We’ve talked about why you need an email newsletter (keep in touch with prospects! share important updates! build trust!) but how do you get people to sign up for said newsletter?
Friends, here are three ways to entice readers and potential clients to invite you into their inboxes.
1) Give them something free + awesome in exchange for signing up for the newsletter.
An ebook! A downloadable workbook! A podcast! A collection of videos! The important thing here is that this freebie? It’s so awesome and valuable that they can’t wait to get their hands on it.
This is also a great opportunity to showcase your expertise. If you’re a stylist, give them a downloadable workbook about organizing their closet. If you’re a dance studio, your readers might like a collection of videos on mastering complicated moves. Online shoe retailer? Maybe an ebook about pairing different flats/boots/heels with different outfits?
Examples of great freebies: Michelle Ward gives you access to her whooooole VIP library when you sign up. Amy Schmittaur gives you a great Ultimate Twitter Guide. Danielle Dowling gives you a blueprint to get anything you want in life (!).
You can sign up for my small business newsletter over on the sidebar and get the above ebook for $0. Just sayin.’
2) Give them a discount code for signing up
This is particularly useful if you’re selling something that’s a bit expensive. Who wouldn’t want a 15% discount on a $200 dress? Crazy people, that’s who. Set up your auto-responder to include a discount code that they can use on one purchase. You can also set up Twitter auto-responders to offer discount codes to new followers!
3) Unique, not-on-the-blog content
If you write and post almost exclusively about your area of professional expertise, or don’t share much personal information, your readers might like a peek behind the proverbial curtain. If you usually write in a super polished, professional tone, they might like hearing your ‘real’ voice. Or if you’ve got some content or ideas you’re not ready to share with the world wide web, test ’em out on your most devoted fans.
And if you’re feeling reaaaaally ambitious (and generous) you could do all three!
Do you have an email newsletter? How do you get people to sign up for it? How often do you send it?