Does Size Really Matter?

Posted on February 9, 2015. Filed under: Email Marketing, Email Results, Marketing, Small Business | Tags: , , , , , , , |

E-Mail MarketingWhen it comes to your email list, does the size of your list really matter? As a business owner, coach or consultant, you probably already know about the importance of having and growing an email list, but did you know that it’s not the size of your email list that is most important, but the quality of the people on your list? As the saying goes, it is better to have an email list of 100 interested prospects, than 1,000 uninterested people.

However, you still want to work on increasing the size of your list because you want to make sure your message is reaching a wider audience each month. Your goal should be to grow your email list with individuals who are interested in what you have to say, and what you have to offer. So the big question is how can you effectively and efficiently grow your email list?

Here are 6 tips to grow your email list:

Offline:

  1. Events– whenever you conduct an event (workshop, seminar, etc.), or if you are presenting at an event, be sure to collect the email addresses of the attendees (or participants who expressed an interest in learning more) . Be sure to disclosure that by signing your list or providing their information they are agreeing to receiving emails from you.
  2. Text Messages– Consider adding a text to join your email list option. Now-a-days people don’t leave home without their smart phones, so making it easy for them to join your email list by simply texting a word to a number and then providing their email address makes it easy to join your email list.
  3. QR Codes- Consider adding QR Codes to your marketing material (business cards, brochures, flyers, etc.) It’s another way to make it easy for people to join your email list. However, I personally don’t really use QR Codes and haven’t gotten a lot of people through this method, but it is still something you could consider.

Online:

  1. Webinars– a great list building strategy is webinars. When you conduct webinars, people have to give their information to sign up for the webinar. Just add a disclosure that signing up for this webinar also gives you permission to add them to your email list.
  2. Lead Pages– Another great online list building strategy is to create a lead magnet (eBook, White Paper, Case Study, Checklist, etc.), and have people enter their information on a specially designed lead page that talks about how great your lead magnet is, and why they need to give you their contact information so they can receive your awesome lead magnet. This technique works really well because you know that you are getting people who are interested in the content that you have to offer
  3. Social Media– Encourage people who follow you on social media to sign-up for your email list so that they can get additional and maybe even exclusive information that you provide only through email. This technique works really well, because if you already have a following on social media, it just makes sense that the next logically step for them is to receive your emails. This also allows the relationship to get stronger when they are not only connected to you via social media, but also receiving your emails.

For more tips, download this Guide Building Your List Can Be a Thing of Beauty by Constant Contact

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Top 7 Types of Events That Can Grow Your Business!

Posted on May 8, 2014. Filed under: Business, Business Development, Business Events, Event Marketing, Marketing, Small Business | Tags: , , , , , , |

EventsWhen it comes to growing your business, it is important to have consistent events to showcase your product or service.  There are many types of events that you can have to increase brand awareness both online and offline.  Here are 7 types of events that can help to grow your business:

  1. Tele-seminars–  Tele-seminars may not be considered a typical business event, but it is a great way to grow your business and your email list.  The great thing about tele-seminars is that they are fairly easy to implement.  All you really need is a telephone and a conference line!  There are tons of conference call companies that can host hundreds of people on the line at one time.  Tele-seminars give you an opportunity to educate individuals on your particular product, service, or industry.  They are also a great way for you to introduce your program, product or service as a solution within the marketplace.  Some conference call tools include:
  2. Webinars–  Webinars are online events that are great to increase your brand awareness and provide value to your community.  Webinars are a little more technical than tele-seminars because of the need to show the visuals via a website, but with so many easy to use webinar tools it’s not difficult to host a webinar for your business.  Webinars are a great way to educate your community and provide value while promoting your business, service or product.  Some webinar tools include:
  3. Grand Opening Events–  If you have a physical store front, or an office that is open to the public, having a grand opening event is a great way to announce yourself to your local community.  Most chambers of commerce offer grand opening ceremonies for local businesses that are new to the area and are members of the chamber.  The grand opening event is a great opportunity to showcase your business, products, or services to the local community.
  4. Launch Parties–  If you are launching a new website or new product line, why not have a party to let everyone know about your new product or service?  Launch parties are a great way for people to learn more about your product or service and also create a buzz about your business.
  5. Customer Appreciation Events–  Showing your customers how much you appreciate their business by having a special event to thank your customers is a great way to get repeat and referral business.
  6. Workshops/Seminars  No matter what type of industry your business may be in, hosting an educational workshop or seminar and giving good tips, tools, and techniques on how people can use your product or service can be very beneficial for a company.
  7. Conferences/Expos–  Hosting a large conference can be a lot of work, but it is definitely a way for you to grow your business.  Every industry has annual conferences and expos, and people are always looking for ways to learn more and to network within their industry, so creating a conference or expo is a great way to grow your business.

Are you consistently having events to promote your business?  If so, what events are you having?  What other types of events would you add to the list?

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