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7 Ways To Increase Subscribers

With the advent of GDPR there will be no more buying email addresses and blanket marketing to them. So that begs the question; how will you increase subscribers to your mailing list? You know you need more subscribers because subscribers mean people looking at your work and people looking at your work means more sales. So what can you do?

It’s a bit like the chicken and the egg scenario. Why send out a newsletter if you have precious few subscribers? Alternatively, why ask people to subscribe to something that doesn’t exist yet?

It’s a conundrum many of us face so I’ve put together here 7 ways you can increase subscribers to your list. Some of these are one-off jobs, others will take a little more work but working together they should help you build up that list of current and potential clients.

  1. Have a link on each page on your website.
  2. Have a pop-up on your website asking people to subscribe. These are annoying but they do work.
  3. At the top of your Facebook page, there is a button. Change this to “sign-up” with the link to your mailing list.
  4. Have your offer and link to your mailing list on your Twitter profile.
  5. In the signature area in the bottom of your emails add a link asking people to subscribe.
  6. Send out social media posts highlighting your offer with the link to sign-up or directing to a sign-up page.
  7. Ask people. If someone gives you a business card you can send them an email to ask them to subscribe. If you run a stall or exhibition stand have a printed form for visitors to fill in asking them to subscribe. Keep copies of this form, photograph it as it will be your proof of consent if asked. You can also do this digitally.

Hopefully, that has got you thinking. You will probably come up with more ideas to increase your subscribers, if that is the case, please share them in the comments section below.

All of these things take time. If your time is better spent elsewhere, you can always ask your VA (winks conspiratorially) to do these things for you.

If you have not yet started your newsletter, you can get a head start here:

9 Things You Need To Know Before You Start A Newsletter

Still too much? Why not learn how I can help you with an Anxiety-Free GDPR Compliant Newsletter?

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The One Thing You Need To Know About GDPR

Everyone is talking about GDPR. Apparently, it’s coming our way and we need to know about it or our business will blow up in our face! Maybe you should hire someone to make sure you don’t fall foul of it. Or read countless blogs and articles without being any the wiser.

What is GDPR?

In short, GDPR is General Data Protection Regulation. It’s a regulation coming from Europe that is landing on our doorsteps on 25th May 2018. Your business has to be compliant or it could be subject to fines or further sanctions. The regulations are extremely long and are already being scrutinised by the lawyers.

What is the purpose of GDPR?

You may have noticed you are getting more and more unwanted emails, yet at the same time, you know that to grow your business you need to get a list of email addresses together and start sending out emails. You also may have given your email address and other credentials to any number of online companies. Just think how many businesses have your email address a password you have given them. The point of GDPR is to make sure that information is only used by your permission and that all information about you is kept safe. It also means that you can only use similar information by the owners’ permission.

Why Should We Be Grateful for GDPR?

In truth, GDPR goes much further than that, it includes all information held about other people, so this would include personal information held by Health Practitioners and Financial Institutions. It also covers information held about our children who increasingly are living in an online world. GDPR is meant to ensure all information held about us is dealt with responsibly and not shared without our permission.

What Is The One Thing You Need To Know About GDPR?

In short, it is this;

Treat Information On Other People As If It Is Your Own

Do you want to give your email address to someone and have them share it with others? No, then we shouldn’t do that with email addresses given to us. Yes, there may be some arguing over whether information given is personal or company, but every email address has a person on the other end of it who has to wade through the inbox and look for the emails that are actually relevant to them.

Do you like to receive mountains of unsolicited emails from people who have done a “Data Scrape” of thousands of websites? No? Then don’t send unsolicited marketing emails to other people.

How would you feel knowing people have got your address and other information about you, “just in case”? Or that they aren’t careful with it, leaving it lying around unprotected? Not a nice feeling is it? We have to be just as careful with the information we have belonging to other people and businesses.

Really?! Is That It?

I may have oversimplified it and the lawyers will be rubbing their hands as they fight about the tiny details of the GDPR Regulations. Some businesses will want to sail as close to the edge as they can. Businesses have to name a person responsible for looking after Data, but if you are a small businesses owner, that is you anyway.

If you are a small business owner with a relatively small list, or just thinking about starting a Newsletter or mailing list, stick to the advice above and you won’t go far wrong.

What if you are still concerned. Maybe you are too busy for all this. Why not learn more about how I can provide you with a GDPR Compliant Newsletter?

Remember, if you need a little help with your Newsletter, that is something I can help you with.  Call me on 07974 701526 or email lizthewhiz@lovetyping.co.uk

 

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Newsletter FAQ

How often should I send my newsletter

There are 2 rules on this is:

  • If you have asked people to sign up to a monthly newsletter you are limited to sending them 1 monthly newsletter. Instead, ask people to sign up to your mailing list.
  • Be consistent

Generally speaking, send what your clients want to receive. If your clients are busy and you want to keep your business in front of them send a monthly or bi-weekly newsletter with the occasional extra special offer. You can usually tell from the “click-thru” rate whether your emails are being well received and whether you can increase frequency.

What is the difference between a newsletter and email marketing?

A newsletter is a form of email marketing. It is what it says on the can. Once you have got the hang of this you may want to try using automated emails to send a string of emails to gently nudge a potential client to a certain conclusion.

Is MailChimp the only programme that will send a mass email?

Not at all. There are many. Email programmes like Google and Thunderbird have easy to use add-ons (you download an extra building block).

CRM (Customer Relationship Management) programmes will also send mass emails. Again there are usually limits with you having to pay to send out a decent number. Once you get into using these programmes though it is often worthwhile using the paid versions.

There are many other email programmes like MailChimp around, however that is currently the most well known.

Do I have to get permission to send mass emails?

If you live in the UK, Yes. Although laws vary from country to country.

Do I need to register under Data Protection?

In the UK you can self-assess using the link below:

https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/register/self-assessment/

How can I stop my emails going being treated as Spam?

There is no absolute answer and if you are writing to large businesses or IT companies, emails from companies like MailChimp go straight to “quarantine”. There are some steps you can take though.

  • Make sure you have permission from every subscriber to send your newsletter
  • Ask your subscriber to add you to their address list
  • NEVER copy and paste from Word (it adds extra code)
  • Personalise your email using merge fields

How can I personalise my emails?

When using a mass email programme you will notice they offer different “fields”. A field is a column of information in your list that varies with each subscriber. So if you have a column named “First Name” if you type Hi {First Name} or *[First Name]* into your email it will address each recipient individually.

If you are new to merge fields you might want to play around with this first with a test list to get the hang of it.

Use of merge fields requires careful list management, for instance, I once received something addressed as “Hi Love”!

The sky is the limit with this, the more information you have about your subscribers the more you can personalise, however you need to use careful wording to make up for any blank fields in a subscriber list.

Can I send an email to just one person on my MailChimp List?

Technically, yes you can. You would have to put that person in a “hidden group” all on their own and send your email to that group.

Can I resend a newsletter?

Yes, you can. You could just resend to subscribers who haven’t opened it yet. You could change the heading too in order to try and get more attention.

What If I Need Help With My Newsletter

Call me, Liz Bailey on 07974 701526 or email lizthewhiz@lovetyping.co.uk

I provide a variety of newsletter packages to suit your needs, whether they be weekly, monthly or other email marketing.

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