Cathy is the Woodpecker blog’s creator & chief contributor. She used to spend lots of time contacting prospects, especially via email. One of the few people on Earth who read crappy cold emails from start to end and analyze them – for purely educational purposes. Taking care of this blog, reporting Woodpecker’s journey on the pursuit of happy openings, successful closures and all the new skills we acquire in between.
Sponsor a video contest in which customers create a one-minute video about why they like your business, products or services. Ask them to send the videos to you and post them to your Facebook page. Invite visitors to vote on which video should win a cash or merchandise prize. Include an email opt-in on your Facebook page. Be sure to follow Facebook’s rules regarding contests.
The strategies recommended by Jennifer are easy to put into practice and effective. What I loved most about this course was the support that Jennifer has provided to all her students. She is a wonderful teacher and I appreciated the way she was committed to helping us implement the course and getting great results. I would recommend this course to any blogger who wants to focus on building a great mailing list.  
Shorter copy is powerful. 200-300 words or less is a good rule of thumb if you aren’t using a full blog post, especially if you are sending more than one email a week. We have used this idea of using only part of a blog post in our own emails, making sure that the introductory copy was sufficient to let the reader know exactly what the post was about. Entice without tricking, in other words.
The biggest issue I have yet to resolve is the majority of clients I work with have customer lists in the the THOUSANDS, but have never embraced email marketing. Through personal experience with several of the platforms listed here they will not let you load your current customer list and start emailing. Even if the lists are validated and cleaned through a source like NeverBounce. With the new GDPR rules, they only want emails that have current, ongoing engagement. So in other words, even though you have been in business for years and have a list of current emails from current and past customers, you cannot load them in to these platforms with any success. This makes it very difficult for legacy businesses that now want to start communicating with all their prospects and customers.
Longer copy is acceptable. Including the full blog post text means a longer email, but there is a benefit to including the full blog text for your reader. You are offering them convenience by not making them click through to your site to read everything. You hold nothing back and give them everything for free, not even requiring a visit to your site. That can be seen as a form of goodwill, and readers often prefer the convenience of being able to read everything in their email client on their mobile device without having to open up a browser.
“Search for new potential customers, instantly. Using LeadFuze’s lead generation software, you no longer just have to find business contacts one by one on LinkedIn. Instead, search for leads in specific roles and industries, that use certain software, that spend on Adwords, who are hiring, and more. Then, unlock a lot more data like verified emails, phone numbers, social profiles and more!”
When you create new content that isn’t available anywhere else, you can “sell” your email autoresponder course on the promise that there is exclusive new content not available anywhere else. Readers need to sign up if they want it. So, whether or not you’ll publish all newly created content on your blog depends on if you are using exclusivity as part of the enticement.
While I hear alot of good things about Sendinblue and Convertkit, I heartily recommend Mailchimp to small businesses, email marketing entrepeneurs just starting out or if you just don’t have a clue, are new to email marketing but want to find something affordable where you can start out. Then Mailchimp is for you. They miss some functions that other companies offer but the easiness and the “free up to 2 000 contacts” makes it e great starting point.
Knowing all this, what it is we can do to build our email list and improve customer engagement? In this article, we’ll talk about several ideas to consider when starting to create an email list. Also, we’ll recommend some specific email list building tools that can help you with it. Try them out and combine with the tips from the MailChimp for WordPress article and start creating great email marketing campaigns.
The strategies recommended by Jennifer are easy to put into practice and effective. What I loved most about this course was the support that Jennifer has provided to all her students. She is a wonderful teacher and I appreciated the way she was committed to helping us implement the course and getting great results. I would recommend this course to any blogger who wants to focus on building a great mailing list.  
The key to a great email list building is to know your audience and what it is they would need from you. It’s what helps you tailor the right content/offer/product/service that matters the most, that will convert in you receiving their emails. People don’t want to be disturbed, let alone with offers they don’t want or need, so do your research and prepare tailored proposal they would gladly like to receive.
Headline-quality subject lines. The same rules that apply to creating great headlines apply to your email subject line. It has the burden of getting your reader to decide to open the email and not delete it. Ask readers a question directly, hint that you have a solution to a problem, or suggest there is something they don’t know and ought to. MailChimp offers a free tool that lets you test your subject lines out against all of the data they’ve collected on emails that get great open rates.
Hi Scott, yes that is correct. Most platforms will not let you upload large customer lists if you do not have specific opt-in dates. However if you can provide the data when the user opted in to receive email notifications from you, then you would be able to import the list. These rules may vary based on different providers, but this is exactly the process for switching email service providers (you have to import customer list in the new provider).
Experts like Joe Pulizzi, founder of Content Marketing Institute, believes that an email list is critical as one cannot build his/her own content on a rented land. He continues saying that the first step is to collect email addresses whereby a person can understand who are his/her readers and hopefully they will be his/her, customer, soon. If a person’s goal is to drive sales or keep customers happy in some way, then he/she would first have to get them as part of his/her audience.
Soon after this, I developed and launched my first product, a crafters' design course for my DIY & Craft Blog. I promoted my course to my mailing list, and only my mailing list, as a test. It was my first launch and I admit I was a little nervous! But the launch to my mailing list, which was now 13,000 subscribers strong, was a huge success and I earned over $12,000 just from that launch ... all thanks to my mailing list. Without that list, I probably would have been lucky to make a few hundred bucks and wasted a whole lot of effort.
Ever thought of using Facebook Messenger to build you email lists? Well, EasySendy has already figured out how and has it all set for you. With EasySendy Social, you can add Facebook Messenger Widget on your website so that you can engage with your visitors directly on Facebook Messenger. Why Facebook Messenger? Because everyone is on Facebook, and its a great way to nurture your visitors on Messenger. It is personalized and customized as well. You can nurture your Facebook subscribers at one-go in bulk. Also, you can automate various tasks like replies, private replies, comments, and likes.
The biggest issue I have yet to resolve is the majority of clients I work with have customer lists in the the THOUSANDS, but have never embraced email marketing. Through personal experience with several of the platforms listed here they will not let you load your current customer list and start emailing. Even if the lists are validated and cleaned through a source like NeverBounce. With the new GDPR rules, they only want emails that have current, ongoing engagement. So in other words, even though you have been in business for years and have a list of current emails from current and past customers, you cannot load them in to these platforms with any success. This makes it very difficult for legacy businesses that now want to start communicating with all their prospects and customers.

Mailchimp offers a forever free plan which allows you to send 12,000 emails for up to 2,000 subscribers. This plan is fairly limited because you don’t get features like send-time optimization, advanced segmentation, multi-variate testing, etc. You are also required to display their branding in your email. Last but not least, support is restricted to email only which is fine if you’re a hobbyist but as a serious business, you need reliable support that you can count on.
"Much of what I've learned about list building has been from Bryan. I followed his plan for launching a new product to my email list to a 'T' and as a result, we had 20 people pay $197 for a product I hadn't even created yet! After validating that product, we've added over 100 new members to our course and generated over $40k in revenue in 2 months by following what Bryan teaches."
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