Our email boxes are crowded with promotional content. It’s not a surprise that some of your customers will choose the opt-out option once in a while, feeling overwhelmed by the multitude of newsletters they receive. It’s not ethical to eliminate the opt-out option from the bottom of your newsletter. However, you can create a custom script to give your audience some options instead. Let them select, besides the unsubscribe link, to receive emails less often. Let’s say you send emails weekly. You can allow your subscribers to receive word from you once a month and there is a good chance they will take you on your offer.
Updating your subscriber list is an endless task. It will continuously include some stale addresses because people tend to switch their emails often for myriad reasons including changes in jobs and family names. They might also simply lose interest after a few months of being subscribed. Always remember that a smaller email list of quality addresses is better than a large one with a high bounce rate. In fact, even Hubspot deleted 250K subscribers from their own email list for the sake of better deliverability rates.
For years, I’ve focused on giving the branding and small business insights I’ve gathered through my own experiences in my articles, knowing that as I build fans and a bigger audience, more work will flow in my direction. Year after year, my content continues to get better and more focused on the benefits my business offers to clients and in turn my audience gets bigger too. It takes time, but the perseverance is worth it.
Beware of honeypots – Honeypots are a form of spam traps. Spam traps are specifically set up with the aim of catching spammers. They are email addresses “hidden” on a web page, but which can be found by address harvesting programs, commonly used by spammers. Unfortunately it can affect legitimate email marketers, too. In one case, a prominent email marketer lost 100,000 email addresses after a honeypot email address was added to their list by a competitor. To make sure this doesn’t happen to you, choose an email service that offers a double opt-in option. This way any email address has to be verified with a confirmation email before being added to your list.
Don’t assume that affiliate marketing is.. well, just emailing a couple of advertisements. It can open doors of opportunities between you and your audience. Create captivating and interesting emails, not only to draw your current audience in but to make it irresistible for them not to forward to their family and friends as well. Great examples like hosting a refer-a-friend promotion, life hacks and tips and tricks, product comparisons in the current market. These are wonderful ways to attract new potential readers, luring them in and increasing your email list!
Depending on the products or services that your company offers, a newsletter could be a great fit. This is an especially good type of email campaign if you frequently publish blog posts or other informative articles. Your newsletter could simply be a roundup of your current content. People aren’t likely to read a word heavy email though. Email newsletters should be visually appealing. Include concise headlines with a brief description of the article along with a pretty graphic. Also include a clear call to action link for the recipient to read more. This allows you to include multiple pieces of content in order to appeal to a wider audience but without overwhelming the reader.