If you have determined your list is stale, here are four valuable tips to start generating new leads and build rapport with existing subscribers.
1. Segment your lead list.
Consumers can often be divided into separate groups depending on their interests within your niche or behavior on your website. If you want to grow your stagnant email list, you should try segmenting your inactive consumers and sending them specialized emails that will catch their interest.
For example, an inactive subscriber would likely open an email if you targeted them with a headline that reads, “Was it something I said?” We are naturally drawn to these headlines, and thus more likely to open the messages.
If you want to generate sales from your inactive list, you could send them a limited-time promotion with an abnormally cheap discount. A consumer is far more likely to come back and shop on your website if you offer them a 50% discount as a “welcome back” gift.
2. Target mobile users.
Mobile formatting is vital to a successful email marketing campaign. Studies show that 61.9% of email opens happen on mobile devices. In other words, a large percentage of your consumers are likely scrolling past your emails daily.
The wrong format could cause mobile users to bounce from your message and never look back. Your goal is to keep user experience in mind when you’re formatting your email copy, adding images and creating headlines. Loading speed, CTA and the way images load vary widely between different mobile devices. When you’re sending out emails to your lead list, make sure they are able to open and read your messages without glitches or overlapping text.
Additionally, your website should use a mobile-responsive structure. The quality of your email won’t mean much to people who can’t view your site unless they use a PC.
3. Create a lead magnet.
Lead magnets are an excellent way to grow your stagnant email list. If you want to bring in new subscribers, you have to give them a reason to sign up. Lead magnets are essentially gifts you give consumers in exchange for joining your email marketing list.
For example, if you own a marketing website, you would want to offer a lead magnet that helps consumers master building an audience. You could create an e-book that gives people a step-by-step guide to grow brand awareness and encourage users to sign up for your list in exchange for the book.
When the consumer signs up for a lead magnet, you should set clear expectations so they can stay on the lookout for your messages. You could tell them before they submit their email address that they will receive other content and special promotions by signing up. The result is you build your subscriber base full of people who are excited about your content and know what to expect.
4. Check email deliverability.
Finally, to ensure you’ve done everything possible to jumpstart your stagnant email list, check your deliverability. The reality may be that your list isn’t stale; your consumers are just not getting your messages. Imagine sending out a whole drip campaign only to discover that all the emails went to the spam folder.
Luckily, there are precautions you can take when fine-tuning your deliverability. You’ll want to check the protocol you’re using to send messages to consumers. Standard WordPress accounts start with PHP, which can be problematic when it comes to how the messages are transmitted. Email providers may cross-reference the delivery source, which could cause a discrepancy. When your emails try to pass through, they get kicked back or go to the spam folder.
Use SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol) to improve the chances of your messages making it to your intended audience. Alternatively, you can use free spam checkers that grade your email and give you opportunities to make your email look more legitimate.
There’s no question email marketing is one of the best ways to touch base with your audience, forge connections and grow your business. As your business grows, you’ll have to prune your list to remove subscribers that refuse to open your emails or interact with your brand. Most leaders suggest pruning your list every six months for a healthy, vibrant lead list.
The more you work to master email marketing, the better chance you’ll have of retaining customers long after their initial purchase. Every business has experienced stagnation with their marketing list. Overcoming this challenge is no easy feat, but the lessons you will learn along the way are priceless.