focused energy distances you from most bloggers in your niche.

Imagine seeing 1 to 5 blog posts on a blog. Good introduction no doubt.

Imagine seeing 50 to 100 blog posts on a blog. Massive impact.

Focus less on post numbers and more on being generous with time and talents. Content just shows off what you know.

As folks see you know your stuff thru your volume of helpful posts you begin to:

  • increase traffic
  • boost your blogging profits
  • expand your presence
  • increase brand awareness
  • help more folks
  • make a big impact in your niche

Content makes everything grow.

Publish content on the regular to become a successful blogger.

Focus on Your Dreams

Concentrate on your dreams from a relaxed, chill energy.

You need dreams to feel the calm, detached confidence of bloggers who invest in:

See your blogging wins now. You succeed now. Own it.

Feel good about your blogging career. You are rocking it out.

Succeed, being the blogger who covers all blogging needs.

Bonus Need

Invest in a blogging course.

Your blog – and you – need a blogging blueprint to follow in order to succeed from a calm, confident, orderly, relaxed energy.

Blog like a success.

Learn from the best to become a successful blogger.

Courses just give you a structure for learning in the proper format.

Imagine sitting down in a classroom to learn disciplines from a professor.

You do the same thing through a blogging course.

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